Friday, March 29, 2013

iPhone 5 Case {Giveaway}

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Today's giveaway is for this case for the iPhone 5


Isn't that cute! It is great because it keeps your phone small while adding protection. Want to win it? Here's how you enter:


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Lego Friends WINNERS

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The winners of the Lego Friends giveaway are:

Winner number one is:

Landonsmommy said...
Entering for free!

Winner number two is:

lwicks said...
Free entry

Look at that--both won on a free entry! 

Please email me at valplowman@gmail.com with your mailing address. You have one week or another winner will be chosen.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Siblings Without Rivalry Book

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I recently read the book Siblings Without Rivalry (Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish). I feel kind of mixed on my feelings on the book. There are parts I really liked and there are parts that I really didn't care for. Was it worth the read? Yes. It is a fast, easy read and there are good and helpful tidbits you can pick up a long the way. If you see it in your library or your friend has one you can borrow, definitely read it! Is it a must-own? I wouldn't say so. I did buy it in order to read it, but I don't know if I would be buying it if I had read it first. I really feel luke-warm about it--BUT perhaps I will find it more useful as my children get older or if I get a dynamic of children who tend to fight more (in other words, I don't know what Brinley will bring to the party). I must also point out that this was a #1 New York Times best seller and it rates very well on Amazon.

I think I might be less impressed with it than many people who read it because a lot of their recommendations are pretty basic in good communication. I minored in communications, so I have spent many hours learning these communication theories and many hours testing them in my own conducted studies. A person who hadn't done that would probably find more "aha!" moments than I did.

I think if you have children who are fighting, there is a good chance you will find some tools in this book that can help you with it--but like all things, make sure you fundamentally agree with what decide to try. Make sure it lines up with your family's beliefs, goals, and values. If you don't have children who are having major fighting issues, it can be helpful for you to see what to avoid doing and help you have something to draw from in the future if issues arise. 

Something I didn't really like in the book was how the authors had adults act out situations, pretending to be children, and then having the adults describe how they felt during the different scenarios, and then deciding that is how children feel, too. I don't think children process things the same way adults do, so while you might be able to get an idea of how the child was feeling by looking at it from your perspective, I think it is a reach to then decide that is definitely how children feel in situations and what children are thinking in situations. 

Another thing I did not like is the authors suggest having children use mean language in place of physical harm. I guess I can see why some people might prefer that approach; I can see thinking you would rather them be mean to each other through words or other means (like one example was having a child pretend the paper was the the sibling and stabbing holes in it) than through physical harm, but I don't think it needs to be an either/or situation. I don't think that addresses the heart of the issue, and I don't think aggression in different forms is necessarily what I want for my children.

Something I liked in the book was to acknowledge when the children have negative feelings toward each other. It is totally normal to have negetive feelings toward other people; we all do it even as adults. Pretending those feelings aren't there doesn't make the feelings go away or solve the root of the problem. 

A tactic I like is describe what you see when there is a fight going on. Describe what is happening and how you hear the children feeling about it. 

Another aspect I loved is the entire chapter devoted to talking about how we do not need to treat our children equally--you know how I feel about fair vs. equal.

There is more I do and don't like, but I will save those for further and more in depth conversation later.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Poll Results: Baby Gear

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Ever wonder what baby gear is worth it and what isn't? I think we all do! Naturally, it differs a great deal from person to person and even baby to baby, but maybe these poll results will give you an idea of what might be worth the purchase or not. See the original poll here. You will definitely see answers that shock you--there are some items that I consider the best-ever baby purchase that people said were not worth the money, and some that I think were a total waste of money that people loved. And not all answers are completely telling; for example, one person said a nasal aspirator was not worth the purchase, so her answer was no, but it was because the hospital gave one to her that she liked better than a purchased one. So she loved the item, but the purchase was not worth it. In the comments of the main post, you will see caveats as well as brands people liked.

Question: Is the item worth the purchase?
51 answers at the time of this post (including mine). Any answers listed after my comment (number 51) are not included in these results.

NOTE: If there were two answers for one item, I took the "yes" answer--I figured if it was worth it for one child, it was worth it overall.

NOTE: If a person said an item was or was not not worth the purchase, but also stated that they have never owned the item, I marked it as N/A.

