Before I got pregnant, and I heard the term "pregnancy brain", I used to scoff at that idea. "Pfffft, I don't understand how you can forget so many things just because you're pregnant."
Then, it happened.
I was overtaken by "pregnancy brain". I would forget things so easily, and I would have to write down everything. I used to be able to have a discussion or argument with someone and be very effective with it. I was very good at listening to what the person was saying and then responding. Now? I can't remember what was said three sentences ago.
And, if pregnancy brain was bad, mommy brain is even worse! I swear that having a child has sucked every ounce of intelligence out of me. I used to be so smart, and remember practically everything. And now, I struggle. If I don't write down an appointment or plans, they get forgotten quickly. Conversations? Usually forgotten within a matter of hours, if not minutes.
It has been difficult for me to accept this new me as normal. I hate not being able to recall details and conversations like I used to. I'm learning how to cope with this and make adjustments to make my and my family's life a little easier.
But, for now, I look at my beautiful daughter and know that all my forgetfulness is completely worth it when she smiles and laughs at me. Those are moments that I will never forget!