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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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13 Weeks

Fingerprints have formed on your baby's fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catchup with her head which makes up just a third of her body size now.  Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.  Your baby may also be able to put a thumb in his or her mouth this week, although the sucking muscles aren't completely developed yet.Your baby may also be able to put a thumb in his or her mouth this week, although the sucking muscles aren't completely developed yet.  The baby will react to any poking or prodding by wriggling around.  You may be feeling more energetic now that the major work of organ development is almost complete.

I do feel less tired but I wouldn't say I was energetic.  I remember feeling great during my second trimester with Keegan.  Something I will need with all of the holiday tasks and celebrations.  I ordered some maternity clothes this week.  I still feel weird about it but I am pushing the limits of comfort now.  I also have some bids in on some great things off of ebay.  I have my first trimester screen coming up this week.  Bloodwork and an ultrasound.  So another chance to take a look at the baby.  I am enjoying the excitement in my family around this baby.  This will most likely be my last pregnancy.  Unless I feel completely differently after the baby comes.  So I am trying to not dwell on the discomfort but focus on each experience.  We really wanted this child together.  It feels like our family will be complete now.  Three is a magic number.
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