Last week, I forgot about Eli's vaccination appointment. Thankfully the nurses call you with a last minute reminder, otherwise, we would have had to reschedule (for the third time!). I have forgotten to switch the laundry, return important phone calls and emails, and have even forgotten to give Eli snacks or change his diaper. It's as if I am living in my own fuzzy world.
Yesterday, I received a call from my best friend. She was just calling to let me know that I had not only forgotten her birthday, but her son's as well. The funny thing about it was I had NOT forgotten the birthdays. In fact, I talked to Dan about it as well as other people. It just never occurred to me that I should call them and talk to them about it, ha!
The endearing term "shrink brain" came about when we learned that a women's brain actually shrinks by as much as 8% of its original size. The brain isn't losing cells, but the cells themselves are shrinking. There are a few ideas as to why this happens. My theory is that the baby literally sucks everything out of you, brains included! The brain doesn't return to normal until about 6 months postpartum, so you might still hear Dan calling me "shrink brain" well after Lazarus arrives.