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Baby Brain – Fact or Fantasy?

I discussed this topic with Lord Dodo himself recently and I’m not sure that he was convinced that baby brain actually exists. Then of course perhaps that’s why he brought out his very own pregnancy journal so that we mums to be could subsequently reflect on all the things we wish we’d not forgotten at the time!

Take it from someone with two children; it exists. When pregnant with my first child I became forgetful and sometimes somewhat disorientated. I would put things away in the most random places and do ridiculous things. I am also blaming baby brain for many of my maternity “fashion” choices, although in fairness I’m not sure they are connected.

Professionals still debate whether baby brain exists; some agree that hormonal changes amongst other things cause the phenomenon, whilst others believe it to be a simple by-product of being more tired than usual. Being tired does not make me put my keys in a freezer bag and freeze them, nor did it make me forget that when you put a pie in the oven, you need to switch it on in order to make it bake. If these were isolated incidents and I hadn’t done them more than three times (in the space of a week), then I might agree.

Really, baby brain does exist. My husband also suffered from an unusual amount of forgetfulness and did a number of things (such as de-icing the car with my hair spray) that were beyond the scope of normal everyday silliness. I can understand the sceptics who say that biological changes cause the disorientation, forgetfulness and downright vagueness; however this doesn’t explain the number of men who claim to suffer from the same problems during their partner’s pregnancy.

A comprehensive study released in 2003 by Brett and Baxondale suggested that baby brain is potentially more of a neurological response to actually being pregnant than anything else, however it seems to me that the jury is still out.

What do you think? Did you or your partner suffer from baby brain? If so, did you do anything delightfully silly? (Like wear your bra on top of your tee shirt, but thankfully mostly under your jacket? Obviously I didn’t do this *cough*). Do tell me! I would love to hear what Dodevoted readers think about this issue; perhaps you will help me sway Lord Dodo into recognising that the phenomenon is real, perhaps not!

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Balancing Online Work with Offline Planning

I spend an obscene amount of hours a week surgically attached to my laptop for my work as a writer. I utilise the World Wide Web for research and use email, social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, amongst other essential online functions, on a daily basis.

I refuse however to use an online diary or calendar. This may seem odd for some people, but I am a strict believer in work / life balance. I’m a student at this and haven’t as yet perfected the art but am determined to have some boundaries in place which enable me to effectively step away from the online world.

The beauty of the Dodo Pad for me is that it is large enough for me to fit in all of the to do lists, dates, reminders and more, yet is small enough to be portable so that I can pop it in my handbag and have access to info as required without being sucked into the online world. I work from home so having a boundary line is essential and this is the best way to achieve this.

I once tinkered with online calendars, reminders, diaries, to-do lists and more and found that instead of freeing up time, as any means of organisation should do, it was yet another online tool that had me “popping” online to check something. A quick visit online to check a deadline or meeting date is like just going into the supermarket for bread and milk, it rarely works. With Tesco I leave with three bags of shopping despite going there for two items; with an online organisation system I end up “just checking” an email (or ten!) or finding myself finishing something off. There has to be a line.

I don’t have my work email account connect to my mobile phone for similar reasons and I have to say that by using an offline organisation system, rather than an online one, I have been able to distance myself from work and switch off more effectively.

How do you balance the online and offline worlds? Do you work online and like me find that online diaries and calendars seem to encourage you to spend more time online than is strictly necessary? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Been there and done this! Thankfully the Dodo Pad is much easier to keep a hold of than a scrap of paper.

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