Baby Pictures in Chicago

It's been too long since I shared a blog post filled with images of new souls.  Right?!  If you are looking for baby pictures in Chicago, or the surrounding suburbs, consider looking through these images and the Lillybelle Rose Photography Session & Investment information.  We may be a good fit! (I hope we are!). Consider the style of my images and accessories/sets...Is it what you are looking for?  You can browse the blog for recent session shares, or click HERE for the Portfolio page and some favorites from the past.  Consider the images shared...Do they meet your newborn session goals?  If you answered "Yes" to these questions but still have some things you would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me HERE!  If you like what you see and are in your second or third trimester, let's get you scheduled!

Scheduling your newborn session

To schedule a newborn session, head to the online scheduling program HERE.  Select "newborn session" and a date which falls approximately 5-10 days from your expected due date.  During the booking process, clients complete a short questionnaire.  This short survey guides me in setting up the studio prior to the newborn session.  I will read through all responses and reply with a welcome email within 48 hours of booking.

The welcome email will include studio information, instructions on preparing for your session, and reminder to contact me within 48 hours of baby's arrival.  As long as you are scheduled prior to delivery, you are guaranteed a session spot!  If baby arrives early or late, we will reschedule if needed.  All sessions take place on weekday mornings.  This time is when baby is ready to catch up on all the sleep they did not get during the night.  ; )  I know you are tired, so I have created a session experience during which you will be able to relax and enjoy the process!  Browsing through some of the 70+ five star Google Reviews will highlight the session experience, and may answer some questions you have.

After your newborn session

Within one week of a newborn session, clients receive an email containing a link to the session's proof gallery.  A typical proof gallery contains at least thirty images, and all of the best images from the session.  At this point, clients will select their digital collection of choice.  The digital collections allow clients to customize their final gallery with all their favorite images.  Love all of the proofed images?  ...Select the Premier Digital Collection!  The Premier Collection includes all proofed images and a beautiful, professionally printed custom-cover 8x8 album.  The 8x8 album houses all of the final gallery images, and serves as the cherished keepsake.

A short week after receiving a digital collections order, I will have the chosen images fully edited and uploaded in a new online gallery.  Each image is delivered in both color and black & white!  Final galleries also include a print release and online print lab recommendation.  Though Lillybelle Rose Photography does not guarantee the quality of prints not purchased through the online gallery shop, most professional photographers recommend the same online consumer lab.  That information will be shared with each final gallery.  Clients also have access to a gorgeous selection of professional print products you can order on the spot!  During your session, you will see samples of these professional products throughout the studio.  As always, let me know if you have any questions!

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Prenatal Yoga Near Chicago

I've learned valuable information regarding personal care for Mamas both before and after birth from my clients over the past 13 years. One topic I've heard a lot about is Prenatal Yoga, especially a wonderful studio offering prenatal yoga near Chicago.  Wish I learned about this incredible practice when expecting, long before I became a newborn photographer in the Chicago area!  Seriously...the things I've learned since I opened Lillybelle Rose Photography.  Just as important as caring for yourself while expecting, is knowing how to make caring for your little one during those first weeks of life.  To help you navigate the newborn stage, I've written quite a few helpful blog posts.  Here are some for quick reference :  Newborn Soothing Techniques and Tools  and How to Calm a Newborn.  I digress...back to why we are here!

Both before and after delivering, taking care of yourself is key.  This journey can be a little easier with the right tools, and prenatal yoga may be just the thing!  (Be sure to discuss this form of self care with your Dr. before beginning.). As someone who practiced yoga for years after having our daughters, I can attest to the dramatic difference the practice can make in your daily life.  The more I've learned about the practice of prenatal yoga near Chicago, the stronger the urge to share more information you my audience - expectant and new Mamas.  This is for you!

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Meet Beth Adas, owner of the wonderful Mindful Movements Yoga and Pilates Studio in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Here is a quick blurb about her studio and mention of Lillybelle Rose Photography!  Beth and her staff have taken the time to answer some questions about the practice of prenatal yoga and the studio.  My assistant (and bestie!) attends Beth's studio and raves about the staff, atmosphere and classes.  Let's learn more about Beth, Mindful Movements and prenatal yoga near Chicago!

