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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6 Month Checkup

Keegan had his six month checkup yesterday. Apparently it's standard practice for scheduling to run behind. What really matters is the time between immunizations.
He is 19lbs. 2 oz and 28 inches long. I wasn't sure about the weight but he felt like a tall drink of water. He definitely had that six month growth spurt. I whipped out my itemized list of questions and ran through them with his doc. It seems the older he gets the more questions I have.
Learned a cool thing about teething. Supposedly the gums start as a ridge, then get smooth and then the tooth comes through. Keegan's are smooth on the bottom so hopefully we are close. He drools and chews even more in the past few weeks which I didn't think was possible. Teeth should appear following the pattern of the parents. Tom got his at 7 months 1 week and I got mine at 12 months. My mom had my gums x-rayed because she was afraid there was nothing in there. So if we split the difference Keegan will get his at 9 1/2 months. By that time he will have gummed through the furniture.
Meanwhile we'll be working on a plan to space out his feedings and get him to last longer. The kid still eats ten to twelve times a day in short bursts. So there will be some grouchy days until he gets used to it. I am not going to make him get to screaming point but just push back his habit a bit. Today is going pretty well so far.
Keegan was tired, grumpy and sore last night after his shots. He had trouble settling down so I gave him some children's T*ylenol. We skipped his bath, got him in the pjs early and he cuddled on the couch until he was ready to go down. The good news is that he slept straight through nine hours.
Today he took a nap so I went in to lay down too. I woke to a weird noise and was thinking I didn't remember giving him a doorbell in his crib. Then I realized it was the doorbell. Our across the street neighbor brought him an adorable pair of overalls with grasshoppers all over them. They are for 12 months size which I suspect isn't that far away. People are just too sweet.

PS We are officially signed up for swimming lessons! They start after Labor Day and I had to go for the Saturday morning class because I hope to be working soon. Unfortunately they are early which means I will be up by 6:30 am to get there on time because they are over an hour away. But I really wanted to go to the facility with the warmer teaching pool. Keegan is not a fan of cool water. These are the sacrifices we make as parents. I am so not a morning person. Hopefully I'll be delirious enough to not mind being in a bathing suit.

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