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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7 Weeks

Keegan seems to be growing like crazy. He actually outgrew some of his onesies. It was weird to put them in a box to be packed away. It will be even more strange when we move from his 0-3 months drawer to his 3-6 months drawer. It looks like the hair is growing back on the top of his head, slowly, but it's there. And his eyebrows are in although still very light. There is also a new bald spot on the back of his head. Apparently that is normal since we compared spots with the other babies at mommy & me.
He is looking around more than ever and seems to be focusing on specific items at times. I am still waiting for a real smile. He also makes all kinds of noises and waves his hands around for amusement. Keegan loves to be bounced on your leg like he is riding a bucking bronco. Clearly a child who enjoys some excitement.
Unfortunately his tummy and gas troubles continue. I give him the drops at every feeding but I am not sure if they help. He still has trouble getting back to sleep during the night. I give him a massage and walk with him but he wakes back up when I put him down. He is still sleeping with us because it is easier to rub his tummy and comfort him that way. Hopefully he will grow out of it in a few more weeks and then I'll move him to his cradle in our room.
We were looking around at mommy & me today and checking out the other babies. Keegan is the only one with an "outie" belly button. He is not just out but really out. I wonder if this will change over time. Right now I love seeing that fat little tummy.

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