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 Months

"Your baby now has the trunk strength to sit upright, but he needs to lean back on a pillow or forward on his hands for support. By the end of the sixth month, he may sit independently - but keep pillows around in case he topples unexpectedly. Stronger muscles also allow him to roll over. Hand coordination improves too as he learns to pass an object from one palm to the other.
When you talk to your child, he'll babble excitedly in response, often using consonant vowel cobinations, such as "da" or "ba." At this age your baby can also differentiate family from strangers and will smile more easily at people he knows.
Your baby begins to realize that he has the power to make things happen. When he shakes a rattle to create a sound or pushes a ball to make it move, he's learning about cause and effect."

Well it is really six months and one week. Keegan is more than halfway to being a one year old. He does everything mentioned above except for the consonant sounds. When I say "ma", "da" or "ba" to him, he laughs at me. His abilities literally can change in a day. This weekend he pushed himself up on his knees but doesn't quite know what to do with the front half. I love watching him trying new things or trying to figure how to get what is out of reach. He can also hold his bottle but not well enough to feed himself. And he is still figuring out how to point it the right way in his mouth.
The chewing and drooling has increased in the past week. I keep checking for teeth but I can't see anything yet. Keegan is a big fan of all the teethers. Let's face it, he'll chew on anything that gets near his mouth, especially other people's fingers. I tried introducing sweet potatoes as his first vegetable. He makes a horrible face and then clamps his lips shut. I have been told it can take up to 15 tries for a kid to like a new food. So I guess I will keep plugging away. I've tried the "mommy thinks the food is yummy, she'll eat some too" trick. I'll tell you, that baby food isn't half bad.
Keegan's motor skills have improved and he can grab and manipulate smaller objects or pieces of toys. I also found out that he knows how to make musical toys work. I watched the other day as his hands reached out to push the switch to play music on his actvity gym. I never knew babies were so cool to watch.
I never really thought about how everything we do had to be learned. Basically we popped out knowing how to breathe and poop. Even nursing is a learned behavior, albeit driven by instinct. Every move that Keegan makes he is learning something. Certain things, like eating, language, trust and structure are my job. But the texture, taste, sound and movement stuff is all Keegan. It is amazing to see him make discoveries and build on his accomplishments. And he continues to be the sweetest, friendliest little guy.

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