~*~*~*NatalieL's Lodge~*~*~* (Prenatal)

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~*~*~*NatalieL's Lodge~*~*~* (Prenatal)

Welcome to your lodge!!!!

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Welcome to your lodge. I can't wait to hear your story.

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Congrats Natalie! I hope the rest of your journey to meet Tom is a peaceful one.

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So exciting. Welcome to your lodge.
I am going to stick around for this, for sure.
You were so helpful to me when it was my turn.
Emote away..!

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Hey Nat! Yayyyyyyyyyy for your lodge!! Look forward to sharing thsi with you!

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Congrats on your lodge! I'm looking forward to hearing your story! Biggrin

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Congrats, Momma! No cheating like Liz, LOL, we want a bunch of entries before you deliver! Lol

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Congrats Natalie! I'm glad there's several of us October mama's here with lodges! I look forward to reading yours!

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I can't believe I made it to 36 weeks!!

Hi, I'm Natalie. I'm a WAHM married to a wonderful SAHD. Our daughter, Sam, will be 3 in November. She's still nursing, although just to sleep now (it was much more in the beginning of pregnancy but pain made me gently wean her down to this).

Sam's pregnancy was a breeze compared to this one Lol

At 28 or 29 weeks I measured 4 weeks ahead for the 2nd month in a row so I went for an ultrasound to check for extra fluid. I only went because my doctor wanted me to - it's not like you can really fix that easily.

Anyway, we saw a line on Tom's lip that looked like it could be a cleft, so at 31 weeks we went back for a 3d ultrasound and confirmed a cleft lip but couldn't see his palate, so we have to wait until he's born for that.

Also around 29 weeks I started having contractions that were strong and sometimes close together. My doc gave me terbutaline and it made me feel horrible so I put myself on bedrest, only taking the terbutaline when necessary. It makes your heart race. It also made my hands shake and made me feel like I was having an anxiety attack. Fun stuff.

At 33 weeks I lost my plug. He checked me and I was soft but not effaced or dilating.

At 35 weeks he told me I could stop it and stop the bedrest. At 35 weeks 1 day I went to the hospital with contractions 3 minutes apart. My cervix was still high and posterior, long and closed. They gave me shots of terbutaline to stop the contractions. I got a fever and the nurse wanted to give me iv antibiotics. I declined (I'd felt fine when I went in - I was pretty sure the fever was a reaction to the shot even though the nurse swore that wouldn't happen).

So, I've been on more strict bedrest this week and taking that silly medicine more frequently. Just yesterday I got the go ahead to go off of it and let nature take it's course. I also got diagnosed with a UTI that my cranberry pills apparently weren't taking care of (the nurse at the hospital thought I was getting one, but I apparently didn't take enough cranberry). So now I'm on macrobid because I didn't know I had one so I wouldn't know if the cranberry would actually get rid of it. It's not playing nice with my intestines, but I'm hoping that's because yesterday's two pills were close together.

Tomorrow's Dad's birthday (the "original" Tom who my son's named after) so he's hoping that Tom's born then, but I'm not having that many contractions today so I think he's probably out of luck Lol I'd rather make it to 37 weeks anyway.

I think that's basically all of my story. Like I said, it's been quite the pregnancy Lol Even from the very beginning I had to take a trip down to my work at 5 1/2 weeks and hid it from everyone but my closest friends and boss. Traveling 5 hours with morning sickness (which started at 4 weeks 1 day :lol:) wasn't so fun. For some reason no one seemed to think it was odd that all day long I ate cashews and raisins though. I guess they're just used to me being weird. Biggrin

At this stage, since I've been having contractions for so long, I'm wondering how I'll actually know when I'm in labor. Fortunately, our next door neighbor's a nurse and so is the guy down the street, so we have some medical care nearby if I don't realize it Biggrin

Tonight we're going to my parents' for cake and ice cream. Yesterday was Dan's birthday so we're doing a joint party.

The funny thing is that Dan and I didn't ttc in December because I didn't want a Sept. baby because there are so many birthdays in our family. Now for weeks I've been thinking that's what was going to happen. Who knows.

