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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
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Baseline

How come a nap always sounds good but when I actually have time I can't fall asleep? And of course I have my now daily meds related headache to contend with. I woke up at 5:30am to leave and get to Dartmouth for my 8am appt. (See Erika it's possible for me to get up early, but why would anyone want to?)
All my baseline tests went fine. I got the best phlebotomist and I didn't feel the blood draw at all. The ultrasound was fast and then I had to sign pre-operative paperwork. Now I wait to call back between 3:30-4:30. They will give me the thumbs up on my bloodwork. That means I start the second set of shots on Sat. These will kick my ovaries into high gear so I can produce lots of eggs. I have another appointment next week to check the progress. It's all so strange to read this post. I mean who ever thought I'd be cheering to produce a nest full?
I also changed my mind and decided to keep the regular and ICSI eggs separate. I think it will be interesting to see if the embryos fertilize and grow differently. Then if several are good quality we could pick which ones we want to use. I know it seems so clinical to think that way. But emotionally I need to remain as detached as possible.

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