Mom Amnesia


Y’all, Mom Amnesia is totally a thing. My husband (he’s a doctor, so he went to medial school and “knows things”) claims it’s not a real disease. But it totally is.

If you have any of the following symptoms (although this list is not exclusive), you too may have Mom Amnesia:

  • Forgetting why you called your significant other after only two rings
  • Going to Target for one thing, leaving with $100 worth of stuff, and remembering in the parking lot that you didn’t get what you came for
  • Buying your kids the same article of clothing more than once (see above)
  • Searching all over the house for a pacifier, and then realizing there’s one in your hand
  • Remembering at 4:00 in the afternoon that you’re responsible for dinner
  • Putting dinner in the crockpot in the morning on your way to work but forgetting to turn it on
  • Adding things to your online cart and then forgetting to check out
  • Calling your kids by the wrong name (you know you’re in deep when it’s a pet’s name)

The worst part of mom amnesia? It gets progressively worse with each kid. I’m on kid number three, and sometimes I almost forget she’s there. 

One time, when she was about a month old, I picked up my two boys from school in the afternoon. I got everyone and all their backpacks/lunchboxes/school projects/etc., into the house and left the baby sleeping in her carseat in the kitchen. I got all of the backpacks unpacked, the dirty bottles and lunch containers rinsed out and in the dishwasher, and the coats put up in the closet. My oldest son has special needs and is tube fed on a schedule. I got him fed, and then we did his homework. All while my younger son is complaining that I won’t let him watch a show, go out front by himself to swing, or eat a snack. Finally, I convinced him to color. So he got out every coloring book, crayon, and marker that we owned. Then promptly got bored.

After getting all of that put up, I noticed this weird sound coming from the kitchen. I followed the noise, curious as to what could be causing such a sound, before realizing that it was my awake and hungry daughter. Oh yeah; I have a baby too! I had completely forgotten that she even existed! 

Pregnancy brain may be more famous, but I’d argue that Mom Amnesia is much more of a problem. 

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Crady is a native Memphian, but she left for twelve years only to return at the end of June 2016. She is wife to Brad, who is a pediatrician in the ER at LeBonheur. Together, they have three children: Cooper (August 2010), Semmes (March 2013), and Katherine Cobb (September 2016). Cooper has special needs, so she is constantly balancing being a special needs mom and a typical mom. She lives with her family in Central Gardens, where she spends her days wrangling children and trying to limit screen time. She loves vacations, book clubs, dinners with friends, and a hoppy IPA at the end of the day. She hates kids’ TV shows, people who park in handicap spots when they aren’t handicapped, and tomatoes.