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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5 Months

On friday Keegan turned five months old. He continues to learn and develop on a daily basis. A couple of weeks ago he found his voice. Now he babbles or screeches to his toys. Unfortunately his voice only has one volume, LOUD. It doesn't really bother me but we get weird looks when I take him out on errands. He has also started making "bbbbb" noises like a speedboat. They come complete with saliva bubbles. My goodness does that kid still slobber alot. I keep checking but no sign of teeth.
Keegan still doesn't sleep through the night but I can usually get an initial stretch of seven hours. Then after being fed he thankfully goes back to sleep for another six hours. He has also established an earlier bedtime. Unless he is completely wired he goes down between 8pm and 9 pm. Which in theory would give me some free time in the evenings but that is when I finish laundry, dishes or making formula. Sometimes I just vegetate on the couch for an hour. He is doing some day naps which is awesome. I never know how long he is going to sleep but that's okay. Today he was on a nap boycott but fell alsleep at 4pm which is why I am able to be writing this post.
Keegan seems to be more into toys and has this really intense focus when exploring. It cracks me up to see his little still shaky hands feeling all the textures and making sounds with that old man look on his face. He is constanly in motion. Even though he can only wiggle, he still covers alot of territory if you aren't watching. He has also recently discovered his tongue. We play games sticking our tongues out at eachother and he'll grab his with his hand.
After consulting with my mother's group I took him off solid food last Thurs. I decided that maybe he isn't physically ready to be eating from a spoon. I want to make sure mealtimes are positive experiences. We will take a week's break and then try again. Solid food at this point is not a nutritional need but practice for later on when it is required.
Keegan is still wearing his 3-6 months clothes and hasn't outgrown anything yet. But I wanted to be ready so I washed all of his things for 6-9 months. He has a ridiculous amount of stuff. I doubt that I will have to do laundry that often once he is in them. I seriously wonder if three months is enough time to wear it all once. I only bought him two outfits, the rest of all been gifts. People are just too generous. So his swimsuit and sun hat are ready for whenever it gets warm enough to take the plunge.

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