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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What's Your Sign?

Today was the longest I have been away from Keegan. I left him for five hours to go to a workshop. Of course while I was gone he was an angel for Tom. They took a 45 minute nap together and then Keegan downed a huge bottle. What I really wanted was for him to poop since Tom has never changed a stinky diaper. He did go but Tom left it for me since he knew I'd be home shortly. What a guy. I am glad I left disposables out for Tom. I rightly suspected that he wouldn't be able to tackle a cloth diaper on his own. All in all I think the boys did great together.
The workshop I attended was about teaching slightly modified sign language to babies. They call it Baby Signs. It is based on American Sign Language except some of the signs are adapted because they would be too hard for a baby to do (ie. snapping fingers, large gestures). We learned about the long range studies and how it doesn't hamper language development but actually helps them learn sooner. We sung and signed some songs and went through a couple of the board books you can use. The best part was hearing the video tape stories from people who have used sign with their kids. It sounds like a great way to get through frustration on both sides. The have this cute stuffed bear you can buy to help teach. You slip your hands into his gloves and do the signs. I was fascinated by it and I am an adult, albeit a childlike one.
Keegan is too young to sign back but you can start signing at any time as long as you don't need instant gratification. Older babies can really pick it up quickly and sign for things within a few weeks. So my plan is to use a few signs for now (thirsty/drink, hungry/eat) until he gets to where he understands, which will probably be a few months down the road. There is also a really cute bedtime song about the moon and stars I want to start singing and signing to him. I am really excited about helping him learn to express himself.

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