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Katie -- why does excitement always come in big handfuls instead of nice steady trickles?
Brooke -- Lauren, Brooke wants you to have a hug! Brooke, Lauren returns the hug with thanks!
Samantha R -- you got it, friend.
Rebecca Simon -- she is indeed the perfect child. I mean, you will agree: firstborn children generally are perfect in every way. Aw, I had a hot chocolate this very afternoon. If only you were here to share!
Un -- lol. Glad the trip was [awkward pause] pleasant.
Elisabeth -- thank you!
Abbie -- thank you on all counts! End of semester is a great refining time. Babies, however, are just plain fun.