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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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Mommy & Me

Yesterday was our first mommy & me exercise class. We were late because there was a gruesome diaper incident. But we jumped right in and started moving. Keegan is by far the youngest baby, the closest being six weeks. It made a difference when it came to attention span and not having his head wobble all over the place during exercises. Then he got fussy while I was lifting him on my shins. It was the sucking on my knee and not getting any milk that really pissed him off. So I fed him, in public, with a blanket to maintain modesty. And it was weird and awkward for both of us. But I am imagining it will get better each time. It was nice to be with other moms and babies since I have neither in my daily life. I think every pregnant woman should have a partner who is either currently pregant or has been before. That would be cool to not feel like I am flying solo all the time.
The super sucky thing is that our dryer broke yesterday. It still moves the clothes around, it just doesn't heat up. Kind of an important feature. So we ordered a new one but it won't be here until Sat. Keegan burns through way too much laundry to wait that long. I did a load and took it to my neighbor's to dry but I thought it would be rude to drop it off and leave. I like talking to her but it was time I should have been using to give Keegan a bath and catching up with Tom. After Keegan's four to four thirty am feeding he couldn't get to sleep. He was tired but it seemed like he was uncomfortable. I tried every position but nothing worked. Around five forty I finally got him to sleep by holding him upright against my chest on the couch. That is how Tom found us when he left for work. Hopefully tonight will go better.

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