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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Two Month Checkup

Today is Keegan's two month birthday! This meant a trip to the doctor's for his checkup. It also meant getting the first round of immunizations. His doc was very quick about it but he still cried. I had to hold him for several minutes in order to clam him down. I gave him some infant T*ylenol drops and he has been pretty sleepy since coming home. The rest of his exam went well. Keegan is 22 3/4 inches long and a sturdy 12 pounds 14 ounces. Let me tell you it helps make all the feedings and sore boobs worthwhile to know it is working. I did ask about his giant belly button and was told it is a hernia. Apparently the abdominal muscles haven't grown together like they should. But it is nothing for concern and should resolve itself by the time he is five years old.
We got his first smile the other night and since then I have seen it many more times. Sometimes it is after a feeding, after a good burp or when he is staring off into space. I'd love to know what he is thinking.
We also joined a new mom's support group and went for the first time before his appointment. I was really glad that I decided to go. The other moms and the facilitators had great advice. I got ideas on setting a bedtime schedule and getting "me" time. We'll see how I do with implementing these ideas. One of the moms was actually in our childbirth classes at the hospital. It was fun to follow up with her and meet her son who is a few weeks older than Keegan. We exchanged phone numbers so we can get together. She hasn't lived here very long and doesn't know alot of people or even the area. It would be nice to have another person who has to breastfeed a little guy while tooling around town.

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