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Mutilated Carrots

The other day I found out baby carrots aren’t actually baby anything. The revelation was quite shocking. I have spent my entire life thinking that baby carrots were some sort of dwarf carrot species, only to be told that they were just regular carrots whittled down into the baby carrot shape. My first thought was “how perverse.” Mutilated carrots. Why?

I can see why someone would want small peeled carrots, but wouldn’t carrot wedges satisfy this requirement? Why shape them? I suppose the baby carrot form is more aesthetically pleasing, but once I found out that they don’t really come that way, I no longer thought they were that great.

I know there are far more important things for me to be thinking about than where baby carrots come from, but I just can’t get over it. How have I not known all these years? Have you known this? If so, why haven’t you told me?

First I find out Turtle Wax isn’t really made from turtles, and now this. I am beginning to think there is a naming issue here. Things are not being named properly and causing all sorts of confusion. What’s next? Do I even want to ask what Baby Oil is made from?

Renaming, Maybe?

I started this blog years ago and called it Confessions from the Crib because that is how my ideas came. I had just given birth to Ally, and as I was putting her to bed at night I would curl up in the crib with her until she fell asleep. It was too early for me to sleep, so I would lay there, wide awake, thinking.

I was new to the whole mother business, so I was constantly thinking of ways of being better at it. The blog at the time was dedicated to parenting, advice as it came, new ways of doing things, trials and tribulations of parenthood, and well, you get the gist.

It remained that way for several years. A year and a half later, after my son was born, I did the same thing. And as I lay in the crib with him I once again used it as my thinking place, quickly transcribing my ideas into the blog before going to bed. Having two children gave impetus to more advice, discovering ways of handling both of them, and getting better at it each day.

But then the blog became about more than just parenting, especially in the last year. In fact, I can’t remember the last real parenting advice post. I guess I don’t have any more advice to give. I go from day to day, see what works, implement it, and before I perfect anything things change.

Somewhere along the way I realized I am more than just a mother, and I started exploring other interests and facets of my life. I began blogging about the things I read, and everyday experiences that often include my kids, but aren’t anywhere in the realm of advice, or cute “how-to” posts.

I have been playing around with the idea of changing the blog’s name for several months. But I am not sure what to call it. There isn’t one subject I blog about. There is no overarching theme. In fact, for the past year the majority of my blogs have been everyday occurrences and I am using the platform as more of a personal diary than anything else. Except, it is not very personal, but rather quite public.

I have come up with several titles. I am still deliberating. Here are some of my favorites:

The Butterfly Loft (Because I will always be The Butterfly, even though people stopped calling me that years ago, and there is a salon in Encino with this name that sounds very nice).

A Blog With A View (inspired by Tina Dico’s Room With A View).

The Butterfly Diaries (quite self explanatory I think – and even though an online journal is already named this, they focus on subjects I only rarely touch, and never in much depth).

Slightly Strange (I saw a pin on Pinterest “awkward is my specialty”… no one does awkward like me).

Breathing Butterfly (I like breathing).

I am not terribly fond of the other names I concocted, so for the time being I will simply ruminate on these.

40 Weeks of Pregnancy – Week 9

Good morning! If you are new, you have just stepped into the middle of a pregnancy series, where every Monday I outline a new part of pregnancy. This week, I am looking at week 9. If you want to see the previous weeks, scroll down and take a peak.
Week 9
This week, you are even more tired. If this is your first, take advantage of all your free time and take lots of naps. You may think you have no free time. Trust me, you do. You will often look back fondly at “all that free time I had back then.” If this is not your first, you still need to take a nap.
If you haven’t gotten it already, heartburn may start happening around now. I personally didn’t get heart burn until the third trimester, so basically you can get it at any time. If it happens, it is normal. My doctor said I can take Zantac.  But he told me this too late, so basically I just dealt with it. Talk to your doctor, see what he says you are okay to take.
Even though I was not showing at this point during my first pregnancy, and barely showing during my second, I started feeling lower back pain right around now. I found warm baths to be very helpful. At the very least they would relax me for a little while.
Speaking for relaxing, at this point a lot of moms start to worry about their plans for baby. Will they continue working? Is that even an option? Who will take care of the baby when you go back to work? How do you pick the best day care?  And one of the most stressful, what do you name the baby?
And with that, I am going to wrap up this installment. See you next week! And in the meantime, feel free to look up previous weeks.
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