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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Baby Can't Come Until I'm Done

I got a little more sleep last night, thanks in part to Tom rubbing my back to lull me under. Went to the midwife this morning and will be going every week from now on. She took pity on me and got me a referral to a dermatologist. I need to feel like I am at least making progress with this rash. Peanut is still growing on target and his heartbeat was pumping away at 146bpm. I picked up one pound and I am going to try for another one next week.
Afterwards I headed to T*arget to try and finish my list of "things before baby comes." It was a new store, so nice and clean and not crowded at all. The best part is they have an icee machine. I got the biggest size they have but really they should be available by the quart. Ummmm....crazy pregnant lady drinking frozen beverage while it's 28 degrees out.
My parents came over and we put the shelf up in the baby's room. Now I need to load it up with books and stuffed animals. I am completely procrastinating on cleaning out the closet. It became the place where we put stuff we didn't have another home for. Now I finally have to find a home for it. Ugh.
Tom took the tree out and every sign of Christmas is back up in the attic and I feel so much better knowing I don't have to face that anymore. Whenever I do check something off my list I find something to add. Both dogs need to be groomed so they are fresh and clean for when the baby comes home. Oh and the inside of my car should be cleaned too. And I should get a haircut in case I can't get out for a while.
See what I mean?

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