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For Abby

When we first learned of your coming birth,
We were somewhat less than filled with mirth.
Yet as the time drew nearer for your debut,
Our love and anticipation grew and grew.

The day of your arrival was frantic and rushed,
As work was postponed and schedules were crushed.
Your mother was quite young, and looked ready to burst.
All were concerned, for you were her first.

Fearless and brave, your mother faced her task.
Your father beside her, in his love she did bask.
In very short order, you burst upon the scene.
Your eyes were bright, the most beautiful ever seen.

You filled our hearts with love near to bursting,
As you guzzled your bottle with mouth ever thirsting.
We called you Cutie Patootie and little Triple P,
As we laughed at your antics and chuckled with glee.

A close bond fast grew with your Grammy Kim,
As she held you from first light until it grew dim.
She would snuggle and soothe you when none other could,
As she loved and spoiled you like a grandmother should.

Your Grammy Rhonda and Grampa Rick flew out just to see you,
As you melted their hearts with your gurgles and coos.
They bought you things that were needed, and things that were sweet.
They kissed and hugged you while tickling your feet.

Your Aunt Naomi came by, and Uncle Jake too.
It was easy to see they both loved you.
Your Great Aunt Renee would visit as well,
Like the rest of us, she was caught in your spell.

For the spell you wove was potent indeed,
One of love and caring that grew from a seed
To a towering tree that shelters a child
Through trials fierce as well as mild.

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