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30 & 31 Weeks December 31, 2015

Filed under: Pregnancy & Baby Adventures — Brianna @ 1:00 pm

We are getting closer people! I have a heap load of things on my T0-Do list. I am SO excited for it to be a New Year, bring on 2016 and a new baby. We are now through Christmas and holidays are slightly winding-down but I’m also gearing up for things to get accomplished, organized and ready for the baby to come.

I’m as big as a Butternut Squash right now and feeling that way too. I am trying to do a better job of draining my leg and moving the blood around out of my pelvic region so it isn’t as painful. I am going to tighten up eating and focus on trying to get more movement in, in my day.

We had my glucose test and that came back clear, so that is great! I also got notice that my iron was low and I was hypoglycemic which could tell me that I have some reason for being tired and low energy. I can’t blame it all on those things as I know I need to do some cleaning up on my eating due to my desire for sugar during the past couple of weeks with holiday sweets everywhere. So time to step it up!

The baby is moving a lot in the past few days, especially in the 9-10:30pm hour. She also likes when I relax and lean back, it must give her room to wiggle. I am not going to lie and say that everything has been as easy this round as with McKenna. I’ve been more constipated, emotional, tired, full of indigestion and in pain with my leg and vaginal veins but I am feeling a new sense of hope and energy today, December 31st thinking okay, we are really on the home stretch now and it’s a New Year and New month and I can do this. This is also a good time and motivation for me to step up on my clean eating and exercise.

I’m trying to get through a book of Mindful Childbirth which is good but a little bit of a slow read when I’m not totally in the mood to be reading it. But overall I think it’s beneficial to remind me that I need to keep trying to be present. So every baby move I get, it brings me back to center.

I had a freak out recently, I took a few peptobismol tabs, a major don’t do as I realized after reading about it. Why the heck didn’t I check this before I took some to begin with? What in the world?!?! I am sure I didn’t because well, I was probably tired and in the middle of the night with indigestion barf in my mouth that I didn’t give it much thought. So I’m praying I didn’t mess something up with taking the pepto tabs and keep calm.

I am happier and much more comfortable in my own space right now. The idea of going anywhere for long periods of time not in my space sounds discomforting to me. I am going to try to keep going with the flow but I also need to keep remembering my energy limits and that I only have so much to give.

Happy New Year, Bring on the best 2016!! :D


28 Weeks December 14, 2015

Filed under: Pregnancy & Baby Adventures — Brianna @ 1:21 pm

Not a lot has really changed in the past couple of weeks. I’d say I’ve grown a bit rounder and sleep is just kind of uncomfortable. I wake up because I’m hot or I need to adjust my pillows but overall the same feeling. I will say I wish these veins weren’t so damn bad. If they weren’t, pregnancy would be rather breezy but it makes it challenging to want to workout or do much. So I feel lazy and blah. I am going to try to commit to start setting my alarm to work out in the mornings because I think that will help my energy and help me feel better about things. Waiting for McKenna’s nap, since it keeps changing is too hard.

My next doctor appointment is Friday where I have the glucose test. I am hoping that goes well. I am feeling pretty good about most everything like I said minus these veins that are like bulging tumors.

I’ve got most of my organizational list of to-do’s done so I can allow myself to start working on baby projects, but I need to set a timeline for that also. I’ve reached out to the doula and she is available for us, which is awesome! I think I’ll be pre-starting my labor bag packing this week just because it’s one thing I can do now for the sake of later.IMG_4321 IMG_4367 IMG_4371 IMG_4374


18 Months – 1 1/2 Years of Being an Earth Angel

Filed under: Rookie Mama Adventures & Post-Partum — Brianna @ 1:14 pm


Words – saying or trying to say
I’m sorry dad
Up please
Down please
More please

Eating –
Everything! Loving hummus, chicken stir fry with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, banana and peanut butter, sweet potato, guacamole, chicken soup, chicken broth

Tricks –
Jumping with two feet off the ground
Dancing and twirling
Trying to put her socks and shoes on
Patting when she has gone to the bathroom
“Washing” herself when in the shower
Helping me put away the silverware one by one
Kissing and hugging
High-5’s and knuckle pound

