So, I've had a recurring dream my whole life that I have a baby and just constantly forget about the baby. I'll be really excited to be with my baby, but then go off to do something and forget the baby, leaving it alone, for hours, even whole days. The first dream similar to this I had when I was a kid, that we had forgotten about my little brother and left him alone in a mall parking lot. Since then the dream has been about my own baby. The most recent was two nights ago, the first one I remember since being pregnant (this is my first pregnancy). This dream went even farther, not only repeatedly forgetting my 2-day-old newborn for 12 hour stretches and then guiltily finding her, but after two days of this pattern, we lost the baby in the house and after looking in every cupboard and closet, concluded that she'd been kidnapped. It was horrible.
My mother says that she has also had dreams like this her entire life, and at 65 she still has them once a year or so. She thinks it might be some way that nature prepares us - DON'T FORGET YOUR KIDS! It's an unnerving and upsetting dream, though I have no fear that I will be forgetting about my child for 12 hours at a time, let alone 1 hour.
The thing I'm wondering though, is do other people have this dream? Unlike dreams of forgetting to put on your clothes before going out or forgetting about a test in school, neither of us ever hear about others having this type of baby-forgetting dream.
Have any of you had this dream, or a similar one?