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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It's True, He's Two

So two years ago at 10:30 am after four hours of pushing Master Keegan arrived on the scene. Relive the magic here. I just did. Apparently it took me two and half weeks to find the time to write about it.
So the first year of his life seemed really long. This second year flew by. Based on what they tell you about terrible twos I expect this one will seem endless. ;) And it's weird because before I had him I couldn't really picture myself as a mother. But now it is such a huge part of my identity. And I think in a good way, not an out of balance way. Once you parent a child you can never go back.
We brought in cupcakes today to share with his school friends and tonight he is with Tom. He knows that it is his birthday but doesn't obviously really understand what that means. Now I know what my mom was talking about all those years when she said we should have given her presents on our birthdays. I had no clue what sacrifices my parents made for us. And I had no concept of how much they love us.
This morning Keegan came in while I was brushing my hair and said, "Give momma kiss." And I bent down as he planted one on my lips. He has never done that before today. He has also been very evocative this last week. Lots of I love you and singing my name. How do you know that you are hook, line and sinker? When you are playing "Ants In the Pants" for the first time and you want so desperately for him to land an ant. So you ask a higher power to intervene and five seconds later an ant shoots right into the pants. I had tears in my eyes. Can you imagine? I was just so happy that he got to feel successful. I'm completely gone for him.
But don't be fooled we are definitely having our challenges too. His personality shines through and boy is he stubborn. As happy as I am that he is exercising free will and learning independence, we are spending a lot of quality time in time out. I think part of it is that now that he is two some behaviors just aren't going to fly any more. I don't want one of those kids at three that no one likes to be around because their manners are atrocious and they are out of control. Plus I think some of it is him testing me. That is one of the many things kids do at every age, keep checking to see if you are consistent and willing to provide structure. But I can tell you that along with all the negative stuff you hear about two, it's fun. Two is fun and I am guessing it only gets better from here.

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