Scientists can’t decide whether baby brain — when your brain turns to mush after getting pregnant and having a baby — actually exists. But ask me, or any mom or mom-to-be, and we’ll tell you it’s very, very real. Here are five times baby brain happens to me, and what I do to fix it. (Maybe this’ll help next time you … umm … what were we talking about?)
1. FORGETTING WHERE I PUT...EVERYTHING
“Where are my keys? OK, let me retrace my steps. Came home last night, took the baby out of the car seat. She started fussing. Went to the fridge to grab her bottle … and there are my keys!”
Solution: If you can’t find something, think of the most logical place it could be. It’ll be wherever the opposite of that is.
2. MESSING UP IN SMALL, EMBARRASSING WAYS
"I’m multi-tasking like a pro! Why, look at all the chores I accomplished this morning! I did the dishes, folded laundry and fixed breakfast!" I’m feeling like a rock star, until I realize I poured orange juice over the cereal in Chance’s Inside Scoop Bowl. He ate it anyway.
Solution: I do one thing at a time. Thing is, when you’re taking care of kids, that’s pretty much the only-thing-at-a-time thing you can do.
3. DOING A THING. THEN FORGETTING I DID THE THING SO I DO THE THING AGAIN.
“Finally, I’m taking a shower. I should shave my underarms. There, done. Man, this hot water feels good. Oh – I should shave my underarms. There, done. That song I heard in the car has been in my head for days! Oh I know — before I get out, I need to shave my underarms."
Solution: Use sensitive skin shaving gel.
4. CALLING ONE KID ANOTHER KID'S NAME.
“Put that down, Chance! I mean, Henry.” I don’t have a child named Henry.
Solution: Name tags. Now home feels like an awkward corporate networking event.
5. THE FREAK OUT/FOREHEAD SLAP COMBO.
“I can’t find my cell phone. I know, I’ll just call it. Using my phone, which is in my hands.”
Solution: Haven’t found a solution to this form of baby brain yet. If you do, can you let me know? If I don’t thank you right off the bat, it’s cause I can’t find my phone.
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