Am I A Crazy Mommy?
We’re bringing this article back to remind you that millions of moms are stressed out, just like you!
-Carrie Vining Spanier
I’ll never forget sitting in my mother’s living room, cooing over my gorgeous newborn niece, when smoke suddenly came billowing out of my mom’s kitchen. The source? Her toaster oven. The cause? The cheese toast my sister forgot she was cooking. It had turned into an inferno. Luckily the fire didn’t get any farther than my mom’s now doomed toaster oven.
Did she get any sympathy from us? No. We laughed and poked fun at my poor exhausted sister. She had become absent-minded, a trait I would never have used to describe a woman who had, until then, personified the phrase “sharp as a tack”.
But something had changed after having her daughter. Out pops a baby, in comes mommy brain moments. My sister (not to mention her kids) subsequently survived all of her lapses. Actually, they were fairly minor, like forgetting to take diapers with her.
And then one day I received a frantic phone call when her youngest was about two years old. “Carrie, I locked Emma in the car, with the keys in it!” Poor Emma was strapped into her car seat in a very hot car (they live in Florida). My sister, who realized immediately what had happened, called the fire department, and they freed a scared, sweaty, and beet-red Emma.
Unbelievable! But when I became a new mom myself, I began to see how it could happen.