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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So Keegan has finally mastered the art of unpinning his arms once he rolls over. This is important because now he doesn't lay in his crib and cry every time he gets stuck. I also saw him roll himself back over to his back the other day. Also very helpful.
I know if it's not one thing it's another. I wish he'd learn how eat a whole meal. He stills prefers to drink small portions from the bottle and does so around eleven times a day. It is almost like he is still breastfeeding. The weird part is that he seems to know when he has reached the exact same daily total of 30 oz. Then and only then will he fall asleep. That kid keeps better track than I do.
We went to B*abies R Us today and for the first time he didn't freak out in the store. They have all kinds of hot weather items out. I had him try on sunglasses but couldn't stop laughing. We passed on them as I don't want to give him a complex. Even though he doesn't need any more clothes I did break down and buy two rompers. I was so happy to find something for boys that doesn't have sports, construction or racecars on it. I am all about the puppies, marine life and insects. I also wanted to check out a highchair and a stroller for when he out grows the one that goes with his carrier. How ridiculous are the prices on some of these things? And I shit you not they had a highchair with a leather seat (okay leatherette) cover. Please, I don't need him developing a taste for the finer things this early. If Keegan wants leather he can duke it out with Tom for a spot on the "bachelor couches" in The Man Cave.
We ended the day with Keegan supervising as I trimmed some bushes in the yard and put flowers in my pots out front. It is finally starting to feel like summer is coming. The little guy is exhausted from all the errands and sleeping like an angel. Tomorrow I want to teach him to turn over garden soil and plant seeds. Some day we'll be side by side with our gloves and trowels.

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