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
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31 Weeks

"Your baby's arms, legs, and body continue to fill out — and they are finally proportional in size to his head. He weighs about 3 1/4 pounds and looks more like a newborn. You can expect your baby to gain at least two more pounds before delivery.
Pay attention to your baby's kicks and rolls now. Your perception of your baby's movements is an important tool in assessing your baby's well-being. Ideally, you should feel at least ten movements in two hours. If you notice a significant decrease in the frequency of the movements you've come to expect from your baby, you should tell your midwife or doctor immediately.
Your baby's organs are continuing to mature, and he is passing water from his bladder, good practice for the urinating he'll do after he's born. Soon you can wonder what your baby is wishing for — brain scans have shown fetuses have periods of dream sleep around month eight.
You've probably gained three to four pounds this month. Gaining a pound a week is quite normal during the last trimester — your baby has a final growth spurt before birth."

I am telling you like clockwork all of the other symptoms hit me at the begining of my third trimester. We are talking heartburn, especially at night, no matter what I eat. T*ums have become one of my daily snacks. And the clumsiness is just great. Apparently due to ligaments relaxing for delivery but it effects every joint. So stuff doesn't stay in my hands well and I keep misjudging the distance for objects, hence many spills over the course of the day. My personal favorite is the absentmindedness, which my friends refer to as the "pregnancy stupids." It is the predecessor of the older person's "senior moment." I literally cannot remember basic things and float around in a fog all day. Yeah, it's way fun. A great excuse to others for why you haven't accomplished something, but not so fun when you really want to remember stuff.

For all of you wanting a belly shot here is the best I can do for now. Erika took this at my shower.

baby shower me.jpg

Huge right?
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