NOTE: Compiling this literally took me HOURS. Because of that, I did not double check. There are likely some mistakes. 
  1. Playards
    YES=47 (92%) NO=2 (4%)  UNDECIDED=0 N/A=2 (4%)
  2. Bassinet
    YES=9 (18%) NO=29 (57%) UNDECIDED=3 (6%) N/A=10 (20%)
  3. Swaddle Blankets
    YES=43 (84%) NO=5 (10%) UNDECIDED=0 N/A=3 (6%)
  4. Crib
    YES=48 (94%) NO=1 (2%) UNDECIDED=0 N/A=2 (4%)
  5. SnuggleU
    YES=5 (10%)  NO=6 (12%) UNDECIDED=0 N/A=40 (78%)
  6. Rocking chair/glider
    YES=32 (63%) NO=11 (22%) UNDECIDED=3 (6%) N/A=5 (10%) 
  7. Activity gym
    YES=40 (78%) NO=8 (16%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%) N/A=2 (4%)
  8. Bouncer
    YES=33 (65%) NO=11 (22%) UNDECIDED=1  (2%)  N/A=6 (12%)
  9. Bumbo
    YES=16 (31%) NO=19 (37%) UNDECIDED=8 (16%) N/A=8 (16%)
  10. Exersaucer
    YES=24 (47%) NO=6 (12%) UNDECIDED=9 (18%) N/A=12 (24%)
  11. Jumper
    YES=22 (43%) NO=11 (22%) UNDECIDED=3 (6%) N/A=15 (29%)
  12. Front Carrier
    YES=34 (67%) NO=14 (27%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=1 (2%)
  13. Stroller
    YES=49 (96%) NO=1 (2%)  UNDECIDED=0 N/A=1 (2%)
  14. Wet wipe warmer
    YES=2 (4%) NO=28 (55%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%) N/A=20 (39%)
  15. Changing table
    YES=32 (63%) NO=17 (33%) UNDECIDED=0 N/A=2 (4%)
  16. Swing
    YES=29 (57%) NO=12 (24%) UNDECIDED=6(12%) N/A=4 (8%)
  17. Lilly Padz
    YES=3 (6%) NO=5 (10%)  UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=41 (80%)
  18. Nursing pillow
    YES=36 (71%) NO=12(24%)  UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=1 (2%)
  19. Milkies
    YES=4 (8%) NO=2 (4%) UNDECIDED=0 N/A=45 (88%)
  20. Nipple cream
    YES=35 (69%) NO=11 (22%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=3 (6%)
  21. Nursing nightgown
    YES=14 (27%) NO=15 (29%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%)  N/A=16 (31%)
  22. Bottle warmer
    YES=4 (8%) NO=13 (25%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%)  N/A=33 (65%)
  23. Bottle dishwasher basket
    YES=17 (33%) NO=10 (20%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%)  N/A=23 (45%)
  24. Bottle drying rack
    YES=12  (24%)NO=14 (27%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%) N/A=24 (47%)
  25. Highchair
    YES=38 (75%) NO=9 (18%) UNDECIDED=0 N/A=4 (8%)
  26. Booster Seat for Meals
    YES=30 (59%) NO=3 (6%) UNDECIDED=3 (6%) N/A=15 (29%)
  27. Burp clothes
    YES=46 NO=1 (2%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=2 (4%)
  28. Baby bathtub
    YES=34 (67%) NO=11 (22%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=4 (8%) 
  29. Nasal aspirator
    YES=37 (73%) NO=8 (16%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%) N/A=5 (10%) 
  30. Baby fingernail clippers
    YES=41 (80%) NO=8 (16%) UNDECIDED=1 (2%)   N/A=1 (2%)
  31. Video monitor
    YES=23 (45%) NO=6 (12%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=20 (39%)
  32. Audio monitor
    YES=40 (78%) NO=5 (10%)  UNDECIDED=1 (2%)  N/A=5 (10%) 
  33. Gas drops
    YES=28 (55%) NO=9 (18%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=12 (24%)
  34. Gripe water
    YES=13 (25%) NO=10 (20%) UNDECIDED=2 (4%) N/A=26 (51%)
  35. Additional Comments/Items?

    "A must have for us is Lansinoh butt cream, and Aveeno bath products and lotion. Also, we used MAM pacifiers with both boys."

    "
     I don't know what we would do without our sound machine!"

    "Some sort of noise maker (ie. humidifier, fan - doesn't have to be fancy or expensive) is great esp if you have other children in the house"

    "some kind of portable white noise machine or phone app is great - we have lugged a fan everywhere, but it's bulky; also, couldn't have lived without my breast pump; totally worth it to buy a nice Medela one, and also have a hand pump that's smaller to travel with."

    "I agree with a previous post. White noise of some kind is necessary. I am using a heater in my daughters room right now, will use a box fan when spring rolls around! "
"My favorite thing is my sling and that item wasn't really listed. My fourth baby didn't like it much once he could walk, but the rest would stay in it forever if I needed them contained until they were 2 years old."

