The Struggle of Chronic Baby Brain

Tuesday, 29 August 2017
uk parenting and lifestyle blogger maisy meow family blogger

At first, I blamed it on the hormones. Then when the pregnancy was over, I blamed it on the sleep deprivation. Then when he started sleeping through, I ran out of excuses. Okay so I'm up at 6am every day, but the exhaustion knocks me out by 9.30pm most nights.

So why's my brain not working anymore?

In the last few months, I've made countless trips upstairs only to forget why I'm there. I've put my steriliser in the oven (and only discovered the melted mess after 10 mins), I've went out without my purse (too many times to count) and recently, I convinced the man in the ice cream van that he'd forgotten to put a flake on my ice cream only to realise as I walked away (with the replacement flake) that I could taste chocolate. It turns out I'd eaten it, instantly forgotten and asked for a new one. 

I can't work out if I've lost brain cells or if there's just so much going on up there that it's a bit overcrowded. It's the latter, probably. My endless to-do list alone could take up the full capacity up there.

I have that constant nagging feeling in my mind, like I've forgotten to do something. Sometimes it's because I've genuinely forgotten something and other times it's just because I know that I've so much to do, that's there always something I need to do. I suppose 'baby brain' isn't just a pregnancy or sleep related thing - it's just baby related. Once you're caring for another little person and their every little need, you need to use some of the brain space that you previously used for things like storing the location of the tv remote and the reason why you went upstairs. 

The good thing is, I'm not alone. I've spoken to mums of kids of all ages about it and it's safe to say  that judging by what they've said, my 'baby brain' is here to stay. Although it seems there's probably no hope of me ever being back to how I used to be, it's comforting to know I'm not the only mum who feels like they're losing their mind sometimes. 

I used to get so angry with myself for doing stupid things, but I've learned to laugh at my baby brain moments now. This morning I went to make myself a cup of tea and as I flipped the switch to boil the kettle, I found a roasting hot cup of tea right next to it. Yep, I'd already made one .. within the last few minutes, and of course, I'd already forgotten about it. I think that was the only time I've been pleased to have my baby brain around - it surprised me with tea!

I asked some other mums for their best baby brain moments and here's what they said...

"I've put the kettle in the fridge, way more than once.."

"I put Teddy's dirty nappy in the fridge..my fella got a smelly surprise when he went in a couple of hours later for his milk!" 

"Put chicken in the kitchen drawer two days ago and only found it this morning!" 

When you mention baby brain to any mum with a young baby, you can guarantee you'll get a story like one of these. There's definitely a theme to the above ones - wouldn't it be interesting to go into the kitchen of a mum and inspect their fridges and drawers, to see what crazy misplaced things you'd find! It's funny how mums can cope with the busiest, most demanding job in the world yet can't operate basic brain functions at times! The way I see it though, at the end of the day, as long as I'm keeping my tiny human alive and happy, then who cares if I can't find the remote (edit: it was in the fridge).

Have any of you had long-term baby brain?







10 comments on "The Struggle of Chronic Baby Brain"
  1. I really struggled with this when the boys were first born, it does get better as time goes on but I'm always forgetting things... even with lists!

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    1. I write lists too - and then forget I've written them haha!xx

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  2. I have had three children and I swear baby brain gets worse with the more you have, I cannot count how many times ive put things in the fridge that shouldnt go in there or the time I couldnt find my phone... when it was in my hand all along!

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  3. I've deffo tried to put the kettle in the fridge too haha! Baby brain really is real and I feel like it'll be sticking around for me at least haha!

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  4. I don't even have a baby but I feel like I suffer from baby brain - I'm always forgetting things. I'll be terrible when I do have a little one of my own! xx
    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  5. I've melted Eleanor's bottles before - I forgot to put water in them before putting them in the microwave and they melted. I keep putting things in the fridge instead of the cupboard and visa versa.

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  6. I've heard some hilarious stories, dreading to see what I do xx

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  7. I woke up and got ready for work last week - somehow forgetting to notice my fast asleep partner (who leaves for work an hour before I even get up) and the fact that it was 2am... I can't even blame tiredness for that, it was all baby brain!

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  8. Thanks for featuring me. I swear baby brain is worse than ever and he's 16MO!

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  9. Our lives change so dramatically when we become parents, I think it'll just take us all time to get used to having to use our brains for more than before! Even when we think we have everything covered, our brains are still working overdrive with a million and 1 things to do! xo

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