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The Sunshine Blogger Award

 

 

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I recently got tagged to do The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Chlo over at tintsofautumn,you can read her post here. Thank you so much for nominating me!

The rules are that you recognise the blogger(s) that nominate you,answer the questions left for you in their blogpost and then nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

Now on to answering the questions from Chlo!

1.What is your favourite season and why?

I love all of them for different reasons especially now I’ve got Willow. I love Autumn because Halloween, fireworks,roasting marshmellows, the fashion etc. I love Winter because Christmas,Santa and snow!! I feel like when she is bigger this will easily be  my favourite season because of her excitement and belief in Santa. Summer and Spring because of all the flowers,baby animals being born,easter,hot weather,the six week holiday-where me and Willow can get up to adventures etc. There are different memories and things to do with her so I can’t pick?? 

I made that question so much harder for myself that it had to be *sigh*.

2.Who’s voice could you not live without?

Okay so this one is quite difficult but the first person who came to mind was my ex. His voice used to calm me when I was struggling or panicking and hearing him come into my house or that first ‘Hi’ when he picked up the phone used to make my heart do somersaults but now it just terrifies me. However, I aint seen him in like 3 months so I seem to be living without him pretty well aha.

3.What do you love most about the blogging community?

The people. Everyone I’ve personally come across is so lovely and so supportive of eachother and everyone,its amazing. I’ve never been the kinda girl to have a lot of friends but through blogging I’ve met loads of lifelong lil buds who I adore.

4.What is your favourite blog post you’ve ever written and why?(link it!)

I’ll say my first ever post. I don’t read it anymore because it takes me back and makes me feel a bit sick at how drastic and fast things change but its nearly a year since I wrote it. Its the first post I ever made public,the first one that gave me balls and gave me the push to start blogging so it will always have a special place in my heart.

Read it here: About My Family.

5.What is the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?

I swear none of my dreams are normal. Some nights I’m a warrior princess fighting fire breathing gree trolls;other nights I’m literally in my room then fall through my bed Alice in Wonderland style land on some stairs in a strange mansion surrounded by Annabelle dolls red balloons and other shit I don’t wanna talk about. To be fair some nights I have pretty normal dreams where I’m a normal school girl and my Grandma comes and tells me I’m the Princess of Genovia and I get a sick walk in wardrobe.

One dream that really stands out for me though is a reoccurring one I’ve had since I was really little.I don’t know if its “weird” per say but it freaks me out whenever I have it as it feels like more of a memory. Its the same every single time,I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. I’m in the sea,bobbing up and down so the water keeps blocking my vision,its mute but a lot is happening around me. Its hard to explain but usually my dreams are in third person(?),with audio etc as if its a movie and I’m watching it. This one however,is as if I’m looking at everything unfold with my own eyes as I would on a day to day basis.

I do have a theory behind it though… I drowned on the titanic in a previous life *mic drop*.

6.Where in the world would you most like to travel to?

This is such a difficult question because I strongly believe I’m a little traveller at heart. I was housebound for years so I think that gave me an extra thirst and desire to get out there and see as much of the world as possible before I die. As I’ve got a lil mini me I’ll have to say Disneyland or word,one or the other! I’ve never been and I am the biggest Disney fan ever and I think experiencing it as a child would be so magical! I’d love to see Willows face as she meets all the princesses etc my Mum heart would literally explode.

7.What did you last watch on Netflix? (or the last thing you watched if you don’t have it)

The last thing I finished was Rick and Morty and I am currently watching Shameless (USA) and I am addicted. 

8.Favourite lipstick shade and brand?

Reign retro luxe matte lipkit by Make Up Revolution is my go to atm. 

9.The life motto you live by is…

I very recently found a youtuber called Ella Ringrose, who introduced me to three “quotes” to change your outlook and perspective on life. By changing the way you word things can change your mood and motivate you.

Instead of saying “I have to clean my room” you say “I get to clean my room” .

*I feel like this one is important as there are people out there who are unable to tidy their own rooms or go to work etc due to being wheelchair/bed bound and I’m sure they would love the independence we’re all so lucky to have.

