I’m sure this topic is brought up on blogs everyday. I wouldn’t know, though, because most of the time I suffer from Momnesia. Since I had a kid, I don’t know whether it’s lack of sleep or lack of intellectual stimulation, but my IQ has dropped and I’m constantly forgetting the simplest things.
As SAHMs we often don’t wear make-up or shave our legs. I try to do both, but some days it seems pointless, just to go to the park. Sand is good enough for exfoliation and I can always wear shades. Forget about make-up, I now forget daily essentials like putting on deodorant or brushing my teeth. People must think I’m going through menopause and have body odor issues or suffer from halitosis.
When you are single and work, you have a clear routine. I have one as a mom too. It’s just that there are constant interruptions now. “Mommy, you forgot my socks,” or “Mommy, Sesame Street isn’t working,” or “Mommy, I don’t want to eat this.” All statements that break my train of thought and keep me from picking up my toothbrush or putting on deodorant.
Several times, I have driven my daughter to school in my slippers. I now keep a spare pair of shoes in the trunk. Once, I forgot to put my daughter’s shoes on. I now keep a spare pair in the car. Once, I forgot to wear pants and got halfway to her school in my pajama bottoms. She was 10 minutes late to school because we had to turn around and go back. I’m constantly forgetting my purse on these quick trips.
I’m pretty sure I’ll run out of gas sometime soon. I used to be one of those people who got gas, when my tank was only half empty. Now, I don’t even notice when the gas light is on.
All of these things go against my grain, because I’m Type A and a manager by nature. Either I’ve got Momnesia or I’m in the early stages of dementia. I think it’s the former. The other day, one of my mommy friends threw her backpack in the trunk of her car with the keys in it, but hadn’t unlocked the doors yet. We had to drive to her house to get the spare. I know two moms who forgot to close the trunk of their SUV or van and backed out of their garage, shattering the glass. AAA must love moms. One mommy friend keeps deodorant in her purse (I should do this).
Yesterday, I had to calculate the number of people that don’t have memberships and need tickets for the amusement park where I’m having my daughter’s birthday. Simple math, right? Well, I had to use a calculator! I’m pretty sure reading Pinkalicious instead of the classics and watching dumb reality shows (about all my brain can handle, sometimes) instead of the Discovery channel has something to do with this.
Luckily, I’m just forgetting simple things. Hopefully, I won’t forget my kid somewhere. I hear about these moms who have ten kids and drive out of the parking lot without one. I’m kind of sympathetic now. Anything is possible when you have Momnesia.