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Jessa Duggar: Pregnant With Third Baby?!

2018 has already seen some legitimate Duggar baby news, as the family announced that Jinger is expecting her first child.

But that’s simply not enough for fans of the family, who apparently expect a new pregnancy every week.

Frankly, at the rate this family spawns, we don’t blame them.

Jessa Duggar is the latest to be subjected to an intense baby bump watch.

The speculation is based entirely on the placement of Ben Seewald’s hand in the photo above, which was posted on Facebook recently alongside the family’s congratulatory message to Jinger.

“Jessa looks pregnant and her husband is touching her belly,” one fan wrote, with all the apparent confidence of a detective laying out the evidence in a murder mystery. 

Not surprisingly, other Duggar obsessives took that ball and ran with it:

“So when will Jessa be making her announcement too?” wrote one fan.

“She totally looks preggers too,” commented another.

Another dispensed with the speculation and simply demanded confirmation, writing:

“Waiting for Jessa’s announcement!”

To be fair, Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, have been speaking publicly about the possibility of expanding their family.

But it seems they’re leaning toward adopting their third child.

“It will be a little while since we just had a baby, but adopting and fostering to adopt is very much in our hearts,” Jessa said in a recent interview.

But Duggar fans shouldn’t let comments like that put an end to the pregnancy speculation.

After all, maybe … um, Jessa is so stressed out by the adoption process that she’s been bingeing on Chick-Fil-A, and Ben’s hand placement is just a sign of sympathy for her impending gastrointestinal distress.

Yeah, that must be it.

We kid, but of course, it is entirely possible that Jessa is pregnant with her third child.

Still, we can’t help but laugh at the fact that with three kids currently on the way (Joy-Anna is expecting, and Kendra Caldwell is currently pregnant with Joseph Duggar’s baby.), Duggar fans are still seeking out unreported bumps.

There may come a time when every married Duggar woman is expecting, at which point, fans desperate for pregnancy rumors will have to return to scrutinizing the midsection of grandmother Michelle.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Jessa Duggar Stuns Fans: My Kids Are Growing Up SO Fast!

It seems not a month goes by that without some news of another Duggar birth or pregnancy.

At this point, Jim Bob and Michelle have so many grandkids it can be a struggle to keep them all straight.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem as though the kids are wanting for attention.

In addition to the love of their parents, the new generation of Duggars enjoys the affection of an army of aunts and uncles, as well as millions of fans all over the world.

So when a milestone is reached, the occasion is celebrated not only by the family but by the entirety of Duggar Nation.

And lately, there’s been so much cause for celebration coming from the Seewald household that it’s been difficult to keep up with it all.

Jessa Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald, are parents to 2-year-old Spurgeon and 11-month-old Henry.

Needless to say, it’s a hectic home, and quite understandably, Jessa’s house is often a mess.

By while the mother of two has been applauded for sharing candid photos of cluttered abode, it’s the achievements of her two boys that really win fans’ hearts:

This week saw a handful of memorable moments, as Henry (above) stood on his own for the first time.

Jessa shared photos from the big day and noted that it took place shortly after Spurgeon turned two:

“We had a fun time celebrating Spurgeon’s birthday yesterday. We’re so grateful to God for this sweet little boy,” Jessa wrote on Instagram.

“It has been such a joy to watch him grow and learn this past year. Can’t believe he’s already 2 years old!”

Of course, they call ‘em the terrible twos for a reason, and it seems Jessa has already come to accept that she’ll need to take the good with the bad:

Jessa posted the above video to Instagram earlier today along with the following explanation:

“Henry tried to break apart Spurgeon’s car tracks, so big bro shouted ‘Noooo!’ Baby replied with, what sounded like, “Yeaaah!” So big bro hovered over his tracks in a protective manner and said ‘Nooo!’ again.

“Ha! And so it continued. The toddler was distraught, and the baby didn’t have clue. #FirstVerbalArgument”

It’s a good thing that Jessa has a sense of humor about moments like these.

She’s sure to experience many more of them in the years to come.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Jessa Duggar: Spotted Wearing Pants!

