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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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12 Weeks

Each week brings so many changes in both Keegan and myself. He continues to get more adept at exploring his world and I continue to get better at deciphering his language. I know he is telling me what he needs, I just have to learn what he is saying.
He gives smiles away freely and is most happy interacting with people. Tom got him to laugh for the first time playing peek-a-boo games. It sounded so funny I didn't even realize that it was a laugh. But he did it over and over and has now added a giggle.
Keegan starts out in his cradle each night but still ends up in bed after nursing. I am hoping that he will sleep longer periods and eventually will spend the whole night on his own. The longest stretch so far has been five hours.
He also spends more time awake during the day and definitely needs some indpendent time. The play gym and bouncer give him plenty of space to talk to the animals and grab for things.
In the beginning I wanted him to develop so badly, now I want to freeze this moment in time before he completely grows out of being a baby.
I figured out why I love being his mom so much. All my life I wanted to take care of people and nuture living beings. Now I can do that and know that he really needs me and loves me for it.

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