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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Does This Strike a Chord With Anyone?

I thought it was just we grannies and great-grannies who couldn't remember why we walked into the kitchen. Evidently not. Read on.

From Erin via Blogging Baby.

Mommy Brain - As I've heard it referred to was something I never felt as unappealing as you suggest. The term "Mommy Brain" came about years back through a Mom from an online Mom's group who wrote a piece to celebrate our first year of mommy-hood. It was a tribute to all that we had experienced as mostly first-time moms. I am proud to be a part of, and the creator of that group. The piece is below...

Mommy Brain
If you've left the crayons to melt in the car,
And forgotten just where the car keys are,
There's a perfectly good way to explain:
You see, you've come down with "Mommy Brain."

When you're not sure where the past 8 hours went,
Or whether the phone bill check's been sent,
If you've left the laundry drying in the rain,
It's just--you guessed it--Mommy Brain.

If you find yourself chatting for hours on end
About diaper prices with your cyberfriends,
You've just caught a particularly virulent strain
Of that affliction known as Mommy Brain.

If you left your bags at the grocery store
Or completely forgot what you went there for,
If you called the cat by your baby's name,
You can bet that Mommy Brain's to blame.

And if you know the words to "Goodnight Moon" by heart,
Or you study your sleeping babe like a work of art,
If you're always surprised by how time is flying,
And the thought of that first birthday starts you crying.....

It's unavoidable girls, and I feel your pain,
For I, too, suffer from Mommy Brain.
But I'll admit one thing--of this I'm sure:
I hope they never find a cure.

© Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz


PEA said...

Well now I finally know what I have!!!! lol Love it!

Atasha said...

I was self diagnosed with this condition a couple yrs ago :-) Hahaha. It's all very true. It's madness. I remember the time I packed up the kids and hopped in the car only to realize I didn't know where I was going. Ha.....Love it! Or wait, when I found the cleaner in the refrigerator and the milk in the cupboard. I don't need to tell you how it get there.

Beth said...

How about when you twist your own children's names...when you look into Andrew's eyes and say, "Please, go help Andrew." He of course responds "Do you really want me to help myself and why do I have to go away to do it?" Or when three names all come out at once and you call the kid "An-br-Evan!" and he says, "did you just call me Anbrevan? What's that, a new drug?"

L. said...

"If you left your bags at the grocery store....."

Hey, I once left THE BABY at the grocery store -- but remembered the bags!

Autumn said...

I used so many of my mommy brains rasing kids and grandkids that I don't have any left. I have been walking around thinking it was old age, but now I understand how it happened ha ha. Cute post

Melissa said...

I agree,very cute post! I too suffer from this mommy brain. I call the dog, by my daughter's name, my daughter by the dog's name,I walk into the kitchen and forget why. Sheesh. Is there a cure?

Angel said...

Still sending lots of good thoughts for Ray and you & the girls of course.

I wish there was a cure for Mommy brain. I really did used to be an intelligent person! LOL

Merle said...

Hi Ann ~~ This is quite good and I am sending it to 2 relatives with new babies. I hope it is a bit cooler for you. Also keep positive thoughts for Ray
It is so hard when they don't know what is wrong. Keep on keeping on Ann. Thanks
for callin at Jan's place. It is great to get comments, when you first start out. Take care, Merle.

wolfbaby said...

Hey ann hope things are going well!!! or better:)

I so know the feeling... but it started when i was pregnant hmmmm

I call my nieceie by my daughters name and my daughter by my niecies name and my youngest by my oldest

lost my keys in the store

forget everything and anything...
maybe the metling wasn't from the final and it was from the kids lol

cute post:)

Granny said...

Thanks all. My car automatically turns toward Albertson's (grocer). It pays no attention to me at all.

Is the car suffering from mommy brain, I wonder? It couldn't be me.

Janice said...

That's cute!

JBlue said...

I had diagnosed myself with ADD. Liz keeps telling me to stay off the medical sites. I guess I'll look to blogs for my medical expertise now. ;)

A couple of times, I have called my younger son the cat's name. Try explaining to a 5 y.o. that you were going to feed the cat when he interrupted you, so you had two things on your mind and mixed them up....

Erin said...

THanks for posting the piece for all to see. I love it. I remember the first time she sent it to us! Of course... I have had crayons melt in my car and I have called my kids the wrong names/the cat's name. Scary thing I tell ya but.. I'm happy to be afflicted with it! :-)

tAnYeTTa said...

Thanks for posting this granny. I shared it on the mommy message board too. Mommy Brain--it all makes sense now, I'm not really crazy (all the time) Hee Hee...

Carlotta Stankiewicz said...

Hi - I just stumbled upon this post of the poem I wrote more than a decade ago! I was trying to find Erin, who posted my poem on your blog, but the link doesn't work. Do you happen to know how I might contact her? Would love to see how many of our original group are still around. You can email me at

Thanks in advance!