ILs are coming on Sunday to visit, give Dan his birthday presents, and pick up our youngest cat. Sam's been a little overly difficult with the cat and we're sick of all of the cat/Sam scratching fights. We don't want a cat who's afraid of small children around Tom.

If you made it through all of that then you've got a lot of free time Biggrin

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I had to get rid of a cat right before Orion was born, too. It was bittersweet. He was a biter/scratcher, too.
I didn't know that baby Tom had a cleft pallet. How does that work after birth? Do they have to do a surgery right away after birth, or can they wait a bit. Will he be able to nurse without getting it fixed? Or maybe you don't know yet. It's amazing how well they can fix it now with very minimal scaring.
It sounds like you could go anytime. Are you ready?
Is he going to be born at a hospital, birthing center or at home?
Do you have a birth plan? I want to see it.
Hope your feeling well today. Cake and Ice cream sounds good!

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His lip is cleft but we're not sure about his palate. A cleft lip is almost always ok for nursing. A palate is more difficult. I've spoken with the feeding specialist on our cleft team and have a general idea. If it's small he can probably nurse, if it's not he probably can't.

My pump is ready, the parts are sterilized, and it's in the van ready to go just in case Smile

It seems like the lip is fixed between 10 weeks and 4 months depending on severity, if there's a palate too, etc. The palate is fixed later and that's a more major surgery.

I'm ready but more than willing for him to wait another week or so - I'd rather he be 37 weeks.

We're giving birth at a hospital. There are no birthing centers in this area. That's unless things happen quickly. Our next door neighbor is a nurse so we've got her in an emergency Lol

We didn't write out a birth plan. I might. I haven't decided yet. We want to delay cord clamping, delay any washing/etc. until after he's had an hour or so to snuggle me, and we're not circumsizing him. Other than that, we're planning on refusing the eye goop since I don't have either of the two STDs it protects against, but going with the vit k shot and the hep b shot (my dad had hepatitis in HS and no one knows what kind or if he could still give it to Tom now since he can't donate blood, so we decided we'd do it soon).

Given the fact that the nurse tried for 2 minutes to get an IV in me the other day and was unsuccessful, I'm going to consent to a hep lock but the nurse only gets one try and then I'll request a phlebotomist. I have very small veins and they roll so IVs are often problematic.

I also plan on sneaking in some food in case I'm hungry Wink

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Interesting - apparently in NY you cannot refuse the eye drops OR the vit k without having CPS called.

http://ffitz.com/nyvic/law/vitamin-k.htm

Nice...

We're trying to reduce Tom's exposure to what we can, since he's going to need surgery (pvc ivs, meds, etc.). I'm pissed. I do not have gonnorea or chlamidia. I can't even spell them. Lol

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I am sorry that you can't have it exactly how you want it. It is frustrating that someone is always telling you what you can and can not do with your children. That is one of the major issues I have with the goverment we have. It is frustrating that they would take that kind of thing out of your hands. I wonder what other shots they decide are manditory?

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In NY you can do a religious exemption, but from what I've learned so far, it's an all or nothing kind of thing. I'm opposed to the MMR and the chicken pox vax, but I can't find a way to just eliminate those (I'd have Sam get rubella at some time so she'd be protected for pregnancies).

That's assuming you use public schools - if you home school then you don't need any vaccines Smile

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OMG are you sure? Wow.

As far as vax'ing...thats why I'm glad we homeschool.

Keeping you in my thoughts Natalie!

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Interesting - apparently in NY you cannot refuse the eye drops OR the vit k without having CPS called.

http://ffitz.com/nyvic/law/vitamin-k.htm

Nice...

We're trying to reduce Tom's exposure to what we can, since he's going to need surgery (pvc ivs, meds, etc.). I'm pissed. I do not have gonnorea or chlamidia. I can't even spell them. Lol

:eek::mad: That's so annoying.
I hope you can delay his surgery for a long time.
Sounds like you are totally ready.
And bringing food is a wonderful idea. especially if you are going to be there for awhile after the birth. I didn't want to eat during labor, but man, after he was born I was ravenous.