Q: When did your yoga journey begin?

My yoga journey began over thirteen years ago when I signed up for a pre-natal class. Prenatal classes hold a very special place in my heart as I formed friendships with women in that community that I are still a part of my life today and that played an important role in my early years of motherhood.  

I attended yoga classes sporadically after my daughter was born to help me manage the stress of being a new mother. Over the years, yoga slowly became an integral part of my life practicing and attending classes at least 4-5 times a week. After struggling for years with chronic pain and mysterious health issues, I was diagnosed in 2019 with an autoimmune disease. I had to learn how to listen to my body, put my ego aside, and stop pushing through the pain and fatigue. My health struggles are what inspired me to pursue my yoga teaching certification. 

I received my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification through Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute. My program focused on classic asana, traditional therapeutic yoga, and the neuromuscular reeducation of somatics. I believe that yoga can benefit everyone no matter what kind of physical challenges they face. It just a matter of finding the right practice that works for your body!  

Q: When did you open your studio?

Mindful Movements opened in December 2013 under the ownership and guidance of two wonderful women – April and Christy. I assumed ownership of the studio in May 2022. Purchasing a studio was not on my radar at the time but when the opportunity presented itself to me, I knew it was the next step in my life journey. We have an amazing community at Mindful Movements and the support I have received from everyone has been wonderful.  

Q: What are some differences a client can expect between the structure of prenatal yoga classes and general yoga classes?

Teaching a general population yoga and prenatal yoga class both require a mix of specific techniques of asana (poses), pranayama (breath work), and relaxation exercises designed to lead the student to a state of mental balance, self-awareness, and physical strength.   

With this specialized group of students, a prenatal class is designed for a community of yogis going through the same life changing experience. A portion of the class is sharing experiences - aches and pains, changes in the body physical and emotional, etc.  Some of the main differences in sequencing for the pregnant yogi is moving mindfully with awareness, acceptance, and gratitude of the changing body. Prenatal students need to avoid deep back bends as well as prone and supine positions after the first trimester unless modifications are offered. They also need to focus on a deep body awareness with connection to their body, breath, and baby.  

Q: What are some of the benefits of a prenatal yoga practice?

There are so many, but we feel these are some of the most important ones: 

  • gentle movements to keep body active and promote optimal fetal positioning 
  • sense of community - connecting with other women going thru the same experience 
  • meditation, mantra, and breath work to help with stress, discomfort during pregnancy and to prepare for labor.  

Q: How often should an expectant mom plan to attend a prenatal class to see the greatest benefits of the practice?

Yoga is most beneficial for everyone when it becomes a part of your regular routine. Making it a priority to take care of yourself during pregnancy is even more important. Attending any prenatal class on a consistent basis will provide benefits and teach you options for poses and breath work that you can also practice at home outside of class.  

Q: Are there any styles of yoga an expectant mom should avoid?

For an expectant mom new to yoga, she should avoid a vigorous style yoga. Many experts advise to avoid heated/hot yoga classes. It is more about avoiding contraindication(s) practices rather than a specific stye of yoga. It is how you practice opposed to what you practice. For the experienced student, she should listen and honor her body and let go of her ego as her practice will change throughout her pregnancy.  

Q: Are there any special safety guidelines in place for prenatal yoga?

It is very important to have a qualified certified prenatal yoga instructor teaching the classes and to always have doctors’ approval to practice.  

Q: What training do your prenatal yoga instructors undergo to teach this highly specialized form of yoga?

Our prenatal instructor, Lisa Barker completed her 95-Hour Prenatal Yoga Advanced Teacher Training at Amala School of Prenatal Yoga. Lisa offers a safe space for pregnant students to calm the nervous system and build and restore a solid connection between mind, body, and baby at her studio offering prenatal yoga near Chicago. She is passionate about maternal and infant health and believes that yoga is one of the many ways to mindfully connect to your baby or babies during pregnancy and help foster a happy healthy birth experience.   

