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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.
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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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Heads Or Tails?

More good news on the infertility front. Trust me all the baby steps really are a big deal. We got the full lab report on Tom's sperm analysis. His morphology (shapes) has gone from 1% to 7%, which is in the normal range. Will wonders never cease? So we spoke with our embryologist on the phone. We have decided to only do partial fertilization with ICSI. This means a portion of our eggs will be allowed to fertilize "naturally" by whatever spermie gets there first. The other portion will have one individual sperm inserted in each egg. Hopefully this will give us more options for embryos to transfer.

PS Did day 6 of Lupron shots this morning. This was the first time it hurt. But I think I hit a little vein because it bled too. So far I haven't had any side effects. I was kind of hoping for the hot flashes, it is still chilly down here in the computer room.

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