After years of oppression, downtrodden women in are banding together to take back the rights and freedoms that were stolen from them by abusive and powerful.

And it looks like the shock waves of the historic movement are being felt as far from Hollywood as Tontitown, Arkansas.

Or maybe we’re just being too dramatic about pants.

Yes, if you’re a fan of the Duggars, then you know Jim Bob and Michelle’s daughters have been taking a very literal approach to answering the question of who wears the pants in the family.

It all began when Jinger Duggar wore pants in a photo that was posted to Instagram back in March.

Fans were stunned by the brazen defiance of her family’s dress code, and for months, it looked like Jinger would be alone in her rebellion.

But then, earlier this week, something incredible happened.

Jinger’s older sister, the staunchly conservative Jill Duggar, also wore pants in a photo that made the rounds on social media.

And now, a third Duggar may have joined the fight against floor-length denim skirts:

That’s an image that was posted on Reddit this week and has since been making its around social media.

Some fans believe it shows Jessa Duggar wearing pants while walking in front of her husband, Ben Seewald.

Others beg to differ, pointing out that it’s nearly impossible to determine if that’s actually Jessa, and arguing that even if it is, she’s not necessarily wearing pants.

“I agree with everyone who is saying it looks like leggings under a skirt. However, if it is Jessa, it is still a departure from her family’s modesty standards. That skirt is way shorter than knee length,” wrote one commenter.

“The skirt doesn’t even reach halfway down her thighs. Her knees are definitely showing through the jeans/leggings,” remarked another.

Short of Jessa publicly revealing that it’s really her in the photo, we’ll probably never know for sure.

But it’s worth noting it wasn’t all that long ago that we would’ve immediately dismissed the possibility of a Duggar woman wearing pants in public.

These days, thousands of fans are actually considering the possibility that Jessa might have walked around a city in something resembling pants.

Sometimes, even the most long-overdue progress takes place at a glacial pace.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Jessa Duggar Wows Fans With Anniversary Letter to Ben Seewald

Hard to believe, but it’s been three full years since Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald in front of 1,500 of their closest friends and relatives.

The Seewalds celebrated their anniversary on Wednesday, and Jessa marked the occasion with a touching open letter to the father of her two children:

“I thought we’d reached the pinnacle of our love on this day, three years ago… but since then, you’ve taken me from the mountain top up into the clouds! Darling, I love you more today than ever before,” Jessa wrote on her personal website.

Yes, she busted out the Austen-esque purple prose right from the start.

From there Jessa continued to sing Ben’s praises, but she also conceded that there have been some rough patches during their time together.

“Sure, we worked through our squabbles and disagreements, like anyone else. But because of your meekness and gentleness in the midst of trials, I always come out loving you even more,” she wrote.

Jessa being a Duggar, she devoted much of the letter to praising Ben’s piety, writing:

“When I wake in the wee hours of the morning to tend to Henry and you’re not beside me in bed, I know that you’re already up reading and studying your bible. 

“Many a time I have walked into the spare bedroom and discovered you there, kneeling beside the bed, in prayer… and it’s brought tears to my eyes.”

She added:

“I have loved our recently developing family devotions, as you lead us in prayer and reading the word. And though I laughed a bit and felt a teeny bit awkward at first, I’m now especially loving the aspect of singing together, with the boys, in family worship.”

There have been rumors of Ben butting heads with Jim Bob Duggar over religious differences, so Jessa might be subtly assuring fans that Ben is sufficiently devout and all is well on that score.

Jessa’s sense of humor shines through in her letter, and she affirms that Ben is a bit more “modern” than the other Duggar men by revealing that he’s skilled in a wide variety of household chores:

“Ok, can I brag on your cooking skills for a min? How is it that you can think up recipes off the top of your head, and they actually taste good?” Jessa writes.

“I, on the other hand, try to be a cool chef… so I substitute sour cream when we run out of milk for the pancakes. It’s dairy, right? No, that was not ok.”

