Well, good morning vomit monster!


It started out good…
Her first birthday!
She slept in late and woke up happy…we diddled around all day and then waited for John to get home so we could head to Chuckie cheese. Even that went well, she wasn’t scared of the giant mouse and loved pressing the buttons on the rides! We went home for her to eat a special cake made by Momma and then went to bed happy.

Flash forward to 2am.
I hear John in her room while she is crying, then I hear him scream “we have a problem” or something to that effect. To which I almost fell out of the bed and broke my neck because I was scared that we had a choking or not breathing baby…you know…all normal fears at 2am. Not to mention I hadn’t been woken up from her crying so I was already confused by how I’d woken up in the middle of all this chaos.
As I’m unwrapping the sheets from around my own throat and tripping over an electric blanket and purse, I hear him say “she threw up everywhere!!!”
Thank goodness. No, wait…still bad.
By the time I was wobbling towards the door, he was running in with a puke covered baby. And it stunk. Worse than normal. She was freaking out. He was freaking out. I could only keep one eye open while I tore her clothes off and rubbed her down with a soapy cloth. I know, that’s gross too…but a 2am bath just didn’t seem practical to an already freaking out kid and only one functioning eye.
John changes her bed just in time for me to reinsert her.
I meet him back in bed by 2:20.
She’s still screaming.
He asks me if I’m leaving her in there or bringing her back to bed with us…an option I hadn’t considered, so I got up and grabbed her. She cries and whines for about 30 minutes in our bed…then I ask him what he wants to do, do we want to put her back? “Yes make it stop” he says. LOL.
I re-reinserted her to her crib and she went to sleep a few minutes later. Greatness.
4:30am – screaming. Panic that she’d thrown up on her last set of clean sheets…false alarm for that. Good.
8:30am – I pick her up and she lets the nasty curdled milk gods loose on me again. My shirt…my pants…and even INSIDE my makeup bag. (That reminds me, I should probably finish cleaning my make up off. ugh.)
I decide I am not feeling guilty for staying home from school at this point. Then I go throw up.
Oh god, we have malaria. Or botulism…I let her try some of her cake batter the day before…I even said “eh it’s just a spoonful, I’ve eaten raw eggs my whole life, we will be fine!!” I don’t think it was the cake batter, but it didn’t really make me feel like a good mother!
This is what our day looked like from 10-3:
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She NEVER falls asleep in my bed during the daylight, so I knew she felt like crap.
This afternoon she acted fine, sweet, and extra cuddly. Then it hit. Hurricane “I feel like crap again and I am going to be mean to you people I know as parents until you want to just stand in the front lawn to eat dinner in order to get away form me” was making landfall.
It was then that I realized she WAS still sick, except it was/is some sort of cold. I think she just got sick because her nose was draining into her throat 😦
Fast forward again 30$ on baby medical supplies, and she’s asleep. I hope we don’t have a repeat night! I guess this is something that comes along with winter birthdays.

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Leibster Award


Thank you Faith and Maddness for nominating me for the Leibster Blog Award!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German for “favorite”. This award is the “favorite blog award” then. I’m super flattered and glad someone cares to read about my adventures even if I’ve been sort of dull lately!

