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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18 Weeks

Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper), and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs - movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

I like the references to food because it is easier for me to visualize than inches. I have felt the baby move they feel like flips more than kicks or punches. We definitely have a swimmer here. My next pregnancy side effect has arrived. Migraines. I was worried my first pregnancy and they never happened but they have been frequent since entering my second trimester. I have a perfectly good prescription pain killers in closet but instead I have been hurling Tylen*l at them. Not very effective. I am going to talk with my midwife at my appointment next week about other methods to combat them. They aren't just painful they are debilitating. Our ultrasound is also next week. So get in your votes on what you think we are having.

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