Jessa concludes by praising Ben’s sense of humor and selfless devotion to making her happy:

“You’re one of the most down-to-earth and humble people I know. I love that we have fun and laugh together,” she writes.

“I love your made-up jokes and your cheesy play on words. You have me laughing out loud all the time. I genuinely love your sense of humor. 

“The list of the things I love about you is endless. I am forever being reminded of just how incredibly blessed I am to call you mine.”

Happy anniversary to these perennial fan favorites.

Here’s to many more!

Watch Counting On online to relive Ben and Jessa’s years of wedded bliss. 

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Jessa Duggar Gets Shamed For Dirty House, Fires Back at Haters

Last week, Jessa Duggar posted a series of Instagram photos chronicling the various unclean items around her less-than-immaculate home.

For many parents of young children, the images in Jessa’s confessional slideshow no doubt made for a relatable sight:

The mother of two showed the world her appliances and mirrors covered in fingerprints, a bed piled high with laundry, even a mound of soiled diapers waiting to be taken to out to the trash.

For the most part, fans were supportive and took the opportunity to offer their own admissions about allowing their housekeeping habits to fall by the wayside in response to the demands of caring for toddlers.

But this being the internet in 2017, there were more than a few haters and shamers, as well.

“No m’am. You had ONE job,” wrote one follower in response to Jessa’s post.

“This is so disgusting. You spend the most time in your home. Take pride in it and take care of it,” commented another.

It’s certainly not the first time Jessa’s parenting has been criticized.

But while Jessa may have let the negativity roll off her back in the past, this time she’s taking a stand against the mommy-shamers.

“We all try to put our best foot forward and are most comfortable posting our ‘highlight reel’ for people on social media to see. I could’ve waited 24 hrs and posted pics of everything freshly cleaned and looking beautiful (the stovetop is sparkling, dust bunnies have been removed, laundry is folded, bed sheets are washed, etc),” she wrote in a lengthy posted on response Instagram.

“Certainly people would find no fault with that… but many may find fault with themselves. I didn’t do that for a reason. Reality.”

Jessa went on to address the specifics of her situation:

“Sometimes you find yourself with an 8-month-old who isn’t sleeping through the night, and you don’t care that your bed has spit up on it–you’re tired. Throw a towel down on it and sleep!” she continued.

“Sometimes you don’t want to wash the dishes right after supper because your husband is finally home from work, and there’s only one golden hour of family time before babies are tucked into bed and hubby has to start in on his college homework… and so you put off dishes until then.”

Proving that her sense of humor hasn’t been broken by the judgemental response to her housekeeping, Jessa added:

“Oh, and the diapers. Our diaper pail is currently outta commission, and I’m awaiting a replacement. Yeah, they were stinky, but I had them bagged up and out of the house before the pic of them was even posted.”

Jessa concluded by summarizing what she had hoped to convey for the sake of her less receptive followers:

“My takeaway, and what I was trying to convey, was this: I could break down household tasks into manageable increments, with a few min here doing this, and a few min there doing that,” she wrote.

“And when it comes to quality time with kids, it’s really the same thing. It’s a few min here and a few min there. The point was not kids vs. house cleaning.

“The point was my heart’s goal to devote undivided time and attention to my kids– to make memories together each day, no matter what else I have on my schedule.”

“It’s all too easy for me to want to turn on Baby Einstein and get back to my project, and while that may be fine or necessary at times, it can’t replace pausing for moments here and there to give them a mama’s loving, playful, teaching, and engaging interaction.”

She added:

“P.S. We had a blessed day, the house was tidied right up, books were read, snuggles given, kids happy… and we all lived happily ever after.”

Wise words from a young mother who knows about the daily challenges of balancing priorities.

Watch Counting On online for more on Jessa’s parenting philosophy.

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Jessa Duggar’s House Is a Mess and Fans Love It

All of the Duggars work hard to project a wholesome public image, but the burden of “keeping up appearances” falls especially hard on the women of the family.

The expectation is not only that they’ll marry young and reproduce endlessly, but also that they’ll slide effortlessly into the role of docile and uncomplaining houswife.

