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Memories Can Be a Gift and a Curse

Which Memory Would You Choose to Keep?

There are days you'd love to remember and others you'd just as soon forget. Jill Price doesn't have a choice. She remembers all the days of her childhood with crystal clear lucidity.

If you ask her what she was doing on September 14, 1982, she would tell you she went to school for her first day of the 12th grade and was devastated to find out that Princess Grace had died. According to professor James L. McGaugh, Jill has hyperthymestic syndrome, which means she has an overdeveloped memory. Some see it as a gift, others as a curse.

As a mom, I think the memory I covet most is the birth date of my child. How incredible to relive the moment of her first breath, her initial cry and my husband's and my pure joy as we cradled her. On the flip side, it would be torturous to replay the sleepless nights of exhaustion that we experienced as parents of a newborn.

What would you want to remember and what would you wish to forget?
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milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I'd love to keep the one where my son breaks into a huge giggle from me repeatedly kissing his cheek. I'd love to let go of rushing him to the ER at 8days old because he was lethargic and not eating. He turned out to have a blood infection and was able to go home after 2wks in the NICU. That was by far the scariest day/nite in my life.
anniekim anniekim 7 years
I like to keep the memories of the first kisses I received from each of my daughters. Open mouthed and drool and all. I'd like to (I think) forget some of the times when I lose my temper at my children.
anniekim anniekim 7 years
I like to keep the memories of the first kisses I received from each of my daughters. Open mouthed and drool and all.I'd like to (I think) forget some of the times when I lose my temper at my children.
Moms Moms 7 years
I'd hang on to the image and sound of my kids belly laughing with one another. And, I'd just as soon forget the terror I felt when I fell on cracked sidewalk while holding my two-month-old son.
rgrl rgrl 7 years
The day of the birth for me too, such a wonderful memory! And I would like to forget my struggle with not being able to breastfeed and the rough colicky nights of constant wake-ups and inconsolable crying.
BlairBear BlairBear 7 years
The first time any of my babes said, "Ma", that is what does it for me, hearing them call out for me in that tiny voice. Love it.I could surely forget the day my daughter fell and hit her head, then having a seizure and resulting in a brain bleed. I could do without that memory. lickety split-When I read your comment, my heart broke for you, I've read your comments before and just couldn't believe the heartache that you've been through. I hope things get better.
BlairBear BlairBear 7 years
The first time any of my babes said, "Ma", that is what does it for me, hearing them call out for me in that tiny voice. Love it. I could surely forget the day my daughter fell and hit her head, then having a seizure and resulting in a brain bleed. I could do without that memory. lickety split-When I read your comment, my heart broke for you, I've read your comments before and just couldn't believe the heartache that you've been through. I hope things get better.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 7 years
I don't want to forget anything. But you do unfortunately. I remember holding them (my daughters) as tiny babies and crying from happiness the most though. And that anxious feeling with butterflies in your stomach when you look at them and you just want to bite them cause you love them so much. But you can't bite, so you just keep kissing them.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
best memory was when child #2 came to the hospital to meet child #3. i get all misty eyed just thinking about it. my #2 was a few days shy of her 2nd birthday and she was SO excited! she sat on a chair next to my bed and said "my baby is really tiny". it was so cute :cry: to many to count that i would love to forget. autism changes parenting in ways you cannot imagine. just going through the diagnosis process was agony. i remember one time we had gotten some test results back and were waiting for the doctor for what seemed like forever. she finally came in and said "we think she has lesch-nyhan syndrome. you need to go to the hospital immedaitely. they're waiting for you in the er." i was pregnant and had my not yet 2 year old daughter with me in addition to my autistic daughter. i calld my husband on my cell as i was driving to the hospital (he was out of town) and told him and he looked it up on his laptop. i was driving in the car when he said something like "death from renal failure prior to age 10". there are more memories like that but you get the idea.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
best memory was when child #2 came to the hospital to meet child #3. i get all misty eyed just thinking about it. my #2 was a few days shy of her 2nd birthday and she was SO excited! she sat on a chair next to my bed and said "my baby is really tiny". it was so cute :cry:to many to count that i would love to forget. autism changes parenting in ways you cannot imagine. just going through the diagnosis process was agony. i remember one time we had gotten some test results back and were waiting for the doctor for what seemed like forever. she finally came in and said "we think she has lesch-nyhan syndrome. you need to go to the hospital immedaitely. they're waiting for you in the er." i was pregnant and had my not yet 2 year old daughter with me in addition to my autistic daughter. i calld my husband on my cell as i was driving to the hospital (he was out of town) and told him and he looked it up on his laptop. i was driving in the car when he said something like "death from renal failure prior to age 10". there are more memories like that but you get the idea.
SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
My favorite memory is when my daughter first told me she loved me! Her birth was just another day to me, but that validated all the sleepless nights! ♥
Greggie Greggie 7 years
I wouldn't want to forget any of it. Sure, some of it was really tough, but all of it made me grow as a parent and as a person.
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