Loves –
Getting dressed in different shoes and sunglasses
Wearing her pumpkin costume over her clothes
Wearing her tutu skirt with anything
Getting chased around the house
Reading books

Got more shots this month and got sick for almost two weeks. Another tooth is coming through which is good because then we only have 3 more  to go before the 2 year molars happen. IMG_4289 IMG_4299 IMG_4317 IMG_4381 IMG_4388 IMG_4393

Weighs: 23 lbs
Size cloths: 18 month clothes about spot on


26 Weeks! December 2, 2015

Filed under: Pregnancy & Baby Adventures — Brianna @ 9:21 pm

Made it through Thanksgiving. On to Christmas! :) Decorating has begun and we are still sick. So lame. I’ve been trying to take as many naps as I can when McKenna does. It’s almost like every other night we have a good night…so tonight it’s on! :)

Chiropractic has been more of a priority for me because my body slips alignment quickly I feel like. I can’t wait to feel good again and get back to having energy to work out. I’ve been trying to up my smoothie intake because vegetables are not appealing right now. My body looks similar to what it did with McKenna I feel like for the most part. I’ll have to do some side by side pictures.

Yesterday night we were all playing on our bed and McKenna was rubbing my belly and I asked if she wanted to kiss the baby and she kissed my belly and the sweet girl started kicking. Such a special moment, my heart melted.

My little angel seems to be pretty active between 8:30-10pm and often mid-day. I’ll have to start paying attention more to times as it seems as those will be the awake times or feeding times once she is here.

So besides being sick and tired, all in all things keep carrying on as things are the same as first pregnancy which I’d say is good. Heartburn has also sucked a lot with not feeling well since laying down seems to kick it up a notch. Growdy. Cheers to the tail-end of my second trimester, one more week to go!


NommNomm Cravings & Body Changes July 2, 2015

Filed under: Pregnancy & Baby Adventures — Brianna @ 12:08 pm
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You always hear about wild cravings women have when they are preggo but everyone is different. From all my reading, it is very common again to have these cravings throughout pregnancy. I’m very familiar with what my normal hormone cravings are but this could be a whole new game. It will be fun to see what I’m really craving verses what just sounds good.

Week 4: fish, tuna, sweet potato chips, chicken broth
Body Changes: Boobs already growing and super tender, face is super oily. Anxious about work outs. Lots of dreams.

Week 5: mochas, brownies, sauerkraut, beef, chicken broth
Dislikes – sweet potato in breakfast, coffee black,

Week 6: pepperoni slices, pepperoni pizza, fried eggs, bacon, ahi, tunafish
Dislikes – chicken, salad
Body Changes: Boobs are still growing and extremely sore and tender! Less energy, super anxiety when it comes to working out.

Week 7: costco chocolate muffin, cheese, chocolate milk, oatmeal
Dislikes – plain chicken, tuna, sauerkraut
Body Changes: Weight gain in my thighs, peeing all the time, less energy

Week 8: cottage cheese, chocolate milk, burrito
Dislikes –  plain chicken, beef, onions
Body Changes: Super angry feeling, sad, anxious

Week 9: soup, doughnuts, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, egg salad
Dislikes – plain meat, raw vegetables (except carrots), plain hot coffee in the morning
Body Changes: Needing more sleep

Week 10: butter, sour dough, Burgerville Fish & Chips (halibut), doughnuts, olives, pickles
Dislikes – plain meat, raw vegetables, too sugary things
*I gave into my doughnut and halibut craving this week. They were both really good and then as usual my taste buds moved on. Additionally, I crushed a can of black olives within two days.
Body Changes: I hope my boobs don’t grow too much more. Seriously. They are full and perky though. Still feeling anger feelings

Week 11: butter, sour dough, pomegranate juice with sparkling water
Dislikes: raw vegetables, avocado
*I have been loving the taste of sour dough bread with butter. A ton of butter! SOOOO good holycow.

Week 12: doughnuts (I’m even dreaming about them! VooDoo!), butter, cheese, breakfast sausage, salty things, mac and cheese
Dislikes: the smell of raw meat before it’s cooked, avocado
Body changes: My skin has cleared up and is looking pretty good, nails growing like crazy

Week 13: popcorn, butter, more regular foods this week
Dislikes: plain beef, plain vegetables, home-made mexican ground beef

Week 14: popcorn with butter, wheaties with 2% milk (I actually sent Mike on his first craving run at 10pm for cereal, WTH!)
Dislikes: cheese at night, the smell of Mexican food (or the idea of the smell of it)
Body changes: Getting bloody noses and stuffed up in the mornings, this has been happening all day too. Still feeling angry but less often. Wanting to just be home and not at crowded places. Nesting has begun.