For the most part, they’ve fallen in line with expectations, but even the Duggars aren’t immune to the times and the ways in which they’re a-changin’.

The consensus amongst fans seems to be that the most outward form of rebellion is obviously Jinger Duggar’s decision to wear pants in direct defiance of her family’s strict dress code.

Of course, there are some who believe that Jana Duggar’s refusal to marry just any old dude her parents set her up with is the ultimate middle finger to her upbringing.

But while Jinger and Jana may receive the most attention for asserting their independence, their sisters appear to be defying parental expectations in more subtle ways.

Take Jessa Duggar’s housekeeping for example:

Now mind you, we’re not engaging in any mess-shaming here. 

Jessa shared the above photo on her own Instagram page in order to prove a point about the demands of parenting and the importance of prioritizing.

“This is real life, y’all. 1.) 6+ loads of laundry piled on the guest bed… can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it’s CLEAN laundry,” Jessa captioned the pic.

Yes, it’s the little victories that count most in life.

In fact, we’re firm believers that if any of your laundry is clean, you’ve earned a lengthy nap.

Jessa went on to reveal several of the more uncleanly corners of her home via photos and descriptions.

(“Side table that probably hasn’t been dusted in at least 6 months. Henry’s dried spit up on my side of the bed, that I’ve slept on for who knows how many nights.”)

So what’s the purpose of revealing her sloppier side to fans?

Well, Jessa says she’s hoping to convey this simple message:

“Some of y’all may be thinking, ‘C’mon now, it only takes a few min to dust or wipe down a mirror…’ I know, it is so. My reminder today has been that the same is true of the needs of the little people in our lives,” she wrote.

“I might think ‘I don’t have time right now.’ But it only takes a few min… here and there.”

She added:

“Not trying to pit a clean house against interaction with kids– sometimes both are possible, tho often they do seem in opposition to one another.

“Just remember, whatever projects are pulling at your time and attention today, don’t forget to make time for the people around you. These are the memories that will last forever. “

If you’re like us, it may leave you feeling like you’re not alone.

Check out the gallery below for a full rundown of Jessa’s mess.

Oh, and as always, don’t forget to watch Counting On online to seek out more relatable imperfections from the Duggars.

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Jessa Duggar: Mom-Shamed Over Video of Eldest Son

Just about everything the Duggars do is scrutinized and criticized these days, and most of it is understandable.

After all, this is the family that helped hide several incidents of child molestation from authorities, so that the perpetrator, Josh Duggar, wouldn’t face punishment.

But there were victims and bystanders in the family as well, and unfortunately, they’re often judged as harshly as the guilty parties.

The latest target of anti-Duggar sentiments is mother of two Jessa Duggar.

These days, it seems Jessa is shamed for literally everything she does that involves her two sons, Spurgeon and Henry.

Jessa has hit back against the mommy-shamers in the past, but the practice of putting her down for her every parenting decision has continued unabated.

Much of the criticism has to do with Jessa’s raising of her eldest son, Spurgeon.

Many fans have taken it upon themselves to diagnose the child on the basis of the combined two minutes of footage they’ve seen over the past two years.

These developmental psychology experts – who are willing to offer professional advice for free, bless their hearts – have decided that Spurgeon’s verbal expression abilities are not what they should be.

And the problem, they believe, is that like the other Duggar children, Spurgeon is sheltered and doesn’t spend enough time with children his own age.

On top of that, they say, he’s being babied by Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, and his progress is being delayed due to lack of mental stimulation.

The latest criticism comes as a result of a short video that Jessa posted on Instagram.

In the clip below, Spurgeon – who will turn 2 in November – is seen playing with a box of tissues and drinking from a sippy cup.

And apparently, that’s enough to drive some fans absolutely nuts.

“When r u gonna ween him off the bottle @jessaseewald!? U don’t him to bad teeth from being on the bottle to long? Usually kids r Weened off at 1?” wrote one commenter.

“Is he still drinking from a bottle?!” remarked another.

Fortunately, there were just as many fans who encouraged Jessa to ignore the haters.

