When I was beginning, I was feeling a bit discouraged that I really wasn't absorbing anything.
I was talking to my stepmom about my frustations and her advice went along the lines of this:
Think back to the time when you were learning to drive a stick shift. Your mom suffered whiplash. The car stalled several times out of first; the timing of your feet was not quite right for a time.
With time and practice, your feet know what to do. Driving a clutch is no problem.
The same holds true for aikido. Everything is going to be off for a time. After nine months for me, a few things come smoothly, more than a few don't. Just keep going.