Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hello My Name is Kari and I have "Momnesia"

Over the last six months I have noticed a little change in the old noggin (TX slang for the good old brain). Before Cookie arrived I was skilled with the knowledge of remembering it all...birthdays, anniversary, and what some might say is just plain useless knowledge such as Did you know that the average dog runs 19 mph. However, that all seemed to change when God blessed the world with Baby Cookie.

During the first few days and weeks for that matter of Cookie's arrival I tried to juggle it all: Cookie, my family and the demands of a career. As the days moved on I noticed that I began to do crazy things such as forgetting a load of laundry for multiple days, picking up the phone numerous times only to forget who I was calling or just putting things in silly places such as the milk in the pantry...oops.

I initially passed it off as sleep deprivation. Therefore; in an effort to catch up with all the demands of life and sleep, I decided that it was time to give myself a Time Out and go to my Grandparents aka The House of R & R with Cookie. After a week of nice rest, I still seemed to be forgetting!

It was officially time for me to just relax, empty my plate a little and just leave it up to the Big Man and focus a little bit more on my faith and not so much on my frustrations.

Now six months have passed and the old noggin' seems to be remembering a little bit better as time goes by. Now granted I still rely on Mr. Post It to take down little notes, but I think Mr. Memory is slowly returning.

Now on to the rest of the story...

Today while visiting with the In-Laws I came across an article in the USA Today that I feel every Mom (Rookie and Veteran), might find of interest. It may just be the cure we all need for those so called Mommy Moments.

The article was about a Women in Austin, TX who suffers from "Momnesia" after giving birth. My first reaction to the article was simple...well isn't that silly. Then as I read the article I noticed that some of her traits seemed all to familiar.

After completing the article, I thought how cleaver! I have not only found the cure to my forgetfulness, I can now justify my Mommy Moments by simply saying...

Well dear my Momnesia must be kicking in!

For this weeks WFMW backward edition I would like to pose the question, Do you suffer from Momnesia? If so, what is your favorite Momnesia story?

Have you placed the milk in the pantry today...

12 comments:

{Karla} said...

mine had never gone away... four kids later and I'm still suffering from it. I used to have THE BEST memory... not anymore.

Can't think of a story at the moment. It happens too often these days.

Blessings,
Karla

Misslionheart♥ said...

The topic of dicussion on local radio is Mumnesia! Listeners are ringing in with their examples...

Have you ever put a nappy (daiper) in the laundry basket and babyclothes in the bin? lol

Mom2fur said...

My hair started going gray after my first son was born, back in the early 80s. I used to say it was gray matter leaking out of my brain, because sometimes I felt really, really stoooopid. Oh, yes, I had momnesia.

Now I forget things, but this time around it's called 'menopause,' LOL!
One thing that helps me keep track of day-to-day things is My Ta-Da Lists, which is a free place you make up your own lists of things to do. It stores them for you, so they are always there. On my kitchen to-do list, I actually have things like "Feed the Ferrets." Not that I'd forget to feed them...but it could get to be afternoon before I went down to their cage. They sleep 20 hours a day, so it's okay. But I don't want to forget them, LOL!
I also keep all my bills in one spot next to my computer, and record them in a big notebook rather than a little check register. Makes it easier to see them and not forget to pay them.

Other than that, don't worry. I've been a mom for 25 years and although sometimes I feel dumb (and use Excellence by L'Oreal to cover the gray), I haven't gone completely senile. There is always hope for your brain--just be sure to exercise it, LOL!

We are THAT Family said...

Memory? What memory? My third child zapped the last bit of it. Prepare yourself.

Wifey said...

Oh yes, I have Momnesia. There was the time that I set my breadmaker to bake instead of dough and ended up with a very hot blob of wet flour. Smelled good, though.

Nycia said...

OH MY!! I know the feeling, Mason is 2 1/2 now I am still making a daily to do list. Sometimes I forget that I made the list.. Now that's bad!!

CC said...

Huh? What was the question? ;)

JoAnn said...

Yes, I do suffer from it and my excellent memory has never returned. I used to remember everything I needed including the dates, times, and locations of appointments a year out. Now I rely heavily on my Flylady calendar. If it isn't on there, I don't know about it.

Story...oh gosh, I have plenty. I forgot my son at home once when he was about 2. Fortunately, I had asked someone to watch my house (I expected a evicted renter to try to stop by while I was gone) but not my son. It worked out. I also tried to forget my youngest in the car. Fortunately, my daughter reminded me that I had a baby. I lose my keys constantly; once for 2 1/2 months. And should I ever put something away "in a safe place", it is as good as gone.

You aren't alone dear.

Audra Marie said...

I have six kids, so you can imagine how bad my momnesia is by now. :)

And I can't remember a story right now. Probably due to the momnesia. ;)

The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino said...

This happens to me a million times a day! My life often mirrors the "If You Give a _____ a _____" books by Laura Numeroff. I once put my 6 month old in the high chair. Realizing that he needed a clean bib, I went downstairs to retrieve one from the laundry. While I was there, I saw some clothes that needed to be stain treated and also noticed that I had forgotten to move a load from the washer to the dryer. Long story short, I got so sidetracked doing laundry that my poor little guy sat in his highchair, long forgotten, for about 30 minutes!

Melanie said...

Proof that I have it- I can't remember a story!!

When I was nursing, it was really, really bad.

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I am so relieved that there is actually a name for this and that other people have it!!! I have 4 children, one adopted & 3 biological and it has gotten worse with each one!

Until hearing about "momnesia" I just though that they were sucking my brains out as they nursed! And dont even ask about the gray hair!

Seriously, I wonder if I will ever get some of the memory back or if it's gone for forever... someone needs to take that study a bit further and find out if there's hope for any of us!