"
one thing I use all the time is a baby tracker app on my phone...it is very helpful in monitoring our daughter's naps, feedings, diaper changes, etc."

"
Not a huge fan of pacifiers, but we have one for emergencies (OT in church, airplanes, etc). Mine loves the wubbanub- it stays in well and she can play with it too :)"

"
We LOVE our faux sheepskin lambie floor mat. She's laid on it every single day for seven months. The play gym was too over stimulating for her as a baby, so she's always just been on her mat with a few toys. 
Also, a Safe-T-Sleep. I think this is an Australian thing (you can find it on EBay Australia or google), but it prevents sliding in an inclined cot, and rolling.
Breast pump"

"
Nipple Shield - I'm not sure I would have made it through the first 4 weeks or so of breastfeeding without it!"

"
I thought baby mittens (to keep from scratching) were a waste of money. 
I think good nursing pads (I like Johnson & Johnson) are worth the money"

"
A really good lotion!"

"
Baby quilts - YES, I have one for each of my 8 children and they are used so much around here.

I've had 8 babies (and a few foster babes) and even though I've tried several of the listed baby gear, there aren't too many that I've hung onto. Babies need warmth, milk, and love... all available in mommy's arms."

"
I never bought a glider, but I do have a nursing stool and like it."

"I agree with the previous poster about a breast pump - priceless not only for going back to work but during maternity leave I would pump a bottle so that my husband could do the dream feed. That long stretch of sleep was priceless! Agree on the white noise machine / fans as well, our one and three year olds still use them every nap/night!"
"diaper basket, changing pad liners so you don't have to change the changing pad cover each time an accident happens, nursing cover, nursing stool, breast pump, SwaddleMe and Halo Swaddle sacks, saline nose drops, boogie wipes, diaper pail (arm and hammer), car seat strap covers and car seat head/body support, white noise machine"

"I LOVE the Boppy Newborn Lounger. Also, a breast pump is a definite necessity. And a nice thicker soft blanket for laying baby on the floor to play and move without a toy gym constantly over his/her face. (though I do like the gym for some waketimes). White Noise machine. Something to incline the crib if baby has reflux (both mine did). Love the Aden and Anais Swaddle blankets for swaddling and light blanket in the carseat."
"We never had a stand alone high chair. We have the kind that goes from a reclining booster and tray table (at 4 months) to a booster seat for toddler and older. It buckles into a normal chair. Saves so much space. 

We have a bassinet with both kids but if you have a pack n play with the bassinet feature you don't need both. 

I think an exersaucer and a jumper are interchangeable. You don't need both."
"Boppy Newborn Lounger Pillow...absolutely amazing!!! My son loved this and slept in it for naps for first few weeks of life...now is my standard gift for baby showers!!!"

"
Diaper bag- YES
Diaper rash cream- YES"

"
A few other must-buys in my opinion- Dr. Brown's bottles, teething gel (my daughter got a tooth at 3 months- I was totally unprepared for that), a few light-weight receiving blankets (we double swaddled her with those under the swaddle blanket) a comfortable sling, MAM pacifiers, and most importantly- a white noise sound machine (we got one that did white noise or music- I love it b/c I put the music part one when she does independent play in her room and the white noise when she sleeps)and black out curtains."

"
 For our next baby, I want to get one of those strollers that is just a "base" and you can clip the infant car seat right on to it, I think it is made by Graco)"

"
From previous posters, I second the wubbanub, breast pump, baby-size quilt for floor play, white noise machine, and Boppy Newborn Lounger Pillow (loved but not essential - used in place of a bouncy seat)

Hylands teething tablets, ibuprofen and Benadryl - we learned the hard way to keep Children's Benadryl on hand "just in case" even if the child is a baby, particularly for emergencies when travelling. Also our baby was an early teether and we didn't realize that was affecting naps. The teething tablets or ibuprofen helped a lot.

We also went outside every day from the very beginning so sun protection was really important to us:flap hat (from iPlay), UVA/ UVB sunglasses, rashguard shirt (we put it over whatever else he was wearing), and zinc sunscreen

And, separately, for the diaper bag, or when we chose not to take the whole bag, we LOVED THE Fold n Go Diapering kit"
"Breast pump - yes
Noise machine (especially with #2 and beyond)- yes
Waterproof changing & mattress pads - yes"

"
Baby Einstein videos, crib mobile also great"

"
LOVE and always recommend a BundleME Carseat cover for winter :-)"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brinley Summary: 32 Weeks Old

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This is a summary for Brinley's 32nd week; she was 31 weeks old.

