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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29 Weeks

"Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day."

I miss alcohol. This is what I said to Jeff last Saturday. I miss a glass of wine or a beer or a cocktail. Truly the taste of them. I know that some people do drink a little when they are pregnant but I choose not to. I couldn't live with myself if something went wrong. It has not been proven safe and that would take all of the enjoyment out of it. Between weeks 28 and 29 some major growth must take place. I have had all kinds of comments at work about how much I am showing. I can't see my feet when I look straight down. Bye bye feet, see you in ten weeks. I passed my glucose screening fine but I am low on iron. I had the same thing when I was pregnant with Keegan. I thought this time since I am eating so healthy I could get by. Nope one ugly black pill two times day with citrus juice. We put the crib together and talked about things we need to buy. But that is as far as we have gotten. I am starting to feel the nesting urge but will try to wait until April to focus on the nursery.

Belly Laughs:

If only you'd known you were going to trade...
Monthly PMS for nine months of weeping
Lacy thongs for cotton tents
Sex for gas
Zinfandel for Ovaltine
Birth control for laxatives
Going to the gym for getting up to pee
Your waist for a hot-air balloon
Kickboxing for kick counts
Your innie for an outie a way-outie
Sleeping for groaning
Freedom for the most intense love you've ever known

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