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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Sometimes The Village Isn't Needed

"the single greatest predictor of infant adjustment is maternal mental health. In other words, to put it more scientifically, if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. So do whatever it takes to be happy."

Big discussion going on about people telling others how to be good mothers. I can not say anything that hasn't beeen said more eloquently by others but I really liked that quote. Sums it up nicely. As much joy as I felt when Keegan was born I was very sensitive to any symptoms of post-partum depression. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to tell others if I needed help. Fortunately I was okay but I also knew my limitations and what I needed to do to maintain my mental health. And when I didn't, the people I loved insisted on it. My pediatrician's office now screens for parental depression at all child appointments. I think it is an idea long overdue.

I have lots of strong opinions about mothering (and many other topics) too. I didn't make any do or die decisions about breastfeeding, cloth diapering, etc. until I was there actually doing it. Everyone's experience is unique. I would never deem to tell someone else what to do. I try to only give solicited advice. Well unless it is for family and close friends, then I butt right in. But they already know this about me.

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