“Why does it matter? She’s his mother and she will mother him as she sees fit,” one fan pointed out.

We know that mommy-shaming is the hot new trend these days, and folks have very conflicted views about the Duggars. but let’s leave the children out of it, eh?

Wait until they’re old enough to say problematic things before before you complain.

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Jessa Duggar Hits Back Against Mommy-Shamers!

Let’s be real, there are a lot of things we can criticize the Duggars for.

Like, so very, very many things.

There’s the whole Josh Duggar scandal — well, the two Josh Duggar scandals, the child molestation and the adultery.

Three scandals if you count the porn addiction!

Then there’s that whole thing where the family likes to have as many children as humanly possible, regardless of their ability to care for them or the mother’s ability to carry them.

There have been plenty of rumors about the Duggars’ religion and the way the religion teaches them to discipline their children — lots of horror stories there.

But while this wild and crazy family definitely deserves some of the hate they receive, it’s important to understand that not every single thing every single Duggar does is worthy of such hate.

Like that photo the family shared of Jessa Duggar’s oldest son, Spurgeon, drinking from two bottles last month?

Yeah, it wasn’t really a huge deal.

Spurgeon was 21 months old at the time — his second birthday is in November! — and sure, most doctors recommend that toddlers transition to sippy cups around their first birthday.

Bottles aren’t great for those cute little baby teeth for a number of reasons, it’s true.

But not every kid is automatically ready to give up the bottle at the same time, and that’s OK.

As a parent, you just do what you have to do, you know? You follow your instincts and do what you feel is right for your child.

And it seems like that’s what Jessa has been doing for her two precious boys.

But, and this goes back to our earlier point, the Duggars just can’t do anything right for some people.

And those people made sure to inform Jessa of her terrible ways in the comment section for that photo.

“Uh, he’s a little old for a bottle,” one person told her, while another advised that it’s “time to take them away, sweetie.”

One particularly outraged person wrote “There’s nothing you can say make think this ok. Lazy parents let their child over Yr have bottle. This just bad.”

Lots of anger for one cute photo, right?

But now, Jessa is finally responding to all that outrage.

And we can’t help but applaud her.

She shared that cute photo of Spurgeon with another bottle (just one this time though), and asked “How’s this for a little ‘SeeThroughSaturday!”

“That’s my boy!” she continued. “Yes, he’s 22 months old. Yes, he drinks water from a sippy cup, and yes, he still prefers to drink much of his milk/kefir from his bottle — especially before nap/bedtime.”

“TBH,” she admitted, “I wish she wouldn’t have weaned himself early, and would’ve bf till 2. There, I said it.”

In conclusion, she told her followers that “If you are experiencing anxiety over this, please share all your wisdom and perfect parenting advice in the comments section below.”

So much sass!

The comments on this post were overwhelmingly positive — lots of “you go girls!” and “screw the haters!”

But some people stuck to their guns.

As one person wrote, “I love how paying attention to pediatrician recommendations and scientific research is equated with being negative.”

So hey, you can’t please everyone, it seems.

But still, when it comes to the Duggars … save your rage.

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Jessa Duggar: Following Jinger to Texas Against Jim Bob’s Wishes?

When Jinger Duggar wed Jeremy Vuolo back in November it signaled the start of a new kind of Duggar marriage.

For one thing, Jinger moved to Texas to start a new life on Jeremy’s homt turf, thus making her the first of the Jim Bob and Michelle’s daughters to leave Arkansas.

On top of that, upon marrying Jeremy, Jinger began to enjoy freedom and independence that her sisters could only dream of.

You may have heard that Jinger is wearing pants these days – and the news might have left you wondering why that’s such a big deal.

When they’re living at home in the family’s so-called “compound,” the Duggar women are forbidden to wear pants or shorts, and instead must sport floor-length skirts at all times, regardless of what sort of acitivities they’re engaged in.

Once they’re married, however, it’s their husbands who get to decide the Duggar girls’ dresscodes.

(Needless to say, it’s not the most enlightened system.)

