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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39 Weeks - Maternity Leave Begins
"Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds,a mini watermelon.  (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath."

Today was my last day of work.  I still have two projects I will stay in touch on while am out.  But for the most part everything has been completed or handed off.  My boss asked me if I was sure I was coming back.  I assured I most definitely would be.  It was weird to walk away knowing I will be gone for three months.

I had my midwife appointment today also.  I told her I felt too good to be 39 weeks.  My energy has returned and the soreness and stiffness have almost completely gone away.  She said I was really lucky to be feeling this good.  Tell me about it!  I had her check under the hood.  I know it doesn't really tell you when the baby is coming but I was curious.  I was thrilled to hear I am 3 cm dilated (opening), 50-60% effaced (softening) and she could feel his head.  So he is engaged and not going anywhere but out at this point.  Even though she cautioned me that I could walk around 3cm for 2 weeks, she really feels he will be here before my appt next Friday.  It would be awesome if he came on Tuesday.
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