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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
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14 Weeks

I could blog during Keegan's naps. IF he ever took one. Sometimes I think he is going down, but no he's back up. I guess he just doesn't want to miss anything. Driving him around or putting him in the swing works but I am trying to establish some normal routines.
He sleeps most of the night in his own cradle. Lately he has gotten up every hour and a half, drank an ounce and then conked back out. I am not sure what this is about but I hope it stops soon.
Keegan's grabbing for items is more deliberate and he looks now at what he is aiming for. It's so funny to watch him swing his arms wildly about. Not that great with control over his motor skills yet.
His hernia must be healing because his belly button is receding and is a normal size. I hope it stays an outie though.
Keegan has been to a restaurant over five times and does very well. We went out to Thai food last night because my brother Bret is in town for business. Even he said that Keegan is a very happy baby. He was smiley and kept flirting with the waitress (the baby not my brother). Bret has two girls so Keegan represents the only boy in the family right now.
It drives me nuts that I think of things all week long to update on but then forget when I actually get time.
I won an Ebay auction for cloth diapers so hopefully these won't be stolen and we can transition off of disposables. I suspect I will have some incidents with them before I figure out the right combination for maximum absorbency. I have a friend who has been using them for a year so she is full of good tips.
A couple of people have asked me lately how I like being a mom. It's simple. I love it. I love it more than I ever imagined I would. Bless whatever in the universe decided that I was to receive this gift. It has taken all this time but it has finally sunk in that he is my boy.

(edited: While I was posting before it got really quiet upstairs. Sure enough I found Master Keegan completely asleep under his activity gym. Looks like the elephant and monkey got the best of him.)

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