Embrace the baby brain, I’ve always had it!

Embrace the baby brain, I’ve always had it!

Have you got baby brain?

Before the dawn of time women everywhere knew that in order to receive the gift of a child they must sacrifice their brain or part there of. Modern man labelled this phenomenon baby brain and I for one have revelled in it. Lose your keys? Baby brain. Call a colleague the wrong name? Baby brain. Thing is I’m not sure it will ever go away. Worse still, I know that it won’t because I’ve always had it.

You’re not likely to find me in the mastermind chair any time soon but I do get the odd one right on University Challenge. I don’t consider myself thick. There are just specific grey areas in my knowledge alongside a unique interpretation of the world that land me in the dunce hat every now and again.

‘Franks ‘n’ Artra, my favourite duo’

It started early. I remember being baffled at how people could continually refer to swing duo Franks n Artra as ‘he’. They could both sing exactly the same. Needless to say finding out Frank Sinatra was one man doing all the singing was like having a light switched on. Names have always been a troubling one come to think of it. There was Ann Bacall at Tesco, forever on shift. She never stopped and they needed her at that checkout in extreme queue busting times.  It wasn’t until I heard a ‘red call’ to the checkout that the supermarket’s traffic light system clicked. Poor Ann was no longer employee of the year.

There was the whole confusion over the Marx brothers- Groucho and Karl, I’m still not convinced I know who they are but I know for sure that Karl’s a whole other kettle of fish. And the Jayne Eyre-Jane Austin who’s who debacle, I think that’s fairly self explanatory. The time I got the date wrong for watching Henning Wehn, a day late rather than early, who checks tickets when you’ve got such an incredible memory?

I even introduced myself to someone using the wrong name during an Open Uni lecture, I could hear the words coming out but it didn’t stop ‘Hi I’m Michelle, actually sorry, I’m not Michelle, I’m Helen, I don’t know why I said that’. I sat on my own for that one. Well you would, wouldn’t you? You’d give anyone who gave you the wrong name (and admitted it, to this day I’ve no idea why I didn’t just go along with being Michelle) a wide berth at the least.

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‘excuses excuses’

Being pregnant finally gave me an excuse for day to day discrepancies in my head like turning up for my hair appointment on the wrong day or accidentally knocking things over with my bump (more recently my hands, bum, elbows). I put keys in the fridge. Frequently I forget to boil the kettle before making tea. The other day I forgot my date of birth, I referred to my son as she and I gave my dad’s post code for an online delivery. I continue to forget things. Ironically, I’m struggling to remember half of my ‘baby brained’ antics. Often I have entire conversations with myself planning and executing ideas without so much as a word from other people. Thing is, I promptly forget they happened.

Since having a baby unfortunately my spacial awareness has also decreased (there was only a little there to start with). I drop things, often 3 or 4 times in a row. Often I’ll walk into the same things. It’s easy to trip over things. I stub my toes and I bump my head a worrying amount. Somehow, I manage do the thing where your clothes get caught on the door handle but you don’t realise and it shuts on you before it stops you dead in your tracks. Tell me I’m not the only one. Most recently I took my little splasher to his swimming lesson. Having put my costume on before getting to the baths, I neglected to realise I’d left my top on in the pool until 5 minutes before the end. Again with the wide berth weirdo alert.

‘if it’s a thing, I’m in’

My point is that while some mothers get frustrated with their ‘baby brain’, I’m loving the shield it gives me for the things that I’ve always done. I got told last week that I had ‘mummy brain’ by a lovely receptionist. She was looking for a prescription that I’d already collected. If it’s a thing, I’m in.

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33 Comments

  1. I actually don’t know how to describe how funny I found this. Oh. Ma. Good. Grief. PS thank you for actually making me feel like I’ve got my s*** together! Never thought I’d say that. #coolmumclub

  2. Haha! I can identify with this a lot. I have always been a bit ditzy in the mind waaaaay before I became a mum. Baby brain just added to that quality. I like having a reason for it, even a label so that everyone can sympathise and make allowances. But it can be quite annoying to go brain dead during a sentence and not know what one is saying, or to be asked by one’s OH where the washing up liquid is and find it in the fridge. I’d like to hope I will have a brain that fires on all cylinders one day, but I really don’t hold out much hope!haha! #coolmumclub

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      I once started putting the dirty dishes in the oven, luckily I realised with that one!

  3. This was such a fun read! Literally laughing right now, and I fully agree baby brain is a great excuse for many things! #thatfridaylinky

  4. Agree!! When I was pregnant I wondered why hardly any of my cereal was going in my mouth when I looked down to see I was eating with a fork! I claimed double baby brain as we had Twins so for 10 years that was my excuse… 5 yrs per child seems fair! I now have a new baby so will look forward to another 5 years of babybrain!
    Ps. Ur photos cracked me up!!🌺
    #stayclassymama

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      Wow. Imagine if I’d had TWINS! I’d have to wear a padded suit and stay in an empty room with an interpreter haha. Sat and waited for the kettle to boil this morning…wasn’t plugged in was it?!

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      I love to remember normal things, instead I remember registration plates of cars my dad had in the 90s or every word to friends episode the one with the football game’.

  5. This made me giggle!! The Tesco thing? Ace! I can relate as am very clumsy! I think I need to use the baby brain excuse more xx #thatfridaylinky

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      I remember walking round thinking ‘that woman is always here, she must need the over time, I bet she’s the supervisor, works funny shifts….’ when I realised it was a call out I laughed out loud to myself!

  6. One of the added benefits of mamahood – blaming everything on the ‘mummy brain’;)
    #FridayFrolics

  7. Just popping back again from #FridayFrolics. I still love this and I am always using the baby brain excuse! #FridayFrolics

  8. Oh wow, you’ve definitely had a few moments! Haha.
    I actually haven’t had baby brain however hubby took that for me!
    My mum once told me to put the hedgehog in the fridge – she meant melon haha #stayclassymama

  9. Love this and so funny can I use this as I’m always forgetting Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  10. Oh this did make me laugh. I’m laughing with you, not at you, I promise. Ok, 90% with you. 😉 Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  11. Lol I agree – I still use the excuse of baby brain – or as I now like to call it melted mum brain – left right and centre and my little one is three! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

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      Haha. Think my mums still got it, I think I just wave bye now and crack on with it!

  12. After ten years of popping out kids I am not quite sure the baby brain isn’t permanent. At least in my case it seems to be.

    #chucklemums

  13. Hi Michelle! This is hilarious and I’m completely with you – I fully embrace it as an excuse to be a bit scatty. People also tend to feel a bit sorry for you if you declare a spot of baby brain and let you get away with more. I did my first KIT day yesterday and had to take an e-learning course, which I watched 4 times and still managed to balls up the multiple choice test for. I apologised to the course leader and blamed baby brain, and ta-dah! All was forgiven. Thanks for linking up to #Chucklemums xx

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      Got it! Whenever I do something like this now my sister asks if it was Michelle that did it!!



  14. Haha – this is hilarious! Introducing yourself as someone else is amazing! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

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      I don’t even know how it happened! Just rolled out, if I’d have kept quiet it would have been fine haha.

  15. Haha, my brain is awful now. I used to be really sharp – I also have a thyroid condition that doesn’t help. I just shouted at the dog for barking and called her by my son’s name…Thanks for linking up to #chucklemums!

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