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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30 Weeks

"Your baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. And while your baby may soon grow more slowly in length, he will continue to put on the pounds. This week your baby continues to open and shut his eyes. He can probably see what's going on in utero, distinguish light from dark, and even track a light source. If you shine a light on a your belly, your baby may move his head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow. Some researchers think baring your belly to light stimulates visual development. But don't expect 20/20 vision when your baby is born — newborns can see a distance of only about 8 to 12 inches. (Children with normal vision, don't reach 20/20 vision until about age seven to nine.) And to complete the picture, new eyebrows and eyelashes now frame your little one's peepers.
A pint and a half of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby, but that volume decreases as he gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and the baby continue to grow, don't be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can't get enough air; it's just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. Usually about two to four weeks before labor (or during labor, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby's head will drop into your pelvis — to get ready for delivery — and that will make breathing and eating a lot easier."

I cannot believe I am in the ten week countdown. Remember when I was complaining about how slow it felt? I knew the last part would speed by, especially with the holidays coming. I can feel the weight of him now when I move. When I turn it's like my stomach moves a few seconds behind.
I am feeling total joy at this point. As much as I am dying to hold him I feel like I need these next weeks to fully prepare. We have our second childbirth class tonight. Tom & I really hope we get to take the tour soon. I want to feel comfortable and at ease when the big day comes. The classes have already helped me figure out what I want from my birthing team. By this I mean the non-medical personnel. Tom will be in charge of physical comfort, ie. massages, temperature control and positioning. Erika will focus on relaxation through breathing, visualization and guided imagery. Mom will be the relief person when either of them needs a break or if I need anything extra (like fetching medical personnel or other comfort items).
People may scoff at the idea that I can plan this experience. I don't know how it will go or what I will feel. However, I do know what I need to feel the most relaxed and comfortable. Labor and delivery is not something I want to survive. It is a journey I want to take and experience for what it is. The singlest most life altering event I will ever have. Apparently you do have periods of amnesia afterwards where you can't remember exactly what happened. I am okay with that too.

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