Am I Having a Boy or a Girl?? 🚙 Take a Wild Guess 🎀

So, one of the most exciting things in life for me is not finding out the sex of my babies when I’m pregnant. Everybody knows that I am super old fashioned when it comes to this subject.

The next best thing in life is wondering and daydreaming about what I’m having for the duration of my entire pregnancy. It’s not as if I don’t wonder and get excited about it every single day that I breathe or anything.

By now, some people might think it a waste of my time to find out anyway because anyone who’s been pregnant as many times as I have should be able to figure it outway before they’re due, right?

Wrong.

I have five girls and one boy and I’ve only been 99.9% sure I knew the gender twice. Those two times were during my first two pregnancies and we found out that they were both girls at their 20 week ultrasounds.

I never ever just “know” that it’s a girl or a boy. I have had more symptoms of girls because of having so many, but even when I was pregnant with Jack, we thought he was a girl the majority of the time & my pregnancy with him was indeed different.

I stay excited my entire pregnancy because of the mere fact that I can not wait to open the most amazing present that’s been growing and kicking inside of me for almost 40 weeks. The feeling is amazing–especially when the 3rd trimester hits. I’ll be 31 weeks in just a few days and knowing that I have just weeks left before I get to meet him or her is the most exciting feeling that only someone who’s not found out the gender of their baby would understand.

I was talking to a friend not too long ago….dear, sweet Cassidy.   She’s pregnant with her 6th baby.  Right now she has one girl & four little boys.  I think she should let this one be a surprise! (Of course I would say that, but only because it’s so worth the excitement and joy.)  If she needs one, I’ll be her her cheerleader–cheering her on and reminding her of how happy she’ll be as she gets closer, but she’s probably not going to be able to do it, though….she said needs to be prepared.

And you know, I get it. There are some surprises in life that people would rather know about ahead of time.

For me, those surprises are like company coming over. Like, please do not show up at my house without warning me, people.  But still some do…and I still love them, but the surprise would be so much more nice if I could be prepared for their arrival.  I mean, I’d just like to be able to straighten up a little bit and make sure that I have some make-up on.  It’s truly like my biggest pet peeve.

It’s not really a surprise that I’m having a baby when I’m pregnant, though. It’s just like a color thing to me. Pink or blue? Either way, the baby will have a name, a crib, diapers, food…even clothes at the hospital because I always come prepared for either…I buy new outfits and everything…I just keep the receipts.  It’s really not that hard to get prepared.  (I have a post on this exact topic~you can read about it here. ) But there is that chance that I may not have my make-up on perfectly before I’m dilated to 10.   However, I know he or she is coming, so there’s really no excuse. Gotta be ready.

I tend to obsess over all the different signs of gender during pregnancy.  It’s not like I’m not curious, y’all.  I’m human just like everyone else…I just don’t obsess over needing to be prepared based on whether it’s a boy or a girl.

So for fun, I thought it would be neat to go through a list of old wives tales & gender prediction signs and see what my pregnancy predicts. I’ll list the ones everyone’s already heard about a million times AND some new signs/tests I recently became aware of and then I’ll tell you my prediction of each sign and my total prediction at the end of this post.

Ok…so these are in no particular order.

