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
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Sleep, Beautiful Sleep

From now on I am going to post major Keegan updates on a monthly instead of weekly basis. Yes, he does change from week to week but not as dramatically as when he was a little squirt. I'll continue to post as any big stuff happens.
Over the weekend he started sleeping seven hours at a stretch. I don't know if it is a fluke but I am enjoying it for now. I can usually get him back to sleep after the feeding too. So now if he would just go down earlier it would be fabulous. But over time I am sure his schedule will adapt. He does get some naps during the daynow, especially if I even just place him in his car seat. We'll get into a crib for naps at some point too. I remember just a few weeks ago thinking a schedule was never going to be possible. Now I see a little light at the end of the tunnel.
Hand sucking and lots of drooling are still favorite past times. I think I can see some white on his bottom gum and he likes it when you rub the gum. Maybe there will be teeth popping out at some point over the next few weeks. I stood on the scale with Keegan and if it is right, he weighs around 18 pounds. My dad put a tape measure next to him this weekend and got an unofficial 26 inches. Next Monday we'll go to the doctor and find out for sure. If it's true then he is a pretty good sized baby. According to charts it would put him in the 95 percentile. Which honestly I don't really care about except that it gives me something else to worry about. Too big or too small are always in my mind. He is way too young for this to have any indication of his eventual size. And worrying is a parental requirement. If I didn't think about this I'd think about a million other things I have no control over.

PS His protected photo site should be up soon. I will send out the password when it's ready.

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