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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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27 Weeks

"The baby now weighs about 2 pounds. His eyes open and close, and he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and may suck a finger or thumb. Sweet dreams, little baby! Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by the 28th week. What do they dream about? No one knows for certain. But the brain is active this week as well. The characteristic grooves on the brain's surface start to appear, and more brain tissue develops.
Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of the hiccups, which are common this week and throughout the pregnancy. Your baby has them, but is breathing in amniotic fluid rather than air. A paper bag can't cure his hiccups, obviously, but an episode usually lasts only momentarily. Besides, it may feel like a belly tickle, so enjoy. Since your uterus is now up near your rib cage, you may now find yourself short of breath if you haven't already."

Mom came to my midwife appointment which was fun because she got to hear Peanut's heartbeat. I got my flu shot so I will be protected during this really crucial time in my pregnancy. I gained a half pound which concerns me because that is all I have gained. She measured my uterus and says the baby's size is right on track. I know this is crazy but I think I am too small. Boy, I'll live to regret those words!
I finally bought a body pillow as I am starting to need the support while sleeping. Tom is worried about too much crowding in the bed. I reminded him that we already have a third person sleeping with us. I don't think this is the menage a trois he had fantasized about. Also my Old N*avy maternity order came and I love the jeans! They are the best yet. So comfortable and cutely styled. They come in short lengths so I finally have something I didn't need to hem.

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