Q: What are some questions a potential yoga client should ask a yoga studio before committing to a class? 

For prenatal classes the client should ask about the advanced training the teacher has received who will be leading the prenatal classes and their experience in teaching this special population. It is very important that the teacher has additional training focused on prenatal yoga and it should be beyond anything that was touched on in their general yoga teaching training program.  

For other yoga classes, it is also important to ask about the training the instructors have received. There is very little regulation in Illinois when it comes to teaching yoga. At the minimum, instructors should have completed a 200-hour teaching training program.  

Q: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about Mindful Movements?

Anytime someone asks me the question of what makes us different from the other studios in our area, I will respond with – “we are so much more than just a studio!” Mindful Movements is a community of students coming together to care for and often heal both their bodies and minds. One of our new members said to me the other day, "Since I have been coming to this studio so much joy has been brought into my life that I didn’t even realize was missing!".  She had recently moved to Glen Ellyn from out of state and she found a place at that felt like home for her. I strongly believe that we have created a safe space that is free of judgment and that in turn gives our clients permission to practice in a manner that is best for them.  

In addition to yoga and pilates, we also offer healing therapies – acupuncture, ayurvedic healing, massage, and Thai body work. Our teachers and practitioners will work together when a client requires that focused attention.  It is truly an honor to own such a beautiful space, work with such incredible teachers and healing practitioners, and most importantly get to know all of our community members. Many people have referred to us as a hidden gem!

Our prenatal classes are held on Monday evenings. For clients new to the studio that want to try out our various types of classes, we offer a special  two-week package of unlimited yoga classes.  Come check us out! I don't think you will be disappointed! 

For more information about prenatal yoga near Chicago, visit www.mindful-movements.net or contact Beth at beth@mindful-movements.net or 630-469-2911.   

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How to Calm a Newborn

How to calm a newborn

Knowing how to calm a newborn during your first weeks together can greatly impact your outlook on parenting a new baby, and decrease fussy time for baby.  Learning a handful of a newborn's needs, and even signals as to what may be bothering them, can can be easier than you think!  Keep reading for some of the best tips I've learned during my nearly thirteen years in business as a newborn photographer, which would have been nice to know when my girls were babies!

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Basic Needs of a Newborn

Your new baby has some basic needs which ensure his or her health and happiness.  A newborn's basic needs can dramatically impact how calm or upset a sweet baby is behaving, and how calm Mama is feeling.  I will discuss a few basic newborn needs below.  Hopefully these will help ease your first weeks together.

Is your baby hungry?

Knowing how often your baby should be eating is important.  A pediatrician can give you detailed information in regard to how often and how much you can expect your new baby to eat. (Here is a list of some of Chicago's top Pediatricians.) Learning signals of hunger can help, which can shorten the amount of time a baby spends trying to communicate hunger, aka, fussing.  One easy to recognize hunger signal is a fist.  If your baby is fussy and has a clenched fist, take a look at the clock. If it has been more than 1.5 hours since the last feeding began, it may be time to eat.

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Does your baby need a diaper change?

A dirty diaper can be uncomfortable.  The baby's delicate skin is very sensitive.  Staying damp or dirty for too long can cause a diaper rash.  Dive on in to see if a fresh diaper for your baby will help.  Now is a good time to spend a moment connecting.  Baby's thrive on human touch and connection!  In spite of frequent changes, a rash can happen.  Here is a link to our favorite diaper rash cream.

Is your newborn tired?

It is common for babies to fuss as they fall asleep.  Though it seems counterintuitive, babies often fight sleep!  Swaddling a tired, fussy baby is a wonderful way to help them give in to the Zzzz's. Think your newborn does not like to be swaddled?  Heck, I was sure my third daughter did not like a swaddle, too.  However, I have not met one newborn in 12+ years of business who does not like a swaddle.  Now that I know how to swaddle like a pro, it is clear babies love a good swaddle!  Here is a quick link to a video offering swaddling tips: How to Swaddle a Baby

Here are a handful of other considerations to review when determining how to calm your newborn.

