Five Minute Friday – REMEMBER

five minute fridayIt’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was REST

This week, the word is REMEMBER.

Five Minute Friday


I used to have a great memory.  Before kids, it was pretty much photographic.  That made it easy to keep my whole life organized in my brain.  I could remember for six months that my next dental appointment was on Tuesday October 4th at 2:15pm.  I could remember what street my dentist was on and the name of my hygienist.

Now, not so much.

I have mommy brain.

My dental appointment was last Monday.  I know that because I got six different reminders that day.  I still couldn’t remember what time my appointment was or the street the dentist is on or the name of the lady who cleans my teeth.

But I can tell you how old my son was when he cut his first tooth.

I have mommy brain.

When I was pregnant, I washed my cell phone twice.  I lost my purse twice.  I washed my car keys almost weekly.  I couldn’t remember to take my keys out of the pockets of my maternity pants.  (yes, they had a pocket.  they were carpenter jeans with a pocket at the knee.  not a good look.)

But I could remember what part of my baby was growing each day.  I could remember what foods were forbidden during pregnancy.

I have mommy brain.

I can’t remember the last time I had a… I can’t remember…. I can’t remember what I was going to write, sorry.

Oh, yeah.  I can’t remember the last time I had a complete thought.

But I can remember the first sentence that my son ever uttered.

I have mommy brain.

None of my brain cells were actually damaged during pregnancy.  They are all still there, and most of them still function.  I think I killed a few with sleep deprivation with the whole back-to-back pregnancy thing.

But I remember what’s important.  My brain is so full of motherhood that there’s no room left for the trivial.

I have mommy brain.

I can’t remember the hurtful thing my son said to me last week.  It’s been washed away in a flood of love and grace and forgiveness.

i have mommy brainI can’t recall the selfish, self-centered, person I used to be before kids.  She’s been replaced with something stronger.

I can’t recall what I thought was important before I had kids.  I stumbled on an old pre-mommy-life mission statement of mine.  It was unintelligible.  My life is filled now with purpose and significance – just by being a mom.

I have mommy brain.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Five Minute Friday

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Loved this. You are so right. Becoming a mom changes us in the best possible ways. It teaches us to be sacrificial, to love unconditionally & to be other-minded. Thank you for sharing.
    I stopped by from Five Minute Friday & am so glad I did!

  2. I can honestly say that I’ve never washed my cell phone, but other than that I can totally relate! Especially about the back to back pregnancies. It’s a good life.
    Linda recently posted..RememberMy Profile

    • It IS a good life. But those first few years were tough. MIne are 16 months apart, and neither one slept through the night until they were about 16 months old. Between both kids and late pregnancy insomnia, I went from December 2003 to about December 2006 without a full night’s sleep. That scares the snot out me just to type.
      susan recently posted..Five Minute Friday – REMEMBERMy Profile

  3. I am also stopping by from Five Minute Friday, and I loved your post. I can totally relate to Mommy brain. Thank you for reminding me of what is truly important. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Ruth Povey says:

    Right there with you! Love this post
    Ruth Povey recently posted..Finding that constant {and why I dislike swimming}My Profile

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