Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Science Rocks!

How's that for irony? Yesterday I spent on the phone getting a prenatal care appointment and vitamins for a 15 year old. Today I spent hours talking about a procedure that will cost $12,000 for the chance at us having a baby. We are so lucky that insurance will cover most of it.
The appointment today went great. I'm almost getting to where I don't mind the 3 hour drive. I had nine tubes pulled for my bloodwork evaluation. We met with the Reproductive Endocrinologist and the nurse who will guide us through the process. I have an appointment with the Embryologist in 2 weeks. All of Tom's previous tests came out really well. They seem very confident about this working for us. It is so amazing that until they developed this procedure 8 years ago we wouldn't have had any options. We won't get our first shot until closer to April by the time we go through everything else and start taking the medication. So it looks like a 2004 baby for us. I am so excited about being on the path towards results. The hardest part of infertility is not knowing. There are no guarantees with this and a 35% chance each try, but I feel really good about it.

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