10 Things Every New Dad Needs to Know

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10 Things Every New Dad Needs to Know

Congratulations!

You are about to have or just had a baby!

Whether you have read all of the baby books or not, as a new dad, you still might not feel like you are fully prepared for this new addition and change in your life. Over the years, I’ve assisted many new parents during their transition into parenthood. With everything that I’ve seen and experienced with new dads, I wanted to create a list that would better prepare them for what’s to come and how to make this new chapter in their lives easier.

While writing this list, I also asked several experienced parents what they wished they would have known before baby. I’ve included some of their words of wisdom in this post as well.

Here are my top 10 things that every new dad needs to know:

1. Her Baby Belly Doesn’t Immediately Go Away

You may think that her belly is going to go right back to normal because baby isn’t pushing it out anymore. Well, I am here to tell you that her baby bump is not going to immediately go away. The uterus takes about six to eight weeks to get back to it’s normal pear-shaped size, but that’s just her uterus. Her body will take longer to adjust back to normal. Be prepared that right after she has had the baby, she will still look like she is six or seven-months pregnant. It also depends on how much weight she gained during her pregnancy. I tell moms that it took nine months to grow a baby, so it can take nine months to get back to her “normal” self.

2. Hormones!

From giving birth, to her hormones changing and her body recovering, and taking care of a new baby at all hours of the day and night, your wife/partner is going to need your understanding and support. Be gentle and patient with her during this time. One mom, Sarah, said, “Be her voice of reason when she’s feeling anxious, her cheerleader when she feels she’s failing, and her pillar of support when she needs strength. Postpartum emotions can be such a roller coaster and having a husband there encouraging her through those ups and downs makes such a huge difference.”

It’s common for women to experience baby blues, which occur within the first 14 days after birth. About 70-80% of women will experience baby blues so it is something to be aware of. If she is still showing signs of sadness or any other changes beyond the first two weeks (including at 6 months and beyond), she could be experiencing postpartum depression. Let her know that there is nothing to be ashamed of, that many women experience this, and that her health and happiness are priority. Contact a local counselor or therapist in your area that specializes in working with families during the postpartum time for her to talk to for help.

3. Jealousy

Some dads have expressed some jealousy after the baby is born. New dads can feel like the baby prefers mom over them and that can make them feel less loved and valued as a parent. My friend, Aimee, had a comment about this and said, “You may not be the favorite (parent) for several months. Be prepared that baby will most likely only want and only be comforted by mom for a while. It’s normal and okay. It doesn’t last forever and you can still be extremely helpful and useful in other ways.”

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Fellow doula, Nicole, added, “Daddies aren’t mommies. And mommies aren’t daddies. Partners bring their own special way of parenting to parenting. Don’t expect to soothe your baby the way mommy does. And vice versa. Your baby’s life will be much more enriched by YOUR love and guidance as a companion to the mother’s way of doing things. Your way is just as important and amazing and needed. Never feel like your contribution is not enough or not the right way.” So even though you may feel a little jealous at times, what you do and your role as dad is just as needed and important and needed.

4. Communicate!

As they say, “everything will change once you have a baby” so communication with your partner is key! An experienced dad, Aaron, said, “Be honest and clearly communicate your wants and needs to your partner (keeping in mind, timing is everything.)” Timing really is everything. And not only that, your tone in how you communicate is everything as well. (Remember those hormones of hers. She is very sensitive right now.) Yes, the mother is going through a lot, but we know that dads are going through a lot too so talk to your wife/partner and express how you feel.

Aimee said, “Communicate with your wife and be open about your feelings. It’s a sensitive but exciting time and you will really need to rely on each other a lot until you get in a groove. Don’t let yourself get too frustrated because it’s all temporary.”

5. Paternal Postnatal Depression Exists

Most people know that postpartum depression exists for women, but most people don’t know that paternal postnatal depression (PPND) exists for men. “Depression among new dads is not uncommon, and they’re not alone,” says Will Courtenay, PhD, LCSW, author of Dying to Be Men (Routledge, 2011). “The fact is, one in four new dads in the United States become depressed. It’s normal for dads to need help as they enter fatherhood.” This is another reason why communication is so important. If you feel like you aren’t feeling better or like yourself after a few weeks and need to speak with someone, find a counselor or therapist in your area that specializes in working with families during the postpartum time.

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6. Breastfeeding Can Be Difficult

New dads usually think that breastfeeding is natural, that it should come easily to the mother, and it’s something that she has to figure out on her own. This is not necessarily true. Breastfeeding can be difficult for a lot of women. She needs your help during this learning curve. Dads usually tell me they don’t know how to help when she is breastfeeding, so here are some things that you can do:

  • Help her get a good latch (watch some videos on YouTube about it).
  • Get baby in the right position for a feeding.
  • Help assemble and dissemble the breast pump and sanitize it.
  • Help burp the baby and change the diapers between feedings.
  • Keep track that your wife/partner is eating enough food (500 extra calories) and drinking enough water for good milk production.

