3d scan – who does our baby look like?

You guysss… I have been waiting for this past week for months! On Wednesday it was finally time for our 3D scan! We were finally going to see our baby and find out who she looks like! It was also the first time that Aleix could come with me which made it even more special. Unfortunately, because of covid, they don’t allow children so Lucas couldn’t come, but it was special nevertheless. My best friend came over and stayed with Lucas. We were a bit worried because he doesn’t really know anyone apart from mum and dad (thanks covid), but they were playing and he never realized we were gone.

On our way to the appointment I started filming a vlog to have the whole experience on video to share with you and our families. However, all that excitement didn’t last very long… As soon as we got to the appointment the sonographer showed us that our daughter was using my placenta as a pillow. There was no was we could get even a little peep of her little face. Not a single picture. I tried walking around, jumping, but sadly nothing worked. Our girl was comfortable and had no intention of moving. I was a little disappointed because of all the build up, but then again, we got to see her and she’s healthy which is the most important thing. We still have no clue who she looks like, she will be our surprise.

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What you can see above the baby is my placenta – the reason why we didn’t get any pictures.
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This is the best picture they manage to take lol. We only got a glimpse of her lips.

If you’re wondering whether to go for one yourself, do it. We were really unlucky this time around, but this is what happened in my first pregnancy.

Another thing that didn’t go to plan was our post Valentine’s weekend away. We were supposed to go away this weekend, but we are still in lockdown (again, thanks covid). We had to postpone it until the 23rd April as it’s their next available weekend. I will be 9 months pregnant so it will be some sort of a risk, but we’re willing to take it. We neeeeed this. Let’s hope that baby girl doesn’t decide to make an early appearance!

As you can see life doesn’t always go to plan, but in the grand scheme of things, all these small setbacks are irrelevant.

Hope you are all having a great week!

K.

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Future plans (moving again!)

Hello! Sorry I haven’t been consisted with updates, but life really does get in the way. Especially with so much going on. Truth be told, we have also been enjoying the snow a little too much to stay in and update the blog. Not to worry, today I will be updating you on everything we have planned for the next couple of weeks.

Fun in the snow with my baby! Last year it didn’t snow in London so this was his first time experiencing snow.

First of all, we will be moving. Again. Not because the house we’re living in right now is too small to fit our growing family but because during this pandemic Aleix changed jobs. His new company is based north of London and for now he’s working from home and will continue to do so for the time being. However, eventually he will be going back to the office and we don’t want him to be driving 4h to and from work every day. The good news we have finally found a house! It took us a while, but we finally got there. We will be moving towards the end of March so I will post some pictures of the house then. A new house also means that I get to do up the nursery. Win/win!

Update nr 2 is that I am in my third trimester! I swear time really is flying in this pregnancy! It will soon be time to pack my hospital bag again. It’s so exciting! We will also get to see the face of our precious little girl next week as we’re going for a 3D/4D scan. We had one with Lucas and loved it. If you missed it you can find the link to it here. This will also be the first scan when Aleix will be able to come with me. Because of covid I had to go to all the scans alone. We are so curious to see if she will look like her daddy or me. 4 days left until we see you baby girl!

The last update is that next week we will also (hopefully) be going away. We make a point of going away every year for a city break during Valentine’s Day. This year, we obviously will not be flying anywhere but we will be going glamping in the beautiful English countryside. We have rented a cabin where we will be able to BBQ, go for walks, enjoy nature and each other’s company. I can’t wait! I will film a video whilst we’re there so I will also post a vlog about our little get away. If you want to have a look at our previous trips, here’s our trip to Budapest and here’s our vlog from Dublin.

Hope you’re all well and healthy!

K.

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How we found out and how my PCOS affected conception

Those of you who know me or have been following my blog for a while know about my struggles with PCOS. If you are new to the blog, you can read all about it here. Thanks to my previous post on this, I realised how many of my friends struggle with the same issue. Today I just wanted to address whether PCOS has affected us getting pregnant with our baby girl and how we found out we were expecting!

We knew that due to my hormonal imbalance it may take us longer to get pregnant. We have decided to start trying pretty early on. I came off contraception and we decided to see what happens. We heard that women could be more fertile after giving birth and we had hoped this would work in our favour. This time around we wanted to be prepared so I bought these ovulation tests to know when I was ovulating. I have never done these before, but due to my irregular periods I though this would help us understand how my cycle works.

