This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a mother calmly reading while her baby sleeps peacefully in its bassinet. The photo comes from an advertising agency, which is not surprising, because that is the only way such a photo is likely to have been taken! How I coped with bringing up four babies is all a bit of a blur these days, but I'm sure that whenever they went to sleep I was busy getting everything else done that I couldn't do when they were awake. I certainly wasn't sitting down relaxing with a book. I was too busy in the daytime and too exhausted at night to read very much at all for quite a few years! I have a few photographs of our babies asleep in the pram, probably because taking them out for walks was a good way to get them to fall asleep, but no photos of them asleep in bassinets.
Below is a card that my mother received from her friend Elaine when I was born. Elaine is the lady who coincidentally appeared in my blog last week holding a koala. Although I don't have a photo of us together, I imagine she also enjoyed holding me as a cuddly baby when she came to visit.
Here is the 'little dear' referred to above, aged about 6 months, in a bassinet, not asleep but propped up with a pillow and taking notice .
Here I am again, outside enjoying the sunshine. Then in the photograph below I'm in the washing basket!
Below is our first daughter out for a walk in the very basic pram that we used for all four children, also not asleep.
These days putting babies to sleep on their tummies is frowned upon, and the use of sheepskins, pillows, toys, cot liners and other baby bedding and frills is also strongly discouraged, but somehow our babies survived.
A blanket and basket lining are used in these two photos of our English granddaughter as a newborn.
Our second daughter and granddaughter are currently living with us, and to conclude, here are a couple of photos of them, showing Laura managing to read while breastfeeding, although from the mischievous look of baby Lucy in the second photo, that reading was about to come to an end.
Now for more blogs about mothers and babies, books,bassinets, bedding or soft toys, politically correct or otherwise, tiptoe quietly over to Sepia Saturday #336.