The gobbledegook post

Gobbledegook Post

Don’t you often (always?) feel like your mind is one big gobbledegook mess? Thinking about at least five different things at one time. Concentrating on one thing but reflecting upon three other things at the back of your mind?


Gobbledegook Post


A mum’s mind is ALWAYS in action mode; we just can’t tune off. Not even when we go to bed.

Toddler at bedtime – runs around the house, protests sleep, asks for a book, asks for a story, asks for water – but after the rigmarole, he just falls off to sleep.

Dads at bedtime – switch off the telly, get into bed and voila, asleep!

Mums at bedtime – after doing the dishes, tidying up the toys, packing the kids’ lunches, putting their clothes out for school, writing a blog post, scrolling on Facebook, they finally step into bed. And that’s when the real attentive gobbledegook phase strikes.

Got to go for X’s Parent-Teacher meet tom. Y has his doctor’s appointment at 4 pm. I’ve GOT to finish that review for the blog tomorrow and send it to the PR. Shit, we’ve run out of cereal. What will the kids have for breakfast? Toast? Boiled egg? Chocolate? Has Y been eating too much sweet stuff off late? What if he has cavities? Remember to schedule a dentist check-up for him after our holiday. Dammit, still have to shop and pack for the holiday. Did Hubster remember to book the car to the airport?

Getting the drift? Does your brain feel like this all the time? Do you over-think everything? Or think about everything at the same time?

You’re walking your son to school and singing A..B..C..D.. while simultaneously thinking about the groceries you need to buy today and the important work calls that you need to make. Oh, and there are the bills to pay too!

You’re cooking dinner but your mind is wandering on about your kids school test – will he nail it?

You’re writing a blog post but already worried you won’t have enough time to promote it.

You go into the tub for a relaxing bath (if ever!) while the husband takes the kids to the park – but you can’t relax. Mentally. The gobbledegookness of life starts its script in your head and by the time you’re out of the bath you’ve made 10 mental notes of things to do.

Infact, the idea for this post came to me while brushing my son’s teeth!


Do you ever feel like your mind is in constant thinking mode? How do you deal with it?

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  1. Helen Little

    Yes, can completely relate to this! The good old mental load. All the things whirling around our brains. And it does seem my partner doesn’t think about things quite so much as I do!

    1. Nicole

      Sigh… guess it’s a ‘mom’/ ‘woman’ thing!!!

  2. Helen Little

    Hi Nicole, I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award to let you know I’m really enjoying your blog on my journey as a newbie blogger! Read my acceptance post and learn how to accept your nomination at: Many thanks!
    Helen at Natural Beauty with Baby

    1. Nicole

      Helen I am so glad you are enjoying my blog… thank you for your kind words and the nomination! However I have already been nominated before and have passed the baton on:) You can read my nomination post here:
      But THANK YOU so much once again for the nomination.

      1. Helen Little

        Hi Nicole, thanks for letting me know. So glad you were already nominated! Helen ❤

        1. Nicole

          Thanks Helen:) And congratulations on your nomination too!

  3. Michele Morin

    If there was a CT Scan of my brain, I think it would look like the image you shared today. Thanks for this post!

    1. Nicole

      Hahaha… I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for popping over:)

  4. Susie / S.H.I.T.

    My mind is in constant overdrive, a thousand things going on there at one time and I find it so hard if not impossible to switch off. I’ve tried headspace and yoga and meditation but whenever I’m doing it, without fail the motherhead races off in a million directions then I get stressed that I’m not focusing on the meditation so I’m more stressed than ever! Not sure what the answer is. Mine is the worst at 3am if I wake up for a wee and then there’s no chance of switching the manic head off! Glad I’m not alone. Thx for linking up to #GlobalBlogging x

    1. Nicole

      Exactly, we just can’t switch off, can we? Even when the kids are at nursery/ school or when we have kid-free time.
      PS: Love the term motherhead;)

  5. MMT

    Absofrickinlutely. In fact, I’ve always been a bit like this – mentally having about eight thought lines at any one time. Since becoming a SAHM it’s 1000 times worse. In fact, I’ve made a pact with myself to give myself one morning a week now to clear my mind, sit, read, watch TV…just STOP!! I’m not sure I can do it ha ha!