A month before I got pregnant, I had a scan to check in what condition my ovaries were. Things were looking pretty good so we were hopeful. We ended up being very lucky. We got pregnant on our third try! However, it was my first ever experience of seeing a negative pregnancy test when I so hoped it was positive. My heart breaks for all those couples struggling with infertility…. I hope you see those two lines very soon!

Now…. How did we find out? We were in Spain for a week when the Covid situation got a bit better, as our friends were getting married. I remember getting ready for the wedding and looking at myself in the mirror thinking I have been feeling and looking really bloated recently. Then, a few days after the wedding I just knew. I don’t know why as I had no typical pregnancy symptoms but I just knew. However, I had to wait until we got home to take a test. I didn’t say anything to Aleix because I wanted to be sure. As soon as we came home after our flight (it was around 2am) I ran to the bathroom and there they were…. The two lines we have been waiting for. I ran downstairs to tell future daddy of two and the rest is history…

I feel so fortunate to be pregnant with our second baby as I know not everyone gets to be this lucky. If this is what you are hoping for then I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. I hope that 2021 is the year your dreams come true! xx

K.

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Baby nr 2 on the way!

Many of you may already know as we have posted about this on Instagram but for those of my friends who don’t know yet… we are expecting our second baby! We are absolutely over the moon to be welcoming another baby to our family. I am so excited to see what Lucas will be like as a big brother! If everything goes to plan, the baby will be with us in the beginning of summer. It will be a whole new experience as Lucas was born just before the beginning of winter.

To update you on where I am with my pregnancy, I put together a little questionnaire with the most common questions. I love reading back on my first pregnancy so I want to do it again this time. Lots of bump pictures coming up in the next couple of weeks – I have some catching up to do!

  1. How many weeks am I?

24 weeks.

2. How old was Lucas when I got pregnant?

He was 10 months old.

3. Were we trying for a baby?

Yes, we have decided a couple of months earlier that we would like to try for another baby. I will elaborate on this in a different post.

4. When is my due date?

The baby is due on the 15th May.

5. What will be the age gap between the kids be?

1 year and 7 months – yes, we will have 2 babies under 2!

6. Do we know if it’s a boy or a girl?

Yes, we’re having a little GIRL this time!

7. How has this pregnancy been for me?

Pretty much like my first one, I am very lucky to have had easy pregnancies so far. However, this time round my belly is huge compared to my first pregnancy. I’m 6 months pregnant, but my belly is as big as it was when I was 8 months pregnant with Lucas.

8. How’s the baby?

The baby is healthy, active and HUGE. I’m not sure if you remember, but I was induced with Lucas because he wasn’t growing fast enough and they were worried my placenta wasn’t feeding the baby as it should be. This girl is already one week ahead when it comes to her size! I don’t even want to think about the delivery if she ends up being massive and we still have months to go…

That’s all I can think of for now, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know, let me know in the comments below or message me on Facebook or Instagram. I have a few ideas what I want to talk about in terms of pregnancy but all suggestions are welcome. I look forward to catching up with you again soon!

K.

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Youtube Channel

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I am still in the newborn bubble and still adjusting to my new life with a baby. Lucas is now 1 month old now and I feel like this month has flown by. Look out for a one month update later on this week. 🙂 However, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that my boyfriend and I have decided to start a new Youtube Channel!!!

This, for me, is stepping out of my comfort zone slightly, but it’s also very exciting and something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. We explain our reasons as to why we have decided to start this channel in our first video which has already been posted, you can find it in the end of this post.

We aim to post at least 1 video every week (Wednesday) and we will focus mainly on us, our life with a newborn, our struggles, travelling and living in London. All video ideas are welcome so if there’s something you’d like us to talk about or something you’d like to see then please let me know! It would mean the world to me if you could support us and follow our journey on Youtube. To subscribe to our Youtube channel, please click here.

Please see our first video below. We promise we will get better at this! First times are never easy and talking to a camera is pretty awkward the first time you do it! However, we hope this is just the beginning for us so stay tuned and enjoy the video. 🙂

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K.

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Birth story

Hello everyone! I am writing to you from my sofa wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of tea and with my son snuggled up beside me. I sometimes still feel so overwhelmed when I think that he’s ours and I get to be there for him forever. My son, I’m a mum! While he’s sleeping, I thought I’d tell you my birth story as nothing turned out to be as we initially planned.

