Either someone is in need of a bottle of Pepto Bismol or someone is 9 months pregnant. There are many unsavory symptoms of pregnancy...some woman get more than others, some get none, some get all. I am fortunate to get a few, and not usually at the same time. What I experience is leg cramps (with calcium supplements these have been minimal) at night, heartburn (because my organs that used to be a foot lower are jammed into my rib cage, compressing important things like esophagus's' and driving acid back up my throat...mmmm) headaches when pressure systems move in (because I have so much extra blood in my body) and great hair and skin...which serves to equalize my sacrifice. The worst and most chronic symptom however is my memory, or lack of. I forget EVERYTHING...I forget about the clothes in the washer so they start stinking and I have to rewash them. The load in there now is on it's third wash in a week...I go to the store only to forget what I went there for and reach into my pocket (of my pants since I forgot to put on a coat) and pull out a piece of paper that says "remember list"...I have to write reminders for my reminders but even they don't work. I forget appointments, dates, times, where I put everything, names and phone numbers. Oddly enough though if it is baby/child related I am right on the ball. It must be a primitive biological phenomenon that is occurring and proof that I am not meant for work outside the home because I am brain dead to the world with the exception of items relating to my family (unless it is to make Jon a dentist appointment...because I will forget to do that..). I am blessed to be a full time parent then because I would have been fired from any other profession last month for extreme lack of competency, the final straw being when I turned around and came home from my commute because I forgot where I was going (true story, this happened last week when we were on our way to the library...the destination remembered only after I was home again for an hour...). I hope my brain cells smarten up after the baby is born but I fear I may remain in this condition indefinitely. Ahhhh the sacrifices we make....I would have once described myself as a together, organized and competent person, today I am wearing only one sock (but you better believe that Ben is wearing two...that match his shirt). What I do remember however with extreme accuracy and vividness in every detail is the unmatchable feeling of holding a brand new baby in your arms for the first time; they smell like heaven.
You don't ever forget that.