08 Apr The Worrying Fine Line Between Baby Brain & Lack Thereof
So how long is too long when using the old ‘Baby Brain’ excuse for forgetfulness?
Is there even a finite period of acceptability or once they turn one do you have to accept that every brain fart you do from here on in is down to nothing more than the fact that you are a buffoon?
I’ve always put myself in the ‘rather clever but no common sense’ box and this has covered me for most mishaps thus far but this past few weeks I have had an alarming increase in forgetful, dangerous and downright stupid behaviour.
For example…….at toddler group a couple of weeks ago, I was sat flapping gums with my friends when all of a sudden I was gripped with panic.
I could no longer see Esme (with an accent over the ‘e’ but I can’t find it on here – see, I lose everything…..) at all. She wasn’t visible in the entire room plus the little gate was unlocked and I had that wave of lost child nausea.
“Where’s Esme?!?!!!?!?!!!!?” I shrieked.
My friends looked at me, mouths agape and reminded me that she was currently on my knee feeding.
I laughed hysterically for a good minute before going into panic mode – how on earth had I missed that my baby was on my knee???????
This has continued since then with several trips into different rooms only to forget what I had been in there for.
Tuesday evening I had the whole of the gym staff turning the area upside down to look for my gym bag which ended up being in the exact locker I had hurriedly shoved it in before bootcamp and yet I had ‘checked everywhere’.
Thursday night I accidentally put a spoon in the microwave with the beans that I was heating up which could have been disastrous all round but luckily wasn’t.
Now I know that we parents forget things all the time because the new information pushes the old information out (I know, you’re amazed by my brain function high end medical school type knowledge) but seriously, is this normal?
Now of course, other people may just laugh this off as very typical behaviour of a working mum however this morning I looked down into my carrier bag of medication and started to wonder if it was all addling my brain.
I never used to take as much as a paracetamol up until recently and it did get me thinking and researching (obviously) about long term side effects of stomach tablets.
Then I looked back over the past 8 years over the entire back catalogue of stupid things I have done and I think I can safely conclude that it is all just a side effect of Motherhood.
Now where is my publish button……..