Momnesia?
March 19, 2009

I’m not positive what, exactly, gave it away.


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Was it that one, unspeakable time that I unloaded the contents of my purse into the refrigerator fruit drawer?  The moment when I realized that I’d spent the last ten minutes searching for a cell phone that I was holding in my hand?  The look on my husband’s face when I left the ice cream melting on the counter for three hours?

Maybe it was one of the many, many times that I called one pet by another’s name.  Or the time I crawled into the house through the kitchen window because I thought I’d locked myself out…only to find that I’d latched my keys to my belt loop so that I wouldn’t lose them.  It may, possibly, have been the three million consecutive evenings that I left my wallet at work.

It could have been the numerous phone calls I (inconveniently) forgot to return and the ridiculous number of e-mails I responded to twice.  It could have been the moment when I realized I’d spent an hour reading the same page in some Dr. Sears book over.  And over.  And over.  Or was it the realization that I could not remember my middle name?  MY MIDDLE NAME?!  THE SAME MIDDLE NAME I HAVE HAD MY ENTIRE LIFE?!

Whatever the trigger, a very pitiful and yet absolutely undeniable conclusion has been drawn about this pregnancy, and that is this: my baby’s placenta has devoured my brain.


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  1. By aimee on March 19, 2009

    All that and more! Just wait until you start calling the baby the pets’ names!

  2. By kbreints on March 19, 2009

    Seriously… it happens. It is proven (somewhere) that being pregnant and having a new baby takes away brain cells…. I am not kidding.

  3. By Mom24@4evermom on March 19, 2009

    Pregnancy Brain.  It happens to all of us.  Just go with it.  :-)

  4. By Spruce Hill on March 19, 2009

    Oh yes get used to it! :)

  5. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on March 19, 2009

    Oh, that’s funny.  You poor thing, at least it’s normal (from what I’ve heard anyway). :)  Just don’t forget that you’re pregnant and you’ll be just fine.

  6. By Amy on March 19, 2009

    You are, understandably, a tad distracted right now. All moms have been there. I’m hoping it gets better when my kids move out, but I’m not holding my breath or anything.

    Welcome to motherhood.

  7. By ashletta on March 19, 2009

    I’m thinking I might need to bookmark this and come back to it when I start feeling bad about my own pregnancy brain.

    The easy way to circumvent the problem Aimee mentioned is to name the baby Hank.

  8. By inadvertent farmer on March 19, 2009

    Ohhh you just made me smile!  My 5th baby is almost 2 and I still have those moments.

    As long as you don’t expect them to go away with pregnancy you are good…nope, they come with motherhood.

    First time here (via PW) and lovin’ it already! Kim

  9. By Katelyn on March 19, 2009

    Haha, my brother asked me once if I had “Mommy Brains.“  I have horrible short-term memory to start with, pregnancy didn’t help that situation but at least I had an excuse for a while ;) 

    You look great.  Great pic, makes me miss my baby bump….

  10. By erin on March 19, 2009

    So glad it’s not just me!  Last week DH went for a run and asked me to lock the door behind him.  I stood there, blew him a kiss, watched him close the door - and then completely forgot to lock the door. I “lost” the telephone (in the closet) a couple months ago.  I lose my keys on the kitchen counter.  I don’t know how many other things I am forgetting.  DH bugs me to make a list or write things down so I will remember, but I forget to actually make the list.  Oy, love those pregnancy hormones.  And you know they don’t go back to normal until about nine months AFTER birth.  See what we have to look forward to?

  11. By Heidi on March 19, 2009

    Someone’s sun-flare-itis has flared up again.

  12. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on March 19, 2009

    Kbreints - I’m pretty sure the kid is going to think he’s named after the pets at my current rate!  Lol.

    Ashletta - This is our ongoing joke, that I’m going to pop out the child and name it Hank.  I don’t care if it’s a girl, I CAN REMEMBER THE NAME.

    Inadvertent farmer - Thanks for stopping by! =)  New people are always welcome.

    Erin - I forget to make the lists to remember things too.  SIGH.

    Heidi - It has, hasn’t it?!  I’ve decided not to fight it.  The.  Current.  Is.  Too.  Strong.

  13. By Sarah on March 19, 2009

    Umm, I have all these symptoms and I’m NOT pregnant. What does that say about me?!

  14. By Trenches of Mommyhood on March 20, 2009

    Oh honey.  Wait until the kids come.  You lose it even more.

    My tagline:  I had a brain once.  Now I have children.

  15. By Sarah on March 20, 2009

    This *really*made me smile.  Wait until you actually have the baby. 

    I met a woman the other day who graduated from Lesley University and when she mentioned this I stared at her and said that I knew that neighborhood in Boston really well (although I couldn’t remember exactly why at the time).

    Um…I graduated from Lesley too.

    My line is:  I gained a baby and lost 50 IQ points.

  16. By Lisa on March 26, 2009

    Your brain actually shrinks a bit in pregnancy.  Not enough to really explain it though.  It all comes back a little later.


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