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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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37 Weeks

"Your baby may weigh between 5 and 7 pounds at this point and is probably 19 to 20 inches long. Your baby's head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity — surrounded and protected by your pelvic bone. This position clears some much-needed space for his growing legs and buttocks.
Many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if his hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children are born with bright red or blond hair, and fair-haired couples have been rewarded with Elvis Presley look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies don't have any hair at all.
Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered your baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the whitish substance that enshrouds the baby. Your baby will swallow his lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in his bowels. These will become your infant's first bowel movement, a blackish waste called meconium."

We're full-term now and ready to roll. He has not moved down to my pelvis yet but I have been having pains from stretching down there. Nothing major just uncomfortable. My hands have been swelling up at night and the joints are painful to move in the morning. It goes away over the course of the day. I can only wear my wedding band, as my engagement ring is way to painful to remove.
I saw the dermatologist today. He thinks I am "allergic to something." Brilliant analysis right? He did give me a prescription cream so hopefully that will work. He also wanted me to change detergents again to A*ll Free. I am supposed to go back and see him in ten days. I am guessing that by the time we figure this out I will be holding Peanut in my arms anyway.
I also stopped taking my nightime antihistamine. It wasn't helping me sleep and contains the same ingredient as B*enadryl, which I am allergic too. Not worth putting more drugs in my body that aren't helping.
The stack of things to pack in my suitcase grows ever higher. I added breathmints and l*ifesavers for when my mouth gets dry during labor. I will post my whole list soon. Then after Peanut's birth I'll come back and tell you what I would add or subtract. I was joking with Erika today that she should bring her IRA rollover paperwork to the hospital and we can fill it out during contractions. That would certainly keep me distracted. ; )

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