Here are the rules of the award-

Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

● Answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for you.
● Create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
● Choose eleven people and link them in your post.
● Go to their page and tell them.
● Remember no tag backs!
So first the eleven facts about me:
  1. I am addicted to twirling my hair.
  2. Green beans are my favorite food.
  3. I religiously sleep with my blankie every time I go to bed. Heck, even when I nap.
  4. I’ve lead a conga line.
  5. I was the only freshman in my class that made the dance team. (even though I REALLY wanted my best friends to make it with me)
  6. My favorite non house-pet animals are moose and owls.
  7. I have an unhealthy obsession with kittens, while we are on the animal thing. I even find myself suspicious of people who are allergic to such a fluffy ball of cuteness…I need to see the sneezes and puffy eyes as confirmation that they’re not faking it and simply just do not like cats.
  8. I used to have AMAZING hair. No seriously, it was ridiculous. Whether it’s old age, baby making, or excessive heated iron use…it’s just not the same. I don’t even like to look back at the pictures from 7 years ago because I’m so jealous of myself.
  9. In 2006 I bought myself 2 things my Nanny refers to as “fake titties”, and I REALLY regret it! I want them completely removed now-is that insane?
  10. I am drawn to people who live completely different lifestyles from me, because in my experience, they’re the funniest, nicest, most interesting people out there!
  11. I won’t eat something if lettuce has touched it. It’s that one food that will make me gag. In front of people. Rather just avoid that. I’m no better of a gagger than I am a cryer.

11 Questions for the nominated bloggers

– What is your favorite state shape and why?

I’m pretty partial to Tennessee!! 🙂 I like the skinny rectangle look!

– If you were a color, what color do you think you’d be?

I think I would be green.

– Did using highlighters help you study in school?

Not really, I have to write things down a few times to remember them. That’s not to say I don’t use highlighters to decorate my notes. Because I like to be artsy.

– As a child, did you have one movie that you watched repetitivly to the annoyance of everyone else in your family? If yes, what movie?

I don’t remember having ONE movie I watched over and over again, til this day, I still am very reluctant to watch a movie twice. That’s not to say I haven’t seen some movies “for Harper” a MILLION times. We watch despicable me at least once a day.

– What’s your favorite crafty thing to do?

Paint.

– What chore do you detest the most?

Just one? I really hate getting laundry out of the dryer. And unloading the dishwasher. These things are clean…can I teach them to walk back to where they came from!?

– Have you ever honked at someone in a drive through?

Probably. I’m a honker. I honk at anything that irritates me on the road. My horn sounds like the road runner.

– What is your least favorite Christmas Carol? (Mine is “Do you hear what I hear?”)

I can agree with you on do you hear what I hear. I crinkled my nose when I read that.

– Why did you start blogging?

Because I was going nuts. No really, I was. I wanted to tell everyone what I thought and felt, but not everyone cared, so I found a world that did. 🙂 And for the people who do care, they can log on and sporadically check to see why I’m irritated this week.

– Have you ever adopted a stray pet? If yes, give the back story. If no, do you think you ever would?

Only every freaking few months of my entire life. I lived in the times where people would sit outside walmart with a box of free tiny kittens for adoption. Best believe I asked for one every time they were there!!

– If you had a super power, what would it be and why?

I would like to read minds! I often assume people have bad intentions behind the things they say or do and find myself constantly saying “okay…I’m sure they didn’t mean it THAT way….I’m sure they had good intentions…..RIGHT???”

Then again, I might not like what I find out!

Here are the blogs I am nominating! You guys are great, I always look forward to your posts and am excited when I see one pop up in my reader! I hope it makes your day that you guys sometimes make MY day!

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expectingtwo – (http://expectingtwo.wordpress.com)A sweet momma with double the sweetness for babies!!! I don’t know HOW she does it, I’m sure her superwoman cape is neatly ironed next to her bed right now as I type.

the way we sie(g) it – (http://thewaywesiegit.com)One stop mommy! Style, projects, and food mixed in with being a mommy! How perfect!

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WWBHD? – (http://frostforseti.wordpress.com) See for yourself why I like this one. You won’t regret it.

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The trotter Family – (http://trottot.wordpress.com)I just recently started following this one, and SO glad because I got to see the first pictures of baby girl! 🙂

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Imperceptible nod – (http://imperceptiblenod.wordpress.com) SHE REALLY CRACKS ME UP!! No, really. She says things that I think, but because of censorship, I’m not allowed to post. Maybe I should just send my mean posts her way for her amusement.

infertileginger – (http://infertileginger.wordpress.com) She’s funny. She was ALSO raised in the south and doesn’t like sweet tea, something we share. This ginger doesn’t do anything half-@ssed! She is having TWO babies instead of one. What an amazing woman! Bravo, Ginger! You may not have a soul, but you’re definitely growing two souls! 🙂

Kathryn Finding Balance – ( http://kathrynfindingbalance.wordpress.com ) A sweet loving girl, in a very different world! She’s a saint! She can deal with situations in her life that might drive me mad, all whilst growing a sweet baby! I always enjoy reading her work and hearing from her!