If this is her first baby then she knows just about as much as you do about breastfeeding. Having your encouragement and support means everything to her. If things aren’t getting better, get in touch with a local La Leche League group or a lactation consultant. By doing all of these things, you can help the both of you have a better experience in the beginning.

7. Conquer the Car Seat

Your baby’s safety is essential! One thing that is a requirement before you are able to take baby home is to have the car seat properly installed in the car. The problem is, 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Most dads think that they can figure it out themselves, but you don’t want to mess around with your baby’s safety. This is why I recommend getting your car seat checked by a child passenger safety technician (CPST) to make sure that you put yours in correctly. If you didn’t put it in correctly, then he/she can show you how to properly install it. Make sure that you get this done and know how to use it before baby arrives! Read here for more information about car seats and where to get yours checked.

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8. People Want to Help So It’s Okay to Ask for Help

In America, we feel like we have to figure out and do everything on our own so we don’t become a “burden” to others or look like we are incapable of taking care of a baby ourselves. But let me tell you a little secret. When it comes to newborns, people want to help. There’s a reason why they say, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Because everyone needs a helping hand. You can’t do this on your own. If you need someone to pick something up for you, bring you food, watch the baby so you can have some rest or alone time, or whatever it is, people are more than happy to help. So take it! And if you live in a new area and don’t have any family or friends nearby, know that there are postpartum doulas that can help you during this transition as well.

9. Be Present–Showing Up is Half the Job

I once heard someone say, “As a dad, showing up is half the job.” He explained that in certain moments you might not know the right thing to do or the right thing to say and that’s okay. Just being present and showing your support makes you a good dad and partner. So if you’re feeling clueless in the moment and wanting to walk away because you don’t know what to say or do, don’t. Just be present for your partner and listen to her. That sometimes is all she needs.

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10. LOVE Your Partner

As John Wooden once said, “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” And I couldn’t agree more. By showing your love and affection to your partner, you are teaching your child what love is, how to give it, and how to receive it. You are creating peace and stability in your children’s lives. You are teaching your sons how to properly love and respect others–including their mother and sisters–and future partner. And you are teaching your daughters what real love looks like and that she should never settle for less.

