1. A mom’s selective memory of the child-birthing and -rearing experiences.
a. In retrospect, the momory of labor and delivery, and the sleepless nights with a screaming baby, are not as bad as they were in reality.
b. The momory allows a mom to quickly forget how much it sucked when her baby had a cold and ear infection while her husband was on a business trip, and she did not sleep for an entire week. (“You’re saying I sobbed and said that was the worst week ever and that I never EVER wanted to have a child again in a million years and that I wanted to divorce you on grounds of abandonment? Really? Huh. I don’t remember that at all. All I know is… I GOT A BABY HUG TODAY! I LOVE BEING A MOM!”)
c. Oftentimes momories of these experiences become increasingly pleasant as a mom’s desire for another baby grows. (i.e., “Awwww, look at your baby! I miss having a newborn sleep on my chest. You know, now that I think about it, pushing out a ten-pound baby actually felt FINE! Maybe I should have another one?”)
d. The momory is deemed necessary for continued reproduction and the existence of the human race; otherwise, no sane woman would EVER give birth again.
Syn.: Repression; denial