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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15 Weeks
"Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.  Your baby’s skin has been continuously developing, and it is so thin and translucent that you can see the blood vessels through it. Hair growth continues on the eyebrows and the head. Your baby's ears are almost in position now, although they are still set a bit low on the head.  Internally, your baby's skeletal system continues to develop. Muscle development continues too, and your baby is probably making lots of movements with his or her head, mouth, arms, wrists, hands, legs, and feet."

We've gone from a lemon to an apple.  My appointment went well.  They did not have the results of my blood work from last week but they were sent to the genetic counselor's office.  They were pretty sure she would have called me if something was wrong.  I will have the AFP next week when I get to 16 weeks.  Another blood test that checks for spina bifida.  This is what you get when you ask for every test that is reasonable when you are over 35.  The midwife told me to expect more pelvic and back pain with a second pregnancy.  She said I am like box.  The first time everything is tight and firm.  Then you go through labor.  The box is a little more broken in the next time.  And box is an analogy people for my body as a whole.  It does not mean my "box" per se.  I have gained a half a pound.  And I got to hear the heartbeat.  I called Jeff but that was the exact moment when a client finally called him back.  So I left a voice mail which is nice because now we have it recorded.
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