These are my top ten things every new dad needs to know. What are some things that you would want new dads to know? Leave a comment below!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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It feels like our world as we knew it has flipped completely upside down the past few weeks. 🔁 With the Coronavirus pandemic, our everyday routines have been shaken up and, for many of us, not in a good way. 😫 Now that we are forced to figure out how to work from home AND take care of our children full-time, we are slowly discovering our new normals. 🤹‍♀️ This is the time, more than ever, to organize and streamline our lives and our homes. ❤️⁠
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I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home 🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home⁠ 🏡⁠
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If you have kids of any age at home right now, you know by now that structure and routine can help any day go more smoothly. 🙌 Building good habits and activities into your daily routine can provide opportunities for educational learning, play, stress-reduction, nourishment and rest. ❤️ Certainly, not every day has to be structured. And it’s healthy to allow for spontaneity and free time when you’re home together with family. But if you’re looking for a roadmap to build a new daily routine with your children during this season of social distancing, read on for a few fresh ideas! These are some easy tips you can start to build a great structure to your days spent at home. ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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And this is truer now than ever before. 📷 from And this is truer now than ever before.
📷 from the hilarious @honestlymommy⁠
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👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠ 👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠
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Potty training can be one of the most challenging endeavors of your baby’s first few years. 😫 But this is a great time to get started if your little one is ready. Rest assured, there are several methods and strategies out there to set you and your baby up for success! 🙌 We decided to borrow some lessons from the Montessori philosophy and apply these lessons to potty training. While potty training the Montessori way may not be for everyone, many parents have used this method and loved it!⁠ Here's what we've learned and how it could help your family. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @curlylittledreams⁠
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The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠ .⁠ #coronav The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠
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🎒 8 Tips from a Homeschooling Mom⁠ 👩‍🏫⁠
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If you’re like many parents and caregivers right now whose children are suddenly home all day instead of at school, and you are now facing the prospect of a crash course in homeschooling, you may have said once (or a hundred times) I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING!?!? 😰 You are not alone, I promise!⁠
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I have been homeschooling for years, and yet this pandemic has my family’s entire world turned upside down. We’ve been missing our library dates, ballet classes, afternoons at the playground, chess club, but most of all: our friends. My usually-somewhat-agreeable child has been downright combative and emotionally on-edge these past few days, poor thing. 😢 This quarantine is so hard on everyone, but especially our most vulnerable . . . which includes our children. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading about the hows and whys of homeschooling as well as this mama's great tips to help you and your child start learning at home!}⁠
Article by: Bree Von Lopez⁠
📷: @watsonhomestead⁠
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🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are 🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are clean⁠
When I'm not with you I save our lives⁠
Give me a siiiiign . . . hit my baby now online 🎶⁠
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🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for B 🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for Baby Number Two⁠ 👧👶
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Congratulations mama! You're pregnant with baby number two. 💗 How exciting! 🥳 I know, you probably have a ton of thoughts and questions racing through your mind like, "Am I REALLY ready for another baby?!" Or how about, "How do I prepare my family and home for baby number two?!"⁠ 😳
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They're all reasonable questions. However, I want you to remember something. Remember that you probably felt unsure about some things during your first pregnancy and guess what, YOU GOT THROUGH THEM! 💪 Here you are again and yes mama, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOO!⁠ ❤️
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To help you ease some of those worries, we’re sharing 10 ways to prepare for baby number two!⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📸: @by.sofiehammer
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🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distan 🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distancing 🎁⁠
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During this season of social distancing, there are still many ways to help new moms, even if you can’t visit them in person. Having a newborn is challenging—from managing new emotions brought on by hormones 🥴 to sleep deprivation 🥱 to adjusting to a new life together as a family. 🏡 But support from loved ones and friends will help new moms (and their families) get through those first few months postpartum successfully. ❤️ We’re sharing a few tried-and-true ways to support the new mom in your life, without risking exposure to germs by visiting her in person. 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @annalyncook⁠
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Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friend Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friends at a restaurant and have a large margarita WITHOUT our kids. 🍹😂 What are you gonna do when you get out?⁠
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The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻 📷: The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻
📷: @krystal.mariexo⁠
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🤰 What Is Happening With Your Postpartum Body?⁠ 👶⁠
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During pregnancy, your body is undergoing rapid changes to nourish the life growing inside of you. 💗 These changes can be exciting and welcomed in anticipation of meeting the newest member of your family. 🤗 However, after baby comes, we often forget, or just weren’t prepared, for the continued changes and discomforts of what is happening with your postpartum body. 😳 For years, these less than glamorous aspects of the “fourth trimester” were suppressed and not talked about openly. We can all be thankful that we live in an age where even the uncomfortable subjects can be talked about openly to help us all realize we aren’t alone.⁠ And that's exactly what we're doing today. Our resident OBGYN is talking about what exactly is happening to our postpartum bodies. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @tanishasnell_⁠
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👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learnin 👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learning at Home⁠ ❤️⁠
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As a teacher and mom, I can completely understand the panic I see from other moms who have been suddenly thrust into a teaching-from-home position due to the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures. Moms around the country are scrambling to find a way to continue their child's education by implementing learning from home. But most aren't sure where to start!⁠
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Like many of you reading this, I have seen social media posts from (what I like to call) the moms-of-Pinterest to the moms-barely-keeping-it-together. 🙋‍♀️ I have seen families plan structured activities throughout each day and families play outside all day (in their own space, of course). Both are okay! There is really no right or wrong way to do this. But because of my background as a teacher and mom, I want to offer some encouragement and tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: Shannon Alba⁠
📷: @chantellelournes⁠
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Velcro kids are the beeeeesssstttt . . . 🙈🙈🙈⁠ We're already stuck in this house together. It's called social distancing, kid. Give mama a little space. 😑😂⁠
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If they complain that everyone else is going out, If they complain that everyone else is going out, you tell them, “You’re not everyone.” How the tables have turned. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️⁠😂
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🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of CO 🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of COVID-19⁠ 🧸
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It’s hard to be a parent at times like these. It means lots and lots of cleaning, and being vigilant about killing germs on a daily basis. 🦠😷 During this season when many of us have our kids at home, too, it’s important to learn the best known strategies for how to clean your kids toys effectively. We have a mama, teacher, childcare provider, and school administrator on baby-chick.com today and she has seen and tried all different kinds of ways to keep toys and the objects children use most often clean and free of germs. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it!⁠ 👍
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Even though COVID-19 is a novel virus, experts say that we can still use products that the Environmental Protection Agency lists as effective on killing similar viruses, like the rhinovirus or common cold. And when we halt the spread of germs in our own home, we are doing our part to keep our communities healthy, too.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @inmomsitrust⁠
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Thankful that takeout is still available. 🙏 Thi Thankful that takeout is still available. 🙏 This is what self-care now looks like. 😂⁠
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No one’s at your party because it’s called soc No one’s at your party because it’s called social distancing, bro. That and no one cares. 🤷‍♀️ #quarantineday6 😂⁠
📷: @scarymommy⁠
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Cool 😒⁠ .⁠ #coronavirus #covid19 #nsync #qu Cool 😒⁠
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❤️❤️❤️❤️⁠ Quote via @thismessygr ❤️❤️❤️❤️⁠
Quote via @thismessygrace 🙏
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