Instead of saying “I hope I lose weight” you say “I know I will lose weight”.

Instead of saying “I should go to the gym” you say “I could go to the gym”

10. Who means the most to you?

Willow! (obvs) I didn’t actually know it was physically possible to love someone and care about someone so much until I fell pregnant. Since the two lines on my test,my whole world and strength has been her.

11. Sum up your life in one word.

Disastrous. 

I tag:

Sorry if you’ve already done it!! I can’t think of anyone else right now but if you’re reading this and haven’t done it..then I tag you!

 

My Questions:

  1. Who is someone who changed your life in positive way and how?
  2. What is your favourite disney movie and why?
  3. What is the first childhood memory that pops into your head?
  4. If you had £1,000,000 what would you do with it?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  6. Do appearances play some importance to you?
  7. What was the last text message you received?
  8. Where would you like to visit the most in the world?
  9. What is the best holiday you have ever been on and why?
  10. Are you missing anyone right now?
  11. What are your top 3 baby girl and top 3 baby boy names?
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Names I Love But Won’t Be Using

I’ve seen a lot of people doing this recently on YouTube and although I’m not pregnant,I thought it would be fun to do. Growing up I’ve always had a list of names I love and wanted for my hundreds of future babies,however,now I’m older the sad reality that I’ll probably have about three instead has kicked in. Also,naming the children is a joint decision and not just mine-which as you can imagine,shocked me especially when we ended up going for Levi’s name choice for our daughter?? like huh? I carried her for 9 months and I didn’t get to chose her name? Hmpfh.

(I am kidding btw I love her name and we wouldn’t have gone for it if I didn’t like it!)

Here are names I love love love love and love but we won’t be using for our future kiddies! Don’t hold me to it though as you never know in a few years what name will stick! I haven’t included any names we might definitely be using as I want to keep them for myself and I don’t want them to be stolen by friends lol.

Girls: 

Troian- I love this name. I think it is so damn pretty and unusual,I’ve never come across anyone called this in my life. I know of Troian Bellisario but never got into PLL but I do adore this name. We won’t be using this though as I’m too scared to suggest it to Levi and having his roast me for it.

Elara- Theres no particular reason I wouldn’t use this other than there are names I much prefer to this,I do think its really cute and unusual though.

Lennon- I love this name for a girl,I think its adorable,however, I don’t see Levi ever agreeing nor would I want Willow to be the only W.

Amelie/Amalie- This name is one of my favourites but I think it is too similar to the name Amelia and we have an Amelia in our family.

Amelia- Again, I love this name but we have an Amelia in our family already and I feel like its become very common and popular now.

Mia- I love this name but Levi has an ex called Mia. I will be honest and say it is still very high up in our list and his ex hasn’t completely put us off,its just more the reaction we would receive from people who know of his ex like what is friends would say etc-if that makes any sense?

Fifi– I think this name is so damn cute but all I can think of is Fifi and the flowertops and the song just plays repeatedly in my head and drives me to insanity.

Aurora- I freakin love this name. Obviously Levi has to hate it. Any Disney Princess names I end up absolutely adoring and how cute would Rory be as a nickname?? Just yes!

Ariel- The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film ever so it was obvious to me I would end up naming my future daughter Ariel. Not on Levi’s watch,he hates any Disney Princess names etc and wants them to be super unique so I might just take one of her sisters names and he won’t even notice *smirks*.

Pippa- I love this name but then Willow decided Peppa Pig was her favourite TV show and I think they’re very similar. I loved the name Pippi as a nickname too like Pippi Longstocking-I thought that would’ve been adorable!

Piper- I love this name so much but Levi doesn’t and it just reminds us of Piper Chapman from OITNB and she annoys the f*** out of me.

Summer- I love this name but my cousin is called Somer (pronounced the same).

Nova- Someone I know has a dog called this.

Nora- Levi hates it.

Mimi- It reminds me of someone who irritates me. Its so annoying when a nice name gets ruined by an absolute ass of a person.