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I haven't been here for a while so I'm just catching up on your lodge now. I hope you have a nice and easy delivery.. it sounds like you have certainly earned it with the problems you've already encountered during pregnancy!

Every time I read about Sam torturing your cat (here and on AP) I get this funny image in my head.. sorry, I'm sure the cat doesn't think it is so cute.

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Your own lodge already - I'm so glad that you were able to reach 36wks! I hope he chills out for a little while longer until you and he are ready! I'm glad you aren't having to taking that awful stuff anymore - it sounded truly miserable.

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For some reason, that surprises me that you can't decline the eye goop and vitamin K in NY. I'm pretty sure I can decline them here in TX -- but would have thought with NY being a touch more liberal than conservative ole Texas that it would have been the other way around . . .

All this pregnancy stuff has made me an advocate of being able to make informed decisions and decline whatever I want. Sorry you're having to deal with that!

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Welcome to your lodge Natalie! I am so glad you have made it this far. I am crossing my fingers that you will get an October boo after all. I think it would be a good idea for you tohave a birth plan since you will delivering in a hospital. Just so they are clear that you are natural minded and would like to avoid interventions.

I look forward to reading about your labor journey.

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36 weeks 1 day

Yesterday I had a headache all day. I did my neti pot, hot shower, hot tea, smelled peppermint oil, etc. Finally I gave in and took sudafed. It helped some, but not a lot. So last night I decided to see if it was a side affect of the antibiotics that I had just gone on for a UTI (I didn't know I'd had one so I figured that I probably should go with the antibiotics because I wouldn't know if my cranberry pills were working).

My ob gave me the antibiotic. It says things like "avoid during pregnancy unless clearly indicated", "avoid use from 38-42 weeks and during labor and delivery", "this medicine is excreted in breastmilk, do not breastfeed while using it."

I'm angry. Very angry. We all know I could go into labor at any time. Sure I might not, but I might. He didn't warn me about any of that. And last time we talked about it, he knew Sam was still nursing (although he recommended weaning for nipple pain so he may have assumed I did).

Needless to say, I'm taking cranberry pills, drinking cranberry juice, and not taking any more of that stuff. Dan researched it last night and apparently it makes more of your red blood cells die than normal. Not sure if that means I have to worry about anemia or what, but I'm glad I only took a day and a half of doses.

Bad time for me to lose some faith in my doctor though, eh?

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Other than that, I had contractions that were 5 minutes apart for an hour last night while we were at my parents. They died down when we came home and I laid down, so it wasn't labor, but I'm thinking I will be constantly wondering if I'm in labor or not from now on Lol

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"NatalieL" wrote:

It says things like "avoid during pregnancy unless clearly indicated", "avoid use from 38-42 weeks and during labor and delivery", "this medicine is excreted in breastmilk, do not breastfeed while using it."

:eek:
Are you going to call your doc about it? What are potential side effects for baby? Either way, I'd stop taking it too - I'm thinking you need all the red blood cells you can get right now!

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I'm thinking I will be constantly wondering if I'm in labor or not from now on Lol

Don't blame ya!

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I'm going to talk to my doc on Thursday. I figured if I called him too soon I'd be mean Lol

Yesterday we walked to the bank and back - about 3 blocks each way. I only had one contraction each way. How is it I could have 3 contractions getting up to pee and yet walk 3 blocks and only have one??

The good news is I'm slowly feeling less like I've been laying down for weeks and more like I'm just a big pregnant lady Biggrin

I have to wonder if the bedrest actually delayed labor or if it just slowed down non-productive contractions. It seems like if there was any way the contractions were going to send me into labor then I'd have Tom already. I'm 100% ok with him staying in there longer - especially at least until 37 weeks. But I am hoping that I at least don't get much bigger if I'm going to be pregnant for another few weeks. I can't imagine being much bigger. I measured 40 at 35 and at 36 weeks, so hopefully I'm slowing down. I'm already up over 50 pounds too, which is pretty tiring. This is the heaviest I've ever been - even more than when I had Samantha.

