My Life Parenting Pregnancy

Eleanor Ann Balch

Eleanor Ann Balch was born Wednesday, April 29 at 2:42 in the morning. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces (the exact same weight that I was as a baby), and she is twenty-one and a half inches long.

Eleanor Ann Balch

Thank you all for your sweet comments and support throughout the pregnancy! Today is Brandon’s birthday and we’ve just arrived home from the hospital after a slightly extended stay. There were a few complications throughout the inducing process and delivery, but I’m doing well and Eleanor is happy and healthy.

She has blue eyes, brown hair, and she’s just beautiful. We’re so in love with her.

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696 Comments

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    Travelingmama
    May 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    What a beauty! Sweet little life! Many blessings to you all!

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    Karen in Maryland
    May 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Ahhhh. The big ones are pre-chubby and just that much more to love. Seriously, they start sleeping through the night at about 11-12 pounds, so you are that much closer.
    She’s perfect.
    Congratulations.

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    Sarah
    May 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I’m a blog stalker and have been for a while now. I couldn’t help myself though, I had to say congrats on your beautiful baby girl!!!

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    Char
    May 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    She is beautiful! Congratulations, she was worth the wait :)

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    Carol
    May 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations. She’s adorable and “lovely.”

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    Jane
    May 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    A PINK baby with BROWN hair! How clever of you!

    ………..a lovely girl! Your life has changed……..and begins.

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    Redmaiko
    May 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Such a sweet face! Congratulations to both of you!

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    aud
    May 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    congratulations! she is just beautiful!

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    Lindsay
    May 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    lovely little eleanor. what a pink sweetie. rest up and take good care of your new mama self. love, lindsay

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    coral
    May 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Ack! I was half-heartedly checking in, I didn’t think I would actually see your sweetie up on the web yet! Is it just me or is there some Brandon in that face (at least from the pictures you’ve shown us)? Congratulations you two.

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    MrsLimestone
    May 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Welcome to the world Eleanor!

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    Jorge
    May 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Congratulations. She is so beautiful! Love those pink cheeks!

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    Sese
    May 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Congratulations to the proud parents! And what a lovely name for a lovely girl!

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    Kelly
    May 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    she’s beautiful! congratulations!

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    Annette D.
    May 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Such a pretty piece of perfection!

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    Manvi
    May 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Congratulations new mommy! Shes gorgeous!

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    Katie Jo
    May 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations!! She is absolutely amazing…

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    Dondrea
    May 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations on the beautiful addition!

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    Bonnie
    May 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    She is precious all dressed in pink! So happy for you both and best of wishes. Happy birthday to the new dad as well! Congrats!!!!

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    Midori
    May 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Congratulations, Happy birthday to Brandon, and happy birth-day to Eleanor!

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    erika
    May 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    CONGRATS! She is absolutely beautiful!

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    NestCaitlin
    May 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    So adorable – congratulations!

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    Kristin
    May 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    What an angel!! Congratulations to you both!!

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    InkSpot Workshop
    May 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Sorry for stating the obvious but she really is absolutely perfeclty beautiful! Enjoy the baby coma you will endure over the next year. It will be interesting to see how your design taste/style changes with mommyhood. Welcome to the club!

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    Katie
    May 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Congratulations to your family! She is perfect down to the littlest crease in her fingers! And those pink cheeks! Enjoy!

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    abby
    May 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome Name! Although I would expect nothing less from you guys!

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    Jan
    May 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations. She is just beautiful. Hope you are feeling well.

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    andmarie
    May 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations! Love her name!

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    Sheena Miller
    May 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Precious. Congrats!

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    Natalie
    May 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Congratulatoins! She is beautiful :)

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    Emma Woo
    May 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Well done. Welcome to the heartbreak club. God bless you at this precious and terrifying time. XX

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    Bree
    May 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Welcome to the World Eleanor!

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    Monica
    May 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    What a beautiful baby, Nicole!! And beautiful name, btw! Congratulations! And happy birthday to Brandon!

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    Shannon
    May 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    She’s beautiful! Congrats!!

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    heather s.
    May 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Congratulations to you both! She looks absolutely worth the wait. xx

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    melissa deakin
    May 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    she is so gorgeous.
    congratulations.
    enjoy every amazing moment with her.

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    Sarah
    May 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Congrats to the entire family! It is so sweet of you to keep all of us blog followers up to date with everything. The picture is just lovely. Wishing you as much rest as possible :)

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    Julie
    May 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    She’s so Beautifful ! And I really love her name :-) Congratulation to the parents.
    It’s been a while that I follow you through your post, and I’ve never been to courageous to leave a comment. But today, is a very special day !

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    Christina
    May 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Delurking to say Congratulations!

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    katherine
    May 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    congrats to you and your family! she’s very sweet ;)

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    Dave
    May 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful! Eleanor is a perfect name.

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    Sarah
    May 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Nicole,
    So nice to see so many strangers with well wishes. Another reason why blogging can be awesome. Congratulations! Thanks for posting a pic of Eleanor. I love the earlier comment about pink and brown baby. It will be fun to see how your style evolves…you made it lovely with this little addition.

    Sarah
    The Estate of Things

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    bri
    May 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Sweet angel. Long time follower, first time commenting. She is the loveliest thing you have created, yet :)

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    Cecily T
    May 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Monica
    May 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl! I wish you all the best.

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    freeteyme
    May 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Congratulations!!! She is such a gorgeous angel!

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    Sandra
    May 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful! Happy to see everyone is well & at home. :) Happy Birthday Brandon! :)

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    trimoon
    May 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    She is beautiful! (and I don’t just say that about any baby :))

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    Jen
    May 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Congratulations – she is so beautiful!

