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Congratulations, Sarah and Kyle!

IT ’ S A   G IR L ! A warm welcome to Ava!

W R I T T E N BY

MARIANNE RICHMOND


Congratulations, Sarah and Kyle!

IT’S A GIRL!

W R I T T E N

M A R I A N N E

B Y

R I C H M O N D


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Sarah and Kyle FROM

Lisa Sarah and Kyle, Many blessings to you as you bring this beauitul, healthy baby girl into the world! Welcome Baby Ava! Love, Lisa


Welcome, Ava!


What a wonderful blessing.


Ava’s ten tiny fingers.


Sweet, kissable toes. Chubby, cherubic cheeks and cute button nose.


Sarah and Kyle: Did you ever think someone so little could make you feel love‌


so BIG?


Sarah and Kyle:

Delight in the “girly-ness� of it all.


Cuddly pink sleepers. Cute jeans and dresses. Tiny, shiny shoes.


Bows in her tresses.


Sarah and Kyle:

There is nothing so innocent, r S


so heartwarming, as little girl playtime. r S


Dress up. Midday parties with doll friends. Silly dancing. And loving anything sparkly!


Ava will endear you with her “me-do-it� resolve,

wide-ranging emotions, cuddles to spare, and everyday notions.


Sarah and Kyle:

Teach her early that it’s “ladiesʼ choice” out there.


Encourage her to go for it, whether it be soccer or softball or dance. Reading…or math.


Girls hurt easily.


Handle her with care.


Sarah and Kyle: Make time for her. „• Listen to her. • ‚ Celebrate her. „• Pray for her.


Tell her how

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Tell her how much she’s loved—whatever her mood.


Teach her self-respect and boundaries.

Kindness, manners, and self-sufficiency.


Sarah and Kyle:

Make time for the important stuff.


Piggyback rides. Hopscotch.


. Jump rope. g a t M ud p i e z es. Free


wish a g n ki a M

. Underdogs.


Sarah and Kyle:

Help Ava grow into a young woman who loves herself just the way she is!


Sarah and Kyle:

Cherish the journey and the adventure of parenthood.


The gifts will be many, the lessons innumerable, the love all consuming.


What an incredible blessing.


About the Author Beloved author and artist Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-足 winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect with each other. She lives in the Minneapolis area. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.


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SHARING THE JOY OF YOUR WONDERFUL BLESSING.

wishes for you and your baby girlÉ MAY YOUR DAYS BE FILLED WITH LOVE & LAUGHTER.


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