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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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28 Weeks

"You're in the home stretch. The third trimester typically starts this week and lasts until 40 weeks and sometimes even beyond. (Don't worry — 42 weeks is the maximum! After that, a woman usually is induced to give birth.) Most women gain an average of 11 pounds during this trimester.
By this week, your baby weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and measures about 14 1/2 inches. At about this time, your baby can open his eyes and turn his head in utero if he notices a continuous, bright light shining from the outside. The fat layers are forming and the fingernails appear."

I can tell Peanut is higher up because I get heartburn almost every night when I go to sleep. Also when my bladder gets full he kicks to remind me to empty it. Fiesty little bugger. I think my facial skin has finally returned to normal. My belly and legs itch sometimes. And I have two news friends, Moe & Curly, my matching stretchmarks. There is no way to prevent them so I might as well accept them.
The pouring rain and chilly temps haven't slowed me down. I'm on mission to get the nursery together. We went to B*aby Depot (inside Bu*rlington Coat Factory) because they have great prices (even cheaper than Ta*rget). Mom bought my crib for my shower gift. It was not only on sale but also had a rebate. I bought the crib bedding set. How cute are those little animals?
Now we need to figure out the cradle bedding. Because it is an antique it is not a standard size. We'll be doing some custom work to make sure everything fits correctly and is safe.

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