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    Manda
    May 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    What a gorgeous photo. I think I got a tear in my eye, she’s just beautiful! Lovely name as well. Congratulations Nicole and Brandon!!

    Happy birthday to Brandon too! What an amazing way to celebrate!

    I can’t wait to see how your blog, and style, evolves from here. Something tells me there are going to be a crazy number of comments on this post…
    xx

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    Kimberlee
    May 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    She is precious. Enjoy the snuggles!

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    Kiley
    May 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    She is a beautiful baby! Congratulations.

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    katrina
    May 1, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

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    julie mack
    May 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    congratulations! she’s absolutely lovely

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    Becky
    May 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Precious. Hurray! Welcome, Eleanor!

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    Birdie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Sweet!

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    Lonnie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    She’s a doll.
    Maybe you’ll end up calling her Ellen or Ellie for short…
    Congrats!!

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    Brankica
    May 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    She is beautiful! Congratulations to you and Brandon!

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    Corie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Oooh, yay!!! *claps hands* I love her name, Nicole, what a great choice! She’s beautiful! Congrats to both you and Brandon!

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    elizabethk
    May 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Welcome to this wondrous world, Eleanor! Happy Babymoon to you Mama and Dad, rest and inhale all that baby goodness! Oh, swoon – she is beautiful!

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    Joy
    May 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    That is one beautiful baby! Congratulations!

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    carla
    May 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.

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    Anita
    May 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Congratulations, she is so lovely! Hope you’re doing okay, I have been checking for baby a ton! I’ve never commented on your blog but read it every day, and dream of having your house!!

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    Michelle
    May 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Oh Nicole, she is GORGEOUS! Congrats!

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    molly
    May 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Welcome sweet Eleanor! She is so precious, Nicole. Congratulations to you and Brandon.

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    Kathy
    May 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Couldn’t you just stare at her all day! What a blessing.
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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    Christine
    May 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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    Nancy
    May 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! Just so lovely in pink.

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    lauren f
    May 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Congratulations! She’s absolutely beautiful.

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    Veronica
    May 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    De-Lurking to say:
    She is so lovely!
    A thousand congratulations for your new family!
    I was checking several times a day for news, and I am so happy to finally hear.

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    Heidi Harlequin
    May 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    She is absolutely beautiful!

    She makes me baby hungry!

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    Alison MacPherson
    May 1, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations! She’s simply gorgeous. Such a lovely name too.

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    katie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    She is so so so BEAUTIFUL!!! i want a baby again so badly! congratulations!! seriously she is so sweet and pretty! whoa!

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    Elizabeth
    May 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Gorgeous little girl!!! Can’t wait to see more photos on here as she gets older. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! The little hand melts my heart :)

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    Allison
    May 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Felictations! What a beautiful girl … welcome to the world, little one!

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    Jo in NZ
    May 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    What a testimony that you have so many well-wishers from all over the world, Nicole! The whole globe is dancing with joy – congratulations to you both!

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    Yazmena
    May 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations Nicole and welcome to the world baby Eleanor Ann!

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    Ellie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Beautiful, welcome to the world little Eleanor.

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    Kathleen
    May 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Look at that perfect little be-beh! Congratulations. She is beautiful.

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    kay*
    May 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    wow. congratulations!

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    nole @ oh so beautiful paper
    May 1, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Chiara
    May 1, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Oh my God! She’s just beautiful :-)
    Congratulazioni alla mamma e al papà

    Chiara (from Italy)

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    lauren.
    May 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    beautiful baby! i love the name you choose. congratulations! :)

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    megan
    May 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I love the name and she is just beautiful. Congratulations to you and your husband!

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    ballerinatoes
    May 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely name for a lovely girl. Congratulations.

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    Brenda
    May 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Awwwwww…….She’s adorable!

    Congrats to you & Brandon!

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    Nuit
    May 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Woww, she is adorable!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Best wishes from Mexico!!!

    Nuit

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    ohbrooke
    May 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    OMG – I can’t stand how cute she is. Congrats and can’t wait to hear what’s to come!

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    Brandon B
    May 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you everyone for all of the support! Nicole was awe inspiring….
    After the last couple of days I am certain that not only do superheroes really exist, but that my lovely Wife will always be my favorite one.
    (Batman; a distant second.)

    Thanks Again,
    Brandon

    PS: Also if you are able, hug a momma.

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    JC
    May 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    She’s a beauty!! Hearty congratulations to all.

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    Perla Ljungberg
    May 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    OMG!!! .. your baby is sooo CUTE!!! … in spanish (my language) HERMOSA!!!!! … PRECIOSAA.. MUY LINDA!!! … Enjoy!!! and congrats!!!

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    Nina
    May 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I’m so happy for you two, she’s beautiful, and it seems she’s been born into such a happy and loving home. Congratulations!

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    Leyre
    May 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t know you, but found your blog a few months ago. It really is lovely :) I’m expecting my first child (also a girl) in June, so I’ve been waiting to see how everything turned out for you with the labor and delivery and from the looks of it everything turned out perfectly :) Congrats!

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    Melissa
    May 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    She’s adorable. Congratulations!

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    Nat Nat
    May 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    The cutest little baby I’ve seen in a while… I teared up reading your post :) Congrats to you and your family!

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    Katie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    What a beauty! Congratulations to you both! How funny, one of my friends from college had a little girl 3 months ago and her name… Eleanor Ann! Such a pretty name.

    P.S. Happy *early* Mothers Day!

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    jaime
    May 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    congratulations new mom!

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    Wendy
    May 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Eleanor is unbelievably beautiful. Congratulations! Rest up, and take care of yourself, Nicole.

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    kati
    May 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations, she is beautiful!

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    Michelle
    May 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Congrats!!! OMG, you both must be tickled pink with the sweetest little gift ever :D

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