Violet- Because Willow is Willow Rose which is Tree Flower, we thought we would name our next child Violet *insert a tree middle name* so they were Flower Tree but we soon grew out of that idea..I thought it was cute for awhile and they would fit nice together.

Polly– Reminds me of Parrots and I have a cat called Poppy so they’re very similar.

Maggie- I love this name. I love every famous person I can think of associated with this name. Maggie Smith,Maggie Simpson and Maggie Lindemann yaaas but Levi said it reminds him of old people? but then again,using that logic would mean that she would suit that name as an elderly woman but whatever.

Georgia- I have a brother called George.

Madison- I have a cousin called Madison.

Isla- Levi doesn’t like it because he always pronounces it as Is-la instead of I-la.

Sailor- Levi just laughed when I suggested this one.

Siren- Levi laughed when I suggested this one too.

Elsie- Reminds me of Elsa and I hate Frozen with a passion. I didn’t mind it until my brothers watched it on repeat,every single day, none stop- for about 6 months.

Ella- Levi has a cousin with this name who is just a massive *insert choice of word* and although no one speaks to her anymore,I wouldn’t want to use this name because of the association it has for his family and the drama etc.

Aria- LOVE. Levi hates. Again,never got into PLL but this name has always stood out to me and one of my simself’s many daughters (on Sim)actually has this name. I just love short names that sound princessy and girly but I also love boys names for girls too…hmm…idk.

Kenny- My Grandad is called Ken(neth) and we’re really close. I don’t think I could ever suggest this name to Levi though because he would hate it and frankly I’d be very offended if he shit on it.

Bea/Bee- I think this name is adorable for a girl like calling her ‘my little Bee’ ugh yes but no from Levi. He’s like Simon Cowell always saying bloody no.

Millie- My Aunt rudely took this name as well as Summer(Somer) and Madison for her damn dog. Just rude tbfh.

Skylar- You guessed it. Levi said no.

Zuri- I like that it begins with Z. I don’t think I ever suggested this one to Levi but I just know it doesn’t float his boat and its not my personal absolute favourite.

Zoe- My dog is called Zoe. I hate my dog.

Boys:

This list is significantly shorter,I find boys names so hard to think of and I just low-key find them a bit boring to be perfectly honest.

Jackson- “Got stolen” by my friend Saph who’s due in August,she’s having a Jaxson and Levi doesn’t like the name-shock horror.

Ashton- My sister always used to say Aston Merrygold (From JLS) in a really annoying voice because she thought it was funny. It wasn’t.

Liam- I’ve only ever come across people with this name whom I hate and it kinda ruined the name for me. Shoutout to Liam from Tracy Beaker Returns aka the first love of my life though.

Luke- Again,only know people with this name who ruined it for me so bye bye.

Ezra- I swear this name didn’t come from PLL. I didn’t know for the longest time but its clear the PLL writers have good naming tastes. Levi won’t use this one as his best friend wants a son named Enzo and they’re too similar.

Jamie- This is such a cute guys name but I have an ex with this name so moving on.

James- This is Levi’s middle name. I thought it would be kinda cute to have Levi and our son share a name but he doesn’t agree!

Hunter- Levi..hates…it…

Louis- Levi also hates it..and its very close to one of my exes names so no thank you.

Bradley- I love this name and love how it can be shortened to Brad but its just meh now.

Storm- Levi said no.

Ryder- Levi laughed at me and said absolutely not.

Tyger- Reminds me of Tyger-Drew Honey and all I can think of now is that weird sex documentary he did.

There’s probably a million names I’ve left off and I could do a few hundred of these blogposts but these are the names that came to mind first. We are set on a boys name for our future son (if we have one) so I aint too worried there unless I end up with two sons..oh..

As for girls we’re stumped but we ain’t in any rush or panic and we won’t be having anymore for at least 5 years as we want to be married and in our own place etc first and we’re just enjoying each day with Willow for now!

Let me know what names you like both from the list and off your own so I can pinch some ideas for Sims characters lmao.