Week 15: double chocolate chip cookies, peaches, oranges, orange juice
Dislikes: the smell of meat, chicken plain
Body changes: Energy a little better, working out feeling good again

Week 16: bloody mary, pancakes, hot cooked green veggies: asparagus, kale, hot chocolate, peppermint & chocolate
Dislikes: plain meat, lunch food

Week 17: oranges, burgers, salty foods
Dislikes: heavy dairy in the morning

Week 18: oranges, orange juice, sour dough bread and butter, kombucha, bacon
Dislikes: the smell of chicken uncooked, cheap chocolate

Week 19: peanut butter & jelly sandwich, 2% milk, olives, iced tea
Dislikes: plain chicken breast, cold leftovers
Body Changes: Energy is picking up, stuffy nose is subsiding a little bit, peeing all the time still

Week 20: peanut butter & jelly sandwich, orange juice, sourdough bread with butter & jam, asparagus, olives, kombucha, mint ice cream
Dislikes: boring hamburgers, heavy dairy in the evening or in my breakfast, cold left overs, cold scrambled eggs, Mexican
Body Changes: Feeling good this week, energy is in full swing, feeling less crazy, more winded working out

Week 21: oranges, peanut butter, cold 2% milk, oatmeal, burgers, soup, green smoothies
Dislikes: cold meats, cold eggs/scrambled eggs, raw veggies
Body changes: feeling pretty good still, peeing at night, back aches, my stomach is definitely getting bigger, bloody noses are getting better

Week 22: cold milk, sourdough bread with butter, banana with peanut butter
Dislikes: Mexican food
Body changes: My back is killing me at nights still. Stomach getting bigger and still firm but not huge. Bloody nose is back. I think my boobs are even bigger. Augh!

Week 23: cold milk, sourdough & butter, oranges, chard, asparagus, peanut butter & jelly sandwich
Dislikes: cold meats, Mexican, coffee,
Body changes: Back is still killing me, I feel like I’m going through a growth spurt with the baby. Bloody nose still and extra stuffy again. Emotional roller-coaster is back. Even cried in prenatal yoga.

Week 24: pork chops, dark green vegetables, pumpkin pancakes & butter, cheeseburger, chips or something crunchy
Dislikes: cold meats, really sweet things like mocha/coffees
Body changes: Back still aches & my rib hurts on the left side in the front and the back. She may be standing up and pushing on something. Lil’ weasel. :) Nose is a little better, energy is okay and mostly carrying stress & tension in my shoulders.

Week 25: key lime pie, pumpkin pancakes & butter (had both = AMAZEBALLS), dairy in the afternoon – cottage cheese!
Dislikes: meat at lunch time, cold meats, plain vegetables 
Body changes: I think my body is expanding and growing a bit each day. My back starts to ache because I think my abs are stretching out to make room for the baby. I definitely can see a baby pouch! Tried on dresses for Cayties wedding – my boobs are enormous! Holycow. This was a reality check for me. After being told I don’t look pregnant I definitely look large in these dresses. Eeeks

Week 26: I’ve been wanting things like oatmeal & cottage cheese for lunch, meat at lunch just doesn’t sound good.
Dislikes:  Lunch. I just don’t love lunch right now. It’s boring and the only kinds of things that sound good are hot cereals, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. 
Body changes: Confirmed that my ribs and upper body is expanding. Holycow that is so strange and painful! Feeling weaker in my workouts because of the weight gain and just not being able to do as much but that’s how it goes for right now. My nails continue to grow so rapidly! My hair has gotten a bit curlier too. Time to get personal too – so my vagina feels like it is swelling and pulsing in the evenings, what the heck! Sometimes during the day but majority of time at night.
2.26.14 Today I looked down at my belly and saw it moving! WHOA! I knew this would happen but it was so strange. Fun but strange. I’m sure it will continue to seem more and more alien like as the baby grows.