Does your baby seem uncomfortable?  Gassy?  All babies burp, but some don't have an easy time of it.  Not burping easily can result in excess gas buildup, and an unhappy love bug.  There are videos all over social media with incredible burping techniques for harder to burp babies.  I suggest using the search engine to explore options, but here is are a couple of my favorite techniques I use in the studio.  The second technique shown is my magic go-to!  How to Burp Baby

Wondering if your baby may be overstimulated?  If you have met all your baby's basic needs and swaddling didn't work, try helping baby calm by dimming lights, going to a quiet place, and gently rocking baby.  Some times we all want a moment of calm, including our new souls!

Is your baby bored or looking for connection?  Babies can't say, "Mom, will you talk to me or snuggle me?", so they cry.  Yep, they are simply seek attention at times.  Love on that sweet baby, because you can't spoil them, just yet. 😉

The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block is an incredible resource for new parents, nannies, grandparents and relatives alike!!! Seriously, you can thank me later.  The Happiest Baby on the Block is offered in book format, but it is worth your time and pennies to watch the video.  Created by a Pediatrician, these five S's are game changers when it comes to calming a fussy baby.  The video format offers great visuals and hearing the level of volume used is eye-opening.  Here is a link to a blog post about the five S's if you'd like to start there.   You will be amazed like I was about twelve years ago when a dear friend "S'd" her fussy baby to sleep in SECONDS!

Understanding Your Baby's Cries

Science has proven babies are communicating specific needs with their cries.  It's mind blowing, and so helpful!   It may seem difficult to distinguish one cry from another at first.  Some of that is due to our desire to jump up at the first sign of fussing. Take a quick minute to listen for the sound your baby is making.  Take a look at the shape of his or her mouth as she makes these sounds.  I'm telling you, learning your baby's cries will be a game changer! You can read about a baby's five different cries HERE.

Swaddling like a pro

If I had to guess, I'd say about 75% of my clients comment on being blown away at the swaddling that takes place in the studio.  Swaddling creates a similar condition to that of the womb, their home of 9+ months.  Quetzalli's images are great examples of the types of swaddling I do at the studio (These techniques are not for home use.).  She was incredibly calm and content for her session, as are most of my newborns.  I believe it is because I start every session with time in a swaddle.   This allows them time to get used to me touching them and gently moving them around.  Take a look at Quetzalli's smile and relaxed fingers/hands. She was putty in my hands!

 

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Newborn Session | Lillybelle Rose Photography

What is a newborn session

A first time parent may have never heard about a newborn session, and that's not surprising!  If you are wondering, "What is a newborn session?", I've got you.  Let's talk about the why, what and how of newborn sessions when it comes to me, your Chicago newborn photographer.  Join me with a cup of hydration and relax!

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Why consider a newborn session

Let's start with the very reason for this type of portrait session.  Why consider a newborn session?  To put it simply, the newborn stage is incredibly fleeting, merely a handful of weeks, and a time in which the greatest changes take place in the shortest timeframe.  Trust me when I say you are going to be too tired to recall so many of the precious details of your sweet baby during their first weeks earthside.  There is literally no other time in your child's life during which they will look remotely similar to this newborn stage.  For these reasons and more, it is a session which is very time sensitive.  I strongly encourage you to find your newborn photographer and lock in a session BEFORE baby arrives to ensure availability with your preferred newborn photographer.

What is a newborn session

Now that you know the why, you may be wondering, "What is a newborn session and how is it different from any other portrait session?".  Different photographers create different types of newborn sessions, whether they be studio, posed, lifestyle or outdoors.  I'll take time to elaborate on this topic with regard to my style of newborn photography - timeless, authentic, studio, posed newborn photography.

Your newborn session will most likely take place during your baby's first two weeks of age. My sessions begin with any older siblings loving on their baby.  We will then move on to the entire immediate family, followed by baby and parents.  This portion of the session is typically done within thirty minutes, ensuring everyone is comfortable and safe.  Once we have completed the family portion of the session, it is time for solo images of baby.  I'll being with baby in props, followed by unwrapped images on the posing table.  The posing table is a structure created specifically for this use and can hold up to 250 pounds.  It also has raised edges on all sides to ensure baby is safe!  Once I have completed working with your love bug, you are all set to head out and enjoy the rest of your day.   The entire experience should be relaxing and enjoyable, and my twelve year record is squeaky clean to date!  Here are some incredible reviews which speak to session experience AND results:  Google Reviews. Less popular but just as special, here are some reviews on Yelp.