Gender Prediction Signs During this Pregnancy & My Prediction

  1. If you have really bad morning sickness, it’s a girl. If you aren’t getting very sick, it’s a boy.  I was sick all the time for the first 20 weeks, but only threw up 3 times. I’m usually sick the entire pregnancy, just not as much during the 3rd trimester.  So, it seemed to lessen a bit earlier this time.  It definitely wasn’t as severe as with my girls.  My prediction…boy.
  2. If you have faster growing hair anywhere, it’s supposed to be a boy.  This was true for me during my 3rd pregnancy and I did indeed have a boy.   The hair on my legs grew like crazy during the beginning, I know, but I honestly can’t remember if it slowed down or not.  (I keep a journal during each pregnancy and only mentioned it once the entire time, which I think is odd.  If it was a huge difference, I think I would have mentioned it or complained about having to shave all the time.)  But during the next 4 pregnancies, the hair on my legs basically stopped growing around midway & they were all girls. This time it grew a good bit during the beginning & I was really thinking that it was a boy, but now it has pretty much stopped.  The hairs are sporadic and grow super slow.  My eyelashes look as if they have grown, though, and I’ve never noticed it before.26239548_10215498747128617_1550805694660257237_n If you read my first post, I mentioned how I had kind-of become obsessed over false eyelashes recently.  I can’t even imagine wearing them now.  They would probably make me look ridiculous.  So, I’m going to predict a boy for this one.
  3. The Baking Soda Gender Test: The test itself is one you can do at home at any time. Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda in a glass. Then add some of your urine to the baking soda.  If it fizzes like when you pour a coke, it’s a boy. On the other hand if there is no reaction at all from the baking soda and urine, you’re having a girl.  Apparently the science behind this idea suggests that the sex of the baby changes some of the hormones in the mother’s body, which may then change some of the acid content of her urine.  I did the test during the first trimester and absolutely nothing happened, which suggests that it’s a girl.  But I’ve not done it since……SO…how about I go take it right now and see if it’s the same not that I’m well into the 3rd….   Annnnnndd the same thing happened.  There were some bubbles, which were not there when I took the test the first time, but it definitely didn’t fizz like coke.  So, either my urine is just not very acidic in general, or maybe it’s a girl.
  4. The Baby’s Skull Theory: This is one I had never heard of before.  The Skull Theory is a technique for predicting gender and I’ve read that it has a 92% accuracy rate. Basically, you compare your baby’s ultrasound profile picture to the diagram below looking for certain ‘male’ or ‘female’ markers in the shape of the skull. Skull Theory6415362I must say that I am just not sure how to measure this, but here is my baby’s ultrasound picture from 20 weeks:img_7795-1The only way I can compare is to look at other ultrasound pictures.      a boy not oursRo9PtnYzJfq2KhZlztGBiLOfN5vhr36H_med.jpgThe top profile is a boy and the bottom profile is a girl, but I must say, I really have no idea how to judge this.  If I had to choose one, I’d probably say that my baby’s skull looks more like the bottom picture, which is a girl, but then the forehead looks a little more flat like the top picture, which is a boy.  So, y’all, I have no idea, but I admit that this is extremely interesting to me.  I’ll probably study it more after this baby is born.  I think it deserves its own post.
  5. The Ramzi Theory: this theory is based on the location of your placenta at a very early ultrasound, I would say between 6-8 weeks.  The Ramzi Theory suggests that if your ultrasound reveals that your future placenta is on the left side of your body, you are likely having a girl; if it reveals that it is on the right side of your body, it is likely a boy.  The Ramzi theoryHere’s my 6 week ultrasound picture.21318931_10214392316788550_5551685151257280872_oHere’s my 6 week ultrasound picture with my last baby, which was a girl.jillianYou have to flip the image when having a vaginal ultrasound, so what appears to be on the left is actually on the right and what is on the right is actually on the left.  So, my two ultrasounds show the baby, and I would think the placenta, to be on the right side.  If it’s on the right, it’s a boy, right?  Well, this proves false with my last baby because I had a girl.  And if you look at the baby I’m carrying now, its definitely on the right side.  The placenta looks like it is not there, in my opinion, which would be accurate because my placenta is actually located right in the front.  I have an anterior placenta and it’s right in the middle–it’s behind my belly button now, as it has moved upward as my uterus has grown.  (Just think about it logically and it makes sense).  So, this theory doesn’t fit the bill in my case.  I don’t think I can make an accurate prediction on this one, but if I had to guess based on where the baby is, then boy.
  6. Chinese Gender Predictor: this is completely ridiculous, in my opinion, but for the record, I’ll look at the chart.  500x1000px-LL-c15960a6_chinese_gender_prediction2My age at conception was 37 and the month I conceived was July, so based off of this chart, I’m having a girl.
  7. Baby’s Heart Rate:  Now, in my opinion, this one may be the most reliable–for me, anyway.  When I was pregnant with my girls–all 5 of them–the heart rate was always in the 150’s or 160’s.  Every ultrasound. Every check with the Doppler.  But this was not the case with Jack.  When I was pregnant with him, I had some preterm labor issues and had to be monitored like all the time.  I was in the hospital for 3 days when I was 30 weeks and so I was hooked up to the monitor the entire time and saw his heart rate constantly.  It was always in the upper 130’s-mid 140’s.  Always.  It only got higher if he got busy in there.  When I was in labor, my L&D nurse said that I was going to have a boy, no doubt.  Her prediction was based on his heart rate.  The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the faster the resting heart rate.  As the baby gets bigger, it slows, so in my opinion, this wouldn’t really be as accurate during the first half of a pregnancy.  My baby’s heart rate was in the 140’s the last two times it was checked.  It was 143 bpm and 142 bpm, so based on those two times, I would predict that I’m having a boy.