I finished work a few weeks ago and I had a lot of things planned that I still wanted to do around the house before the baby arrives. I was so happy to be off work as even though I was feeling well, I felt the train journey to and from work was starting to exhaust me and my back was suffering the consequences of standing up for 30 minutes during the train ride. My due date was on the 28th October so I thought I’d have enough time to organise everything before I go into labour. Little did I know…

Towards the end of my pregnancy the doctor’s were getting concerned about the baby being slightly on the smaller side so I had a few additional scans. On my birthday (14th October) I had another growth scan at the hospital. After the scan they told me that I had 2 options. Either to have another growth scan a week from then and be induced on my due date or to be induced tomorrow. I wanted to wait as the baby was completely fine, just looking a bit small. The doctor said that was fine and asked me to wait for a report. A few minutes later the doctor came back and told me that he looked at all my stats and given my height, the baby is looking very small so I will need to be induced the next day.

Safe to say I was completely unprepared for that. We have moved a couple of months ago and I wanted to give birth in a different hospital that was closer to our new house. I called my midwife at the other hospital, explained my situation and asked if someone could see me at the second hospital to see if I could get an induction date with them. The maternity ward was very busy so I waited a couple of hours for my appointment (fun birthday, huh?) but when I was finally seen, they agreed with the doctors from the other hospital and asked me to stay overnight to be induced tomorrow.

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The room where I was induced

I didn’t have my hospital bag with me or anything at all really as I was only going in for a scan. Most of my things were packed so my boyfriend picked up my things and met me at the hospital after work. They told me that my induction could take up to 3 days as this is my first baby and I still have 2 weeks until due date so my body is not ready. They were going to start the process the next day in the morning so I asked my boyfriend to go home and get some sleep.

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Last picture of my son inside my belly which I took the day before I gave birth

The next morning at 10.15am they gave me a pessary which is the first step of the induction process. The goal of this was to shorten my cervix and have me dilated by 2cm so they can break my waters. When they brought me some lunch at midday I could feel pain in my lower abdomen that felt like period pain but stronger. It felt uncomfortable, but not unbearable. However, as the time went by, the pain was getting stronger and stronger. It must’ve shown on my face because around 6.30pm the midwife strapped me to the monitor to see whether the pain I was feeling were contractions or not. It turned out that I was definitely having contractions and having way too many than the doctors would’ve liked me to. They told me they had to remove the pessary not to distress the baby as the contractions were 1 minute apart. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night because the contractions were happening so often I didn’t really get to rest in between. The good news was that I was 2 cm dilated and ready to have my waters broken. The only problem was that they didn’t have a free delivery room and there were 3 women before me in the queue for a bed.

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When they realised I was having too many contractions

I asked for the pethidine injection to rest and gather my energy for what was to come once they broke my waters. I kept having contractions throughout the night, but they felt manageable. Around 4.30 am, I felt a pop and thought that the baby kicked me but as soon as I sat up I felt that it wasn’t my baby but my waters broke. And yes, it was as you see in movies, a big gush of water. My boyfriend helped me get to the bathroom to change and that’s when I felt pain that I’ve never felt before. Contraction from this point onwards were so painful that I struggled to speak, breathe or think. We called the midwife and she strapped me to the monitor to see how the baby reacted to my waters breaking. While they were watching the baby, I felt like they had to check how dilated I was as this definitely felt like the second phase of labour. I called the midwife for some pain relief, she said I couldn’t get an epidural as I needed to be 4cm dilated and last time they checked I was only 2cm. At that point I felt really frustrated because yes, what she was saying was true, but that was at 7pm the evening before and now it was 4.30am and no one has checked if anything changed. The midwife brought me a paracetamol instead. A few minutes later I asked my boyfriend to call the midwife as I felt like i wanted to push. She saw that I was really suffering at that point, so she took me off the monitor and checked how far along I was. Aaaand it turned out I was already 8cm! She immediately called some help and they moved me to the delivery room. As soon as they moved me ( which took maybe 1 minute) I asked for an epidural. They checked again and it was too late for any pain relief as I was 10cm dilated and the baby was coming.

This was something I was really worried about from the start. I knew 1 thing for sure and that was that I wanted an epidural to get through this. When they told me I’m going to have to do this without any pain relief I felt a bit scared. But hey, I didn’t have much time to dwell on it because the contractions kept coming and like it or not, I had to do this. I started pushing and it took me 2 or 3 contractions to figure out when was the best time to push and how to help your body to push more effectively. It was around 5.30am when the midwife said the baby would be here before 6am but I had to focus.

My beautiful son was born at 5.41am that morning and holding him in my arms for the first time was a feeling I will never forget. I would go through all that pain a thousand times to have my baby in my arms and to see that he’s healthy and to kiss him for that very first time.

