This brilliant chart was created by my friend Nicole Leigh Shaw for NickMom. I love it because it is SO SO me.
Did anybody else see that Sarah Jessica Parker movie called I Don't Know How She Does It Either? She plays a working mom and there is a scene where they show her climbing into bed and then constructing a long complicated list in her head of all the things she needs to do the next day.
It's supposed to illustrate how ridiculous it is that she is responsible for so much, but all I took away was— WOW. My brain is so shot, I don't even bother making lists in my head anymore. That would be like writing the Great American Novel on toilet paper. Or memorizing a speech while I was drunk.
It's healthy to know your limits, right?
The chart also makes me happy because I get to forward it to my husband and say "See??? This is why I forget everything. It's a mom thing. You try birthing two babies and then remembering the guy is coming to fix the air conditioner on the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!!"
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Thanks for sharing this! As I type this comment, I’m prepping to take my daughter to the dentist for an appointment I forgot to make until last night and they can she right away (yay!) but it means she’ll miss a walking field trip that I totally forgot was today (yay?) and that’s actually okay because I ALSO forgot to buy a disposable bottle of water, a requirement for the walking trip (yay!?).
Before kids: you know for a fact you do not have kids so stay in whatever moment you are in, all happy and zen like
Somewhat Ironic After kids: you occassionally yell “Oh shit!” and tear out of where-ever you are in a panic as forgot you had kids – then suddenly remember they exist and you are lnow ate picking them up
I ALWAYS forget the list!! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂
I can so relate! Just the other day i was gathering all my things for my once a month trip to the gym and I couldn’t find my keys that I had just grabbed. After about 15 mins of retracing all my steps and almost in tears because I thought for sure I was losing my mind. I found them in the purse that I had just put away in the closet. These babies drain our brains suck the life out of us. That way we can be so amazed when they do the simplest things that make us smile 🙂
My husband thinks I am neurotic about making lists and keeping a family calendar, but if I don’t, nothing, and I do mean nothing, will get done.