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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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5 1/2 Months

Keegan's social life has kept be pretty busy this past week. He just loves to visit people. Plus I have been trying to make strides with finding a job and daycare which is difficult when you can't get an uninterrupted block of time.
He is still growing like crazy. Solid food feeding are getting better. He still makes that silly face but now he opens his mouth when he sees the spoon and ends up consuming much more. I believe this has also made a difference in his sleeping pattern. A couple of nights this week has has slept 8 or nine hours straight. As with all babies, this could change and he could go back to the old routine. But I am going to enjoy it while I can.
He is getting stronger with sitting but still needs pillows or mom and dad for support. I leave him playing on the floor more often because he seems to want to roll around and get a new perspective. Last weekend he passed another milestone; passing an object from one hand to the other. It is funny how you learn to look for things that I would have otherwise taken for granted. Tom reports that he has been passing other toys since then.
Keegan is very gigggly now and a real adrenaline junkie (like his dad). He loves to be tossed into the air (with hands still on him), swung by his arms, and dangled upside down. His squirmyness now makes diaper changes and getting dressed like wrestling matches. It should get even more fun the stronger he gets.
So far he continues to be a very happy baby and loves to meet people. Keegan is great in a restaurant and will amuse himself watching ceiling fans or people eat. I don't know if this will change as he develops. I hope not because it makes life easier to have a portable baby.
This weekend my brother Bret, SIL Tammy and their two girls, Brooke (3) and Brittany (6) are coming to visit. They are staying at my parents so I don't have to worry about picking up the house and making it super kid friendly. We are excited for them to meet Keegan. We have all kinds of cousin fun planned for the lake and a few days getaway to the beach in Maine next week.

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