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Willow’s Ninth Month Update

This month Willow has been having a lot of firsts.She played in sand and the paddling for the first time and she had the best time ever,she was so excited!

She’s picked up the speed with her crawling and she’s started standing up on her own two feet with no support.

She has also started doing little dances and its the darn cutest thing I ever did see.

Being the little cheeky monkey she is she is always in everything and opening the drawers.

Her new favourite toy is a laalaa from the teletubbies soft toy,it talks and frankly its really creepy. Her favourite game is knocking down tower blocks and laughing at me in the process.

She’s finally started feeding herself her bottles! She would rather not though,of course.

Apparently she has forgotten the word ‘Mama’ since the last update and she’s always saying ‘Dada’ so alrighty then(!)

But my Einstein says so many words now,its actually hard to keep up! Some of them are hi,hiya,bye,yeah,no,Dada,Mama,Emma, Drink, DinDin and ‘whats that?’

When asked if she has done a poo,she will lie and say no then laugh as she crawls at super speed to hide behind the sofa.

She has started pointing at everyone and everything,its absolutely adorable and she loses it and starts laughing like crazy when you point back at her.

Food wise,she really really loves pasta! Her wee italian side is showing (Her Dad,not me unfortunately)

Speaking of her italian side, I AM SO JEALOUS OF HOW WELL SHE TANS. WHAT THE HECK?!

A few days ago,she kept going behind the sofa, I eventually moved it to see what was soooo interesting that she had to keep going there. Turns out-she had a secret stash of her snack foods from earlier that day and kept going back when she wanted them..

If you read the Eighth Month Update, you’ll know she kept passing out. The past month,she’s only passed out twice as opposed to the passing out daily as she was doing back then! As for the dimple at the bottom of her spine,we still haven’t heard back with a hospital appointment.

Our health visitor finally weighed her and she weighs 16lb 3oz! She also mentioned that Willow is really advanced for her age and I feel like the proudest Mama on earth.

She’s also being booked in for an eye test as she has a bit of a lazy eye and a hearing test as routine due to my own hearing loss!

Its so mad how babies have personalities from the first day and as a parent you can just tell instantly what their likes and dislikes are. Willow has never been much of a cryer and that still stands to this day. She will accidentally smack herself in the face and not give a shit,then I’ll be sat there trying to hold back tears.

I would also like to mention that I do keep some stuff to myself in terms of what she does as I don’t feel like sharing every little accomplishment and achievement but I do tweet daily about her and shes always on my snapchat doing cute stuff!

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Donating My Eggs At 19?

Hi guys,

That is so weird. I literally never say hi, I just jump right in with the post usually but this post felt like it needed a little introduction.

On June 2nd 2017, I saw an advert on Facebook about Egg Donors. I don’t know why but I felt drawn and just needed to click on it. I read the comments filled with peoples stories of infertility and I was heartbroken. Some of these stories didn’t have happy endings but others said egg donations enabled them to become parents.

I remembered the day the two lines showed up on my pregnancy test,that instant need to protect Willow set in. The first time I saw her on the scan and the disbelief that my own tiny human baby was growing inside me. Finally,the day she was born and placed in my arms for the first time,that instant connection,overwhelming love and forever bond.

I thought about that and how amazing it is to become a parent. I then imagined what it would be like to not be able to because of the menopause or infertility.

I thought about my Mum and the struggle she went through to get pregnant with me. I might not have been there but my parents had been together from 17, she was trying for years after they wed and didn’t conceive me until she was 28 thanks to a fertility drug. (She has four of us now!)

Unfortunately,fertility drugs and IVF don’t work for everyone and an egg or sperm donor is another way to have that forever love.

I’ve always said if a family member or a friend needed a surrogate then I’d do it in an absolute heartbeat. No hesitation. Hell, I’d do it for an absolute stranger if the timing was right.

Why should donating eggs be any different to that? I still get to help people do the greatest role of all..minus the pregnancy.

