Since I discovered I was pregnant, I have done a lot of reading about different pregnancy symptoms. Although I was nauseous and tired my first three months, there is not much to indicate that I am pregnant expect my ever expanding waistline. When I read that pregnant woman become "forgetful," I thought, "Well they just don't have a good system." How wrong I was.
For the past few weeks I have begun to notice that I am slowly losing my mind. I leave my keys everywhere. I often wander around the house from room to room trying desperately to remember what it was that I wanted to do in the first place. And of course it was my absent mindedness that sent the German and I on a 4 hour journey through Dublin last week. It is as if the baby is sucking the intelligence right out of me.
Today my "absentmindedness" reached another level. This afternoon I walked into a gas station to fill up Smarty. After pumping I walked into the station and put down my ATM card. (In case you are wondering, I have never seen pay-at-the-pump here in Germany.) The very nice man behind the counter swapped my card and indicated that I should type in my code.
I just looked at him. My mind was absolutely blank. He smiled. I got worried. And still nothing came to me. Now, in my defense I have 3 ATM cards: my personal account, my joint account, and my business account.
Claire: Um. I cannot remember the code. Can we try a different card?
The man laughed. I took out my personal account card only because I have that code written on a piece of paper in my wallet. The card went through no problem. I tittered a bit.
Claire: That is what happens when you have too many cards.
I then rubbed my now evident baby bump hoping that the man would excuse a pregnant woman's craziness. Thankfully, he was very nice about the whole thing.
The German has been supportive, but at a bit of a loss about my descent into the pregnancy fog. Because he cannot remember much either, it is a bit like the blind leading the blind. In our marriage there is a definite division of labor. I am the magical finder of all things, the list maker, the appointment reminder. You can see how the kid is going to create problems over the next few months.
German: Honey, where are the keys?
Claire: I don't know. Where did you put them?
German: I don't know.
Claire: Well, I guess we won't be going anywhere for awhile.
I just hope that when the time is right, we will remember where the hospital is.