  8. Food Cravings:  They say if you crave salty things, you are having a boy and if you crave sweet things, you’re having a girl.  I really don’t have any true cravings this time, except for the fact that I’ve wanted a pickle quite a few times and I never eat pickles.  I do eat salty/savory foods waaaaaaaaay more than sweet foods.  If there’s ice cream around, though, you’d better believe I’m gonna have some of that, but based off my norm, I’m gonna say boy.
  9. Craving Ice:  The intense urge to eat ice cubes during pregnancy is considered to be a form of pica. Pica is characterized by eating non-food items such as clay, chalk, soil, paint chips and plaster.  Nice.  The eating habit is thought to be compulsive, and the consumed items hold little in the way of nutritional value. Some studies have found a link between pica and iron deficiency, indicating that deficiencies may have a role to play in the condition. During my last three pregnancies, I could not stopeating ice.  It was definitely compulsive and I had no iron deficiency.  It started during the 2nd trimester with each pregnancy and got crazy during the 3rd.  I would sit in bed at night with a huge cup of ice and it made me so content and calm.  I remember stopping at Chick-fil-A once just to get a large water so I could have their ice.  This pregnancy, however, has been the exact opposite.  When I think of chomping down on ice, I imagine it just hurting my teeth or something.  This craving is found in more women pregnant with girls, and my last three babies were all girls.  Considering I never eat it and am well into the 3rd trimester, I’m gonna predict that I’m having a boy with this one.
  10. How you carry your baby: So, we hear this one all the time, right?  If it looks like you’re carrying a basketball down low, it’s a boy.  If you look like you swallowed a watermelon, you’re carrying a girl.  You really can’t make this prediction until you are  in your 3rd trimester, girls.  I remember posting a 20 week belly picture on facebook with one of my babies and someone commented that they thought I was going to have a boy because I was carrying so low………well, girls, when your 20 weeks, your uterus is only so big.  It sits at, or slightly below, your belly button.  So, yes.  I looked like I was going to have a boy.  Until the baby grew and I looked like that no longer.  Here’s that 20 week picture and I had a girl.1000727_10201696502601130_663172863_n.jpgHere I am at 31 weeks, same pregnancy.  dscf8921-2.jpgBased off of how I look this time, I don’t know.  This was taken at 28 weeks.Screenshot-2018-1-18 Lisa Beyer ( the broody chick) • Instagram photos and videosIt is more rounded, compared to the picture above it.  Well, how can I tell with that shirt on?  I don’t know, people.  I do know that I should probably get some better pictures, though.  My prediction: either.
  11. How you eat bread: Is this seriously a thing?  I don’t know what to think about it, except that I find my situation interesting.  They say if you want to eat the ends of the loaf, you’re having a boy.  If you prefer the middle, it’s a girl.  This is weird for me.  Recently, I pulled out our bread machine and started making bread again for our family.  (Homemade bread is so good, y’all.)  When that first loaf was finished, I immediately wanted to eat the end piece and I’ve wanted the ends each time after that.  When I made bread a couple of years ago, I would never have eaten the end.  Never.  So, as weird as that is, I must say that this prediction is a boy.
  12. Heartburn:  I didn’t realize this was a gender thing, but okay.  So, if you have heartburn, it’s a girl.  If you don’t, it’s a boy.  I don’t remember if I had it with Jack, but I had it with all the girls for sure.  It started during the end of the 2nd-beginning of the 3rd trimesters with all of them & it was HORRIBLE.  This time, it started at 20 weeks! However, I no longer have it, which has puzzled me.  I was just talking to Rooster yesterday or the day before about the absence of heartburn now and how I don’t understand why I’m not having it because it only lessens during my pregnancies after the baby drops.  I do feel like I can breathe easier now…I’ve been feeling less winded and less crowded with this baby for the past week & 1/2, but it would be early for the baby to engage.  Unless I am carrying the baby lower and just haven’t realized it.  So, for this one, I’m gonna have to say boy.
  13. The Ring Test:  Here’s another one of those crazies.  Tie a string to your wedding ring and hang it over your belly.  If it moves in circles, it’s a girl.  If it swings back and forth, it’s a boy.  So, I did this and it went back and forth every time.  It went that way over Rooster’s belly, too……..  So, it must be a boy.
  14. Not gaining as much weight or not looking pregnant from behind:  So, I have my own theory for this one.  When you’re pregnant with a boy, you will have higher amounts of testosterone because he’s male.  Plain and simple.  This is why hair sometimes grows faster or in crazy places.  It really is true, but it doesn’t affect all women the same.  Hormones from your baby, however, do affect your own hormones in some ways.  High amounts of testosterone can speed up your metabolism, too.  Ever heard of men losing weight easier/faster than women?  As a general rule, they have faster metabolisms than we do.  During pregnancy, your metabolism speeds up no matter what the gender of your baby.  BUT, maybe, just maybe, our metabolism is even faster when we are carrying a boy???  I’ve looked this up, but can’t find any information on it.  I’m just looking at the facts here.  If your metabolism is faster, less weight might be gained.  They say that women who are pregnant with girls gain weight all over and only gain in the belly with boys.  Why would this happen?  Just because you’re having a girl, you’ll gain more weight?  I don’t think so.  I think that it’s all about metabolism.  This should mean that if you had a boy and a girl (different pregnancies) and ate the same diet both times, you’d more than likely gain more weight with the girl.  It’s common sense when you think about it, but it may be completely untrue.  Just my theory on the issue.  For me during this rodeo, I have gained like 12 pounds.  Well, that was when I was 26 weeks, so it’s more now, I’m sure.  Someone told me that I don’t look pregnant from behind, but I can tell that my thighs are bigger.  Gross.  So, we’ll sayboy for this one.

