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What I Wish I Had Known #6

>> Friday, March 16, 2012

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After my son was born, the pediatrician came to the hospital to do a check-up on him. After he was done, he came into the hospital room to let us know that everything looked good and that we needed to go ahead and call the pediatricians office to schedule his first appointment there. He looked at my husband and said "You're wife's memory is shot. You're going to have to remember to do this and remember when and what time it is." I remember feeling quite offended. How dare this doctor say that anything would be wrong with my memory. Clearly he didn't know me, and didn't know I have the most amazing memory ever! And I swear he talked about how bad it was going to be now that I had a baby for at least 5 minutes. Rude!

Ummm...yeah. He wasn't lying. Having a baby completely robbed me of all memory cells my brain contained.

Before having a baby, if I went into a room to get something, I just went and got it. Now I go into a room to get something, and stand there for 5 minutes trying to remember what it was I was going to get.

Before having a baby, I could remember all upcoming appointments without having to keep track of them on a calendar. Now I have to write them down on a calendar and sometimes I still forget.

Before having a baby, I always remembered family and friends birthdays. Now I have a hard time remembering my own children's birthdays when I call to schedule their doctors appointments.

Before having a baby, I could remember exact details from weeks and months past. Now I have a hard time remember details from the previous day.

Before having a baby, I could go to the grocery store without a list and get everything I need. Now I have a hard time just remembering everything I need to write on the list, and with a list, still don't get everything I need.

It's safe to say that I now understand what people meant when they referred to "mommy brain". And it's safe to say that I no longer hold a grudge against that doctor who was all but warning me that my memory was no more.

I wish I'd known having a baby would mean memory loss! (Although, I now completely understand my mom's horrible memory after all the children she birthed :)

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Kelly March 16, 2012 at 9:28 PM  

Oh I so understand this! It's really not fair what moms go thru. Dad gets off soooo easy.

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