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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16 Weeks
"At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails."

That increased blood flow is supposed to make me glow.  I'll let you know when that starts.  I'd really like the hormones going directly to my skin to slow down because I'd love my clear skin back.  Well I am four months, 37% of the pregnancy is over.  This is the time with Keegan I really started to enjoy myself.  You get some energy back, you aren't worried about miscarrying and you still feel agile enough to get around.  I wore my first pair of maternity pants today.   They slide down a bit.  But I went to a meeting and was invited to their potluck lunch.  Expandable pants really come in handy at a time like that.  Keegan's school director commented that I wasn't even showing.   I lifted the bottom of my shirt to show her indeed I was.  No mistaking that rounded middle.

Keegan continues to be very excited about the baby.  He has really caught on to how it effects me.  He accepts that I have to take most of my food home from the restaurant, how my back hurts sometimes, how we stop to pee for me all the time now and how I can no longer lift him up.  Before bed he was patting my belly and told me that he likes my baby.  I told him that in a few months he will be able to feel it kick from the outside.  He said it is kicking because it is tired of being in there for such a long time and it wants to see him.  Keegan thinks it is a girl.  He wants to name it Bubba.  That's what happens when you read him stories that take place in Louisiana.
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