I'm pretty sure I used to be smarter.
Just recently a friend was talking about her child's teacher being able to remember the names of all of the kids in the class and I chimed in that I could do the same thing back when I was a student teacher. In fact, after all 25 kids had introduced themselves on my first day, I was able to recite each and every name back to them (and they were impressed).
Names, dates, events... I used to be able to remember it all. But now, where have my brain cells gone? Last week my husband asked me which burner I had used on the stove so he would know where to set down a dish (we have a glass top stove). Instead of just thinking about it a minute, I proceeded to put my hand down on one of the burners that I was sure I hadn't used.
You know where this is going already, don't you? Seconds later, I was running my hand under cool water while digging through our junk drawer looking for something for burn cream. What was I thinking?
Five years ago I never would have done such a thing (and in fact would have chastised my husband for being the one to do something so dumb), but now? I'm not so sure of my intelligence anymore. Am I just more distracted? Not paying attention? A woman introduced herself to me just this morning and I had no idea what her name was moments after she had said it.
Is it just me? Do I have the dreaded "Mom Brain" and am doomed to restocking my medical supplies for all of my future mishaps? If you're a mom, do you have the same problem?