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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Strike of the Pregnancy Brain


Pregnancy brain: A temporary forgetfulness caused by pregnancy.

Its reality is debatable, and I've always been skeptical.

Up until this pregnancy. Actually, up until this week.

It all started on Tuesday. I left Asher with Daddy and dropped Jacen off at preschool, then hurried to my monthly OB appointment. I got there, signed in, peed in the cup, and waited. I got called back a few minutes later--only to be told that my appointment was last week.

Strike one.

Then today, we went out to our new condo and started unpacking things. We were in a hurry when we left, and I realized when we were on the road that I'd left the diaper bag there. It's a 40-minute drive from our current house and I didn't have plans to be back there until Saturday.

Strike two.

We had a church activity tonight that I was supposed to help set up for. I didn't forget. I planned my trip to the minute, knowing exactly what time I needed to leave so I could get there on time. Except I forgot one thing: the children. I realized when it was time to go that I needed to take them to the babysitter. I didn't show up in time to set up.

Strike three.

I'm already out, obviously. But I'm not done. I remembered to pick the children up from the babysitter (who luckily happened to be my parents!) and took them home. We pulled into the driveway and I reached around for my purse. Not there. I left it at my parents' house. And since it had my phone in it, I had no way to call them. No way to call my husband and ask him to bail me out again. And no way was I putting the kids back in the car and driving over there.

Game OVER.

I'm a believer.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Mormon Times linked back to my blog about the Whitney's. Isn't that cool??? Made me feel like a celebrity for a minute.

Photo from http://pregnancy.more4kids.info/118/forgetfulness-during-pregnancy/.

12 comments:

Kim Coates said...

Hi Tamara - Thanks for the note about my quote in Mormon Times. I actually had you confused with another Tamara I recently met, and just barely figured out you are two different people. (And I'm not even pregnant.)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Hi Kim! No problem! I thought you might want to know. I know I'm lucky I stumbled across it, but it sure made my day!

M. Gray said...

Oh man. I'm so glad I"m not the only one with days like these. In fact, it's like every day for me. Ever since I've taken writing seriously, reality has been stretching farther and farther away.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

OKay, Mary, now I'm totally in doubt. Am I forgetful b/c I'm pregnant, or b/c I'm a writer???

Annie McMahon said...

Yup! I remember these days. :) It will pass.

Amanda said...

I've never experienced pregnancy, as I've adopted both my boys. I do have to say that I believe in "Mom Brain" though. I was trying to figure out the other day whether or not I had scheduled a play date for this Friday or last. Thankfully it wasn't last, I would've felt bad if the other mom drove to the park getting her children's hopes up.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Amanda--at least you do it at the park. Then if you forget, there's something for the kids to play with!

T. Anne said...

HA! I swear to you I had pregnancy brain with all five of my pregnancies!!! ANd you know what? I still get it lol!

Cindy said...

Oh, I remember pregnancy brain. Yep. Good times :) And just like T. Anne, I still get it sometimes...how does that work?

Well, I hope this week goes better for you :)

Talli Roland said...

At least you can blame it on pregnancy! I do a lot of those things (or things like that) and I don't have an excuse!

Have a great weekend.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

ha ha! Okay, since a lot of you do those things, I don't feel like such a dimwit now.:) thanks!

*LLUVIA* said...

You know, I thought people were joking when they said pregnancy makes you kind of "dumb." It was until I was pregnant and did many things like that, that I realized it's true.

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