Amelia: 4 Months

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Dear Amelia,

Well, I called it — time is flying by now! This fourth month was a total blur, probably due to the fact that we were gone for 10 days of it. It’s evident that you went through a growth spurt while we were gone. You seem so much bigger now!

You are showing more and more that you are Miss Particular. You still won’t take a bottle, love your swaddle sack and are very partial to Mommy. If someone tries to mess with the balance of what you love and want, it’s over and there is little to do to console you. You definitely experience all of your emotions at a very deep level.

With that, though, you have the BIGGEST smile when you’re happy. Your mouth gets as big as possible, and we’ve even heard a few little giggles from you this month.The happiness you exude is contagious, and our hearts almost can’t take it.

Every day, you get more and more curious. Your eyes are huge enough as it is, but when you’re watching the world around you, they get even bigger! You clearly can’t wait to be a part of it. You’re constantly kicking your legs, flailing your arms and arching your back. Some day, I think you’re just going to hop off my lap and walk away!

We made our first big road trip to Florida with you this past month. You did amazing on the car ride there and back — until the last hour of each trip. On the way down, you screamed for 40 minutes on and off until we arrived at the condo. And on the way back, we had to stop an hour away from Evansville because you were totally and completely over being in the car. Like I said, when things aren’t going your way, you let us know just how mad it makes you. But the rest of vacation went very smoothly with you — MUCH better than it did the first time we took Charlotte anywhere. And I only had to leave the restaurant dinner table once to feed you, little stinker.

In addition to your first vacation, you rolled over for the first time! We thought it was just a fluke, but you’ve done it several times in recent days too. You also giggled for the first time, and it was adorable — of course. Now, I try my hardest to get it out of you.

Amelia Rose, it’s like you’ve always been a part of this family. We love you so much, and for being so small, you’ve already added to our hearts and our lives in a big way. We can’t wait to watch you grow this next month — we know it will pass in the blink of an eye!

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 13 lbs, 10 oz (31st percentile)
Height: 24 3/4 in (52nd percentile)
Clothing size: 3 – 6 month clothes

Amelia Likes: Opening her mouth super wide when she’s happy or excited, being nuzzled, eskimo kisses, swimming in the pool, playing with crinkly toys, standing up, rolling over from her tummy to back, being outside and people watching.
Amelia Dislikes: Taking medicine after medicine after medicine, being woken up, the last hour of a long car ride, being awake longer than she should be and getting into her car seat.

Firsts: Vacation, road trip, laugh, dip in the ocean, St. Patrick’s Day and roll from tummy to back.

Diapers: Still doing medium cloth diapers at home and size two diapers when we’re on the go.

Sleep: We are in the process of moving Amelia’s dreamfeed (10:30 p.m. feed) back a few minutes every night to prepare her to drop it. I think she’s ready, but of course, I’m nervous that she’ll wake at 4 a.m. super hungry. But she’s still doing an amazing job sleeping until 7:30 each morning. She’s still taking three long naps a day, although these weren’t so great while we were on vacation. Her last nap of the day is starting to be hit or miss. Sometimes she’ll nap for 20 to 40 minutes; other times, not at all. And she’s typically pretty cranky at this time regardless — thanks, witching hour.

Feed: We are still breastfeeding six times a day. In terms of progress on the bottle, not much has been made. But she has at least taken a few suckles from one each time we’ve offered. Maybe she’s close???

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Amelia: 3 Months

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Dear Amelia,

We hit the three month mark! You are officially no longer a newborn, and I feel as if we really got to experience all aspects of newborn life. Time wasn’t flying by, but as I recall with Charlotte, it was the same with her. Things didn’t start speeding up until the fourth month or so.

Though time has seemed to stand still during these first wintry months with you, you’ve grown so much! You sleep through the night, wear 3 – 6 month clothes and really interact with us through smiles and coos. I know you are itching to join all of the fun because you’re constantly moving around and lurching forward as if you’ll hop down and run away.

We know now that Charlotte was our even-keeled baby, and you are definitely more emotional. When you’re happy, you’re super happy. And when you’re mad, you’re definitely mad. Any other time, you are on the proverbial “edge of your seat” watching life happen around you. Your limbs flail and your eyes get huge; you’re so excited!

So far, you seem a little shy around anyone but us. While you ham it up for us, you’re not yet smiling at strangers or extended family members. Rather, you just give people a wide-eyed look.

