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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14 Weeks

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him - a process he'll keep up until birth. Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches - about the size of a lemon - and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week - a sign that it's doing its job right - and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

We had our first trimester screen on Wednesday.  I had blood work to check for specific proteins in the placenta.  This combined with an ultrasound will determine any risk for Downs.  The ultrasound went well although was lengthy.  Baby X kept laying on it's side and looking coyly over it's shoulder.  They needed it to lay with it's spine and head straight to take the measurement.  So there was a lot of poking, rolling and stretching of skin in order to move it around.  Boy did Baby X swim all over the place.  It was kind of fun to watch.  At one point it was doing a head stand.  Finally they were able to take the measurements they needed.  We got one more picture to take home and this one is head on so really looks more like a skeleton face.  The next time we see it should be in Jan and hopefully we'll find out if it is a boy or girl.

My maternity clothes I ordered arrived.  And I can't wear them because they are way too long.  Looks like a trip to the tailor is in order before I get any waistline relief.  I have four or five things I got on ebay coming too.  I am still in my regular clothes, I would just be happier if I could wear something that stretches.   I am hoping to get through the winter in regular sweaters.  The weeks are flying by because of work and the holidays.  May seems so far off but probably won't feel like it.

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