Maureen Bandari

PREGNANCY BRAIN: MY EXPERIENCES

PICTURES BY JOHN OKODE

Hey beautiful people. I know I promised on this post that I will be back to talk about my experiences with pregnancy brain. For those who do not know, when you are pregnant you tend to forget things and basically you can’t rely on your smart ass brain all the time. Just like many other things, I didn’t know such a thing existed until I acted a fool way too many times and my friends told me about it.  Right now I am actually doing better but during my first trimester all through mid second, I did all the dumb stuff and couldn’t depend on my brain for anything

Before I go into it, I am currently living for a good cup of infused teas from kericho gold and a good book. I got like 5 books from books first by taking advantage of their buy four get one free promo sometime back….or was it 3 plus 1???? anyway,I’m Kenyan, I love free stuff/ bargains

PS: THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG POST, SOME THINGS MAY NOT SOUND REAL BUT THEY HAPPENED.HEHE,I ALSO COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. IF YOU EXPERIENCED THIS AND MANY MORE,LET’S HAVE A LAUGH TOGETHER IN THE COMMENTS SECTION

1)The first and most obvious thing that happened to me was forgetting my handbag in a restaurant. I was chilling with my family over a cup of tea as we waited on the car wash. When they were done, we paid and got into the car, as we were slowly driving off, I saw this security guard running towards us with my handbag in hand…. ‘madam you forgot your bag’ he said. I shook a little in disbelief

2)For the life of me up to date  I can’t remember where I park especially in a mall. I can remember the section but the exact location is always a mystery. I hate malls now days because I can take even 15 minutes looking for my car ,I move from row to row and end up frustrated. Since my bank is in a mall too I have since resulted to mobile banking..haha. Stress can kill you my friends, find a solution for everything

3)On so many occasions say I want to make tea, I mix everything in the pot but I forget to light up the fire. The funny thing is that I will stand right there waiting and looking to ensure it doesn’t pour out once it boils. It only hits me when I get concerned as to why it is taking longer than usual to boil.

4)One day I wanted to cook some rice. I had everything set so I opened the fridge and started looking for the rice to cook. maaaan, did I look. I checked everywhere including the freezer but I couldn’t see any rice. My husband was wondering what’s happening and he asked me what I was looking for to which I replied  rice. He laughed so hard and asked me why I was looking for it in the fridge instead of the normal food cabinet. At that moment I felt like someone had dropped me from a plane somewhere, like what the hell? lol

5)I was home alone one day and I needed to get something from my bedroom, so I took my beautiful legs off the sofa heading that direction but once I got to the door, I started knocking saying hello. For some reason I thought I was going into someone’s house. Obviously I didn’t get any response after a few trials so I decided to open the door slowly as I said hello while entering with caution. When I saw my bed I was like oh lord this is my freaking house!!!

6)The most extreme consequence of pregnancy brain that I experienced was leaving home for work and I closed the house but left my keys inside and I had no Idea until later in the evening when I came back from work. Il looked for my keys EVERYWHERE. I was alone so I couldn’t depend on my hubby’s spare keys. I had a trip to Malindi the following day so I had to access my house by all means. The only solution I had was to break into my own house. The care taker had to call back one of the employees that does welding and I had to sit there for two hours waiting for him to finish cutting metal here and there. That was such a long night

7) Every once in a while I do love to go to the market to get fresh vegetables and fruits. Our version of gikomba is Kongowea so off I went one sunday. After buying stuff, I decided to go to my leggings supplier guy to check If I could get something comfortable for myself. For some reason on that day I decided to walk around and check out the other stalls and I settled on some lady that had some maternity work wear pants. I took a sit, put my luggage down and decided to check out her stuff. Unfortunately I didn’t find anything I liked so I decided to leave. Once I was out of the market, I felt lighter weight wise…that is when I realized I forgot all my shopping at the maternity stall. Let’s just say the journey back trying to remember her exact location was such a nightmare that took a looooot of my time.

8)Recently I was having a political conversation with a friend of mine while watching the 9 o’clock news. They happened to feature politics in the maasai community. At that time I was passionately talking about young people taking leadership roles. I went on and on about why ole ntimama should mentor young maasais instead of running for office. When my friend couldn’t take it anymore he said ‘Moh, you do know that ole ntimama died right?” My jaw literally dropped! When? why? how? I did not know why I felt like I was seeing him campaigning on tv even a day before that incidence. Sigh..

