We have finally moved all our stuff to our new home! What a delight. Of course, the place is now crowded with dusty misplaced furniture, drawers, mountains upon mountains of cardboard boxes that need to be unpacked, and other random stuff, but at least now I know we're going to get more comfortable as days go by and we have the opportunity to do some good hard work in our new home. I'm also looking forward to the end of the Sabbatical year, when we can finally work on our little piece of land and take proper care of our garden.
On Friday, after we moved the last of our belongings and were about to take off to spend Shabbat with my in-laws, my husband (who was busy fixing a leaking sink) asked me to find his shaving machine. While I was looking for it and wondering where I might have put it, he asked me to get a pair of clean socks for him, and some plastic bags.
I just stood there, the wheels of my brain madly rolling, trying to repeat to myself, shaving machine-socks-plastic bags ... and then I blurted out to my poor husband, "Please don't do this to me! I can't think of two things at once!"
Later when I thought about it I realized that, in fact, I never had a problem to think of several things at once, but have lost this capability. I was always very organized, but lately I started forgetting birthdays and appointments. I write things down but then forget to check my lists. And sometimes I can't enjoy more than a few pages of good educational material, because the intellectual effort is just too much for me. I also gradually stopped listening to radio programs and even news ("Huh? War in Georgia? What are you talking about?") and greatly limited the number of websites and blogs I visit daily, because I feel it overloads my brain. It's not like I feel less intelligent - I simply feel there is less room in my brain.
It's true that I'm busy with my new marriage, our home, and preparations for the arrival of a new baby; it's true that I'm more tired than usual - but it's more than that. I really feel as though my brain switched to a different mode.
My sister-in-law says she experienced something very similar during all her pregnancies and also for a while after she gave birth, and other ladies I talked to reported symptoms such as "feeling stupid" and "being unable to think". So I began wondering, maybe I'm experiencing a well-known pregnancy symptom I didn't know about?
I did an internet search and couldn't find anything definite, except that I'm not the only one struggling with "baby brain" symptoms. Some suggest it has to do with sleep deprivation, which wouldn't make sense for me right now - I don't work outside the home, so beside getting my normal night's sleep, I can also take a nap during the day if I feel I need it.
Like several times lately, I invite you to share your experience again, ladies. Have any of you experienced, while pregnant and/or soon after giving birth, symptoms such as extreme forgetfulness, inability to think about more than one thing at a time, and a general feeling of mental overload? Thanks for taking the time to tell!
Blessings to everyone, and wishes of a wonderful week from your friend,