Once upon a time, my brain was a well functioning machine. It loved learning new things, tackling tough problems (OK! maybe not calculus!), and remembering everything from the party I was at last week to the last multiple choice question on the exam. It was a beautiful, round clump of grey matter that was wriggled with curvy bulges and crevices. Neurons were firing at a rapid pace and electrical impulses were hitting their target dead on.
Then I got pregnant.
It started out with small changes. I would forget an appointment or leave my sweater behind at the movies. I acknowledged that my body was growing a child so it was fair to say my mental resources were being divided. The birth of my first child was accompanied by broken two hour rests, colic and a whole bunch of ‘firsts’ I never expected. Those first few months, I was walking in a haze. I blamed it on lack of sleep. Then I had my second child and my third, wash, rinse repeat only adding an older child in the picture. I began forgetting more and more. I was late for doctor appointments and play dates, I’d put down my phone and forget where I put it, or I’d make a coffee and drink it 3 hours later.
Baby Brain? Maternal Absentmindedness? Call it what you want but the phenomenon of forgetfulness is a fact of life for moms. Whether its due to sleep deprivation, stress, diet, or multitasking, the memory and brain we once had has now turned into a scrambled mess. For many moms, this revives itself as the children get older and more independent. Sadly, in my case, this didn’t stay with the toddler years! 6 years post pregnancy and I still have trouble remembering the little things. I have never lost a child, but my phone? Where it is, your guess is as good as mine!
Enter my Savior, the TILE PRO Series!
Tiles are Bluetooth trackers for the essentials in your life. Tile took the world by storm by the release of the Tile MATE. Not done yet, Tile ups their game with the release of the next generation in the Tile series, the Tile Pro. In addition weighing in at 0.5 ounces, and measuring 1.6 by 1.6 by 0.2 inches, like the Tile MATE, The Tile PRO are now twice as loud, reach twice as far and are waterproof (up to 5 feet). The Tile Pro service is available in to colours white (STYLE) or charcoal (SPORT) and is finished in a rubber tread-like texture, with rounded edges and a thick ring around the outside for durability.
The Tile has been a life saver! I simply attach Tile Pro compact memory device to my key ring or bag with the opening at the corner of the device. To begin, you simply download the Tiles app from Google or Apple Store, create a profile and selecting the category for your object. Pairing your device is easy! Open the app and click on the Tile button on your device. Within seconds the two are paired and you are ready to conquer mommy brain!
I arrive home from work, a whirlwind of kids enter the house and before I know it, my purse is missing. Normally, I send the kid’s on a scavenger hunt to find this missing treasure, but now I depend on the Tile. Using its long-range Bluetooth tracking feature and loud built-in alarm, I click on find my purse and within seconds the Tile will alert me, with a sound, to its location. On really bad days, I may forget my purse at the grocery story or local pizza restaurant. If this happens (or if my phone is out of the 200 ft Bluetooth range), the Tile app will pick up other nearby Tile users to locate your tile. Those users will not know that your Tile is there, but their presences will help you find yours! If my phone goes missing, I can simply press twice on the tile icon on my Tile and my phone will ring alerting me to its location. The Tile Pro is durable, rugged, and waterproof which means no matter how rough I am on it, what sticky fingers it comes in contact with, or whoever decides to chew on it, my Tile will be protected and easily cleaned!
Mommy brain is real, but you don’t have to loose your mind (or valuables) because of it!