Reese Witherspoon's arrest for disorderly conduct during husband Jim Toth's DUI stop might have shocked a world convinced butter couldn't melt in the sweet actress' mouth, but it's starting to make sense now! Turns out baby Tennessee did a number on mama's brain!
The actress has gone mostly mute since the embarrassing "do you know my name" incident a few weeks back in Atlanta, but Red magazine has come out with an interview (likely done before the arrest) that seems to explain everything that went down.
Said Reese of her life since giving birth to Tennessee:
Ever since I had the baby, I can't remember anything. Serious, this child stole my brain. I'm losing friendships over forgetting to get back to people. But you can't keep up with everything.
She isn't a raving egomaniac after all! She's just a mom who sometimes loses it because her kid did a number on her ability to think, talk, and chew bubblegum at the same time!
Maybe it's because I -- and the rest of humanity -- have always liked Reese, but I buy this reason hook, line, and sinker.
Some moms will scoff at the baby brain excuse. Maybe they were a little addled during those sleepless weeks after the birth but got it together in a month or so.
Considering Reese gave birth to little Tennessee Toth back in September, they may say it's been too long to keep using that excuse. But just like losing baby weight is different for everyone, I've found that getting your brain back varies.
I feel what Reese is saying intensely. I gave birth nearly eight years ago, and I STILL think that some synapses simply do not fire the way they did before my body went through pregnancy. Could it just be aging? Maybe. But I saw such a distinct change after giving birth that I'm having a hard time letting go of the "baby brain" theory.
Scientists don't exactly help us out here. Some say that baby brain is most definitely a thing. Others tell us motherhood is good for the brain. And still more claim pregnancy and parenting have zero effect on the brain.
So who to believe? How about our own bodies? If Reese feels like motherhood is affecting her brain, I'm betting it is.
How about you? How long did you feel baby brain lasted?
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