There have been reports of Jim Bob clashing with his son-in-law over Vuolo’s more liberal (by Duggar standards) beliefs, but Jinger’s sisters reportedly believe there’s something to Jeremy’s style of thinking.

One Duggar daughter in particular is said to be very much in favor of Jinger’s new lifestyle, and she’s reportedly considering putting some distance between herself and Jim Bob in an effort to secure some freedom of her own.

Jinger and Jessa Duggar have always enjoyed an especially close bond.

Sources close to the family say the sisters’ relationship has been strengthened by the fact that they both married men who are far more left-leaning than their father.

There have long been rumors of Jessa and husband Ben Seewald seeking a more progressive community outside of her native Tontitown.

And now it seems they may be interested in following the trail blazed by Jinger and Jeremy.

Jinger has openly implored her sister to relocate to Laredo, and on this week’s episode of Counting On, Jessa seemed to imply that she’s considering the proposal.

“We’re not set on staying here forever, but if we were to be called somewhere else, we would pack up and move,” Jessa told Jinger in a scene that many interpreted as a hint that the Seewalds may soon be Texas-bound.

It’s a move that would likely outrage Jim Bob, as the Duggar patriarch reportedly feels he’s losing control of the family dynasty he worked so hard to build.

But at this point, it doesn’t seem that the Duggar girls are all that concerned about angering their over-bearing father.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Jessa Duggar: Slammed For Literally Everything She Does Involving Kids

Jessa Duggar cannot catch a break.

Sure, she’s gone out of her way to court criticism in the past, and some of the pushback she’s gotten on certain topics has been warranted.

Yet fans seem intent on laying into her for every single thing she does, including many parenting choices that seem harmless or mundane.

One would think given the eventful, sometimes controversial nature of Joy-Anna and Jill’s lives, Jessa would be free of scrutiny lately.

With young sons Spurgeon and Henry, and a devoted husband in Ben Seewald, she’s pretty much focused on her perfect little family.

The moments she shares on Instagram and Facebook are shredded almost immediately, however, by armchair parents shaming her.

Whether it’s Spurgeon drinking out of bottles at an age deemed too old, or not speaking in a video, the Seewalds live under a microscope. 

When you put your life out there the way she does, looking for attention, some of this is to be expected. On the flip side … come ON, people.

Latest, (not) greatest case in point?

The 24-year-old mom of two posted the image above, and was quickly filleted by fans (term used loosely) for carrying Henry the wrong way.

She had strapped him to her chest, with the baby facing out, which a few dozen Parent of the Year winners say is bad for hip development.

“It’s so bad for their hips,” a fan said.

“I’ve worn my LB since he was born but they need support right to under their knees otherwise [their] legs hang and it pulls on their hips.”

“This can cause hip dysphasia,” the Instagram follower told the Counting On star. “Just turn him around […] or have him on your back.”

Duggar fans weren’t done there, getting after her again after she posted a photo of the family engaging in “cruel” treatment of animals.

Taking Spurge to ride ponies after she realized that he was obsessed with horses, Jessa probably thought this was a cute thing to share.

Her fans did not see it that way.

“This practice is incredibly cruel,” one follower commented. “Those poor things are lined up very unnaturally and cannot move.”

“They are forced to walk in circles in the heat all day without care, and have children placed on their backs over and over again.”

“Just an hour of riding a day can cause permanent back problems for horses,” another fan wrote, upset over the above image.

Granted, this was more about the concept of pony rides in a particular setting than about Jessa herself, but can the girl live?

Fortunately, Jessa has some fans in her corner.

Her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who frequently babysit Spurgeon and Henry, often post about the experience, and pridefully.

Comb through her comments and you’ll see some praise here and there too, or at least acknowledgement that parenting is hard.

“Jessa is such an amazing mother! Look how happy, healthy, and content those babies are,” a fan wrote underneath the picture.

“Also look how clean, haha! We all know how hard it is to keep a perfectly clean house with small babies around!” said another.

What’s your take: Does Jessa Duggar get too hard of a time just because of her last name, or are her followers’ gripes legit?

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