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... it has finally hit me - the infamous placenta brain.<br><br>
In the last few days I put water on my DS's muesli, took stuff out of the freezer and found it again in the cupboard under the sink, burned a new baby body with the iron, cut myself numerous times chopping vegetables in the kitchen, and badly scratched the car while driving out of our stupidly narrow garage.<br><br>
Not to mention the sudden bursts of uncontrolled crying.<br><br>
I feel like somebody should take away my driver's license for a while... DH already took DS out of reach yesterday when I was making a fruit salad using a sharp knife.<br><br>
wow. my accountability certainly is seriously diminished.<br><br>
Anybody else in the same place? come on, make me feel better by spilling the stupid things you've done lately... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Hi! I was wondering how you were doing- AND thinking of writing a similar post.<br><br>
I'm sorry you cut yourself in the kitchen. And have been crying- hang in there! It must be hard keeping up with DS, but I'm sure you are doing a good job.<br><br>
I feel that way too, my brain the last few days or week just is not working at a high level. I should be working everyday on my work/business while I have the time before the baby. But instead my mind just can't go there and I'm circling my email, facebook, and general web surfing. Going for walks too... but my concentration is just not there right now for serious tasks. I was thinking today sometimes my mind is just in another place. Like BF and I will be having a 'real' conversation and then I'm like, wow, look at those clouds! Not to mention going grocery shopping takes me forever as I'm entranced by the chocolate and cookies aisle, and the beauty products. It gives me some strange satisfaction just LOOKing at everything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Maybe you really shouldn't drive right now- or at least be careful and only when you really need to. When I was a teenager, the only two (minor) car accidents I had were both during periods...go figure, but maybe there is something about it.<br><br>
Be well! xoxo
 

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Yep, got the placenta brain. I was calling it preggo brain, but I like placenta brain much better.<br><br>
I am so glad that I am no longer working, it would be very difficult. I mentally wander away from conversations, day dream, and struggle with intellectual conversation. I just end up sitting serenely in a group, in 'la-la' land, while everyone else is conversing intelligently. Fortunately, I don't feel bad about it, I think its kind of funny. I've begun to pull over when I'm driving to have a conversation, I'm just too distracted when I'm driving.<br><br>
Yesterday, I had a strong NEED for coffee, mind you, I quit it back in November. So I drive through my favorite espresso stand and couldn't remember what my favorite drink was, so I asked for "something cold, with chocolate and decaf". Barista: "you want an iced mocha, decaf?" Me: "yeah, one of those, so that's what they're called?"... and giggled. I giggled, ugh.<br><br>
Crying, yep me too. I am not a crier, so this has been a bit distressing. We have a 6 month old puppy and I've had the hardest time in disciplining him, I usually end up crying and worrying that I'll be a terrible mother (when I know that I'll do just fine). I couldn't imagine having to discipline a kid while pregnant, so hang in there!
 

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I broke down and confessed my placenta brain to a couple of colleagues a few minutes ago. It got me out of doing something I really didn't want to do anyway, but aside from that I really feel that maybe I <i>couldn't</i> do it because it would mean absorbing new technical information, which seems impossible right now. It was embarrassing to admit it. I'm holding up ok with things I already know (though I, too, lose words at times), but new stuff... nuh-uh.<br><br>
And I'm taking lots of fish oil just to try to combat this. I'm taking over 2 grams a day. Anybody else? I think I am doing better than I did with DD1, but just barely.
 

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I totally cut somebody off last week pulling on to a busy street. For some reason I thought the lane closest to me was a turn lane, since so many people were turning. So I pulled out right in front of somebody who WASN'T turning...good thing they were paying attention or it could have been ugly. I also confess to running a red light because the person in front of me did it. We were sitting at the red light (not moving) the green turn arrow came on and the guy in front of me gunned it (going straight). I just followed along like a lemming. Seriously! I've been much more careful, and driving much slower and more carefully now because obviously my well honed driving reflexes have been shorted out by hormones.<br><br>
I also forget things all the time, lose my keys constantly, and can't remember how I sortted the laundry. My DH finds the last very funny, since he doesn't even sort laundry and there I am asking him "is this warm water or cold water wash??" Lately, everything is cold because I can't seem to figure it out.<br><br>
I'm a teacher, and the last thing I've been doing (and it totally mortifies me) is calling kids by the wrong name. Last week I called a kid named Damon "Devon" and just yesterday I called a kid named Madison "Mary" (I don't even have a Mary this year!). Yes, I have over 100 names to remember on a daily basis, but since I've known these kids for almost 9 months, and had their names down for over 8 months, it is pretty bad. They just think the pregnancy combined with the end of the year stress is driving me over the edge. Thank goodness they are amused, because somebody should be and it's not me!<br><br>
I'm so glad that it is almost summer and the most complicated thing I'll need to remember is where my keys and purse are. That is challenge enough right now!<br><br>
ETA: I almost forgot another one! (See, I'm forgetting things!) We donated a couple paintings my great grandmother did to my daughter's school for an auction. They asked me the name of the artist, and I couldn't remember. I seriously had to go on my mother's on-line family tree and look it up. My own family! Sigh.
 

