Parenting ruined my brilliant brain!

I don't know what else to blame because I can no longer rely on my brain for everything! Now, I was not brilliant in the astrophysicist kind of way before I became a parent, but I could count on it to get through life without goof-ups. Sadly, that is no longer the case. In the beginning, I had scientific reasons for my predicament - there's the pregnancy brain and baby brain. You know, first the pregnancy hormones mess you up and then the new baby kind of turns you into a zombie. But nobody told me anything about 'toddler brain' or that certain neurological connections get permanently damaged in the process of raising a child!

(Pic: HikingArtist/ Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0)
I am a bumbling mess most of the time - I don't remember what I was supposed to be doing a minute ago, I forget days of the week, I lose things and sometimes, I don't even remember what I was going to say. Huh? Allow me to backtrack a little. I was an A-student and a pretty reliable colleague when I got into the workforce. Sorry about the bragging, but I could be depended on to get everything done seamlessly. So, you can imagine my frustration at not knowing what's happening in the world (well, mostly) and not being able to have an adult conversation without talking diapers and teething. This, from a person who used to read half a dozen magazines, three newspapers and a whole bunch of news sites. Frankly, I just don't think I have the mental energy to keep with all that.

Luckily, these goof-ups don't involve anything concerning Little Dude (except burning his food a couple of times!), which is slightly ironic because I remember every little thing that I'm supposed to do for him. I'm not sure if there are any studies related to this, but I think that once attributed with parental responsibilities, the brain does some housekeeping and gets rid of all the boxes labelled 'world politics' and 'financial reforms',  'carefree thoughts' and such!

Someone please tell me I'm not the only one who's lost it!
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Anonymous said...

I too have lost my brain, infact when I find my marbles I will tell you :)

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Actually Mummy... said...

You are definitely not! Sadly the more kids you have the worse it gets, and then everyone thinks it's ok for you to take care of their stuff too. So now that I have to look after the kids AND their father's needs on a day to day basis, it's not any wonder that I forget to take care of myself now, is it? ;)

Unknown said...

Sister, you are not alone! This is definitely a REAL syndrome, and I suffer from it too, and have for the past six years! Maddening, isn't it?

Tarana Khan said...

I completely understand where you're coming from. I saw it happen to my mom and now it's my turn!

Tarana Khan said...

It's so frustrating not being able to rely on my mind! Beautiful display pic, btw!

Audrey said...

The mind is a beautiful thing, till we have babies....wait till you have a second one :).

I was a heavy sleeper, not like I slept too much, but sounds didn't awaken me, till the day Anoushka was born and then I went in to auto mode with the slightest of whimper.

Its scientifically proven I remember reading a while ago (or so I believe) that a certain number of grey cells in the brain die with each pregnancy and childbirth and these are never regenerated. :)

Tarana Khan said...

I knew it! I can literally feel my mind falling apart!

Mz. Pittman said...

Hi Hun,

I am so with you. Parenting for sure changes everything. I am just like you and so glad that I am not alone, and reading these other comments and your posts confirms it. Come by and visit me

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you agree, thanks for stopping by!

Unknown said...

Wow! It's like I'm reading about myself!! Thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone. I think that's why I like drinking wine with people so much. Drinking really slowly allows them to drink faster and come down to my brain level. Then and only then can I be on the same playing field as non-parents.

Tarana Khan said...

That's a great strategy! Glad you liked this post.

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