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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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16 Weeks

16 weeks, that's 4 months people! Woohoo! To celebrate I just went out and bought my first articles of maternity wear. Ah, the pants are so comfortable. It is still hot & humid here so I couldn't even try on the fall clothes. Baby steps, baby steps. I also got a pre-natal yoga video. I have basically given up on finding a class locally. I really miss it so I will just do my own stuff at home.
According to child development research the baby can now hear noise outside the womb. So that means no more swearing (kidding). What it really means is that I am going to start reading storybooks to Peanut. I figure we'll start with the Dr. Seuss collection and then go from there. Anyone have any recommendations of favorite childhood books? I am an avid reader and I want the baby to be one too.
Weird symptom that has appeared in the past week. No gag reflex. As in every offensive smell puts me over the top. I have no ability to control it at all. So now garbage kills me and so do last night's dinner dishes. See pregnant women don't really nest. They just are forced to clean all the time so they can keep food down!

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