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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
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34 Weeks
"Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies."

I saw my midwife yesterday for my two week checkup.  After the next visit I go every week.  The baby is measuring one week ahead instead of two as before, but his growth is fine.  He remains head down and is lying on his left side which is the opposite of Keegan.  Which explains my ribs on the right side being constantly poked.  The little bugger keeps kicking me.  The other day during a meeting he had the hiccups which was really kind of fun to feel.  I continue to gain a half a pound a week which she was also pleased with.  I asked her if it was okay to have a pedicure and facial this far along and she encouraged it. So sign me up!  At the next visit I will have my strep B test and I think that is the last thing before delivery.  I also looked into a sibling class for the kids to learn how to help care for the baby and a tour for Jeff and I of the birthing center.  I keep forgetting he hasn't been there.  I remember it so vividly but that is probably because I was there so long for Keegan.  Hmm...what are the latest side effects?    I got some pepc*d this week to combat the acid reflux.  I am out of breath sometimes now simply from sitting because the baby pushes up against my sternum.  Most nights I sleep well but every few nights, like last night, I keep waking up and rolling around.  People still tell me I don't look 34 weeks along although many people tell me I am getting big.  Can you imagine saying that to anyone when they weren't pregnant?  When you are pregnant you become community property.  I had forgotten about that part.  The warm weather has also brought swelling to my hands and feet.  I am trying to fight it through drinking lots of water, putting my feet up and also walking around a lot.  I think 78 degrees is too hot when pregnant.  I cannot imagine those women who carry through the summer.  Ugh.
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