Week 27: Tea, orange juice/pineapple and fruit, hot cereal for lunch, burritos, I really want summer sausage
Dislikes: plain vegetables
Body changes: Baby is moving and moving. Feel like I’ve gained a bit more weight in my thighs and arms. Barf but oh well. My legs seem to swell a bit if I don’t kick them up during the day. Mike has been great about rubbing them at night though. My rib is still an issue between 7-7:30pm. She starts to be super active around 9:30-10pm at night and kicking and dancing like crazy. All in all things are going well. Dreams are weird and having some separation feelings or feeling neglected but all in all good.

Third Trimester!
Week 28: dark chocolate, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, not to make food, pizza, popcorn with butter homemade, chocolate milk
Dislikes: Super salty foods, plain vegetables, 
Body changes: The belly is growing! :) My legs have started to feel like they get swollen if I stand too long. My vag aches if I stand or do too much on my feet for long periods of time. However, I did successfully run 1 mile in 10:31 as a part of “Murph” workout and celebrating my third trimester! Felt awesome!!

Week 29: Peanut butter & jelly on toast, warm food, brownies, popcorn, kale, kombucha
Dislikes: Mexican, I gave in last week and felt awfullllll afterwards!
Body changes: I have some major veins growing in my upper right thigh/hip area. Not cute and somewhat painful. But the doctor said they are just a side effect and I could ice them. Heat will aggregate them but to keep exercising. Major indigestion which is not my favorite. All in all feeling pretty rockin’ still. Back squatted 85lbs today and that felt good. I passed my gestational diabetes test and didn’t gain any weight over the past month, so I suppose that means I cleaned up my eating a little and the baby gained but I lost. That works for me. 11 weeks to go!!!!

My hips are starting to ache a bit more too, like the ligaments. I went to prenatal yoga and I felt good but not great afterwards. Definitely makes me realize how tight my body is right now. But then again I did just overhead squat the day before with 65lb soooo that could be part of it too. My face still hasn’t really gained weight which is nice and mostly just in my thighs and flutes and boobs and belly. Well I notice it my arms too.

I’ve also noticed that with my consumption of dairy, it is making my ear plugged a lot more often. So obnoxious. So I’ll be cutting back on that. I’ve given up coffee for lent which I think will be helpful for indigestion. Same with cutting back on salsas and spicy things.

I can still cut my toe nails, tie my shoes and bend over (most of the time). Big accomplishments to celebrate!

Week 30: Juice, cold things, salads, burgers, kale, oranges and orange juice
Dislikes: Mexican 
Body changes: my hips just ache a bit and feel like I can’t sit with my legs closed. Sleeping with the body pillow is very helpful. My neck has been pretty tight too. Jumping is now out of the equation when it comes to workouts. I tried jumping pull ups and nope, that is not happening now. Just felt jarring in my hip area.

Week 31: Cold things (juice, iced drinks), cold chocolate milk
Dislikes: Mexican, spicy foods
Body changes: My veins are still getting bigger, belly is getting bigger and feeling more tired. All gradual and all in all feel good

Week 32: Cold water, cold iced tea, cold anything to drink, juice
Dislikes: Peppers, spicy foods, Mexican 
Body changes: I almost feel like my ribs moved back in a little tiny bit, not sure if it will stay or not but maybe. Muscle tightness but overall feeling great.

Week 33: cold drinks, iced coffee, vegetables, cool foods, fruit, orange juice
Dislikes: Mexican, tomato type dishes, really heavy dishes 
Body changes: Growing mostly. My hips are feeling irritated a lot if I sit to long. My veins are enormous and painful but that’s how it goes for now. Skin is looking good. Appetite is here and there, I feel hungry but my stomach is feeling smashed so I can’t eat as much. And I get heart burn if I eat too much in one sitting. Being able to have a normal bowel movement is challenging too – with the baby compression against my colon it doesn’t feel so good.

Week 34: iced cold water, tea, cool fruits, sugar, I’m finding that if I go overboard with spice then I want something sugary or if I have something hot I want some thing cold. Very ying/yang going on
Dislikes: Spice overboard, peppers, tomatoey type foods, greasy foods 
Body changes: Continuing to feel like I’m growing. She’ll have major growth spurts and my body feels like it’s being stretched! My veins are still an ongoing issue and indigestion sucks! But maybe she is growing hair.

