Mommy brain, part 2

I was gazing at my son’s perfect face today and suddenly I panicked. “He’s already almost a month old and we haven’t brushed his teeth!”, I thought in a panic. “We brush the cats’ teeth and even apply sealant to Earl Grey’s religiously once a week, but we have neglected our child’s dental hygiene!!” Then, reason and logic briefly held sway in my sleep-deprived brain. Newborns don’t have teeth. Riiiiggghht.

It’s a very cruel joke of Mother Nature’s that, at the time when we have a vulnerable new life to protect, we are so out of our minds with lack of sleep that we can’t walk straight or form a coherent thought. Last night, I forgot the first lines to two of my favorite Dixie Chicks songs I was attempting to sing to my son before he went to sleep. This morning, I banged my toes in to the wall on my way out of the kitchen yet again and blasphemed. Thank God the kid was across the room. Later on, I accidentally dropped a spoon on the coffee table and woke him up. I promptly followed that stunning feat by uttering the Queen Mother of Dirty Words. I said it under my breath, but he was much closer this time. (Did I forget to mention that being wakened every three hours or less to feed someone causes lack of patience and frustration as well as stupidity?) Not batting a thousand as a mom today. Maybe it is the lack of Starbucks. They really need to start delivering.

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5 Comments

  1. Jessica said,

    August 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Too funny. I’m sure I’ll have a moment like that with my first… and you’re better with your cats than we are with ours….

  2. justaminutenow said,

    August 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Give yourself a little grace. It will all balance out soon enough :-). JAMN

    • kittymomma said,

      August 22, 2009 at 4:11 am

      Thanks! I certainly hope so. 🙂

  3. Tiffany said,

    September 5, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Hey, what’s even better is when they tell you that you should go ahead and start brushing their gums. Apparently it gets them used to the brush and helps the gums or some such. I laugh in the faces of those people that think any new parent has so much free time that they are thinking, “Hey, what could I do right now? Forget showering or napping, no, I’ll brush the baby’s gums!”

  4. Stephanie said,

    January 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I have suggested to Starbuck’s that they start “Starbuck’s on Wheels”, which would work out something like an ice cream truck with a regular route. So far, they haven’t responded. Oh, and you don’t have to really begin worrying about what you say until they start repeating it 🙂


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