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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34 Weeks

"Your baby now weighs more than 5 1/2 pounds and is probably about 20 inches long. He's filling out and getting rounder — he'll need his fat layers later to regulate his body temperature. If you don't already talk to your baby, you should start — by next week, your baby's hearing will be fully developed. And don't feel ridiculous if you're already chatting in baby talk. Some evidence shows that newborns pay closer attention to high-pitched tones.
If you've been nervous about going into preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that 99 percent of babies born at 34 weeks can survive outside the womb — and most have no major problems. Though your baby's central nervous system is still maturing, your baby's lungs are nearly fully developed by now.
Many women start to notice a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvic region from the baby's weight on the nerves in the legs and pelvis. Unfortunately, this feeling probably won't subside until the baby is born. If you're terribly uncomfortable, mention it to your healthcare provider."

Lungs fully developed? Fabulous! That and brain development being highest on my list of concerns. There is no reason for me to believe I would go into pre-term labor but it is always in the back of my mind. You know in case I fell or was in an accident. I need to know that Peanut would be okay if he was forced out.

I had a scare last Sun. In fact it was so disturbing that I couldn't write about it until now. Monitoring the baby's activity because really important right now. In fact I have become very sensitive to how much he moves and when. Last Sun. when I was out shopping with my mom, Peanut never moved. He didn't move while eating breakfast, sitting or when eating lunch. Nothing that usually gets him going. So in the back of my mind I was worried. I mentioned it to both Tom and my mom. I thought about calling my midwife. When my mom asked what they would do, I didn't know. And the horrible thought that he was dead inside me spread. I said to her I didn't know how I would survive losing him at 33 weeks. So I went around the rest of the day in fear.

But that night at bedtime, Peanut gave me several swift kicks as if to reassure me. Activity this week has continued to be normal. Except now I am grateful for his foot in my ribs instead of annoyed. Also I found out that I shouldn't worry until I haven't felt movement for 24 hours. We're so close to the finish line and I want to make it so bad.

Last childbirth class tonight! We get to play with all the equipment and then we're let loose. I think I am pretty much ready, but then again can you really ever be? I am okay with Peanut arriving on his due date or even his original one (Feb. 5). Whenever he picks is okay with me. Of course I might change my mind as the weeks wear on.

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