It's different with everyone, but I would say that it's normal to do this with a pattern. When you're first starting, patterns can be so hard to understand, there's so many abbreviations and it's hard to keep track of where you're at. Heck I still have issues keeping track of where I'm at in more complicated patterns, and I've been knitting from patterns for at least 5 years now lol. The good news is, yes, it does get easier. Soon enough you'll be reading from patterns with ease. Don't get discouraged, you'll get it eventually!!