Monday, November 10, 2014

Mom Brain

I'm convinced that nothing else will make my heart feel the way it does when I see these two together. 

...But delicious food also makes my heart (and stomach and taste buds) feel good.
Yesterday's breakfast: zucchini-carrot muffins, raspberries and kiwi, and tea.

Terry is introducing our son to the Wonderful World of Beer. It's never too early.

Today I woke up pretty sick. When Marshall got hungry at 3 am, I asked Terry if he could work from home to help me out as needed. Luckily, the day was an easy one because Marshall was asleep for most of it. He slept on me for several hours, and I loved it. It also ensured that I stayed put on the couch, resting.

Midday, though, I knew an outing would do us both some good. We both get a little cabin fever if we stay inside the entire day, so we headed to Target with absolutely no goal or list.

Here's what I bought:

Two seasonal Larabar boxes (Target has the lowest prices on Larabars I've seen anywhere--$5 for a box of 5 bars): Snickerdoodle and Pumpkin Pie. Terry and I shared a Snickerdoodle bar and agreed it tastes good, but more like apple-oatmeal-raisin or something.

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea from Celestial Seasonings, which I've heard others mention, but I'm new to the world of flavored teas (I also bought pumpkin-something the other day, and I love it). I thought the sugar cookie one would be way too sweet, but it actually tastes delightfully light!

The cream cheese was to make this recipe. I highly recommend that you do the same. (By the way, she says you should eat it with graham crackers and apples, but I have found that brownies also work.)

And now I shall tell you about mom brain. You might remember that I had pregnancy brain in a bad way. Apparently it continues after the kid arrives, too. Here are some examples:

When Marshall was five weeks old, my brother and sister-in-law visited for the weekend. At one point, we watched a documentary, Somm, together. The following week, I sent my brother a text suggesting "a great documentary" that he and Ashley might enjoy. He thought I was joking. I had just completely forgotten watching it with them.

I cannot think of words when I'm speaking. It almost always happens when I'm trying to ask Terry to bring me something or when I need to give instructions, like with cooking. The other day I wanted to communicate to Terry that he didn't need to grab pajamas for Marshall because I already had them. I was staring at the sleep sack while I spoke, and yet all that came out was, "You don't need to grab the...I already have's blue...the fleece...blanket..." By the time I gave up on that poor excuse for a sentence, Terry had already figured out what I meant, gone into Marshall's room, grabbed the other items we did need, and walked into our room, laughing at me all the way.

There was this incident, when I teamed up with another mom for super mom brain.

Yesterday I thought I had my act together. I had a meal plan. I had a grocery list. I was ready to do some prep for the week. I got a few things organized and then realized I couldn't really prep anything else in advance or it would spoil before we got around to it. And then this morning I realized the soup I had planned for tonight required chicken broth. Which was, of course, completely frozen.

So all day I pondered what to make for dinner and finally came up with this easy dish:

- ground turkey (1 lb) plus two hot Italian sausages, browned
- butternut squash (half a Costco package) roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper
- two zucchini sauteed in butter and olive oil

It was so simple, but we both really loved it.

These two make mom brain completely worth it.

Off to bed to fight off this cold or whatever. Hope your week is off to a good start!

Any mom brain stories to share? 

What meal are you most excited about this week?


  1. lol!! ummm i had pregnancy brain and now i have mom brain - i can't remember ANYTHING!!

  2. I hope you are feeling better! Being sick is not fun.

  3. Major mom brain story..on Monday I took my son to daycare and got what I thought was his diaper bag out of the front seat.I took Jaxon to his classroom and handed the bag to his teacher.Then drove all the way to the gym only to realize I had left my gym bag at the daycare and I was about to walk into the gym with the diaper bag.
    Hope you're feeling better and having a good week!