Cavey Baby – (http://caveybaby.wordpress.com) I read her blog in an english accent. That does it for me. No really though, she’s great! PLUS she’s having a baby boy like me! I’m thinking one day we should get together via Skype so I can see if she sounds like what I’ve been imitating! And Harper goes nuts over skype 🙂

We Ate Cake – (http://weatecake.com) She just welcomed in a new little pea to her pod, a gorgeous pea at that. Super sweet and full of love and happiness, isn’t that refreshing?

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The Hopeful Pink Lady… (http://thehopefulpinklady.wordpress.com)- Oh how I love this one! I started to follow her in the midst of a hard time for her I think. I would check back with her pretty frequently because she stayed on my mind, I wanted the best turnout possible for her, and she got it! I’m so happy to see her posts of baby shower decorations and such! What a deserving person!

The Falco Project (http://thefalcoproject.wordpress.com) – It’s a much different cup of tea than I’m used to being served, and I love that!!! I love the kindness and humor displayed by theses sweet folks!

No, MY TURN!!!! Here are my questions for the bloggers I nominate!

  1. What is the number one thing you catch yourself censoring on your blog? and have you ever been asked to remove anything?
  2. What’s your guilty food pleasure?
  3. What do you do when nobody’s looking?
  4. What qualities of yours do you hope your kid/s get?
  5. What’s your least favorite food?
  6. What is the nastiest thing you’ve ever seen?
  7. What was that “defining moment” that made you sit back and go “okay…I’m a REAL parent now!!!!”
  8. How do you de-stress after a terrible day?
  9. What are you OCD about? Come on, there’s gotta be something!
  10. What is a special talent that people are always asking you to do? (example: make that phenomenal pie you always make, take some pictures of our family since you’re so good at it…etc…)
  11. What’s your favorite time saving trick for doing chores with kids?

XOXO

BELL

Party party party


Finally, I got to use the supplies I’ve been stocking up on for 6 months!  Last weekend we had Harper’s first birthday, even though tomorrow is her actual birthday.  Teaching her to use all the birth DAYS you can!  The saturday before AND after are both acceptable to celebrate on!  The day before, we started our decorating frenzy and I almost went crazy.  I kept losing things…mainly my decorating poms, which I unknowingly had with me the entire time I was looking for them.  It all came together beautifully with the major help of my family! Here’s your party photo dump!

 

 

If you’re wondering where everything came from, here’s a breakdown of the fun party things and their etsy.com shop creator:

Poms –  Pomtastic (HERE’S the shop!)

My invitations, thank you cards, popcorn boxes, cotton candy cones, water bottle labels, and food label tents (ya know, almost everything) –  PrettyPartyCreations (HERE’S the shop!)

Elephant cake topper – SweetTouchDecor(HERE’S the shop!)

Birthday outfit –  LittleMissBettyLou(HERE’S the shop!)

Daisy cut mason jar lids –SassyStemware(HERE’S the shop!)

Cotton candy fudge squares –  jewelofthelion(HERE’S the shop!)

My photobooth props – PartyGoodies(HERE’S the shop!)

Pink and blue striped party straws – legoods(HERE’S the shop!)

Toothpick toppers for my marshmallows –PaperDesignPaper(HERE’S the shop!)

I know it looks like so much came from etsy.com, but even more help came from my family who helped put all these products into action!

4 days later and my feet and back are still KILLING me even more than normal…thank goodness no more parties until next year!  Then I’ll have TWO parties to throw…oh heavens…maybe we will just go to chuckie cheese!!!

