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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12 Weeks

I swear my stomach popped out overnight.  My pants were starting to get snug and then I woke up this morning with a belly.  Looks like I will moving up my maternity clothes shopping trip.  I think at some point I will have to make the pilgrimage to Mass for nice maternity clothes.  My previous maternity clothes will not work for two reasons.  One, I didn't work then so they are not really up to the job environment.  Two even if they were, I weigh 40 pounds less now.  Well, maybe not for long.  Ha, ha.

I think Baby X should be a little over two inches now.  I remember being obsessed with every detail during my first pregnancy.  Now I just touch base each week to look for milestones.  Plus I already get the whole "your body is no longer under your control" thing that freaked me out the first time.  Speaking of milestones.  We have a heartbeat, we have seen it is growing on schedule and this week I found out that I am not a Cystic Fribrosis carrier.  I thought I had been tested during IVF but apparently they only did Tom.  And I didn't consider it until I found out it was a possibility on Jeff's side.  Without me being a carrier our odds of this baby having CF are so greatly reduced that I have ruled out invasive testing at this point.  Well because people I am AMA.  That's advanced maternal age.  Isn't that happy?  That's what you get after turning 35.  And all bets on the chromosomal abnormalities are off.  So I am having the first trimester screen done.  That involves bloodwork and an ultrasound to look at the nuchal fold.  I opted out of all of these the first time.  And our date is set for our 18 week ultrasound which I have opted to have with a fetal-maternal specialist.  I don't have any anxieties that something is wrong.  We are just trying to have as much information as possible.

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