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When am I going to get my brain back?

I vividly remember pregnancy brain – the feeling of having the entire contents of my head turn to mush and the way that I managed to mislay bits of essential vocabulary – I work in a sector with its own set of jargon and mislaying words did make life a bit tricky, have you ever tried to ask to discuss the um, you know thingy, in the documentation? Hard stare at colleague as you hope they’ll work out what you’re on about and leap in with the right word…

And when I went back to work after Big was born I remember the feeling of excitement when I realised I was back in the game and doing ok. Admittedly now only putting in 80% effort compared to before but still holding my own and doing ok. Yes in the early days I might get distracted on tedious conference calls by thoughts about what my little girl was doing, yes there was more than one occasion when I reached into my handbag to extract my calculator only to pull out a pair of small frilly pants or a toy. But I was mostly back to normal and I had moved on from the whole baby brain thing.

When I was pregnant with Littlest it was slightly different. My efforts in the early weeks were mostly taken up with not throwing up in public and then when things got worse with the pregnancy I was understandably a bit occupied with things. And I was signed off work so I didn’t have to try and concentrate on more than one thing.

Roll forward a year and Littlest is about to turn one but my brain doesn’t seem to have recovered.

It’s definitely no longer pregnant brain, it’s not even the milk brain of the early sleep deprived days.

I have the short term memory of an amnesic goldfish, if I don’t write something down its not going to happen and I spend most of my waking hours worrying about exactly what it is that I’ve forgotten to do. You know that nagging feeling that something is missing, yes, that’s my base level.

So when am I going to recover? When is my memory going to come back? When am I going to stop forgetting the minutiae of life?

Or is this it, am I destined to be absent minded for ever?

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17 comments to When am I going to get my brain back?

  • PantsWithNames

    >Apparently mothers are better at coping with interruptions – ie it doesn't take as long to pick up the strands of thought and carrying on working.

    But holes in the brain? I have many mnay many of them. Not sure when they are going to be filled in either!

  • Mum In Awe

    >I never recovered! 10 years on and I have such a bad short term memory! Maybe we lose that and gain something else? I wish I knew what it was we gained though…

  • SeaThreePeeO

    >"I have the short term memory of an amnesic goldfish, if I don’t write something down its not going to happen and I spend most of my waking hours worrying about exactly what it is that I’ve forgotten to do. You know that nagging feeling that something is missing, yes, that’s my base level."

    In that paragraph you have just described my life.

    My youngest is nearly five years of age and there has yet to be any signs of improvement.

  • London City Mum

    >Sorry, what?

    LCM x

  • Anonymous

    >I think part of the problem is that young children have such short attention spans, so when you're with them, you get used to having to change thought every few seconds and it becomes hard to regain the focus you once had.

    But you know, I think the issue is that when you have children, and especially if you're working, you're just trying to juggle so many balls and remember so many thinks (work related, children related, domestic related) that it's hard to fit it all in!!

    If you find the secret to sorting it out, let us know!

  • Mwa

    >Not sure. I'm in the middle of milk brain just now, so I can't remember anything. Not even if I recovered last time.

  • EmmaK

    >Not sure there is any good news – my kids are 10 and seven and I still have the brain of an amnesiac goldfish!!

  • PhotoPuddle

    >When I was pregnant I had pregnancy brain. Then I thought I had new mum brain. However, two years later my brain has still not come back. I used to be so good at keeping on top of things like replying to email and sending birthday cards but now I am sooo crap! Now I just have to have lists everywhere. LOL!

  • Mummy whisperer

    >My biggest problem is my diary. I'm an intelligent person, but I seem incapable of actually reading the right day or writing things on the right day, arghh! But I agree with one idea that we gain stuff too – compare your head full of knowledge about babies and in particular your Children's likes and dislikes, with your previous knowledge (for me looking at husband helps remind me how much I know!!).

    Seriously though, omega 3,6 & 9 oils help me vaguely manage to string 2 sentences together ;0)

  • BushBelles

    >Lists, lists and more lists – then I forget to look!

  • BushBelles

    >Lists, lists and more lists – then I forget to look!

  • BushBelles

    >Lists, lists and more lists – then I forget to look!

  • Whimsical Wife

    >seven and a half years in… my brain has still not returned & it's worsening with each child!

  • Rachael (forgotten what my blog's called)

    >Er. Um. (insert cheering and positive comment here about my zingy and dynamic mental faculties)

  • naomi

    >I still write everything down. I hate to forget. Paper all round the house with pens perhaps so you are able to write down stuff.

  • @poorparenting

    >If you find out the answer please let me know as I'm wondering the same thing…

  • Gillian D

    >Have been wondering this myself since the birth of my first child…. Have been carrying out a survey of mums of older children, and the results are not encouraging, I'm afraid…

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