Do You Have Mom Brain?

Today is May the 4th. When I was tagged in yet another May The Fourth picture, I started to realise that maybe I’m missing something here because all these lovely people who are tagging me can’t possibly know that I have never watched Star Wars, and therefore won’t get the joke they are all kindly trying to include me in. It must be a joke.  

After saying it ‘out loud’ in my head (yup, I know right?) I then looked at the corner of my screen, then down at my diary and it clicked, today is the 4th of May. May the Fourth!

Click! Engage brain!

It is now 10.08am and I have been tagged in or sent at least five ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ messages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

And I just got it!

When I confessed this to one of my blogging buddies and she very kindly put it down to ‘mom brain’.

I gratefully accepted this excuse, because the alternative is almost embarrassing!

My ‘Mom Brain’ is so bad that I barely even know what the date is. Days of the week – NO Problem. But the date? Pass.

It got me thinking though …

What is “Mom Brain”.

The statement is often used to explain away things that mom’s forget, but I have a theory:

Mom’s are expected to carry around so much information in their heads that there really isn’t room for much more and so our brains discard irrelevant ‘stuff’ to make space for important stuff.

Here is a VERY short list of things my mom brain has decided it does needs to remember:

  • Who likes their sandwiches cut into triangles, and who wants them cut in squares.
  • Who was the last one to feed the cats, it’s the other child’s turn next … never forget!
  • Which day of the week it is because then I know where I’m supposed to chauffeur the kids to that day; Mon – eldest dancing, Tues – youngest’s dancing, Wed – both dance, Thur & Friday – swimming but never the same time as the week before.
  • My husband’s entire calendar for work and play! Without this I can’t actually plan anything else! I must remember where he is at all times:- Joburg, work, biking, meetings, dinners, biking, hunting, biking. I’m sure you get the picture.
  • Who doesn’t like what in their dinner. Sometimes it’s just easier to pick the onions out for one, and the mushrooms out for the other.
  • School schedule including parents evenings, soccer tournaments, what day is tennis, when the school holidays are.
  • The balance of my bank account.
  • The car mileage to calculate when the next service is due

Here is a short list of things my mom brain has decided it doesn’t need to remember:

  • The date (clearly!) unless of course it’s to remember birthdays!
  • When all the vehicles licence need to be renewed.
  • When the passports need to be renewed.
  • The names of my children – when I shout they know who is in trouble regardless of the name I’m using, using the correct name is really not important.

Now some of you may think I have my priorities all screwed up. If you think it’s more important for me to remember the date of passport renewal rather than which shape the sandwiches must be cut in, you are clearly not a mom.

Did you know that EVERYTHING on the second list and some on the first can be found in or programmed into your phone calendar with a lovely twinkly tune to remind you.

I do, because I have a Mom Brain!

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  1. Omg yes! I’m just in the middle of writing a post about this too! I offered Mr C a bacon sandwich the other morning only for him to kindly enquiry 5 minutes later if I’d forgotten about it. I had! #stayclassymama

    1. haha … did he end up making it himself? If so I’d say your brain is working perfectly! lol

  2. Oh yes! The delightful Mom Brain ? hahaha…. Im with you on list of things we have to remember. I dare to put the toothpaste on my sons toothbrush until he is holding it for at least 3 mins ?

    1. My two literally roll their eyes at me and correct me! It makes whatever I’m shouting about irrelevant. I should try harder I guess. lol

  3. Thank you, I never realised before just how much I do have to remember and that’s why I forget such a lot of other things. Yes, mum brain for sure.

  4. I’m with on having a mom brain. I’m always looking for things like my kid’s bottle.

    1. Haha … I’m done with that thank goodness. Made room in the brain for finding the favourite of the day shoes or something equally important! ?

  5. I definitely had Mum Brain, and now I have a Mum Brain – it’s green and spotty from Kikki-K and contains every list, birthday, to do item, phone number, reference number I need. Hurrah!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub. May the fourth be with you 😉

  6. I have mom brain. I need to invest in a calender. I forgot that Oldest had a school trip and sent her to school in her uniform when it should have been casual clothes. I also tried to take her back to school two days early, perhaps that was wishful thinking 😉 #FridayFrolics

    1. I would be lost without my diary. Even that is not 100% though as I have the short term memory of a sieve.

  7. My Mom brain one let me leave a changing room wearing only my jeans and jacket. Yes that jacket was open. Yes I did expose my bra to the gaggle of husbands waiting outside! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Woops … but as a mum do we ever really get embarrassed by stuff like that? I certainly left most of my dignity on the delivery table.

  8. My brain is definitely a bit foggier after having a child. I sometimes forget basic words and have to say, “You know…the thing that does the thing…” #FridayFrolics

    1. haha … of course I know exactly what you’re talking about.

  9. I don’t know about mum brain but I get dad brain all the time haha! Great read Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  10. ha ha ha the name forgetting – just brilliant. I frequently forget my children’s and then end up calling them one of the three or even the flippin dogs at times! #CoolMumClub

    1. I don’t feel bad – when they get home from school sometimes they call me ‘teacher’ instead of ‘mom. It’s just payback really.

  11. Oh my goodness yes I think having children and husbands do strangethingsto our heads. I once forgot what day it was and attempted everything on the same day! #coolmumclub

  12. Sometimes I am at a store and they ask for my zip code and I just stare at them…for like ten seconds….before my brain catches up.
    Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

  13. Hahaha yes! I definitely have mom brain. I literally do not remember people’s names. I just started a new job and have met them literally three times and I STILL don’t remember their name, I think it’s because in my mom brain it doesn’t matter. Its more important to remember that Bear does not like strawberries lol. Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    1. I never remember people’s names. Literally 2 seconds after they tell me, it’s gone. Lol

  14. It’s all about lists! Can’t live without mine to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be and all my work gets done. You are so right about all the little details about each child’s preferences, so much to remember! #ablogginggoodtime

    1. haha … thanks. Funny, that’s the one most moms have felt united by. No idea why.

  15. Haha! I’ve decided I don’t need to remember anything at all – my kids don’t remember anything/constantly change their mind so they won’t know!

    Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

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