How do I schedule a newborn session

The first step in the session process is securing your newborn session with Lillybelle Rose Photography.  It is *highly recommended* you secure a newborn session during your second trimester to ensure availability.  You will book a date which falls 5-10 days after your expected due date, which will be adjusted if needed once baby arrives.  I've made this as easy as can be, with many available dates open to the public for scheduling online when it is convenient for you!  The online booking process includes a short survey which affords you the opportunity to truly customize your session.  You will share your general information and finish by selecting your session colors.  Once I receive your booking notification, I will send you a detailed welcome email, including tips to prepare for a successful newborn session together.  Clients rave about this guide!

What do I get with my newborn session

When my babies were born, digital cameras and cell phones with cameras were not a thing.  When Lillybelle Rose Photography began, I decided to look into offering photo jewelry (Hey, it was a huge thing for a minute!).  I realized I could not make photo jewelry of my girls as babies, or any print products for that matter,  because we didn't have any negatives!  That is when I decided I would ALWAYS provide digital files for my clients.  And so, once you have selected/purchased your favorite gallery images, you will receive beautifully edited, high resolution digital downloads of the images along with a print release.  You will also have access to an online store of gorgeous print products.  You will also receive instructions to back. up. your. files.  Believe me, accidents happen. I've experienced this personally and professionally.  I've written a post regarding organizing and storing your digital images HERE.  Please do take a moment to read through this important information!

What is your style

Choosing your newborn photographer can feel overwhelming with thousands in the Chicago area alone.  Many newborn photographers offer heavily stylized portraits, including over the top props and accessories.  If you adore that style, I am NOT your newborn photographer, and that's okay!  At Lillybelle Rose Photography, I strive to create timeless, authentic newborn images which realistically capture your beautiful family.  While images are fully edited, my goal is to keep you looking like you, but better.  For example, baby's skin will be smoothed and parents' eye bags will be softened (I got you! ;D).  You can see how much goes in to editing an image in the below before & after, yet the after is still authentic, realistic, and not topped off with some heavy, trendy layer.

You will find endless posts on this blog, showcasing hundreds of sessions captured over my 12+ years in business.  Take a moment to browse around HERE and make sure my style is right for your portrait goals.  You can also head over to the newborn portfolio where you will see a smaller assortment of images from some of my favorite galleries.  Finally, I'll share some images of a precious little soul named Kyler.  This beautiful boy and his loving family were a joy to capture!

 

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Midwives in Illinois | Lillybelle Rose

Midwifery in Illinois: How to find qualified midwives in Chicago

Looking for Midwives in IL? When it comes to finding a midwife in Chicago or the greater Illinois area, you have a few decisions to make. Do you want someone affiliated with a hospital, or do you want somebody independent? Do you want to see midwives in IL during your pregnancy, or would you like postnatal care as well? Once you've decided what's important to you, it's time to start looking. Here are some tips on finding the perfect midwife for your needs. But first, a little background info for you.

Want more newborn care information, insights, tips, and tricks? Check out our other blog posts here. 

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What is a Midwife?

Midwives in IL are highly trained professionals who provide care for new and expecting mothers. They provide comprehensive care for women throughout their pregnancies, including well-woman care, gynecological care, and family planning services. Midwives also provide labor and delivery care, postpartum care, newborn care, support, guidance, and education to new and expecting parents. They believe that pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes, and they strive to provide individualized care that respects the unique needs of each woman and her family.

Midwives are licensed by the state and have completed an accredited Midwifery in Illinois Education Program. Chicago-based new or expecting parents should consider a midwife as their primary care provider because of the comprehensive, continuous, and dynamic support they provide.