Things are really starting to get fun with you. Undoubtedly, we fall more in love with you every day and with every new thing you do. You are such a sweet girl, and your smile could probably melt anyone’s heart. We can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 12 lbs, 12 oz
Height: 24 in
Clothing size: She’s wearing a mix of 0 – 3 and 3 – 6 month clothes right now.

Amelia Likes: Funny noises from Mommy and Daddy, sleeping, being naked, taking baths, laying on her changing table or on a blanket on the floor, standing up, books, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, watching the three of us do anything (Charlotte play, Mommy cook and do laundry, Daddy get ready for work) and Love To Dream Swaddle bag.
Amelia Dislikes: Reflux medicine, cradle cap, putting onesies on, being woken up and her fourth nap of the day.

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Firsts: Swimming in a pool, Valentine’s Day and coos and laughs. Hopefully, the weather gets warmer soon, and we begin adding way more firsts to this list as the year goes along. We’re kind of secluded to the house as we work hard on making a good sleeper!

Diapers: In addition to moving up a size in clothes, we’ve also moved her up to the next size cloth diapers and disposable diapers (size 2).

Sleep: Amelia is consistently sleeping eight hours at night and has been doing so since she was 10 weeks! Woohoo! She’s still taking four naps a day, and they range in time between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. Her fourth nap, though, is TERRIBLE. Most days, she’ll snooze for 20 minutes, and very rarely, she’ll sleep like she’s supposed to. There are only two hours between the feeding before and the one after so it’s really not a big deal. Plus, this is the first nap she’ll drop in a few weeks.

Feed: She’s currently breastfeeding six times a day and still won’t take a bottle. I’m convinced she’s never going to take a bottle, but everyone keeps encouraging us to keep trying. It can be discouraging if I dwell on it too long — but at the same time, if she never takes a bottle, we’ll all survive. It’s just a year — or nine months, at this point.

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This is the face Amelia made each time I disappeared behind the camera. “Don’t leave me!”

3 Years: Q&A with Charlotte

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I meant to ask Charlotte these questions closer to her actual birthday, but with baby prep and arrival, it  got away from me. Nevertheless, the questions have been asked and answered. I hope to make this a tradition with both of the girls (once Amelia’s old enough to verbalize).

It was fun hearing Charlotte’s answers, especially when I thought I knew the answer but she surprised me by saying something totally unexpected. Her answers just go to show that she’s her own person, marching to the beat of her own drum. I love that about her — and I love getting to know her a little more each day.

I may be in the minority by saying this — but three has been my favorite age so far. She loves to cuddle, randomly tells me that she loves me and really shares experiences with Ryan and me. We can have real conversations, she has her own independent thoughts and she’s constantly surprising us. It’s so much fun, and we can’t wait to see what the next few months bring with our Charlotte girl.

  1. How old are you? Three
  2. What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
  3. What is your favorite animal? Lion
  4. What is your favorite book? Little People Christmastime is Here flap book
  5. What is your favorite TV show? Bo on the Go
  6. What is your favorite movie? Brave
  7. What is your favorite song? Dancing in the Dark by Rihanna (It’s from the soundtrack to a kids movie — not letting my daughter listen to Rihanna albums — promise!)
  8. What is your favorite food? Quesadilla
  9. What is your favorite drink? Milk
  10. What is your favorite breakfast food? Cereal and a muffin
  11. What is your favorite snack? All kinds of different candy!
  12. What is your favorite outfit? This one *points to yellow shirt*
  13. What is your favorite game? The Color Game
  14. What is your favorite toy? Stuffed Stegosaurus
  15. Who is your best friend? You *points to Mommy*
  16. What is your favorite thing to do? Feed my baby
  17. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Dig
  18. What is your favorite holiday? Valentine’s
  19. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Steggie — Stegosaurus
  20. Where is your favorite place to go? I don’t know! Target!
  21. What is your favorite restaurant? Chinese food
  22. Where do you want to go on vacation? Chicago
  23. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz) — a few weeks ago, it was a ghost.
  24. What did you do on your birthday? I turned three and I blowed candles out and I ate the icing!

Amelia — Two Months

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Dear Amelia,

Happy two months! The January days and nights seem to pass so slowly, but when we see how much you’re growing right before our eyes, it’s hard not to wish for you to stay little and all newborn-like. However, each day we get more and more smiles from you — just a taste of all of the good things to come as you grow older!