And I think I’m going to stop right there because this post is looooooooong. And there’s no telling what my kids are up to right now.

My results from these gender signs are:  10 for a boy, 2 for a girl, and 2 for either.  This means very little to me, however.   My true prediction this go round is this:

 I would guess that I havea 51% chance of having a boy & a49% chance of having a girl.  

I am completely on the fence about this one, despite all the signs.  The extra 1% goes to a boy because of the baby’s heart rate, but it’s still neck & neck in my opinion.  Oh, and Rooster thinks it’s a girl.  But Rooster always thinks it’s a girl, so that’s no surprise.

So, I’m excited, y’all!  Again!  The closer I get, the more I can hardly stand it….And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, take a wild guess.  Chances that you pick the right gender of my baby, or your baby, are pretty good.  Here’s to surprises and for being super old fashioned!

Lisa

And, a shout out to Cassidy.  Come on, girl, you can do it!

The 20 Week Ultrasound…My Bump is Over the Half-Way Hump!

Last week marked my 20th week in this pregnancy and you know what that means…..my time for the big ultrasound had come.

I used to get excited about having ultrasounds, but the more pregnancies I have, the more I sort-of dread them.

Well, I don’t really dread them. That’s probably pushing it a bit, but I definitely get that nervous gut feeling as it approaches.

During my earlier pregnancies, I knew very little. Well, I wasn’t stupid, but let’s just say that I was very naive. I just expected to go in and see the baby’s body parts & hear the heartbeat, you know…that sort of stuff. I didn’t even think about the possibility that something might not be just right, but the older I get, the more I fear that I’m going to find out that something is wrong with the baby.

It’s probably mostly because of my age.