Hope you enjoyed!

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XOXO

Bell

 

How cool is this?


So I just signed up for something called Glossy box… you get a box of makeup in the mail every month!  I LOOOOVVVEEE getting stuff in the mail!!!   After I found this site, I went on a scavenger hunt for other sites like it and I’m excited!  I’ll post the rest once I am done researching and also post what I get from Glossy Box!  

http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=MzQwMjI=

 

If you use the link above to sign up, I get points btw!  🙂  

XOXO

Bell

Take it easy!!!


We have a slight problem…
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She will freakin’ smack you.

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And shake small animals.

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And eat small animals.

 

So…how do we teach her how to be GENTLE!?   She’s always smacked things when she gets excited about them.  The problem is, now it’s my face she smacks, and animals face she smacks.

I say “NO” when she does it, and she just smiles at me and does it again!  I’ve met other babies that just touch and pet lightly…but nobody seems to have an answer on WHY their kid is gentle.  They just are.  I need this phase to pass before baby 2.0 gets here!!

Tips?

 

XOXO

Balls deep


Balls.  Christmas balls.  EVERYWHERE!!!!

My estimate on the ball damage:

50 balls on the main tree.

20 balls on the kitchen garland.

30 balls between the 2 small trees in front of our door.

15 GIANT balls on our mailbox garland.

12 balls in my flower arrangement.

15 balls on our wreath.

50 balls to assemble my floating ornament tree attached to the chandelier.

GRAND TOTAL: 192 BALLS.

Excessive?  I think not.

Here is my progress on the house so far…I say so far because, isn’t there always potential for MORE!??

Why yes….that IS Channing Tatum on my TV.

There you have it!  TADA!

Now what else should I do?!

Glad you stopped by to see my Christmas psychosis.

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XOXO

Things I’m obsessed with:


Admit it…you rape the internet looking for cute baby things too!!!

Lookie what I found:

From etsy seller:LittleGrayandCo

From etsy seller:LittleBunnySueSue

From etsy seller:dreamlandbaby

From etsy seller:starsistersdesign

From etsy seller:headsupgirlsbaby

From Etsy seller:  bcchildrenswear

 

 

They all kinda make me melt. What about you?

XOXO

It has begun…


The sparklification of our home for christmas. I freaking love christmas decorations!!!! If you’ve met my family, you know that I am genetically predisposed to have obsessive compulsive christmas decorating disorder. My dad owns more christmas decorations than wal mart. We’re talking the full monty people…giant inflatable santas, snow globes 7 feet tall, electronic moving reindeer for the yard. It’s bananas. And don’t get me started on my auntie, dad’s sister. Her house looks like Miss Clause decorated it! It’s the most beautiful detail oriented christmas wonderland!

So here I am…with all those Christmas genes running throughout my 5’4 body rip roaring to be let loose every november!

Here is my first Christmas experiment this year:

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I will post the full shebang later on in the week when everything is complete!

I hope you’re getting excited about Christmas too!

XOXO

November 17th


It’s a date that I hold near and dear to my heart.  It’s suicide survivors day.  I am a survivor of a tragic event in my family, and all of my current family members are survivors.  

I’d like to take this time to reach out to the people out there I keep in touch with on a regular basis, or to those of you who simply like to follow me and stay quiet.  🙂  

PLEASE know if you’re a survivor, you’re not alone.  Reach back out to me.  Email me at birminghambellblog@gmail.com or comment below if you want.  I will keep emails between you and I only.  I would love to have others to connect to that are in the same boat as myself.  Send me resources…whatever you would like really!!

XOXO

Bell

 

Oh!  I’ve also added a new button to the blog for suicide prevention, check that out.  

AND I want to share one of my personal favorites in suicide prevention sites – http://www.towriteloveonherarms.com .  I’ve been a customer of theirs for a while now, and why not grab some cool things and donate at the same time!?

