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10 Signs of Mommy Brain

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I admit it, my kids are almost 4 and 6 years old, but I still have mommy brain. (I still have the baby weight, too, but let's not speak of that now. Actually, let's never speak of that again.)

Not all moms have mommy brain—that forgetfulness you first start experiencing in pregnancy that goes full-tilt once you have your babies. You can't remember a thing, you've gotta write everything down. And then you forget where you put the piece of paper where you wrote everything down. It's a miracle you leave the house wearing pants each day. (Wait, am I wearing pants right now? Oh, yes. Phew.)

No matter how old your kids are, you might still have it, too. Here's how to tell:

1. You have no idea where your keys are

You know you had them a second ago. Are they in this bag? No. The diaper bag? No. Are they in this other bag? No. How about this one? Oh, wait, they're in the car? Oh yes, you knew that.

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2. You have no idea why you just walked into that room

How did you get there? Why did you come in there in the first place? There must be a reason. Wait, what are we talking about?

3. You forgot all about your plans today

You have a virtual calendar spinning through your mind at all times. Some things are going to fall through the cracks.

4. You show up at the dry cleaners with the birthday gift you meant to drop off at your friend's house

So, you missed a birthday party (see: No. 3), and you need to drop off the gift. Why does this require military-level planning?

5. Seriously, you have no idea why you just walked into that room

You know you walked in there for a reason. WHAT IS THE REASON? WHAT? WHAAAAATTTTT?!

6. You write everything down

There was a time you made fun of your mother and grandmother for making elaborate lists all the time ("Your lists have lists," we used to say), but now you get it.

7. You put dinner in the oven, but you forget to turn the oven on

Who wants pizza???

8. You forget your kids' names

Which one are you again?

9. You forget your husband's name

Which one are you again?

10. You forget your own damn name

I'm Johnny's mommy. I'm Jane's mommy. I'm Jack's wife. OMG, who am I?

Did you answer "yes" to any of these? If so, it's time to admit it: You've got mommy brain. And you've got it bad.

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But really, it's OK. Once you become a mommy, priorities shift. All of a sudden, you've got a new focus, you've got the most important thing in the world to worry about: the well-being of a tiny little human. You could have one kid or five, but either way, your mind will always be on your kids. Their health, their happiness, their school lunch.

So, give yourself a break. You may not know where the keys are, but you know where your kids are. (Wait, you know where the kids are, right?)

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