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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36 Weeks

"Your baby is still putting on the pounds — about an ounce a day. He weighs between 6 and 7 pounds and is at least 19 inches long.
You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower abdomen and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little — breathing and eating should become easier. However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable — some women say it feels as if the baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the bathroom all the time.
The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day now. (Babies between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term — a baby born before 37 weeks is preterm and after 42 is post-term.) At your weekly visit, your doctor or midwife may check to see if you've started dilating (when the cervix opens) and effacing (when the cervix thins), and what position the baby is in, which is a way of estimating how far the baby has dropped into the pelvis. Make note of it so that once you're in labor you can tell your nurse at the hospital."

"Could give birth any day now", wow that freaks me out! I am ready to meet Peanut but am fine with waiting until his due date. Mom and I went shopping yesterday to get the rest of the necessary items for when he comes. Changing pad, waterproof pads, crib sheets, hamper, organizing baskets and such. I also got a thermometer because I know I will be worried about him getting sick. It was good to have her there to talk me out of things I don't need now. She assured me she'll go back and get them if I find I can't live without them the first few weeks.
We also got packs of disposable diapers. Their price assuring me once again that I want to switch to cloth. I have enough to get by until our cloth order comes in. Like Tom says, "even if it wasn't an economical issue, it would still be an environmental one." Love that man.
My aromatherapy for childbirth came too. I need to mix some of the essential oils into the grapeseed oil so they aren't too strong. I am really interested to see what kind of effect they have on me during the "epic struggle."
Symptoms for me are still basically the same. Not alot of long periods of sleeep at night. I am still battling heartburn, small bladder and a stuffy nose. The rash is not gone but it hasn't gotten worse. The antihistamine at night helps me sleep and I am going through calamine lotion by the gallon. The key also is remaining cool. Not that difficult in my house but it leaves me wanting to avoid social situations where I'm not in charge of the heat.
Peanut's movements are much less rigorous as he outgrows my uterus. He still pokes around and has the hiccups almost everyday. I haven't felt him drop and he still seems curled up in the same spot on my right side.

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