We’ve learned this month that no two babies are alike and that you are NOT your sister. You have different preferences for how you like things, temperament and timeline. Fortunately, all of it is good different!

For instance, you are a rock star at sleeping already. You love being swaddled, although we still cannot fathom how that would be comfortable. And you’ve shown that you’re definitely a Mama’s girl.

But in many ways, the two of you are the same. You look a lot like your sister at times, and you have also refused a pacifier (which in the long run will be awesome — right now, not so much). Also, like your sister, you are such a happy baby! You love talking, cooing and smiling at us. Your smile is truly heart-melting.

This month, you celebrated your first New Year’s, and we started our new normal schedule with your Dad going back to work and Charlotte going back to preschool. I think we all have a hang of this family of four thing, and we cannot wait to continue to watch you grow and grow with you! You bring so much joy to all three of us, and we know that joy will only increase!

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Weight: 10 lbs, 14 oz (38th percentile)
Height: 22 1/4 in (38th percentile)
Clothing size: Still in 0 – 3 months. She has a few items that no longer fit, but I anticipate that she’ll be in 0 – 3 months for a few more weeks.

Amelia Likes: Mommy, laying on her changing table, being swaddled, the song Edelweiss, hanging out with us in the evenings, baths, her playmate and sleeping.
Amelia Dislikes: Being in the swaddle while awake, getting out of the bath, 2 month vaccinations (still getting over THAT), reflux and taking a bottle.

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Firsts: New Year’s Eve, road trip to Ohio to meet family and playing for the first time (on her playmate — she LOVES looking at herself in the mirror).

Diapers: We started cloth diapers! Just like last time, I put her in a disposable when we leave the house. I’m also putting her in a disposable at night until she’s good at sleeping through the night. I don’t want a wet diaper to be the reason she can’t sleep at night.

Sleep: Could it be? We hit the sleep jackpot again. She’s not sleeping through the night as we would like. We’re shooting for an awake time of 7 or 7:30, and she typically wakes up between 5 and 6 a.m., but I know now that she’ll only wake up once in the night. Occasionally, she’ll wake up a little earlier than that in the night. We put her down to bed around 8 p.m. and the I wake her up again for a dreamfeed between 10:30 and 11 p.m.

She is a rock star at naps — for the most part. She cries for a few minutes when we lay her down, but she’s out after that. She currently takes four naps, although the last nap only lasts for a half hour or 45 minutes, and she’s awake for an hour (including feeding time). So she’ll nap for roughly an hour and a half to two hours for the other three naps.

Feed: This is going to take a while. We are exclusively breastfeeding, and it’s been issue after issue for us. I was SUPER sore and in pain quite a bit the first month. Then between four and six weeks, she started fussing a lot when I was nursing. Part of that had to do with reflux, but part of it had to do with something else.

So I went to a lactation consultant and found out that I had an oversupply. Rather than feeding her four ounces at a time, I was feeding her EIGHT. With the reflux, she would eat, spit everything back up and then eat more. So it was a pretty vicious cycle that we needed to get under control.

I started block feeding (look it up) to decrease my supply, which has worked, AND we got reflux medicine at the doctor the other day! Hopefully this helps us solve all of our issues. I had been told that breastfeeding the second time around was a lot less painful and easier overall. TOTALLY not the case here. It’s been painful, stressful and aggravating. But I’m also too stubborn to quit — just holding out hope that it gets better now!

We love you so much baby girl!

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Amelia: 1 Month

 

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Dear Amelia,

When I stop to think about the fact that you’re one month old, it blows my mind. It has been a long four weeks; and yet, I’m not ready for you to be one month old already!

I feel like I’m barely treading water, but you don’t seem to notice. You are growing like a weed, smiling already like a little sweetheart and becoming increasingly aware of the world around you. It’s amazing how much you’ve changed in so little time.

Our first two weeks with you were pretty easy — mostly because you slept A LOT. However, you did NOT like sleeping at around 5 a.m. Now, you’ve shifted to not liking sleep between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. We’re hoping you either gradually move into the early evening — or stop altogether! That would be great!

Though you can be a stinker at night, you more than make up for it as soon as you smile. I know babies vary on when they give their Mamas their first smiles, but you were especially early in smiling at me at around week three. You know I need it. Now, you smile at your Daddy too.

