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
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15 Weeks

This is my update from last Thursday's midwife appt.
It is the only time I have ever any heard anyone describe my weight as "great." I have gained back 1/2 pound of the five pounds I lost since becoming pregnant. I attribute this to drinking copious amounts of water and the unbelieveable luck of being completely uninterested in sweets. I was never a major junkie but I did have kind of a candy habit going. I am really starting to love this eating extra food thing!
I heard Peanut's heartbeat again and it was loud and easy to find. In fact the baby actually kicked back at the doppler probe! I had a feeling that we had a feisty one in there.
They did tell me that they are changing where they are delivering babies as of next Jan. Which was kind of an adjustment because I researched the previous hospital six years ago when we moved. I can still choose that hospital but I am willing to be open to the other one as well. She described it as "like checking into a bed & breakfast." Sounds good to me. I think Tom & I will probably take a tour of the facility in another couple of months.
This is probably the week where I will break down and go maternity shopping. I am not really showing yet but the pants are starting to feel snug. It's okay to loosen the waist when I am home but a little weird when I am out in public. I looked at more maternity clothes online and feel better about the inevitability of dressing in them atleast through next Feb. My plan is to try and stick with my personal style as much as possible. This will not begin the era of jumpers, rompers or tops with ribbon & bows.

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