I read the websites FAQ and found out the answers to all my questions. It was absolutely something I needed and wanted to do. I had this idea that if I could help someone,whether it was one family or ten (ten families is the limit each donor has)then I was going to bloody do it. Nothing was going to stop me from helping other families grow.

This in no way changes any future plans I have to grow my own family and give Willow siblings some day. I still intend on having 3 or more of my own but whilst I’m not expanding my brood..I can help others start and complete theres and I think theres something extremely beautiful about that.

As for people who think I’ll have children all up and down the world by doing this..you’re extremely wrong. I personally believe to be a parent, you have to do the raising and nurturing. You have to be there for milestones and birthdays,the falls and the fallouts. I would just be the donor helping these people become Mum’s and Dad’s.

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I ended up applying after receiving the backing of my Mum and boyfriend. I’m currently waiting to hear back with my first appointment! Fingers crossed everything goes well and I can continue with this incredible journey.

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Willow’s Eighth Month Update

I can’t believe shes 9 months already. Its killing me that in 3 months (more or less) she’s going to be ONE.

Anyways little madam has two little teeth,she likes biting everything and everyone with and laughing her head off.

We’ve also started brushing he lil peggys with her own little pink toothbrush-she hates it and pulls a disgusted face. I think it must be the texture?

Trying to stand on her own two feet without holding onto anything and then getting overly giddy when she does and falling over.

She now likes to sing ‘la la la’ whenever someone else is singing a song-its so cute.

She sits on the floor dancing to her ‘If you’re happy and you know it’  music sing a long book and its the cutest thing ever.

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The only word she ever says nowadays seems to be ‘Mama’ she can also say “Emma” and “Drink?”-well something close to that,more like “Drin Drin”.

She also does high fives!! Now we need to work on blowing kisses.

Peek-A-Boo still remains her favourite game.

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She has also decided that under a very tiny side table is her new den. She likes to hide under there and come up with mischievous monkey plans.

Recently,shes been quite poorly which means over the past few days shes just been napping all the time. She’s had a horrible temperature and lots of calpol.

Unrelated to that,shes also been having ‘absences’ where she goes limp/floppy and stares into space or she just passes out. Its horrible and very scary. However,we’ve been told its normal and some babies do this when crying but we won’t know for definite if its that until our upcoming Doctors appointment.

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We took her to the farm for the first time and she didn’t give a single flying duck about any of the animals. She was just looking around in utter disgust-probably at the smell of poop,such a princess. The one animal she was somewhat interested in was all the budgies and parrots they had,she kept waving and trying to get to them.

She’s currently obsessed with empty lucozade bottles..she just likes playing with them. I don’t even bother questioning her anymore.

She has a dolly my Grandma got her for Easter,which she carries around with her like her own little baby and oh my god its adorable. She also gets really jealous when I cuddle it and call it ‘my baby’,she’ll throw dolly on the floor and fake cry til I pick her up and cuddle her instead.

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She takes after me and loves her fruits and veggies but she really really really doesn’t like chocolate pudding. I’m not being funny but as a parent you try the foods you’re giving your child to check its not to hot etc and the chocolate pudding is SO GOOD. Its the kind of thing I’d eat in primary school? Strange baby.

When Willow was smaller,someone would stroke her hair as I fed her bottle to help her fall asleep. Miss Independent strokes her own hair when someone else isn’t there now and its the cutest thing ever-that or she rips my hair out instead.

She started drinking water out of her beaker by herself but still cant take the weight off the milk bottle-or she is just lazy..really lazy.

They’re all the things I can think off at the top of my head! I really need to start making note as I go along rather than rushing and using my Mum brain(known for its bad memory) at the end of each month!

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Hope you all enjoy the low quality Macbook photobooth photos! I’ve not got a phone or camera at the moment so this has had to make do.She still looks hella cute tho.

Update: Since this post,Willow has been to the Doctors and we’ve been told to “keep an eye on it”. She also has a deep dimple at the bottom of her spine thats been there since birth and she’s been referred to a specialist about it as they want to check theres definitely skin at the bottom of it.(Which there is because when she was a newborn the hole was a lot bigger and not as deep! Just a safety precaution really so no worries there.)

