It manifests in different forms and affects even the most “on top of it” moms. You just can’t escape it. It’s mom brain, and it’s real.
You may find yourself putting a nipple of a gallon of milk, or putting non-food items in the fridge. Somehow all the things that have their space in your home will be found in new and interesting places.
And it follows you outside of the home. You may grab your purse, diaper bag, baby, car seat, and keys only to leave your keys on top of your car as you drive away. That may or may not have happened to me a couple times.
You may lose things all together even if you were formerly way too OCD to lose things pre-pregnancy. It may be hard to believe and you may know exactly when it happened even if you don’t know how, but your keys are definitely gone. Okay fine. My keys are definitely gone.
You will struggle to remember everything you have to do. When you have a moment to relax, you won’t relax, because there is definitely something you are forgetting to do. So you’ll stand in your kitchen pantry trying to figure out what you aren’t doing. Then you’ll put the dog’s bowl in the fridge. Then you’ll go to the bathroom and repeat the thinking process. Then you’ll try to brush your hair with your toothbrush.
“What am I doing?” will be a question you ask yourself way too often as you catch yourself in one of these nonsensical acts. You may also wonder if you’ll ever gain back your previous cognitive abilities, you know those that made you superior to your partner when it came to multitasking and productivity. I can’t answer that for you because as far as I can tell, there is no return of said cognition even a year later, and I’m not getting any younger. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably only going to get worse.
But it’s okay, because somehow everything gets done, even if you have to buy new keys. Seriously though, where did my keys go?