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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.
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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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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I Should Have Known

Here is some wisdom (ha,ha) from a very new mom:

Best products so far:
Pack N Play Bassinet (conveniently setup in our bedroom to make diaper changes accessible)
Boppy Pillow (the best for postioning for breastfeeding)
Hobbit Breast Shells (for giving those sore ones a break)
Medically pure lanolin (see above)
Bravado Nursing Bra (especially good for us larger gals)
Breastpump (hospital gave me hand one and I bought unit to make it electric)

For breastfeeding:
Get this book, "The Nursing Mother's Companion", before you deliver. It would have helped me immensely.
Make a nest; pillows for back, foot stool, table setup with water bottle, lip ointment, notepad to keep feeding & changing log, burp cloths, breast pump, breastpads

Also make sure you have atleast three of everything (one to use, one in wash, one on standby). I had this problem with nightgowns and quilted waterproof pads. It helps if you have a mom willing to run around and shop for you.

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