Week 35: Iced cold water. Fruit. My mom’s egg salad (this occurred first trimester also)
Dislikes: Anything that sets off indigestion. Ugh! 
Body changes: I think I’m noticing some of the extra blood swelling happening. Especially in my legs and torso. I’ve gotten used to how giant my boobs have gotten until I see pictures and then I think holycow, those things are enormous! Getting tired earlier where I just want to be home and not in crowded places. Less stamina for long workouts or really long walks. I have also noticed that there are times of the day I feel struck by emotion and feel like I could start crying for no specific reason. For example, we were talking about life insurance and I started crying. I started crying thinking about my Grandma and hoping I’ll be as good of a mom as she was and as my mom is. Seeing two elders loving each other in church, I get tears in my eyes. I think I’m just bursting with love and anticipation. :) My bloody noses have finally stopped. Sleep is here and there, yesterday I was wide awake at 4am after a sketchy night sleep and had energy all day long, then I slept through the night! Hooray me!

Week 36: craving cold things like iced water with cucumber or mint, juicy cold fruits. I’m off sugar this month, so far so good!
Dislikes: still certain meats are dis pleasurable 
Body changes: Lots of baby movement still, starting to get more uncomfortable as she grows. I can’t quite bend over like I used to and putting on and taking off shoes and socks is challenging. I have to hoist my leg up on something or have Mike do it.

Last night I woke up to the baby having hiccups and then I started having hiccups at the same time in the middle of the night. Very strange to share hiccups with someone inside you! :) But special at the same time

Week 37: More cold drinks! Seems like I’m wanting carb type foods again – popcorn, oatmeal, sweet potato pancakes. Hmmm? Gave up sugar for May and haven’t craved “desserts” really so maybe this is in replacement, I can’t tell. Kale salad, egg salad
Dislikes: lunch
Body changes: Somedays I feel like my ribs are going back in a little bit but then other days I don’t. My veins are still and issue and my SI joints are pretty bad some days, they like to lock up and not let me move for a short period of time. Other than that, still feeling pretty good. Sleep is 2-3 hour stints right now. Heartburn is still in full effect.

Week 38: Cold drinks, cold foods, salads, mom’s egg salad
Dislikes: Overly spicy things, red things (peppers, tomatoes etc.)
Body changes: My feet are starting to ache and my calfs are achy too. I don’t feel too swollen in my body but I am noticing a little bit of swelling in my face. The belly and baby are growing. My hips and adductors seem to be achy and like I want to pop them if I am able to. Peeing a lot still. Feels like she will throw here hand/arm down the birth canal to give it a quick check, awkward.

Week 39: (I can’t believe we are at week 39!!!) Cheeseburgers, hot dog, cold fruit, cold drinks with ice (iced tea, iced water, iced lemonade, iced cucumber/strawberry water)
Dislikes: Spicy things
Body changes:

Week 40: kale/brussels sprouts/cabbage salad, ICE cold water, lemonade, Christy’s moms guacamole, milkshakes, beer, cereal
Dislikes: lunch, cold meat
Body changes: feeling a little swollen in my feet and hands towards the ends of the day, I can tell my face has puffed up some as well as just feelings soft from loosing some muscle because I can’t lift like I was. Heartburn has been quite awful when it happens in the middle of the night, I wake up with it in my mouth, it is SO disgusting. I’ve cried everyday over something silly or hormonal for a week now. I try not to use the “hormonal card” but in this case, that is what is happening. Some days I have awesome energy others I’m zapped. Some days I feel super my old-me happy, easy going and ready to have fun and other days I feel like I’m going to lose it over things I have no control over and start going nutty.

