We All Have It, But Do We Admit It?

Yes, I have mommy brain. So many of us have it, but do we admit it.  Some of us admit it and harness the mommy brain as an ‘excuse’ for our daily oops. Here are just a couple of ‘oops’ that stand out in my memory.

I had a speeding ticket trial.  I was going to plead not guilty.  I had
all of the paperwork in my car for weeks so that I wouldn’t forget to bring
anything with me when it came time to go.  I even had saved some work to do
“off-line” so that I could be productive while waiting my turn at the court
house.  The courthouse was near my son’s preschool, so I planned to drop him
off, then go to court, then be done in time to pick him up.  Well, I dropped
him off at school, went home did a bunch of work, left to go pick him up
from school and realized “OH MY GOD I FORGOT ABOUT MY TRIAL”  I almost died!
How does one forget about a speeding ticket trial!!  And what do I tell the
 That I have “new mommy brain” – because that is really what it is.
My follow-up trial is coming up this month – let’s hope I remember to go!!

So that’s a huge oops of my mommy brain. It just didn’t hit me this one time though, it also happened to me at work regularly and I even had a email system in place to help prevent it as well.Great Mommy Brain Book

When I was at work after my son was born, I would have to send myself
emails so that I would remember conversations that I had with people.  One
time I was in a meeting and they were discussing something that I was
supposed to have given feedback on.  I raised my hand and said “I don’t
think I have seen this yet.  Can you send it to me to review so that I can
give you my feedback?”  And they said “Judy, you already sent us your
feedback”.  I LITERALLY had NO RECOLLECTION of ever seeing the items! It was
pretty scary!
 And it really made me second guess myself at work because I
was never sure if I had done something or seen something without first
checking my email history.

So there you have it! Two of the most recalling mommy brain stories that I have.  So if you shared these stories or the fact that you have mommy brain with friends, co-workers, etc what would they tell you?  I’m sure if you are like me you have heard more than one time that you just need to “deal with it”.  So how do you “deal” with mommy brain. Well, you could set up a email memory like I did for myself at work or you can check out The Mommy Brain by Katherine Elllison.  Katherine lets us know how as mothers we are actually smarter and our mommy brain is a good thing.

So tell me, what is your favorite “mommy brain” story?

12 comments to We All Have It, But Do We Admit It?

  • LOL mama’s brain, I have it all the time!!!

    But for both babies same things happen! well both times I lost my purse in our house for weeks to finally find it in one of our many laundry baskets under dirty clothes!!!!

    Not to long ago I went to an appointment and the receptionist asked my phone # and I could not remember it!!!! and when asked how old I was I could only remember the year I was born LOL

    I also found a brand new 2 liter of milk in my dryer!!!!

    these are only a few Of many oopsies that happen to me LOL

  • When I had my daughter 11 years ago my husband told me that she must have taken half my brain. I couldn’t remember anything or get anything organized. I find that a lot of it has to do with the lack of sleep all new moms have and also that your child is constantly the most important thing on your mind.

  • The funniest thing I think I did was trying to use the breastpump without putting the bottles on it. I couldn’t figure out why my legs were soaking wet. Not to mention I was still so fat that those were the only pair of pants I could wear. I am sure there is more but that is the one I remember the most. I actually saw Dr. Oz talking about the preggo brain and the reason for it. He said that the growing baby pulls dha and ara from the mother’s brain and that it is why it is hard to remember things while you are pregnant. I wonder if it the same when you are breastfeeding. Add the sleep deprivation to the mix and it makes total sense.

  • Mommy News

    Oh my Amy! That is so funny!! LOL!! I called Ameda once because I forgot to plug in my tubing to my pump and couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting any suction!! LOL! — Judy

  • Dr Kim, MD

    Great blog post! I will remind my patients’ moms that mommy brain is an “advantage in the lifelong task of becoming smart.” Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way….
    Dr. Kim, MD http://twitter.com/drkimmd

  • My mommy brain is one of the main things that’s stressing me out about going back to work in a few months. I tend to forget things/conversations/meetings at the best of times, and my work moves pretty fast, and is based on lots of informal type conversations and relationships. I’m worried. I hate being unprofessional. I like the idea to email info to myself, as I’ll have a blackberry, and I’m in the habit of using my email as a record of everything, so maybe that will help.

  • Have you ever read, “Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter?” It’s a great read about how the brain changes after having (or adopting) a baby. It’s such a neat read. Made me feel so much better about occasionally being forgetful. We tend to forget because we have so much to remember after having kids, but the brain actually changes and creates new pathways. We may feel forgetful, but the brain actually does MORE.

    Oh and I’ll point out that I had a luncheon yesterday which I COMPLETELY forgot about until this morning. :-)

  • Mommy News

    Hi Reiza, Thanks for your comment! I haven’t read that book, but would love to!! I had a good chuckle about your missed luncheon too! It happens to all of us. — Judy

  • Mommy News

    Hello all! For those of you had a good laugh reading about my Mommy Brain stories, I just wanted to give you an update about the speeding ticket court date. I had my follow-up (appeal) date today and I was so nervous about how I was going to explain to the judge that I had “Mommy Brain” and that is how I forgot to show up for my original court date. Luckily, I didn’t have to. The police officer who gave me the ticket wasn’t in court, so I was able to leave and my appeal was approved!! It was really the best of both worlds. On one hand, I would have loved to see how the judge responded to my story (did he have kids, did his wife have mommy brain??) but on the other hand, I am so thankful that I didn’t have to find out!! Hope you are all having a great day!! Judy – still trying to recover from Mommy Brain after 3.5 years!!

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