Oh, a friend told me about d-mannose and I'm taking that. Now I'm peeing more at a time than I have been in a while, so I think it's helping my UTI. And I'm starting to wonder if I've had a mild one for a while (and if that's even related to my contractions... Who knows).

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You have every right to be mean about this one Smile

Glad you are feeling better and he's holding off. I don't know how I missed your lodge up until this point, but I just sat and read almost the entire thing.

I hope he holds off - the longer the better as far as initiating BFing etc.

I know the "beached whale" feeling all too well - with my last two pregnancies I ate a VERY GOOD diet - no junk, no refined sugars, and I still gained so much - 70 lb with DS#2 and then 55 with DD. If you add in the 62 lb I gained with DS#1, well let's just say I gained myself in weight - ugh.

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I'm surprised he didn't just give you penicillin for your UTI, that tends to kill most of them. Hrm. Anyways, congratulations on your lodge! I'm so happy for you! Here's hoping little Tom comes soon!

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Last time I was on amoxicillian (sp??) I had horrible intestinal difficulties. Since I didn't want that to throw me into labor, I asked for one with a lower chance of those kinds of problems.

I'm pushing 37 weeks now - I'm pretty excited about that. I never thought I'd make it this far. Smile Now I'm back to hoping that maybe I'll get my October baby. Then our family birthdays would be perfect Lol

Sept. - Dan
Oct. - Tom
Nov. - Sam
Dec. - Nat

I was actually pretty sure I'd conceive in January because I thought that it would just make sense for him to be an October baby Lol

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Yay, 2 more days until 37 weeks! Crossing my fingers for your October birthday!

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C'mon, Tommy! Hold out for a few more days! Biggrin

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36 weeks 6 days Smile

I consented to an internal because I'd been feeling so much pressure and stuff and wanted to know if it was doing anything (knowing I'd be bummed if it wasn't). I'm not nearly as high, I'm 40-50% effaced, and I'm 2 cm and stretchy. Yeah! Smile

He was totally unconcerned about the antibiotic, didn't care that I'd stopped taking it, and said that the white cells in my urine could be vaginal discharge and since I don't have symptoms he's not worried. ??? whatever.

So, I'm hoping that things keep happening. I know I could walk around like this for a couple of weeks, but I'd prefer not to. Smile

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Yay! Glad to hear the pressure is making some progress!

I hope he can hold out until October.

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You're doing great!
Did you ask him about the warning labels on the antibiotics?

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Hi Natalie, you have come so far. i finally had a chance to sit down and read through your lodge. I'm thinking of you!

Erika

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I've had *lots* of pressure, to the point where it's painful at times. And I think my discharge this morning was tinged... I'm not so sure he's going to make it to October after all Lol

All my doc said was that they use macrobid during pregnancy a lot. I don't know... I'm frustrated he didn't seem to care about my concerns but I guess the fact that it's used frequently is a little bit reassuring. I've been of it for a week now, so I should be good anyway.

Sam was up a lot in the night - she seems to have fall allergies like everyone else in the family. I just kept thinking "this baby's going to come out in the next few days and I'm not getting enough sleep" Lol

At least I like sapphire better than opal so if he does come now the jewelry will be better. Biggrin

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NO little lady- Opal for you! Blum 3

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Hi Natalie! I had to take Macrobid when I was pg with Gwen and it stressed me out horribly. It was in my first trimester though. My doc said the same "we give it to pg women ALL the time". I don't know, that still never sets my mind at ease. Glad your doc is okay with you skipping it since you have no symptoms. I know some bacteria can be normal.

Gwen has been sick too and I've been panicking over sleep too (of course I probably won't go into labor before you even though are dates are the same!). I would hate to start labor already exhausted, or sick.

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Natalie, I haven't posted much, but I've been following along. I'm wishing you well. Opal is not so bad.

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Bake, baby, bake!

Ooohhh, I'm so excited for you I could burst!!!

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I love Opals, especially fire Opals.
I think October is a great month.
Anyhow, how often do men wear gemstones?
You can make it a few more days, I think.

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So glad you are at 37 weeks at least. Bake a little longer baby Thomas. I think opals are really cool, hope he makes it Smile

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Natalie - it's getting exciting! Sounds like you are ready he is now - a long way from where you were weeks ago! I'm glad the UTI probs are clearing up for you!

