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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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9 Weeks

Wow the weeks are flying by now. I have started trying to get keegan to sleep in the cradle next to our bed. This is the first step towards having a regular bedtime and eventually sleeping in his own room. So far I can put him down for the night in the cradle but he is back in our bed after the first nightime feeding. I am happy with this progress for now. I have noticed that he cries less often during the day. I am assigning this to the fact that I can tell better what he wants. Although sometimes I still don't have a clue. His tummy trouble due to gas is much better. No more red faced straining with those little legs all stiff.
Last night he went to bed at 9:30 and I went at 10pm, we both slept until his feeding at 2 am. Then he woke up to eat one more time before 8am. Probably the best batch of sleep I have had since he was born. He was in a great mood and amused himself while I got dressed. He was a model baby in mommy & me class. Didn't fuss at all even whole time I did sit-ups which is where his patience usually runs thin. After we ended with the massage he was so mellow and napped in the car on the way home. We took a short walk after lunch.
That's about when he got cranky. For the rest of the day he would nap in short spurts and wake up screaming. I had to comfort him on my shoulder and then he'd fall asleep again. Or he'd be fine playing for ten minutes and then start crying. I tried all his toys and apparatus but nothing worked.
This evening Tom rescued me from my fruitless attempts to make dinner and offered to pick something up. Keegan fell alseep right before Tom got home carrying really good Thai food. He is still sleeping now. Whew! I just needed a break.

PS Per an agreement with Tom, I will no longer be posting unsecure pics of Keegan. Erika is making a password protected section where they will posted for those of you who request access. I have a super cute one of Keegan smiling from ear to ear that I'll put up there when it is ready. For now you'll have to use your imagination. ;-)

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