NURSING
At the end of this week, I got the 24 hour puke thing--fun right? For some reason I get this every time I am nursing and in March. Maybe with McKenna it was late February? Anyway, I got it and couldn't keep anything down for a day. This obviously hits your milk supply. But it didn't really show an impact until later in the next week, so stay tuned for that. 

Luckily, Brinley didn't get sick. Hurray!

PLAYING
Brinley continued with her super-duper happiness. So much fun!

Brinley is just getting better and better at sitting. Her balance still needs work, but improvements are being made.

INDEPENDENT PLAYTIME
I am trying to be more consistent with Independent playtime. I need to sit and think about when we can do it. It is a bit tricky because I like to do it with the first waketime, but on weeks we drive to school, it is hard to work it in at that time slot because a lot of it is taken up with going to school and back. I do make sure she plays independently each day, but I think she is getting to the age where I need to be more consistent about the time of day and the place it is happening as well as calling it what it is.

SLEEPING
This week, there were several days where we had something going on and I needed Brinley to have good naps, so we did some days with the sleep positioner during naps.

Then she started getting super strong and could roll over the sleep position, then she would play with it. She also started rolling off of her tummy again.

Her evening nap moved back to 6 PM.

SOLIDS
Brinley had mango this week. She liked it fine. There wasn't really strong emotions in either direction.

TIME CHANGE
The time change was this week. I really was dreading it because we had a really consistent schedule where she was getting up from naps and going down for naps at the same times each day. I knew the time change would throw us off.

This is the first time I have ever done a time change with a baby and didn't do it in my "15 minutes" change each week way. It was so much harder for me not doing it that way! The problem was, though, that to change it slowly, I would have had to have started waking her earlier each day, and because of school, I couldn't do that. I needed her to be on the schedule we had. So we did it cold turkey initially, but that messed with her too much, so we went 30 minutes. It still took several days for her to get used to it, but it was easier for her than a full hour difference. 

The time change really throws me off, too. My sleep gets off, my metabolism gets off...I seriously, seriously, want there to be no time change. Why do we do that to ourselves? I mean, I know the listed reasons we do it, but really WHY?!?!?

SCHEDULE
8:00--feed with solids--2-4 T prunes and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in--a few days we did 2 T yogurt here
9:30--nap
12:00--feed with solids--4 T of pears OR peaches and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in and 2 T of green beans OR peas with 1 T oatmeal mixed in and some fruit
1:30--nap
4:00--feed with solids half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal OR 3-4 T applesauce mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (2 T) OR butternut squash (2 T) and some fruit OR 2 T carrots
6:00--nap 
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Location, Location, Location (of toys)

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Location is an important consideration for many things, and toys are one of those things. The experience of my four children in our Jumperoo sparked my thinking about this.

Brayden LOVED the Jumperoo. We knew he would--he jumped in our laps as we held him seriously from the time he was a month old. He loved jumping. When he was a baby, we lived in basically a studio apartment situation. We were renting a house and the house was one finished level and open concept--there was no bedroom. His Jumperoo was in the family room. He could see us while he was playing in it basically at all times.

Kaitlyn did not so much love the Jumperoo. Maybe nothing could have changed her mind, but I do wonder if the location could have been better. We lived in a different house. The Jumperoo went in the hall upstairs. There wasn't any action going on other than her jumping. 

McKenna also did not love the Jumperoo, which remains a mystery to me to this day (when Brinley jumps in it, McKenna stands in front of her and jumps up and down the entire time; she is a mover and loves to jump). We once again were in a new house when she was a baby. This time, the Jumperoo went in an obscure location where really no one was hanging around or doing anything of interest.

Now we have Brinley. Brinley is also a mover. I figured she was set to like the Jumperoo, but got thinking about it and decided the location of it likely impacted whether the baby liked it or not. Because of this, I put it in the office. There is a lot of action going on around the office. Brinley loves it!

Moral of my story?

As you get things for your baby to play with, consider carefully the location of them. This can greatly impact whether the item was a wise purchase or waste of money. In picking the location, consider the activity level of the area, comfort of baby in the spot (like, Brinley doesn't love playing on the hard wood floors--she is okay to just be there, but she doesn't roll around a lot, whereas on carpet, she will), and climate comfort of the spot. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lego Friends {Giveaway}

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Today's giveaway is for two great items from LEGO Friends. We super-love LEGOs at our house. Brayden is obsessed and the girls have followed suit. Kaitlyn fell in love with both of these items the moment they got here. The sticker book has kept her busy for hours and she has enjoyed making creations with the LEGO brickmaster. These are super cute! Your little girl will love them too!


Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO® Friends contains more than one thousand full-color reusable stickers
of all the LEGO® Friends mini-doll characters and their accessories, pets, and favorite places!

The book is packed full of information about the girls of Heartlake City; readers can find out about each
characters' likes and dislikes, pets, special talents, and the city they live in. Lively captions provide bite-
size LEGO Friends facts, while caption headings match up with the labels on the sticker pages, providing
extra help for children to complete their sticker books.




When the girls of Heartlake City are around, there's always something cool to do!

Now young girls everywhere are invited to join in the fun with DK's LEGO® Friends: Brickmaster. They
can follow Mia and Chloe as they search for buried treasure hidden somewhere in Heartlake City
or create an adventure of their very own. Featuring more than 100 bricks, two minifigures, and an
entertaining book packed with exciting stories and clear building instructions, the LEGO® Friends:
Brickmaster will bring creativity and fun together in a way like never before!

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©
2012 The LEGO Group. Produced by DK Publishing under license from the LEGO Group.

TWO winners will win one of both of these items! Let's get entering.


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  • You must leave a separate comment for each entry. This is not so I can get lots of comments--it is because it makes it a million times easier to choose a winner. It takes less time, and less time is good. Plus, it makes sure I don't miss an entry.
  • You don't have to do all seven entries...for example, if you just want to follow this blog, you can just do entry one.
  • One entry per comment.
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  • Entries will be accepted until I choose the winner March 29, 2013.
  • The winner will be randomly selected at random.org
  • The winner will be announced March 29, 2013.
  • If you would like, you can add your email address to your entry. If you are the winner, I will email you to let you know. You do not need to add your email address in order to win. I understand not everyone wants to share their email addresses with the world. I will announce the winner on the blog, so you can check the blog Friday to find out if you won.
  • Once the winner is announced, you will have one week to contact me or another winner will be chosen. Be sure to check back. The only thing worse than not winning is to win but not realize it in time!
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brinley Summary: Week 31 {7 Months Old!}

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This is a summary of Brinley's 31st week; she was 30 weeks old. She turned 7 months old this week! I am doing two Brinley posts this week since I didn't do any last week with the BFBN week going on.

NURSING
Same old same old. Alls well.

PLAYING
Oh the grumpiness left us this week! She was super, super happy. Like, oozing with happiness. So great! She was content to play again and just a super pleasure.

Not coincidentally, I am sure, her teething left her. The little hole she had developed left and she is left without teeth. On the one hand, it is fabulous. Nothing strikes fear in my heart like nursing a baby with teeth. BUT it is also sad because she went through all of that pain with nothing to show for it. I just hope when it comes back, it can be less painful for her.

SLEEPING
One night, she rolled in the night. My husband went and rolled her back over, because you know how babies don't necessarily appreciate their feeding mother walking out on them. She was fine each time he did it--four times that night! 

The next night, she did only once, but still not fun for anyone. 

At the very end of the week, my husband remembered a sleep positioner we had purchased for Kaitlyn when she was a baby and had reflux (we used it in an attempt to help keep her on her incline). I can't find it on Amazon, but it resembles this sleep positioner. So we broke it out and used it and had NO ROLLING that night. 

I didn't want her not being able to practice, though, so I didn't use it for naps unless it was a nap that needed to be uninterrupted.

LOVEY
I noticed that Brinley likes to suck on the sleeve of her sleeper while she is falling asleep. Well, that is fine until you enter summer and short sleeves. I decided I needed to steer her toward something else. She has always loved to chew on fabric and hasn't ever taken to her fingers or thumb. So I gave her a blanket to sleep with. She will chew on that sometimes. 

She also has a lovey similar to this one that she loves. It is an elephant and she loves to chew on the nose. 

SOLIDS
At the beginning of the week, we tried yogurt again. This time, I did Brown Cow yogurt in maple flavor. This is what I fed McKenna. LOVE! She super loves it. She has also tried the vanilla flavor and loves it. 

At the end of the week, we tried cottage cheese. Um, no. She was so grossed out. I am not sure if it was the texture or the flavor, but I have never seen her so grossed out. She gagged and gagged. That will be something else I try out when she is older.

FINGER FOODS
I also gave her biter biscuits this week. She loves those also!

SCHEDULE
8:00--feed with solids--2-4 T prunes and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in--a few days we did 2 T yogurt here
9:30--nap
12:00--feed with solids--4 T of pears OR peaches and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in and 2 T of green beans OR peas with 1 T oatmeal mixed in and some fruit
1:30--nap
4:00--feed with solids half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal OR 3-4 T applesauce mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (2 T) OR butternut squash (2 T) and some fruit OR 2 T carrots
5:30--nap 
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.

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