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I think you are going to make it to October. You have made it this far even after all the contrax. You should be very proud of yourself either way, you have made a lot of sacrifices to keep Tom cooking.

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Ugh. I caught a cold. I feel miserable. Yesterday morning I thought it was bad allergies but by yesterday afternoon I knew it was worse than that.

Today I'm having a lot more pressure. I hope today isn't the day.

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Do whatever you can to get some relief, Nat, you have no time left to suffer. You need to be well-rested (haha, I know) for taking care of that little man!

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Ugh! I feel your pain!! I thought I was just dealing with allergies and then -- bam -- a full-blown head/chest cold.

I keep telling myself that it's better now than when he's here. And, I keep telling him to not arrive until after the cold is gone.

So, little Tom -- give your mama some time to rest and hang out a little more before your grand entrance! Biggrin

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I have been reading your lodge since its opened...I was thinking about you a lot this weekend because I know how much you want to get to October. I really hope he stayed in there for you (only a few hours left until October and then he can come out!)

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Thinking about you and hoping you get better real soon!

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Ugh, I hope you feel better, AND don't go into labor today.

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Oi vey. I hope that end-of-summer cold goes by quickly. Rotten timing.

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Well, I sure *thought* I was in labor yesterday. I couldn't recline on the couch with my legs up because he was too low. I seriously felt like he was falling out, but I moved to my birthing ball and hardly felt contractions. Then I got up to go to the kitchen and realized I was having them, they were just really mild on that wonderful ball Lol

So around 12:40 yesterday I started timing them. At 3:15 I stopped. While walking they were 1-2 minutes. While laying down they were 3-4. So we walked around for a little while longer and headed in.

My contractions slowed down and when the nurse checked me she said I was only a fingertip. The doctor had gotten two fingers in.

So basically, I had false labor all day long and went to the hospital for it. Again. Now I have 0% faith that I'll have any clue. I couldn't walk through the contractions when we were walking. They were quite strong and I had an overwhelming urge to squat during them. I was also not very hungry and kind of felt like I might vomit. I suppose that might have been all of the honey from the stuff I was drinking to help my cold.

The nurse said maybe I just was a little dehydrated because of the cold. I suppose that's possible, but that's a lot of contractions and they *were* regular before I went to the hospital. Now I probably won't go in until my water breaks Lol

I suppose I should reiterate that 2 people on my road are nurses and offered to help if necessary, so I'm not really concerned if we don't make it to the hospital. Dan is, because I bled so much after Sam's birth, but I'm not. I doubt it will happen again - especially if I'm not induced (I had cervadil with Sam).

So last night between the cold and this weird burping thing I have going on, I got almost no sleep so I'm out sick from work today and I'm hoping to get caught up on sleep so whenever Tom does come I've got a chance at staying awake through labor Lol

I also found out my great aunt (by marriage, so no blood relation)'s sister had all of her babies in her sleep - she'd wake up and find a baby in her bed. She had something like 8 children. Fascinating.

Oh - here's something funny. The nurse could feel Tom's head but could push it up and down, so she said he hasn't engaged. She also said that I must have quite the pelvis. When I was in high school I had to shop at stores that sold a size 0. I'm 5'2.5" and was normally about 100 pounds. I guess that goes to show you that pant size really has nothing to do with pelvis birthing ability, eh? Biggrin

She also looked at my belly and asked how big they think Tom is Smile At 35 weeks when I went in he was estimated at 6 pounds 4 ounces. I think he'll be over 8 when he's born (whenever that is).

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Hey Nat~just checkin in on you! Glad you made it through till October! Wanted to tell you that my Libby's head was "floating" and not engaged even through most of my labor....but when it came time to push, she was out of there! Hang in there hon. Smile

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You made it to October!! I hope you get over this cold before he arrives. I am going to second the suggestion to talk to him - tell him you want him to wait until you feel better. I did that with DS#2 when I got a nasty cold at 39 weeks - it worked too. Push those fluids for the cold and so you don't have those annoying contractions.

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