Oh. I should probably not announce that on Sunday, I will turn thirty-eight. 38, people! Go ahead & round that one up. It’s absolutely depressing. I never thought I’d ever get this old. I use to joke about people getting “Over the Hill.” Geez Louise. It’s been bothering me all week…and Rooster started celebrating it last night…five days early. Thanks, buddy.


Please accept my apologies for having a mini blog breakdown.


So, here’s a profile picture of our newest chick. Or rooster. If you read my blog regularly, you know we don’t find out the baby’s gender. Sorry, y’all, that’s just the way it is. Here’s for surprises!

Do you see that big blob at the top? That is my placenta. Well, some of it. The medical term is anterior placenta. It has caused me much stress this go round & here’s why…

The location of an anterior placenta is in the front of the uterus, closest to your skin. As the 20 week mark approaches, we expect to feel some kicks in there. Well, if your placenta is attached in the front, it’s like a big, soft, fluffy pillow for your baby, and karate chopping through that thing just-ain’t-gonna-happen when the baby is that little.

I usually feel my babies kick around 17 weeks & those kicks become much stronger as the 20th week draws near, but it was not so this time. I had an anterior placenta with my last pregnancy as well, so I had a pretty good idea that was the reason for me not feeling much movement.

Anyway, the ultrasound, which I found out is actually called the Anatomy Ultrasound, was quite long. And I go to them alone because, well, someone has to stay with the kids.

And because it gives me some time alone, which I so desperately need these days.

Thankfully, all was well. The baby has all his or her fingers & toes, and the heart, kidneys, brain, spine…etc…are all developing as they should.

The nose and lips are fine, so there’s no cleft lip. I always worry about this because a dear friend of mine had a baby with a cleft lip and cleft palate. She didn’t find out until just weeks before he was born & it was devastating for her. She couldn’t nurse him & had to actually learn how to feed him using a special bottle. Surgeries and speech issues were all things she had to learn about in a short amount of time. I ask them to please check mainly because I know I would need a lot of time to prepare for that situation before delivery.

The baby’s heart rate was 143 bpm, which makes me wonder if it’s a boy. 🤗 Baby was squirming all over the place, so it wasn’t a resting heart rate. My girls all had heart rates of 155 and higher, no matter what, and Jack’s was always much lower. That really is a thing, y’all. It’s not 100%, but it’s really exciting seeing that big of a difference, even if I am carrying another baby girl.

The baby measured right where it he or she was supposed to. My due date stayed exactly the same, and his or her weight was 12 oz, although that’s not always very accurate on ultrasound. I believe one of my books reads that 9 oz. is average for 20 weeks.

My amniotic fluid was good…once I measured 4 weeks ahead & found out that my amniotic fluid was high, which didn’t cause a problem, but had to be checked a few times.

My cervix was thick and closed and my anterior placenta wasn’t low-lying, which is concerning because that situation can cause problems. And that’s another post all together.

And that was pretty much it. Seeing the little miracle growing inside me was nothing short of amazing. No matter how many times I see it, it never loses its luster.

So now that the ultrasound is over and my bump is over the half-way hump, I finally feel like this is all really happening.

Again. ❤️

Lisa

The Broody Chick's Very First Giveaway!

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So, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit.  I’m having my very first giveaway!

All you have to do to be entered, is comment on this blog post and enter your email so I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner, but I do want some specific information from you…

I’m wanting to know what you’d like me to write more about.  I am very passionate about pregnancy, birth, and being a wife and mother of lots of kids, but perhaps there are other specific areas related to these topics that you’d like to read more about.  I don’t want to write all about pregnancy or newborn complications if it’s nothing you’re interested in.  Hopefully that makes sense.

So what’s in it for you?  Well, Rooster and I have decided that we’re going to let the winner choose the gift they’d like best.  You will have 3 options to pick from….

The first is a $25.00 gift card to Starbucks, for all you caffeine addicts out there, like me and Maddie Wallace.

Starbucks coffee

By the way, did you know there’s a secret off menu item that you can order called a Unicorn Frappuccino?  Neither did I.

The second option is a $25.00 gift card to Toys R Us/Babies R Us.  Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, y’all.

