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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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18 Weeks

According to my sources: "Things are really moving into place now. This week, your baby's eyes look forward instead of to the side, and his ears are in (or nearly in) their final spot on the sides of his head. Your little one's skeleton is still mostly rubbery cartilage, but it's about to start hardening into bone. As for size, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (crown to rump) — about the size of a pickle — and weighs nearly 7 ounces."
Picturing the baby as a pickle makes me giggle. But I am still calling it Peanut for now. I have really started to feel pregnant in the last week. What I mean is like my insides are bigger than my outsides. My clothes are definitely not my friend. I am still wearing regular pants but only if they have a drawstring. This means yoga pants at home and tie at the waist jeans when out. My tops still fit because I still don't have a big belly.
Other symptoms include:
1. No longer gagging when brushing my teeth.
2. Skin still like that of an adolescent. I have implemented a 12 step skin care regimen.
3. Fatigue is finally gone!!! I still need 10 hours of sleep at night.
4. Bizarre need to clean entire rooms from floor to ceiling.
5. Faster pulse rate and rapidly increased heart rate when going up stairs or moving too quickly.
6. Fingernails growing very quickly and very stiff.
7. Spectacularly vivid and weird dreams.

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