Last night, I decided to throw my credit card in the recycling bin along with the receipt for our take out food. I didn’t intentionally throw out my credit card, of course, but between Jerry barking his head off, Emily crying from the other room and my stomach growling, I didn’t even realize what I had done. Today, when I tried to use my credit card at the grocery store, I realized I didn’t have it. I racked my brain trying to think of what I could have done with it and couldn’t, for the life of me, think of where it might be.
Later this afternoon, I took the recycling bin to the garage and as I was dumping it out, a shiny, small card caught my eye and I quickly remembered that 1) I lost my credit card and 2) that this shiny small thing must be my credit card.
“Mommy brain” is a term used by many people to describe the idiotic, irrational and forgetful moments that moms experience due to a lack of sleep, a lack of adult socialization for long periods of time and the ten million little thoughts that run through a mom’s brain at any given time. These million thoughts can include: worrying about the developmental milestones that your baby hasn’t reached yet; worrying about the colour, size and shape of your baby’s poop; figuring out how to run all of your errands without interrupting nap time, feeding time or changing time; scanning your baby’s body for rashes that may be associated with the introduction of a new food; and figuring out how to go to take a shower, go to the bathroom, dry your hair and put on your make-up (if there’s still time) the most efficiently.
With all of these thoughts clouding a mom’s brain, it is understandable that little mishaps like throwing out your credit card can happen. I wonder if mommy brain is a permanent thing? Does it get worse with more kids? Do Dads get “Daddy Brain”? I guess time will tell. For now, I will continue with my mommy brain moments, laugh at my complete lack of sanity and always look in the recycling bin the next time I lose something.