Week 41: cold foods, lemonade, kombucha, carb type foods for lunch, Thai food
Dislike: plain vegetables, making food
Body changes: My right ankle is definitely swelling and it goes up my leg. My legs in general feel swollen and I’m looking forward to wearing shorts soon…but I have to just wait. I’d like to lift but the pressure overhead to my core/pelvic is not ideal. My bag veins are still an issue but seems to be a little better some days. It really depends on where the baby is laying in my belly. She also will scoot and cause a lot of pain for my hip. It locked up last week which was very painful and stressful. Heartburn/indigestion is still at a high and it doesn’t matter what I eat/when I eat or how much I eat it happens. Some days I’ve had huge appetite and others still very small. Walking is somewhat painful/tight in my lower abdomen and pelvic area. I feel like she dropped last week and can tell her head sits very low. Sleep continues to be 2 hour stretches and when I’m lucky 4 hour stretches, but that is really lucky. I’m still wearing my wedding ring and very happy about that! :)


Celebrating One Year of Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brianna @ 12:01 pm

IMG_6439 IMG_6445 IMG_6480Our sweet baby girl reached 12 months of being an earth angel. We are so happy and feel so lucky to have our adoring baby girl in our life for a full year now. As I think about all the things we’ve done in the past 12 months I can’t help but smile. Giving birth was probably one of the most intense, awesome experiences of my life. I would do it all over again. McKenna has grown so quickly, she is laughing, babbling, walking, carrying things as she walks, hugging, waving, and the learning never stops.

Mike and I have grown together, learning how to communicate more effectively and how to ask for what we need from one another. We are still a little tired but the sleep deprivations is worth it. Living in the barn has been fun and sharing a room with McKenna has also been a learning experience where it will be nice that our new house has separate rooms, I already know that I’ll go through some separation feelings but like anything, it will be a new adjustment.

Some of our highlights include traveling to the beach, Bend, Montana, visiting friends & family. We have also loved watching her grow sitting up, rolling over, crawling with a “peg” leg, standing & pulling herself up, watching her babble and laugh, and then take off into full quick walking. Being able to watch her interpret the world in her own way has been so fascinating, she loves animals and kids and has a specific high pitch voice when it comes to seeing them. She is interested in petting and loving animals. Taking her for walks and visiting places is always a joy (well 99.9 percent of the time) and I often have people stop me telling me how beautiful or cute or happy she is. I feel so honored and blessed in so many ways to be her mama.

My least favorite thing so far has been teething. Those darn teeth coming in are brutal and cause her so much pain. It is a helpless feeling and makes me so sad that she has to go through that pain to have her teeth pop through. Earlier on in babyhood I’d say the hardest part was her gas and knowing she had gas pains and trying to relieve her of that pain was so sad to watch.

My favorite thing about being a rookie mama is definitely the feeling that life’s meaning has become so much richer and more grand than I ever anticipated. I have always been thankful and grateful for life but creating, growing and birthing a human is unreal. Then having the opportunity to watch her grow is also beautiful and unbelievable. There are moments when I feel exhausted and tested but I often feel like I’m able to learn a lesson by the next day with a clear set of eyes.

I’m also very thankful for supportive family and friends to help us out and allow Mike and I to have a date night here and there. I have had to get used to the fact that it’s okay to be away from her and that I know she is in good hands, I have to reconnect with myself and Mike to continue to be a good human, mother and wife.

I know this next year is going to go by just as fast! I’m excited to watch all the growth and change that will continue to take place in front of us. I am also looking forward to knowing what it will be like to be pregnant and have a little lady running around at my feet.

Over the past month McKenna has really picked up her walking speed and wanting to carry things while she walks. She is interested in climbing, dancing, pushing, pulling and checking out the world. She enjoys getting into boxes, books and toys. She has 4 teeth and two more on the way causing havoc. She likes to wave and gets excited seeing the animals and Mike when he gets home. She is napping twice a day still and enjoys eating lots of foods and is drinking more water. She is a joy and delight and makes my heart full.


Pre Baby Jeans June 17, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brianna @ 10:39 am

Oh yeah. It’s been 6 months and I’m wearing my old favorite jeans. I haven’t been working out a super ton but I have been trying to eat healthy and walk and do my best nursing. I work out when I can which is about 3-4 days a week right now and can’t wait until its more like 5 but I’m practicing my patience.

My body is not however back to pre baby nor do I think it will be any time soon. My stomach is still squishy feeling and my low back is still an issue that I’m trying to resolve with the doctors. I’ve been feeling rather tired and had blood work done to check things out and my thyroid is slightly to be blamed as well as I need to be eating more to keep my blood sugar more regular. So I’ve got my homework set up for me and I’m set to make things better.



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