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Willow’s Seven Month Update

I know I’ve said this in Willow’s Six Month Update but the difference is insane!

She’s finally crawling properly!! She has figured it out and there is absolutely no stopping her,she is constantly on the move. You look away for one second and bam she’s on the other side of the room.

She can sit up without falling over! This also means we can finally start Baby Led Weaning! We got advised not to start until she was able to sit up properly on her own to avoid choking risks etc.

Willow is pulling herself up on everything. She has also started using the sofa to bounce..I am constantly running around after her,she is truly a cheeky little monkey.

She understands the word ‘no’,instead of listening,she laughs at you like the devils child and continues doing whatever it is she’s up to.

I think I’ve mentioned this before,she is obsessed with Poppy (the cat),she no longer pulls her tail and the cat has given her a few cat kisses!! I love it when my children get along!

When we’re handing her toys or food,she now says ‘Ta’ and its absolutely adorable! Or she will just snatch it and shove it straight into her mouth.

At her last weigh in,she weighed 14lbs 2oz and her cheeks are really filling out,she looks like a little chipmunk!

She got her first bruise! She fell over onto a toy when playing with it and bruised her eye 😦

She also received her first allergic reaction! We’ve known Willow is allergic to dairy and lactose since she was about two months old and recently she broke out in a rash everywhere,we still haven’t figured out what to though.

She is very cuddly and likes jumping on people and attacking them-so nothing new there then.

Lastly..

SHE IS TRYING TO WALK. HELL TO THE NO.

I’m sure there are a few things I’ve missed here and there but these are some of my favourite things she has been up to this month!

 

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10 Things I Do Miss About Pregnancy

A while ago I wrote 10 Things I Don’t Miss About Pregnancy…as bad as I made it sound previously,pregnancy isn’t all bad so here are some things I do miss!

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  1. Feeling baby kick and move. Straight up my favourite thing about being pregnant. The first time freaked me tf out but once she stopped,I poked my belly to get her to move again and equally freaked out. ITS THE BEST THING EVER.
  2. Eating whatever and whenever I wanted. Honestly, my appetite when pregnant was shit. Completely shit..I craved the weirdest stuff like Marzipan??and the excuse ‘I’m eating for two’ never mattered because I couldn’t even finish one portion. The best thing was when I got a craving I could eat it,whether it be 2am or 2pm and no one would say anything because pregnant.
  3. Scans. Seeing my baby weekly was one of the highlights of my pregnancy. Incase you don’t know,most pregnancies you usually only get 3 scans;a dating scan,a twelve week scan and a twenty week scan(gender scan). However,we had a few complications so I pretty much got to see Willow every week after 25 weeks and it was great just knowing she was doing good.
  4. Hair growth. My hair grew and got so thick during pregnancy-a ridiculous amount.  It was also super healthy and shiny!What more does a girl want? After she was born tho,I got it cut and I regret that more than anything.
  5. NO PERIODS!! Do I need to say anymore?
  6.  Making friends with all the Mums. Whether it be a mutual on Facebook,someone you used to go to school with or a random in the street,if they are pregnant or already have kids-you’re more than likely to end up friends with them. You will compare notes,discuss names,symptoms and when baby is born you’ll arrange baby play dates. Its like a whole new secret world.
  7. Baby brain. Even though I’m convinced it stays with you once you’ve had children,I can no longer use it as an excuse because I’m not pregnant and people just tell me I’m thick.When I was pregnant everyone would pin it on baby brain. *Sigh*
  8. Boyfriend talking to bump. This was one of the cutest things he did. He would talk in depth about all the father-daughter adventures they’d get up to and when she fractured my ribs-he gave her a telling off.
  9. Shopping. SO MUCH SHOPPING. I had an excuse to buy all things baby and myself some new bits and bobs for my forever growing bump! Another bonus is whoever I was with,often insisted on paying because babies are expensive. So..free shopping??
  10. NAPS. Do you think they exist anymore? Hahahaha.

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