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And the third option is a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart.   Save $25, live better.

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The random drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and I will be posting the winner that afternoon…..with a drum roll…..

So, you know the rules, you know the prizes.  All you need to do now, is enter.  Easy Peasy, people….easy peasy.  Good luck!  🙂

Lisa

The Broody Chick’s Very First Giveaway!

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So, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit.  I’m having my very first giveaway!

All you have to do to be entered, is comment on this blog post and enter your email so I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner, but I do want some specific information from you…

I’m wanting to know what you’d like me to write more about.  I am very passionate about pregnancy, birth, and being a wife and mother of lots of kids, but perhaps there are other specific areas related to these topics that you’d like to read more about.  I don’t want to write all about pregnancy or newborn complications if it’s nothing you’re interested in.  Hopefully that makes sense.

So what’s in it for you?  Well, Rooster and I have decided that we’re going to let the winner choose the gift they’d like best.  You will have 3 options to pick from….

The first is a $25.00 gift card to Starbucks, for all you caffeine addicts out there, like me and Maddie Wallace.

Starbucks coffee

By the way, did you know there’s a secret off menu item that you can order called a Unicorn Frappuccino?  Neither did I.

The second option is a $25.00 gift card to Toys R Us/Babies R Us.  Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, y’all.

Toys-R-Us

And the third option is a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart.   Save $25, live better.

Walmart

The random drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and I will be posting the winner that afternoon…..with a drum roll…..

So, you know the rules, you know the prizes.  All you need to do now, is enter.  Easy Peasy, people….easy peasy.  Good luck!  🙂

Lisa

Restless Leg During Pregnancy-What Finally Worked For Me

Restless leg syndrome at any time just stinks. All you want to do is sleep, but your legs won’t let you! Restless leg during pregnancy is even worse because it’s just one more thing to add to all the other things that stink. So, it double-stinks.

During my last pregnancy I was SO desperate to find a remedy that would help my poor legs. I looked on Pinterest for hours and I read that certain essential oils could help. I’m a huge fan of essential oils, but they didn’t help me very much. They do work for some people, though, so you may want to check them out.

Another “home remedy” I tried, and I’m very embarrassed to admit this, is the “Put a Bar of Soap Under Your Sheets” remedy… (insert silence here)…..

Ummmmm……….

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Morning Sickness..The Six Things I Try to Make it Through Each Day.

So, let’s talk about MORNING SICKNESS.  I’m so sorry, but it absolutely should NOT be called morning sickness…that is a horrible title for this nasty side effect of pregnancy.  It should be called something along the lines of  “the yuckiest feeling of nausea you’ve ever had that shows up whenever and wherever it wants to”.  You can wake up with it, or not.  It can show up in the middle of the day or when you smell something so yummy that makes you instantly gag.  (In a few of my pregnancies it was eggs and bacon–OMG–and my kids wanted to eat it EVERY. DAY.)  It can show up at night RIGHT when it’s time for bed…or it can last alllllll day long…

And if you’re one of the luckiest pregnant women alive who never get sick, you don’t know how lucky you are.  I am so envious of my sister-in-law…she’s pregnant with her fifth baby right now and she’s never experienced this so-called “morning sickness” with any of her pregnancies.  She has both boys and girls, too.  I have five girls and one boy and I will say that it wasn’t as bad when I was pregnant with my little boy, but it was still bad.  Oh, and might I add that it lasts the entire pregnancy for me?  Ugh.  I’m 15 weeks pregnant  with baby #7 right now and I’m feeling just like I did with every other baby…just fabulous.

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I am the broody chick.

Instead of writing a well-thought-out post with the utmost intentions to impress you, I’ve decided that I’m just going to get right down to the point.  My name is Lisa and I love all most things about pregnancy, mothering, and everything in between.  I could write a list that could literally could go on forever…and ever…and ever….  Currently, I am 15 weeks pregnant with my seventh child.  Yes, you read that correctly… not my second…my seventh.  This is my seventh rodeo, which may sound crazy to you, or you may realize that I have nothing on Michelle Duggar.  Either way, my husband and I have six children, going on seven, and I am indeed, the broody chick.

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