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How to find qualified midwives in Chicago

Sometimes it can be challenging to find a qualified midwife in your area. Here are some tips on how to find a midwife in Chicago:

  • Midwifery Education Programs: There are several Midwifery Education Programs located in Chicago. To find a program near you, visit the American Midwifery Certification Board and search for programs by state. 
  • Hospitals: Many hospitals in Chicago offer Midwifery Services. To find a hospital near you that offers Midwifery Services, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health and search for hospitals by county.
  • Local Midwives. Take a look at our list of go-to midwives in the Illinois region below. These women are well-known in the area and have a reputation for delivering world-class Midwifery in Illinois.

Interviewing Midwives for a good fit

It may seem daunting, but interviewing your potential midwives in IL is crucial to finding the right fit. You want to be sure that you are comfortable with your Midwife and that they are qualified to care for you. Here are a few questions to ask when interviewing Midwives:

1. What is your experience with Midwifery?

You want to be sure that midwives in IL are experienced and qualified to care for you. While there are obviously new midwives joining the workforce every day, your best bet is to find a Midwife with years of experience.

2. What are your qualifications?

Conduct a deep dive into their qualifications and specialties. Is this Midwife certified, and do they have the proper capabilities to care for you? Where have they worked? Where do they do most of their business? Are they familiar with your unique needs and potential concerns? 

3. What is your philosophy on Midwifery care?

Discuss philosophies with the Midwife to make sure they share your perspective on Midwifery care. Everyone has different needs and preferences when it comes to Midwifery care, so it's essential to find a Midwife who is the right fit for you philosophy-wise.

4. What is your experience with home births?

Some parents-to-be choose to have a midwife present for the birth of their child, especially when it comes to home births. Check that your potential Midwife is experienced in home births and that you are comfortable with their care in home birth situations.

5. What is your experience with hospital births?

Just like home births, you want to ensure that your Midwife is experienced in hospital births, has good relationships with your preferred hospital, and can support you in a hospital birth.

6. What are your rates?

Saving on cost is important for most families, but it's important to remember that you get what you pay for when it comes to finding a midwife. Lower cost care will likely be less hands-on, but those willing to pay more should expect higher quality service when charged higher premiums.

7. What is your policy on payment, refunds, or rescheduling?

Ask the interviewee about their payment and refund policies and their rescheduling policies.  You should also ask about what kind of medical backup they have in case of an emergency and if they are comfortable with being on-call 24/7.

The most popular midwives in Chicago

While there are numerous top-tier candidates for Midwifery in Illinois, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most sought-after care providers in the local area, so you don't have to do the research yourself! See below:

If you cannot contact or work with any of these incredible women, don't fret! There are many great options that you can interview for your Midwifery in Illinois needs. Regardless of who you ultimately choose, you're now ready to get into the next stage of parenthood planning.

Now is also the perfect time to find your ideal newborn photographer

Once you've locked in your choice for a midwife, it's time to start searching for the best Chicago newborn photographers. To encapsulate this unique and fleeting time, you'll want to find an experienced photographer who specializes in newborn photography. Look for someone with extensive training and a patient demeanor who will make you and your partner feel comfortable while they capture all the details of your new baby…like me!

When researching potential photographers, ask about their experience photographing newborns, what props and backdrops they use, how long the sessions typically last, and if they offer any package discounts. Also, take a look at their portfolio to understand their style and approach.

Get your newborn portrait session scheduled with Francine

If you're looking for a newborn photographer in Chicago, look no further than Lillybelle Rose Photography! With over 12 years of experience photographing newborns, I am here to make sure you have beautiful memories to treasure for a lifetime.  My studio is filled with everything I need for a relaxing session and a gallery you will cherish!   Schedule a session here now. 

Midwife + Photographer...Now What?

Now that you've found your midwife and photographer, all that's left to do is enjoy your new baby and capture all the precious moments! Midwifery in Illinois care and newborn photography are two critical investments that will help you look back on this time with fondness, appreciation, and gratitude.

If you have any questions about Midwifery in Illinois care or newborn photography in Chicago, feel free to contact Francine. 

While I have you, here is a look at a recent session with a gorgeous new soul, Max.  Have any questions, please let me know HERE!

 

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