In your first month of life, you’ve celebrated your first Thanksgiving and Christmas, met Santa, completed your first road trip and visited both grandparents’ houses. Given the hectic life we’ve led this month, we haven’t really settled into a routine yet, but we’re looking forward to some normalcy once we’re home for a while.

We waited so long for you, sweet girl, and it’s still kind of surreal that you’re here. We’re so looking forward to knowing you better, beautiful girl!

Love,

Mom & Dad

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Weight: 9 lbs, 5 oz (46th percentile)
Height: 21 in (35th percentile)
Clothing size: Amelia has been in newborn clothes until Christmas Day — or the day before she officially turned one month. Bring on the new clothes!

Amelia Likes: Mommy, Daddy, Charlotte, ceiling fans, Christmas lights, the artwork above her changing table and taking baths.
Amelia Dislikes: Sleeping at nighttime, getting into her car seat and getting dressed and undressed.

Firsts: Thanksgiving, Christmas, bath and road trip — but isn’t everything a “first” at this point?

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Diapers: Amelia is in newborn disposable diapers. We still plan to do cloth diapering — although we’re a little less enthusiastic about it this time — but for now, she’s too small to fit into the cloth diapers without leaking. And I have enough laundry to do, thanks to the amount she spits up sometimes.

Sleep: Sleeping is hit or miss with this one. She has good sleep sessions and bad sleep sessions too. Sometimes, Ryan just has to hold her at night while she sleeps. Other times, she’ll go four hours between feedings at nighttime. In terms of napping, it’s very much the same. One thing she does not do well with is being transferred while sleeping — either from person to person or from car to home.

Feed: Amelia is eating every 2 1/2 to three hours, and for the most part, she guzzles like a champ. We have had our fair share of breastfeeding issues this first month, though. From problems with my body (breastfeeding has NOT been easier the second time around) to her spitting up large amounts to not liking how fast my milk lets down, there have been plenty of reasons to give up on the whole endeavor. However, I know the benefits as well as how easy it becomes down the road, and that’s been my incentive for sticking with it.

We also learned at her doctor’s appointment that the poor girl has reflux. It’s not bothering her at all, thank goodness, so we don’t have to take medication. We do, however, have to take reflux precautions, like putting a pillow under her mattress so that she’s sleeping at a 30-degree angle. Say prayers that this becomes a non-issue in a few weeks!

This month has definitely been chock full of challenges, but our little girl is thriving. I know we’ll get the hang of life with four — and maybe one of these days, I’ll even be able to clean the house. For now, we’re just taking lots of deep breaths and enjoying those smiles when we get them!

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Oh, hey, Darcy.

Amelia’s Birth Story

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I had two deals going with Amelia. The first was that she wait until December/after Thanksgiving to make her debut. The second was that she wait until I had seen the final Hunger Games movie.

Well, she agreed to one of those — kind of.

Because my due date was two days after Thanksgiving, we asked our families to spend the holiday at our house — two days for the Randolphs and two days for the Knights. Given that, Ryan’s mom, Alison, was at our house the night before Thanksgiving getting food ready for the following day. We decided to take advantage of her free babysitting services to see the Hunger Games.

About 20 minutes into the movie, I started having regular contractions that were pretty strong. After about a half hour, Ryan was timing them at four minutes apart. He asked if I wanted to leave, but I was determined to stick it out until the end of the movie. While part of me thought that I was in labor, another part of me questioned the whole thing given my experience last time.

Once the movie was over, I opted to go home and take a bath. I figured that if this was false labor, the contractions would go away. While they did decrease in frequency and intensity, they picked back up an hour later. So I spent the whole night in labor, waking Ryan up at one point to watch some TV with me and trying to get some sleep in the minutes between each contraction.

The following morning, Thanksgiving, I called my Mom to inform her that I had painful contractions all night; however, I still wasn’t convinced that this was “it.” She told me to call my doctor anyway; and upon calling my doctor, she asked me to come in regardless so that she could know whether or not to go to her family Thanksgiving (p.s. my doctor is very frank, matter-of-fact and doesn’t beat around the bush about anything). We agreed that if I was in the early stages of labor, she would send me back home.

Ryan quickly packed a hospital bag, I grabbed mine and we headed out the door. I still wasn’t convinced that this was real labor. After all, I was able to shower, put makeup on and fix my hair — everything that I was not able to do when laboring with Charlotte.