9)Just the other day over the weekend, I needed to send some money to a friend of mine but as usual of course you have to load to your own mobile phone first before you can carry out the transaction. When the agent asked for my number, I went blank. I kept starting off well then I get lost along the way. Thank God I was with my husband so I asked him what my phone number was. The agent  had to request for my ID just to confirm my details, I can’t blame her

10)I moved houses late last year  just before getting pregnant. my old house is on my way to my new house so one day after work on my way home I just went to my old place. Since the security guards there knew me they opened the gate for me probably thinking I was picking something I had forgotten. It hit me I’m in the wrong place when I noticed the security guard had on plain clothes. Where I moved to, they wear their blue uniform 24/7 so something didn’t look right

The list is endless it needs a video or something. I laugh depending on how silly the situation is but get pretty scared if it’s serious like when I parked my car and left the engine running with the keys inside and I just left thinking I’ve switched it off and locked it. sometimes it’s as silly as asking people all the damn time what day or what month it is and counting them using my fingers. I have resulted to calenderizing my activities in order to get reminders and writing all my passwords somewhere just to be cautious.

So, what did you forget? come on, I have my tea with me ready to have a good laugh….

16 Comments

  1. Eddah

    May 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I concur with you. I too have had my share of momnesia.

    I remember this one time @Aga khan Drs’ plaza, asked this particular doctor for his contacts so he gave me his business card, I sat there staring at him and he was like “what else can I do for you? I told him that I was waiting for him to give me his contacts. Oh my! You should have seen the look on my face when he responded ” but my contacts are on my business card which I just gave you”
    (I had subconsciously slipped the card into my handbag)

    At home, I move stuff from point A to B then the next day am frantically looking for it. Then I accuse hubby of moving the stuff from where am used to.
    I thank God for a patient and understanding hubby coz on this too many occasions , he just helps me trace the stuff and he never points out that it was me who moved it. (Lest I get all emotional and starting crying- comes with all this emotional fluctuations )

    1. Mo

      May 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      hahaha that business card scenario is way too real and funny. I can imagine how you felt. Thank God for an understanding husband for sure

  2. Brenda

    May 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Hahahaha, aki it’s usually real, reminds me of how once i went for a walk, came back home and rang the bell, my hubby didn’t open. I kept ringing then after a few minutes i called him and started quarelling, little did i know i was ringing at my neighbours’ door. I forgot my own house!!!!

    1. Mo

      May 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      I can imagine humbling yourself when you realize you had moved from 0 to 100 real quick for no reason. lol

  3. Ann

    May 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Hahahaha…number 5 is by far my favorite, i cant believe s’thing like that can happen. Knocking to get into your own room

    I thought they were a myth. But clearly i was wrong!

    1. Mo

      May 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      trust me, Some of them even for me, I could not believe.hehe

  4. Ray

    May 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Number 5 just made my day!!’

    Hello..Anyone here?.I can just imagine the look on your face when you opened the door only to find your bed.hehe

    1. Mo

      May 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      I laughed so hard later on coz I just looked stupid

  5. Vionne

    May 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I swear am in stitches especially the handbag scenario,,,,number 5 and 9. Lawd these things should be put into one hilarious book. On a normal day I forget where I have parked in a mall,,,,so I pity myself in years to come.

    Thanks for making my day 🙂

    1. Mo

      May 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      the parking thing especially for you just be ready!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Moreen

    May 17, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Wierdly i dont forget phone numbers but mix up the numbers especially the last 4 digits….. This days hubbie just writes down the contacts kama am going to mpesa..
    Then sometimes am taking to my hubbie a long story then i forget i was talking and just strt doing smthing else.. Hubbie is like kwani your story has ended just like that?? What happened after?? And m completely off ata sikumbuki what i was telling him..

    1. Mo

      May 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      hahaha ati kwani your story has just ended like that..lol. Let me not laugh too much because I have been a victim of this in a meeting where the point I was explaining just disappeared

  7. Sheilla

    May 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Heehe I can relate.I left my phone at a restaurant and it had all my pregnancy pictures. I walked out and left only to remember I once owned a phone once I got home.Rushing back to get it.it was gone.With all my pictures and up to date I have just one blurry image ofe pregnant.I wince every time I think of that:-(. I could leave the house keys at the door after locking too BTW. Momnesia is real people.

  8. Mo

    May 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Oh nooooo. so sorry about that. such pictures are so precious. I don’t even know what to say. On a brighter note memories of everything you experienced is priceless

  9. chuma

    May 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

    hahahhahah, number 5 and looking for rice just cracked my ribs, so funny and crazy. I guess mine was I smooth ride as I don’t recall forgets most things. one thing though was that I developed a very big appetite so eat anything.

  10. Liz

    October 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    You should definitely do a you tube video for this. So hilarious.
    Also this seems like my everyday life, I’m very forgetful 🙁

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