Jayne Gautreau
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Jayne Gautreau: The mom disorder | Moms

I have come to believe in the last few years that I may have a very common disorder, I think known well to most moms.

I am pretty sure if you search on Web MD you probably will not find this disorder even listed on there. It seems like it starts during pregnancy. You may have heard it called “prego brain.”

Since the birth of my first child almost 10-years-ago, it seems to have continued. I have heard it often referred to as “mom brain” or “mom-nesia.”

This disorder affects my short-term memory. I seem to remember useless information from years ago, but I have a hard time trying to remember something you just told me an hour ago.

I have found myself wandering aimlessly around the Walmart parking lot trying to remember where in the world I parked my car, but making it look like I was just having a fun stroll through the parking lot with my children.

I have gone into a room just to grab a pair of socks and have come out about 10 minutes later after making a bed and picking up the floor, without the pair of socks.

This last week I placed a gallon of milk in the cupboard under the sink and the coffee filters in the refrigerator. I tried to blame my toddler, but my husband wasn't buying it.

I am heading toward my 40's, but I am pretty sure this is not the early onset of dementia, but rather a brain full of mommy information.

We have a lot to remember as moms. We are supposed to know all things too, including where someone left their shoes. Thankfully, we have smart phones and all sorts of other cool apps these days to help us remember those important dates and appointments.

It does cause me to giggle and it is always fun when us mamas can compare our mommy brain stories and encourage each other in our forgetfulness.

As I was thinking about this, verses from my favorite psalm kept coming to mind.

"You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. " (Psalms 139:1-3 NIV)

I find myself getting frustrated at times with my forgetfulness and brain fog. I was encouraged by these verses because they reminded me that even though we may feel a little inadequate at times by our tired and full brains, we have a Heavenly Father who knows each step we take.

What an encouragement to know that God is there. He remembers each and every detail about us and He has us in his loving care. He can use us each and every day to love, bless and take care of the family we were given, mom brain and all.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. (Psalms 139:1-3 NIV)


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