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I am having a huge problem with "placenta brain" right NOW! (hehe, I like that better than baby-brain!) I keep thinking of doing something then walk into a room and i'm done thinking. I can't get anything really DONE because i'm just going from thing to thing without thinking.<br>
I haven't been overly emotional (UM.. TODAY anyway..) but I feel constantly OFF.<br>
I don't even know if what I am typing makes sense anymore! hahahah!
 

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Pulling out of my own driveway, I almost ran over a teenager who was walking to the nearby high school. I was looking left for any cars that might be coming and he was walking on the sidewalk to my right. I was mortified when I pulled out and saw him stop abruptly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I realized then I have to pay extra attention to driving carefully right now.<br><br>
I also keep leaving my cell phone at home attached to the charger. Or leaving my wallet in front of the computer where I ordered something online. So I get where I'm going and have no money and no phone. Or I go to return something to a store and once there, realize I left the bag with the item on my kitchen table. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
At work I have to make lists and check them off now, rather than just relying on my memory. I learned this the hard way when I made several silly omissions I would normally never make (sort of like TPS report covers, ha ha). This too shall pass!
 

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Thanks ladies! Those cheered me up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I just remembered that I had a similar burst of PB early on in this pregnancy when I had to go tp the place to get our car registered four (FOUR!!!!!!) times in total, because everytime I went I had forgotten some form or document to complete the registration. Back then I was still: oh yeah, I'm pregnant again! But now it's more like: man, I HAVE to be careful! Or else I am going to do something really dangerous at some point...<br><br>
*sigh*
 

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I'm having a really hard time remembering lately. I've left the water running in the bathroom at least twice. I guess I expect it turn itself off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I took DS1 to a puppet show last weekend. Try #1 was on the wrong day and I ended up showing up at a wedding (it was at our old high school). Luckily it hadn't started yet.<br><br>
Do you guys think you're getting enough sleep? I've been trying to figure out if its just a by-product of being pregnant or if its lack of sleep (due to being pregnant of course!)
 

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Thanks ladies, these made me laugh tonight when I needed it!<br><br>
@lisalulu- I think for me it's related to pregnancy. While I haven't been sleeping very well during the night, I usually make up for it (luckily) in the morning by sleeping more. The lack of sleep thing is getting really terrible though! To make it worse I'm overly in tune with my dog and waking up completely when he does. Urg, the nurturing has began.
 

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Okay, I can add another to the list -- I forgot to flush the toilet. Yep, DH blamed it on our toddler, but it was me. Geez. And yes, I do think it is a combo of the hormones and not enough sleep. I'm seriously dragging myself out of bed every morning I'm so tired. Sigh. But the plus side is that at least I LOOK seriously preggo so people seem to take my flighty brain function in stride.
 

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I had a moment today.<br><br>
At my office, we use card keys (size of credit cards) to get in the building. They don't have any belt clips or anything to hold onto them. If I am wearing something with pockets I usually put it in my pocket by itself (I don't want to carry around my purse in the office).<br><br>
Today, I used it when I got back in the building after lunch, then went to a couple of meetings, then I couldn't find it. I looked all over, then eventually requested a replacement one.<br><br>
Then, while I was driving home, I felt something funny in my sleeve. It was my original card key! So...<br>
- why would I put my card key up my sleeve?<br>
- how could I not notice it there for a few hours especially when looking for it?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I'm basically an emotional, forgetful mess lately. I'm blaming SOME of it on the fact that work is stressful and busy, and I'm fighting a cold and not sleeping well because of it.<br><br>
Basic math is currently beyond me, rattling off my credit card number (a speciality of mine!) when ordering food just makes me look like an idiot when I blank out halfway through and have to put them on hold to get the card downstairs, walking into meetings without pens, paper or my laptop, completely losing it when I can't find parking at a meeting downtown and it would take a miracle if could go to a store and pick up 4 items from memory. I'll still forget at least one thing after two trips. It's pathetic!
 
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