Absent-mindedness can refer to three very different things:
1. a low level of attention ("blanking" or “zoning out”);
2. intense attention to a single object of focus (hyperfocus) that makes them oblivious to events around them; or
3. unwarranted distraction of attention from the object of focus by irrelevant thoughts or environmental events.
so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one's immediate surroundings.
I am not going through early senility I am just absentminded. This occasional slips of memory is very common to lots of mothers-to-be as part of hormonal changes during pregnancy. They call it "mommy brain" or "pregnancy amnesia." Not paying attention or having too many things on your mind is one causes of absent-minded-ness. It started when I got pregnant I become forgetful and absentminded. I used to be good in remembering names but now I can't even remember the name of Filipina I met at the mall. Good thing I store her name in my cellphone.
It happens many times now that I feed Justine the oatmeal which was supposed to be for Jake. I feed them both at the same time. In the morning I give them breakfast in separate bowl. Jake is oatmeal with fruits and has thicker texture while Justine is a baby wheat cereal. When I put the spoonful of oatmeal at Justine's mouth, she just swallowed it like big kid. I hurriedly scoop it out with my finger. The funny thing was Justine just open her mouth widely to take all big spoonfuls of oatmeal and that happened again and again in different days. And that one time also I boiled water to heat up Justine's food. I did not check the pot and turned the stove on to high heat. I waited for 30 minutes and the water wasn't boiling yet. Then I waited for another 10 minutes and when I lift the lead off the holder melted. It was extremely hot that it leaves burnt mark on the kitchen counter. Oh boy! Whatta life.