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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37 Weeks
"Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz."

Keegan had peach fuzz, this baby will have a full head of hair.  We could tell on the ultrasound.  I had another midwife appointment on Friday and they feel he is still head down.  We canceled the ECV for next week.  We can always schedule another one if he flips again.  I do feel he is lower and there is less pressure around my ribs.   PUPPP has been annoying as I predicted.  Some nights I can dope up and sleep through, others there is no winning.  I have not been to work since Wednesday.  I take 3 hour naps just to function.  I feel like I could sleep the whole day away but I want to spend time with my family.

This morning we took a hospital tour.  They were really sweet to the kids and sent them home with newborn diapers and tiny hats for their baby dolls.  I don't know if it made it any more clear to them about babies being born but at least they got to see where it happens.  Keegan had asked me awhile ago if he could be there.  I told him that it is hard to get a baby out and he probably wouldn't want to see me like that.  We explained to the kids that some people have babies at home or birthing centers or hospitals.  One of the rooms we got to see while there is the one where Keegan was born.  It looks exactly the same but seemed like forever ago.  Later in the day I felt sad because I thought of Tom when Keegan was born.  I would not want that room again, too powerful are the memories.

Hopefully we have less than three weeks to go.  Now that he is not breech I am excited about the delivery again.  I really want to meet this baby.
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