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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 #2

I had to do this again to cover my second born

1. WAS YOUR SECOND PREGNANCY PLANNED? Yes and I was getting a bit nervous even though it really didn't take long at all.

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yes.

3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? I couldn't believe I was lucky enough to conceive naturally even though I had no reason to think I wouldn't.

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? No.

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 35 (36 when he was born) Advanced maternal age and they treat you like a freak.

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? I couldn't sleep one night and I got up at 2:30am and peed on a stick. I saw two lines and re-read the directions because I had never seen a positive before.

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? I woke up poor Jeff and then we were so excited we couldn't sleep.

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

9. DUE DATE? May 29, 2008

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? No but I didn't the first time either.

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? Sleep and sex. Not in that order.

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

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

14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? Yes I was so sure it was a girl because my pregnancy was so different than the first. But after we found out I realized it was for the best to give Keegan a brother.

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? 22

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? No we were going to but we had moved into a new house and it was chaos. Then we were going to have welcome baby party afterward but I am too anal to have anyone over until the house was perfect. I am still working on the house.

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW?

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? Yes. PUPPP the most evil rash in the world (AGAIN!) who's only cure is giving birth and a breech who flipped right before we were going to have to do ti from the outside (OUCH!) This culminated in one stubborn baby who did not want to come out on time.

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH (AGAIN!).

20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? It was around 5 hours of hard labor.

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? Jeff.

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? Jeff, my midwife, some extra nurses and an OB because they were worried about the baby's heartbeat at times. My mom and Erika were supposed to be there again but it all happened so fast at the end.

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? Pitocin induced vaginal birth (AGAIN!)

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? This time I was smart and asked for an epidural as soon as I was past 5 cm. And even then I had to wait over an hour before they would give me one and by then I was 8cm.

27. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? 8 lbs 4 oz.

28. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN ? June 10, 2008

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

31. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? 7 months & 21 days and the best baby ever.

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