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Our beautiful son Lucas
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Finally leaving the hospital and taking our boy home

If you have any questions about my birth story message me via facebook or instagram or comment below.

Love,

K. (and baby Lucas)

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Packing my hospital bag

Hello everyone! After preparing the house before the baby’s arrival, this week I finally have everything ready to start packing my hospital bag. I know we still have a few weeks to go, but given my obsessive planning nature I thought I’d feel more calm and relaxed if I had everything ready to go. I have decided to take 2 separate bags. One for me and one for the baby. If I’m too tired to explain to my partner where things for the baby are packed then it will be easier for him to look for them. My baby bag is all ready to go, but I am still waiting for some bits and pieces to be delivered for me. I have decided to create a list for those of you who are struggling with what to pack with you. After the baby is born, I will update this post with the things I didn’t need in the end and those I needed but didn’t pack.

Baby bag

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  • 3 bodysuits
  • 3 sleepsuits
  • 1 sleeping sack
  • a pair of socks
  • mittens (most of our bodysuits have ‘built in’ mittens)
  • cotton hat
  • blanket
  • nappies
  • wipes
  • 2 muslin squares
  • snowsuit
  • car seat – not in the bag obviously!

My bag

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  • phone charger
  • maternity notes with birthplan
  • buttoned nightie
  • headphones
  • snacks ( I bought some dried fruit and granola bars) and isotonic drinks
  • wash bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, soap, hair ties, deodrant, lip balm
  • maternity pads
  • towel – in case my waters break before I get to the hospital
  • dressing gown
  • flip flops
  • outfit to wear when I leave the hospital
  • cash – in case me or my partner get hungry
  • breast pads
  • nursing bra
  • nipple cream – all mums I’ve spoken to swear by this
  • nipple shields
  • socks
  • camera with extra batteries

I’m hoping that we will have a straightforward birth with no complications, but just in case we need to stay at the hospital overnight I packed some extra clothes for the baby. My partner will also have a bag of his own in case he stays with us. The hospital is a 10 min drive from our house so if there’s something missing or we desperately need something then he can also go and pick it up. I’ve decided not to pack a breast pump as they have them in hospitals.

I loved packing my hospital bag and I hope I have thought of most of the things that I will need, but if you think that there are bits and bobs that I have forgotten then please let me know! I know there will be things that will be forgotten when the time comes and that’s ok. After all, this is a first for me! 🙂

Love,

K.

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33 weeks pregnant – excuse the face it was very early in the morning!
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Preparing for our baby’s arrival

Heyyyy guys! This week has been super exciting for us as we have been preparing for our baby’s arrival. As soon as we found out that we were having a baby, we started questioning whether the apartment we were renting was the best place for our growing family. I will be on maternity leave for a few months, so we decided it would be best to move out of central London. We decided to look for a place where there are more parks and green areas. It will be easier for me to go out for walks with our little boy.

After a few weeks of looking at different areas we finally found a house with a garden in a lovely area. It had everything we were looking for and we were really happy with it but it came unfurnished. This is why, since we have moved in, we have been busy furnishing it. We’re still waiting for some bits and pieces, but it’s almost ready for us and the baby.

As the baby is due in 9 weeks we have recently been going through our list to make sure we have everything ready for the baby. Those of you who know me will know that I’m a planner. Always have been. So I wanted to make sure we have everything bought and packed by the time I am in week 32. Not sure about being packed by then, but we will pretty much have everything (we think) we need.

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Teddy waiting for his new friend to arrive

We have already put together a cot which will be in our room for now. Eventually we will move it to the baby’s room.

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My favourite part was washing, folding and organizing baby clothes (over and over again). We feel like he has more clothes than Aleix and I put together! But then again, he will be growing out of them pretty quickly. I’m sure it will be a big turnaround.

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I can’t wait for our first Christmas with him! We have tons of Christmas outfits for him as it is by far my favourite time of the year!

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I mean…

We have also created a little baby corner for him in our living room. All his toys and books will go there eventually. I don’t want to buy a lot of toys for him just yet simply because he will be way too little for interactive toys in the beginning. We bought a few cuddly toys for him and we feel like this will be enough for now. I have plenty of books for children in my parents’ house so we may buy a few here and there, but we will have more than enough when we pick these up. I will be reading to the baby in Polish and my boyfriend will be reading to him in Spanish.

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Nappy bin – I heard this Tommee Tippy one is great and very affordable

We also have a baby bouncer, a baby gym and a baby carrier as we will be able to use these pretty much from the very beginning.