This is a photo that reminds me of my lost loved one.

20 Weeks


WE. ARE. HALFWAY. THERE.

No, really. We are. ACTUALLY…..if you factor in that baby 2.0 has been measuring a week bigger at every ultrasound, AND that we will take him a week early if we schedule a c-section, we are OVER half way there.

Size of the baby: He’s about the size of a C cup boob. Or so says the daddy at hisboyscanswim.com . You could also use the bump’s comparison of a banana. Six and 1/2 inches long, and ours in particular is 14 ounces. He has taste buds, is practicing swallowing, and can hear things from the outside! I think he always hears the hum of my laptop because that is when he’s most active. He was also REALLY active (the most I’ve ever felt) when I had a bought of throwing up. He started to squirm…I was like “oh sorry honey, didn’t mean to disturb YOU!!” 😛

Weight gain: 18 lbs. I can’t believe I even typed that. Actually, while I typed that, I was shoving a cookie in my face hole.

Gender: Boy!!!!

Movement: Everyday now. I was very surprised to hear that my placenta is anterior, which usually prevents mommy from feeling things so soon, but not me! I felt him a few weeks ago!

Sleep: I’ve at least stopped waking up EVERY morning at 4:30 to pee. I’ve been waking up to a new problem these days…headaches! Pretty certain it’s my sinuses. Pretty sure it sucks.

what I miss: Feeling like I look good in an outfit. Everything rides up or down, usually my shirt rides up and my pants ride down…you know what that leaves. Crack. And it’s wack.

Cravings: Shepherd’s pie, gingerbread cookies, and popcorn.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, puffy hands when I lay down, the sort of tiredness induced by an alaskan state troopers dart gun, and weepiness. I think that’s why my sinuses are jacked.

Best moment this week:Confirming that our fetus indeed has a penis.

Worst moment this week: Saturday night when I decided to bring a teething baby into our bed.

There you have it!

XOXO

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I don’t want to do it.


I thought I did.  I’ve thought about it several different times over the past year.  But I don’t want to leave this piece of internet.  It’s mine.  It basically got me through my first pregnancy with some form of comic relief, socialization, and gripe release.

I saw all of your wonderful comments about how you all would come with me and it made me so happy.

So for now, I will stay where I’m at, gripe freely, and not feel bad about my own dang feelings!  They’re MINE too!  I can’t expect every person (Because it’s been several people) who has directly or indirectly prompted me to stop this whole thing to know what it actually means to me right now.  I won’t be bullied out of it.   I need this.  I need my little cozy spot.

THE BLOG CONTINUES!  SO HERE:

My last weekend and most of this week sucked.

Saturday was the dreaded time change.  Ultimately it didn’t matter that I had planned this transition because Harper started to hardcore teeth during the day.  Let me assure you, it did not end that night.  She acted like her whole world was falling apart no matter what I would do!  She was soaking wet with fever.  She was sad.  I was sad.  MY back hurt.  BAD.  But it didn’t matter because she’s more important than my back.  I finally got her to bed at 8….she screamed until 9.  I’m not really for letting my kid scream, but nothing would help.  I hold her, she screams and kicks to get free, she had already eaten, she’d been changed, she had baby oragel, she had a dose of tylenol for her fever, she was just over the whole tooth thing.

9 rolls around and I’m all like “holy Jesus thank you Lord ***holy dance***, now I’m going to bed!!!!

10 rolls around.  She’s screaming again.  I get her back to sleep with milk and oragel.

11 rolls around.  Guess what?  Yea you got it.

12 rolls around…….omygosh…..REALLY!?

1am SMACKS ME IN THE FACE.  I fill her face with yummy milk and her next timed dose of tylenol for fever.

Luckily I don’t hear her again until 6ish….John can get that one.  I’m staying right the heck where I’m at with my bum back and squished bladder.

