Saturday, 8 March 2014

Help - my baby's stolen my brain!

Does anyone else feel like their brain isn't the same as it was BB (before baby)?

I used to have a really good, reliable memory. I could recall dates and names, remember tiny, insignificant details like what I wore or what I ate somewhere, even if the occasion in question was years and years ago. 

I used to be able to do more than one thing at a time without losing my train of thought or getting distracted by something else.

Now, since having Ethan, my brain has turned to mush - at least, that's how it feels sometimes. 

It may just be the lack of sleep / broken sleep or juggling being a mum and being a professional, and on the rare occasion, being me, but I do find myself struggling sometimes.

I might be talking and I just lose direction half way through and can't think of the point I was going to make. Sometimes words just fail me altogether; I know what I want to say but I can't think of the word or string a sentence together to say what I mean.

It's nothing major but it's quite unsettling and I don't know how to make things better. I've always been an organised person and my stationary addiction means that I have diaries, planners, to do lists and post it notes so if I have a thought or need to remember something, I can jot it down. It's just sometimes I can't tell which way is up, which day something happened on, who I spoke to about what and when.

It's just too much for my mama brain to cope with.

Being a mum means you have to multitask, juggling household chores with work whilst meeting the needs and demands of your child. When I do have some me time, I'm too frazzled to do very much at all. I dip in and out of Twitter and Facebook every few minutes, I blog, I watch old TV programmes because my attention span is so short that I need something easy to follow that doesn't require much brain power. I've had to watch a few episodes of the new series of Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother again as I couldn't remember what had happened, even though I'd only seen it the day before.

I'd like to read again. I've always loved books, reading a book a night when I was in my teens, but I can't remember the last book I read. I tried to read And The Mountains Echoed by the author of The Kite Runner, but I just couldn't follow the story as I would pick up the book and forget everything I'd read before.

Time is a precious thing as a mum and it's important to make time for yourself and your other half too - remember, you were a couple once! There's just too many things to remember and do when your little one gives you spare time, not least of which is sleep, so I guess it's no wonder our brains turn a bit mushy after a while.

Do you feel this way? How do you try to make time for yourself? Have you got any memory boosting tips or techniques?!


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  1. I feel like this! I think of something to do then go to the room I need to and I've totally forgotten what I went to do. I open the fridge and can't remember for the life of me why I went there in the first place! I need to start writing more things down x

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    1. I'm writing things down but like you say, it's just the day to day things that are really tricky to deal with!

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  2. I definitely feel like that and I think it's because we have so much going on in our brains ALL the time! Reading is a good calm down method for me in the evenings and always has been - but I am a meticulous list maker, it helps to get things down rather than carry them around in your head. I have lists everywhere and even do a weekly his/hers plan! Stupidly boring but a necessity if I ever want to get anything done! x

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  3. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about!!! xx

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