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baby bouncer

Last but not the least, we have finally received our buggy. We went for the 3in1 option so we don’t have to worry about buying anything else in the next couple of months. It’s crazy to see this little car seat and imagine that our boy will be coming home with us in it. We will be going into the hospital as Karolina and Aleix and leaving as a family.

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Excuse the grass.. It wasn’t too happy about yet another London heatwave!

We will keep preparing for our baby’s arrival, but if you see that we have missed something then let me know! Once I go on maternity leave I will create our newborn checklist. If you missed the 28 week update, you can find it here.

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Mama’s growing. Surely I can’t possibly get bigger than this, right?

Have a great weekend!

K.

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Sunday in Avery Hill Park

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? Sunday was pretty chilled for us this week. I am still working full time and sometimes I have to work on Saturdays. It was one of those weekends. On Sunday we stayed in the morning and had a nice breakfast on our couch. Once the sky cleared up a bit, after some Netflix and apparently a ‘3h long shower’ (which I am sure is highly exaggerated!) we set off to explore our new area. We have moved into our new house (more about this in a another post) around 2 months ago. However, our life has been pretty hectic since, so we didn’t have a lot of time to do that before. Thankfully, things have slowed down now. Which is why it was finally time to visit one of the biggest parks in our immediate area – Avery Hill Park.

I am not much of a traveller now as my belly is getting heavy, so we stick to closer to home locations. There are also days where I feel worse than others so it’s good to be able to be home within 30 minutes. Fortunately, there’s so much to discover in London! You never run out of new places to see and visit. I guess that’s the beauty of this city. I believe it is nice to disconnect for a few hours during the weekend and lose yourself in nature. Walking around the park was even more special this time as I have decided this will be my go to park when our son is born. It’s not very close to our house, but it’s by far the largest.

The park is very big and although there were quite a few people there it didn’t feel crowded. It looked like the perfect place for a picnic and we might do just that next weekend! There are also plenty of benches where you can sit down and watch the world go by, read a book or feed a screaming baby. 😉

After our walk in Avery Hill Park, my boyfriend cooked some well deserved cheesy pasta at home and we curled up on the sofa watching Netflix. We started watching Money Heist and we are definitely addicted. It’s so well made! Every episode leaves you wanting more. After a couple of episodes, it was time to say goodbye to the weekend and go to bed.

The perfect lazy Sunday if you ask me. We all need one of those every now and then, right? What did you do? I’m sure a lot of you are away enjoying the sunshine on the beaches around Europe!

K.

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Can you spot my popping belly button? 😀
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4D scan

Hey guys! Those of you in London – what is going on with this weather, right?! It feels like it’s October not the middle of summer! Can’t say that I’m complaining too much about the cooler weather. I felt really sick on the trains during the crazy heatwave. Anyway, I was off work on Monday, so my boyfriend and I went for a 4d scan at Window to the Womb to see our baby! I was so excited about this appointment and was counting down the days until I see my baby again.

The reason why we decided to go for this scan is because my last scan was in week 20 and my next one will be on week 35. 15 weeks is a long time and we couldn’t wait this long to see how he was doing. This is not a regular scan that the NHS provides, we had to pay for it but it was definitely worth it! The scan we went for costs £165 but there was a discount so we paid less than that and got digital copies of 56 pictures, the video of the scan, 8 printed copies of the pictures we chose and 2 key chains with the baby’s pictures.

The scan itself took around 10-15 minutes and the doctor made sure he looks healthy, that his heartbeat is strong and what his current position is. He is already facing down, which is great and something I was worried about as I was born via c-section because I was breech. Hopefully he will stay in that position. Once he confirmed our boy was looking we tried to take some pictures of his little face. Unfortunately, he was sleeping and covering his face with his hands. I tried coughing and moving around, but he is one stubborn boy and wouldn’t work with us at all!

The main purpose of the scan was checking if he was healthy. However, we were also really curious who he looks like. Nothing has changed, we still have no clue! But it’s ok, I’m sure that he will be changing on a daily basis. I am just happy that I will be there to watch him grow and develop his own features.

If you’re thinking about a 4d baby scan I would definitely advise you to do it. If have any questions regarding the scan or my so far pregnancy, you know where to find me. 🙂

K.

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We have no clue who he got the big lips from. Neither of us have big lips! It could be that they look big now because his head is still very small.
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That yawn was everything <3
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He wasn’t happy to be disturbed and wanted to carry on sleeping.
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His little hand
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