Sunday was a bad morning in my own home. Nobody was happy. Sunday I get to go to work.  Which is good.  I needed that.  I really did.

Monday and Tuesday nights were met with nightmares, back pain, AND THIS FREAKING HEADACHE THAT STILL LINGERS TODAY.

I suspect that it was from crying the weekend, creating pressure behind my eyes, but could it be something else?

Iron pills – Check

Caffeine – Check

Lots of water – Check

Food – Triple Check

BP fine? – Check

I hear pets lower stress and blood pressure, and produce better health overall.  So I called in a professional.

El Tomino

Screeetchhh ma ear

Get in there Tom, don’t hold back any…

I’m a disaster, but Tom is really holding up.

Attack!

xoxo

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Has anyone…


ever been pregnant and had a dream that someone took their baby away from them?  

I was having a rough night a few nights ago, went through an almost sleepless night and had the worst dream ever.  

The only bit I remember of the dream is that I was holding my baby (I’m almost certain, the boy) and a man burst into wherever I was, and told me he was taking my baby from me and proceeded to rip him from my arms.  I don’t remember if he got away or if he even got the baby from me.  I woke up out of breath freaking out, and have been thinking about it every since!  I’ve already got issues about something happening to my baby(ies) as it is, this dream does NOT help me out any!

I’ve found myself obsessing as to whether I can feel baby move the past couple of days and I feel like today I haven’t felt anything.  I’m so glad next week will be our 5 month appointment!

When I lived alone, I would OFTEN have dreams of losing people I loved.  In terrible ways too!  They were the worst nightmares of my life!  But this is probably the worst one during this pregnancy.

I need my brain to sleep at night too, and quit wondering around in other places.

 

XOXO

Bell

I’ve been thinking…


about posting up somewhere else in the blog world and just halting this for now.  Or just picking up an extra piece of internet real estate for my own sanity and only taking my non personal followers with me.   Get it?   If you want to come with me, and you’re one of my friends in far far away land, comment here (via an established wordpress account) and I will send you the new site once it’s established!  I would like to take as many of you with me as possible to the new spot!

 

See you when I get there!!

 

XOXO

Bell

Can I get an amen?!


I’ve discovered there are certain things, that when cleaned, never get noticed. The following items are like a bar tip jar, if nobody sees you do them, they don’t really count:

Scrubbing the inside of a toilet
Sweeping
Mopping with unscented cleaner
Scraping burnt stuff of the stove
Wiping down tubs or showers
Dusting (assuming you don’t let it get an inch thick)
Washing the sheets (assuming all your sheets are the same color)

Anything else I’m missing?

She loves him…


She just does. Fake Tom is her BFF.

But why?

I am pretty sure it’s because for 7 months, REAL Tom laid on top of her and kept her warm (er).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But when she came out into the real world, Tom looks at here with these

big SCARED eyes…like she’s a Rottweiler and he his her next meal. Not to say that she wouldn’t try to lick or eat the cat, because she totally would.

So we birthed fake Tom to take his place.

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And he’s sort of a dead ringer for the real Tom right?!

So here we have it folks, our lovey.  I’ve already bought a back up fake Tom just incase something tragic were to happen to our first one!

I hope everyone is snuggling with their own version of fake Tom tonight!

XOXO

Serious inquires only.


Available:  A one woman un-maid service.

Do you have a fancy immaculate home?  Are you constantly wishing you had the need to hire a maid?  Do your pets need extra stimulation?  Then call us for the UN- maid.

Here’s what we can do for you:

Unload all your strategically positioned fall decor.

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Open National Geographic zines for your cat to read through, you know…because cats usually don’t have opposable thumbs.  (the one  in the picture actually does, he just like the luxury of his un-maid)

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Go ahead and lay out your evening reading materials before you even get home.

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Violent petting of your pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Or she could just bird watch with them for the extra company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-In any case, we’re the service for you!-

So keep us in mind when you’re house gets a little too lonely to bear.

XOXO

Bell

 

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