Mom Brain :: Embrace the Crazy

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I have been a mother for seven years, and during these seemingly short seven years I have learned a lot. It’s all about trial and error and this “fly by the seat of your pants” mom has been winging it the whole time. With every learning curve comes another, a constant cycle you will never be fully prepared for. I am thankful for the endless amount of resources pertaining to parenting, full of incredibly useful advice; but, out of all that information, nothing readied me for the phenomenon known as Mom Brain.

Mommy Brain, BDB (Baby Drain Brain) … call it whatever you want. This is an occurrence known to most mothers, where the brain turns into a futile mass of goop. Pregnancy brain lingers and the maternal absentmindedness sets in. I am no scientist or doctor (obviously) but this should probably be medically recognized. I suffer from this syndrome on a daily basis and I become more aware of its effects as the day progresses. The longer I am awake, the worse it becomes. 

Coffee is a necessary beverage that keeps the nuttiness at bay. A good brew can do wonders for BDB, but the only way to reset what is offset is sleep. When sleep isn’t an option, then you should just revisit the coffee pot. There’s no such thing as too much caffeine … right? (Did I already mention I’m not a doctor?)

Being schooled on all things motherhood, the last several years have been quite an experience and I’ve discovered the importance in finding the silver lining.

Here are just a few tips for the mom suffering from this phenomenon:

Don’t worry if you go all day wearing clothes inside out or don two different shoes to the store; it is 2017, you’re a local fashion icon, and the trend will soon catch on. 

Speaking of clothes, washing machines don’t work properly unless you add the detergent. The same method applies to dishwashers.

Desitin diaper cream is not a good alternative for toothpaste.

Always check the expiration date before lathering up with self tanner; green legs are hard to hide in 100-degree summer heat. And, remember to shave both legs before going to the pool, your kids will notice and bring it to everyone’s attention.

Locking the back door while leaving the front door standing open is senseless, but if you happen to get robbed, the intruders won’t bust any glass! Thief or not, whoever comes in will be welcomed by a glorious aroma from the candle that was left burning on the kitchen counter. 

Want to give your kiddos a good laugh? Leave your cup of coffee on top of the car; your windshield will enjoy a nice bath of stickiness when breaking at the stop light. Having a coffee covered car makes it easier to remember where you parked — just look for the vehicle covered in ants.

Yes, every single thing you just read actually happened to me.

We moms may do crazy things, but being pulled in so many different directions, who can blame us?! I say, let’s raise our glasses coffee mugs and embrace the crazy!

Got any Mom Brain tips or stories you want to share? I’d love to hear them!

 

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A native to the Birmingham area, Lindsay is a retired professional ballerina. She spent her time training and performing with prestigious dance companies around the country. Now, she is holding down the fort in Alabama, Lindsay lives with her loving husband, Ian and three children Nixson, Lily and Amelia. You’ll find Lindsay sharing her love for dance, as a ballet instructor; and in between the delicate in’s and out’s of being a wife and mother, she manages to squeeze in some time to sweat it out on her yoga mat. An active member of her church, Lindsay lives her life with unwavering faith and love for the Lord. Hoping to spread a little joy and laughter, Lindsay likes to share her life journey and stories from a comical point of view. Striving to live life fully by finding laughter in the chaos.