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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ask a Bored Housewife: Three questions

Dear Bored Housewives,

Three questions for you:
  1. Assuming that, after one year, my body has become accustomed to its default state of sleep deprivation, when can I expect my eyes to stop burning?
  2. Despite the fact that I weigh roughly the same now as I did before I was pregnant, why have my fingers gotten so skinny that my wedding ring keeps flying off? Is this a temporary post-partum thing?
  3. I've already forgotten my third question. But this raises a new one: when can I expect my short-term memory to return? And as a corollary to that question, how much longer can I expect other people's patience with my memory loss to last?
Thank you in advance.

Your pal,


  • At 4:07 PM, Blogger landismom said…

    1. Never

    2. Can't help you there, but am jealous you're back to pre-pregnancy weight.

    3. I forget the question.

  • At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1. Mine sometimes only burn on the bad days (like today, because Jonah woke up at 4:30 a.m. and REFUSED to go back to sleep! Argh!).

    2. No idea about the skinny finger thing. My body is definitely different, though. Like you, am back at the same weight, but nothing fits like it used to. So maybe it's the same thing for you, but a different body part?

    3. I am resorting to memory tricks and frantically doing crossword puzzles in the hope that my short-term memory probs dissipate. (Truth be told, I blame the sleep deprivation on all memory issues.)

    3.1 Screw the meanies who don't understand!!

  • At 6:08 AM, Blogger Joanne said…

    1. My eyes don't burn but my husband's do, so I think it's safe to say that it's not a post partum thing. Eyedrops?

    2. Not only am I not back to pre-pregnancy weight, but I WAS and have GAINED weight again. My wedding rings are as snug as ever. Hmm. Are your hands cold?

    3. I really thought that the memory loss/drop in IQ was a pregnancy thing only, and I scoffed when people told me it wouldn't come back. Last night I asked my husband to 'pass me the thing near the thing. YOU know, right next to the ...thing that you do the thing with!' Sigh. Maybe just accept it and then others around you will? Or maybe you'll forget that they're mad about it?

  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger Cataclysm said…

    Oimygawd, thought I might leave a comment but just to ditto, ditto, ditto Landismom!

  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Anne-Marie said…

    I was gonna answer point by point but forget what the questions were...

    Back to pre-preg weight but boobs have shrunk to next to nothing (and they certainly weren't anything to talk about before) and hips and belly have 'squared out' -does that make sense? Gone are my lovely pre-preg curves... AND don't know about you ladies, but I was all belly and very late & round so belly skin flap is DISGUSTING!!!

  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger Tammy said…

    Jonah was up at 4:30 am, Libby??? Dang, that just ain't right.

    Anne-Marie, you've got me thinking that obviously my body fat has migrated. For example, the fat that used to be in my fingers now lives in my lower belly. (I don't know about your skin flap, but sometimes mine practically disappears, and then it reappears at unexpected moments and startles me.)

  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger Anne-Marie said…

    I only WISH my belly fold would disappear. I seriously wonder if I'll have to get some kind of surgery to get rid of it...

  • At 6:07 AM, Blogger ThatDeborahGirl said…

    1. About the time you actually get to eat a warm meal because you can feed yourself and the kids at the same time is when your eyes will stop burning from lack of sleep.

    2. Skinny fingers. Oh to have such a problem! I went from svelte to damn is that lady needs Weight Watchers in less than a year and stayed there. I've learned to be fat and happy.

    3. My kid is 13 and my short term memory has never returned and has only gotten worse. I have lists for everything and lists for my lists.

    I have a list on things I need to do, then a list for the materials I need and steps I need to take for everything from work projects to hairstyles.

    Someone mentioned doing puzzles to try to improve memory. I've taken up Sudoko recently trying to increase my memory and logic skills. It's helping with logic but not with memory *sigh*.

    I stopped to ask my mom about this, since she's retired and I'm her only kid and grown. My mother assures me that we are not approaching senility and that our short term memory will return once our kids have been out of the house for a few years. She says mothers just have a lot more to worry and think about than everyone else. Once you get used to the empty nest and your worry level decreases your short term memory returns.

    She said she'd forgotten she ever had a short term memory until it came back. lol : )

    Keep hope alive! Great blog!


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