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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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Mommy Meme #1

Cross posting from FB

It's all about your first born! Just copy and paste it in a new note for yourself!
Let's see how much you remember!

1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED? Totally orchestrated by a team of dedicated infertility specialists, a fantastic lab and sheer luck.

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yes.

3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? Thrilled and it felt surreal.

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? That would have been silly considering.

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 33 (34 when he was born)

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? After the embryo transfer I had to be on rest but when I could shower I remember crying because it was the closest I had ever been to being pregnant. Then we went away the next weekend I just felt so happy inside I knew I was pregnant. It was confirmed shortly after with an ultrasound showing a tiny yolk sac and a heartbeat.

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? Our parents.

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? Yes.

9. DUE DATE? February 5, 2004

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? No but I was more exhausted than I had ever been in my life.

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? Piles of strawberries and lemonade.

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? I hated being so emotionally unpredictable.

13. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD'S SEX? Boy.

14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? No.

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? 3. Yup that is correct but bear in mind I was already 30 pounds overweight.

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? It was hosted by both my local friends and my college friends.

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? I knew because they all came into town and we did our friend's bachelorette celebration that same weekend.

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? Yes. PUPPP the most evil rash in the world who's only cure is giving birth and low amniotic fluid which eventually made in necessary to deliver early.

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.

20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? It was 3 days.

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? Tom.

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? My mom caught the baby, Tom held my hand and Erika held my knee.

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? Pitocin induced vaginal birth.

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? I tried to be some kind of hero and went for seven loooong hours with nothing but aroma therapy and a whilrpool tub. That epidural was the best thing ever.

27. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? 6 lbs 14 oz.

28. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN ? January 25, 2004

30. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER? Keegan Harris

31. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? 5, amazing

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