So we walked into the hospital, straight to triage and found out shortly after that I was dilated to five centimeters, which meant that I was not going home and we were going to have a Thanksgiving baby!

I made it into my labor and delivery room at around 9 a.m., got an epidural shortly after I arrived, upped my epidural again at around noon because the contractions were still pretty intense and started pushing at 1 p.m. When the anesthesiologist upped my epidural, it was pretty strong, and I couldn’t feel a thing — which isn’t ideal once you start pushing.

I couldn’t really feel anything until near the end, at which point the exact same thing that happened with Charlotte happened with Amelia — she was pretty much stuck. The doctor asked if I was ok with doing another episiotomy; and once that happened, Amelia quickly made her way into the world. She had the cord wrapped around her neck and had gone to the bathroom inside of me; and for those reasons, she was whisked away to the NICU doctors before we could hold her. Fortunately, everything checked out fine, and then she was ours to hold!

I thought that giving birth the second time around would be different, knowing what it is to be a Mom now. But it was so surreal again! I didn’t cry or get overly emotional. In fact, it took me a few days to get used to the idea that she was here, and she was ours.

Amelia, we’ve been waiting for you for a while now, and we are SO HAPPY that you’re here and healthy. You were definitely worth the wait. Though it hasn’t even been two weeks since you were born, it already feels like you’ve always been here with us. You’re not just an answer to prayer for us, but a fulfillment of God’s good promises. We can’t wait to love you, raise you and know you. Welcome to the world, beautiful girl!

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Amelia made her debut at 1:46 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs, 14 1/2 oz and measured 19 3/4 inches.

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When she arrived, she was TICKED at being prodded and poked.

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And very, very tired.

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We couldn’t be more proud.

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With my sweet, baby girl.

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Getting ready to introduce her to big sister!

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Family of four for the first time.

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Future daddy’s girl.

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He’s quite smitten.

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And also very tired.

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Daddy to two girls now — how my heart melts!

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Charlotte loved holding Baby Amelia — and she was generous enough to give Amelia her happy meal toy.

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Big sister, little sister.

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My girls.

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Amelia’s going home outfit.

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Clearly, I’m VERY happy to be leaving the hospital and going home.

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Charlotte’s first drawing of little sister, Milly Rose.

Bumpdate: 39 Weeks

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Size of Baby: Mini watermelon
Total Weight Gain: 31 pounds
Maternity Clothes?: Obviously.
Stretch Marks? Still none.
Sleep: Sleep varies. Sometimes, I sleep the entire night through and other nights I’m up several times. I’ve been letting myself indulge guilt-free in naps these days too!

Best Moment of the Last Week: Celebrating Charlotte’s third birthday (and learning that she won’t be sharing even her own birthday with her little sister)!
Miss Anything?: Having energy and moving around easily like I used to. I feel like an old woman.

Movement: It’s clear that Amelia’s quarters are a bit cramped. She’s still moving often, but the movements aren’t as big. I also feel a lot of downward movement as she works to make her way into the world.
Food Cravings: No new cravings.
Any Food Aversions: No new aversions either.

Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: Just call me the Queen of False Labor. I have contractions all throughout the day (I’m having one right now!), but they’re just uncomfortable at this point. Sometimes, I’ll have a period in which they are five to eight minutes apart, but they never get painful. With Charlotte, I labored at home until I was five centimeters so I’m pretty familiar with what real labor pain feels like.

I ended up getting checked at my 39-week appointment given the holiday week that marks my 40th. I’m only 1 centimeter dilated, and I swear Amelia crawled back up higher away from the doctor as she was checking. So that’s a great sign!
Symptoms:  Pelvic pressure, lower and some mid-back pain, fatigue and occasional sciatic nerve pain.

Belly Button?: Still in.
Wedding Rings?: All rings are off.
Happy or Moody?: I would be lying if I said I wasn’t getting a little impatient. We’ve always told Amelia she should wait until December to get here, but learning that I’ve made virtually no progress toward real labor despite all of the false labor is annoying. But comparatively speaking, I am doing MUCH better mentally than I was last pregnancy. I feel way more positive and ready to wait until 41 weeks to deliver.
Looking Forward To: Meeting Amelia, family visiting for Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

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Charlotte is obsessed with “her baby bump” lately.

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