    Great spot on post – thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

    1. Nicole

      Ah, I get you. Guess we women overthink stuff anyways, and as you rightly said, after becoming a mum, it’s just unstoppable. Sigh! I doubt I could tune out either:(

  6. Helena

    It’s true that we do tend to have our minds full while the others in our life seem to sail through without all these things floating about their heads. #DreamTeam

    1. Nicole

      Exactly… it sometimes feels a bit too much, doesn’t it? Thanks for reading and commenting Helena…

  7. Rhyming with Wine

    This is so me. We really do tend to take on the heavy end of the mental load don’t we? If it wasn’t for my military style diary system I think my brain would implode! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

    1. Nicole

      Ah, bless diaries, calendars and post-its!!! My head would implode too if it wasn’t for these gems…

  8. Cath Whittaker

    I couldn’t relate more! I feel like I’ve never been more mentally active in my life. Uni and exams a peace of cake compared to motherhood x

    1. Nicole

      Well said… nothings as challenging as motherhood! Thanks for popping over…

  9. Marylin

    Oh god yeah I’m so with you there… it never ends! Mine are 12 and 10 now and I swear, I thought it’d get easier but they have even more after school activities and such now than they ever did!

    1. Nicole

      Yes I know, it never ends does it?!

  10. Mummy2twindividuals

    So true. I really had to force myself not to look at my blog for four days while away on a mini break. It was hard but good for me. The other stuff just keeps going though. #blogstravaganza

    1. Nicole

      Yes, sometimes we just need to take control and make it STOP. Though that is damn tough and rarely happens.

  11. Jo - Cup of Toast

    Yes! I can absolutely relate to this. I keep a notepad by my bed for the things I forget about until I’m just about to drift off, and I try to make sure that I read before I go to sleep which helps to turn my mind off. Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza

    1. Nicole

      I pop in notes and reminders on my phone throughout the day – and sometimes while I’m lying in bed but not yet asleep. Things I suddenly remember to do/ haven’t done etc etc etc.

  12. Nadine

    Ahh this is completely me! I’ve always got so much going on in my head. I’m forever writing lists of things I’ve remembered to do! #blogstravaganza

    1. Nicole

      Same here. I’ve got lists on my phone, post-its on my kitchen top and more unwritten lists in my head!!!

  13. The Tale of Mummyhood

    My mind is always like this! I say to Hubs all the time, that I don’t feel like my brain has properly relaxed since our eldest was born. Ah, maybe when they’re 18 hey?! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    1. Nicole

      True. And doubt we’ll be relaxed after the kids turn 18 – there’ll just be different things to worry about!!!

  14. Emma Island Living 365

    I can completely relate to this! I can’t concentrate on anything because my mind is so distracted with everything else. We need to pack the house to move, oh crap we have a party this week, oh pants youngest birthday in 3 weeks and I have nothing and on and on it goes! #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Exactly… cannot concentrate on task A because B, C, D etc etc etc are irritating us at the back of our minds! Aaaaargh!!!

  15. Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes

    The husband asked me if my brain ever stops yesterday. I asked him if had any thoughts about Christmas. His answer was he hadn’t even thought about it. This is why my brain never stops. Someone has to plan all this stuff! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Yes, and it’s always us mums that have to plan, remember, schedule, cancel the list goes on!

  16. Silly Mummy

    Yep complete gobbledgook up there! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Wonder if any mums are gobbledegook-free?!

  17. Fi Anderson

    You’ve perfectly described me every, single, minute of the day ? thank you for making me feel less of a nutcase! #itsok

    1. Nicole

      Hahaha, not a nutcase at all, just as normal as the rest of us gobbledegooks;) Thanks for reading…

  18. Crummy Mummy

    I do find it very hard to switch off at the end of the day – wine helps! #itsok

    1. Nicole

      Wine certainly helps! #itsok

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