It’s a Proven Fact I Am Not Losing My Mind

by Cate on May 2, 2008

It only feels like I am.  Before kids, I had nothing to blame my lack of memory on.  At least now, two kids later, I do.  There is an official word for it.  Momnesia.  Phew.  At least the medical world is behind us.

In a recent forty-eight hour period, I have managed to lose a stack of gift cards worth $150, a brand new package of gum that Nicholas picked out at the grocery store and my daughter‘s favorite Cookie Monster pacifier (gosh, it still feels weird to see those words – my daughter).  The gift cards I put in a very safe to-be-determined place.  The gum?  I could swear I put it on top of the tv in our bedroom, to keep it out of Nicholas’ reach.  And the pacifier?  Well, she fell asleep on my bed with it in her mouth and woke up an hour later (while I was sitting next to her the whole time!) and the freakin’ thing is gone.  Poof.

The good news? 

I just started folding laundry in the dryer, and as I’m taking out each piece of clothing, a gift card falls out onto the floor.  Yup, all twelve of them have now been accounted for.  The bad news?  I bought new gift cards today to replace the first batch.  I kept those in my pocket until I could put them away properly.  When I reached into my pocket to put the first batch there, my pocket was empty.  Yup.  Now the search is on for the second set of gift cards. 

The pacifier?  Turned up underneath our bed.  NO idea how it got there.

The gum?  Well, we’re still looking for it…

So I should probably feel better that Momnesia is something real, but I don’t.  I think the bigger problem, perhaps, is that by the time Momnesia goes away, it will be time for old age and its assorted memory loss to set in.

Oh the joys of motherhood.

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Merry May 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Don’t feel alone! Ever since I had Evan 10 months ago, I forget everything! I’m wondering how it’s going to go when I head back to work next month. I hope they are understanding about my lack of memory power. :)


Mellisa May 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm

We lost a paci in my daughters 10 X 12 room and still after two months cannot find it.


Maria May 5, 2008 at 6:11 am

I can’t blame my lack of memory on Momnesia since I don’t have kids. I recently found B&N gift cards that I received three years ago.


Jenn Thompson May 20, 2008 at 11:30 am

I like the name Momnesia…may have to borrow that one. Over a period of 6 yrs I gave birth 3 times, so basically every year I was either pregnant or post-partum. Can you imagine the stuff I forget?? I’ve often said that it feels like each time I had a child I lost half of my brain right along with the placenta. So, yes – that would leave me with MINUS half a brain.

At least this way, when you have a little stretch where don’t forget things (by some miracle) or manage to pull of something fantastic that requires thought, memory, organization & time management all at once…then everyone’s so impressed!! That’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it! :)


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