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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.
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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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26 Weeks
"Your baby now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber), from head to heel. The nerve pathways in his ears are developing, which means his response to sounds is growing more consistent. His lungs are developing now, too, as he continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid — good practice for when he's born and takes that first breath."

What is up with the random vegetable references?  The bigger he gets the less likely I will know what they are talking about.  I'm six and a half months which seems like a lot but there is plenty of time left.  I have a few regular sweaters I can still wear but I am in maternity clothes most of the time.  Thanks to many donations from friends I haven't had to buy much yet.  Jeff said the sweetest thing, "from the back you don't even look pregnant."  I don't know if it is true but it is nice to hear.  The other night when I was in the bath I saw the baby kicking from the outside.  That was pretty cool.  The movement is my favorite part of being pregnant.  A couple of nights ago my left leg was swollen from the ankle to the calf.  It was gone in the morning so I don't think it is anything to worry about.  The heartburn has become an every night thing no matter what I eat or do.  I expect it to be my constant companion from here until the end.

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