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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My Own Perfect

Anyone else sick of the media coverage about perfect mothering? See Dawn for tips!

Keegan's ENT consult was yesterday. The doctor said that his best option is getting the tubes. So whenever the surgical coordinator calls, we can schedule a date. I asked for a low dose preventative antibiotic to get us through until the surgery. Anyone else giggle when they try to say, "prophylactic?" I am really curious to see if his language skills develop more quickly once he can hear clearly.
Speaking of milestones, here are some highlights of what Keegan is up to at almost 13 months:
Can point to things and make a noise to indicate he wants it
Can point to a balloon, say "ba" and convince mom to buy it
Takes up to 3 steps on his own but then goes back to crawling or uses furniture to travel around the room
When mommy says "no" he will stop and try to look so cute that she will say "yes"

Total carb hound and will consume all crackers and cookies
Loves baby yogurt
Has developed his own storage system and remembers where he puts things (ie. blocks in the DVD cabinet) and will get upset if it isn't there (ie. mommy puts it else where)
Blows kisses when mommy drops him at daycare
Has 3 teeth (two bottom, one top) but is currently working on three more up top
Plays well with others, especially younger babies
Gravitates toward other children and gets upset when you remove him so he won't get crushed by older kids playing "duck, duck, goose"
Claps and dances to music and never seems to tire of hearing the same song over and over and over.....
Thinks mommy sings really well
Totally falls for the "spoon is an airplane" trick when eating vegetables

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