Tuesday, April 26, 2011

counting down

bookcovers
During my last visit to The Salvation Army Select I stumbled upon this handsome pair of books published in 1960. You know how I love a good vintage illustration...and the timing and subject-matter of these couldn't be any more perfect.

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This pretty much sums up the anticipation I'm feeling these days. My official due date is even the same as the one marked on the calendar, June 9. However, because we're having twins, the babies are predicted to come about three weeks earlier. Oh...and that look of nighttime discomfort...I'm totally, totally there!

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Edgar, on the other hand, is busy making arrangements for the babies' arrival...

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...and coming to the realization his space in the house is getting smaller and smaller by the moment.

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He is ahead of the game in the sense that he already has his clothes picked out in the case of a mid-night run to Labor and Delivery. He had this task complete several days before I had my own bags packed :)

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Despite all the planning, I'm sure we'll look more like this when the time finally comes. Afterall, can you ever be truly ready?

[books written and illustrated by Dick Barry, copyright 1960 by Ink-A-Toon, Boonton, NJ]

16 comments:

Danielle said...

These are great! And I can't believe that the date on the calendar is your due date. That's quite a coincidence.

MoolyBee said...

We weren't ready for number one - my water broke at 7am and I couldn't wake my husband up from the bathroom! Thinking back, I couldn't have written the scene much funnier - number two was much easier and relaxed. YAY!

Jan said...

Ready or not ... wishing you all the best Suzanne.
xxx

San said...

Oh these illustrations are just lovely and the coincidence with the date is awesome.

Wishing you all the best.

no way said...

It will work out just fine...you'll be surprised (in many ways) by the whole process, but it will all work out well.

But why does the "mom" version of the book spell it "bee" and the dad's is spelled correctly? Am I missing some sort of obvious mom/bee connection?

That reminds me, time is running out for my unsolicited advice! xo!

cindy k said...

how perfect for you to find that wondeful book. it shows that you're not alone! my favorite tv episode of labor was i love lucy. so cute!

suzanne cabrera said...

No Way : I've been trying to figure the 'bee' question out since I found the books...

Liz Brown said...

Love it! You walked into the store at the perfect time to find these. So glad you found a way to incorporate them into your blog.
My only guess about the "bee" issue is the illustration of the quintessential bird and bee on the cover of the book for moms. Cheeky, eh?

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh...smart Liz! Bet that's it!!!

decorativity said...

I LOVE that fun retro look from the 60s! I can't get enough of it!!

eileen said...

very funny Suzanne - and so true - I can relate to every single picture!!! Hope you are doing well - nearly there...

TeresaR said...

Those are a riot! I hope it won't be quite so hectic as you think. :) With my first, he didn't appear until 20 hours after I entered the hospital, darned kid.

thinkinginsomniac said...

Hahaha!! Wonderful illustrations!

Em said...

Such treasure can be found at thrift stores! These are so great.

NoviceArtist said...

Love it!

Steph said...

This is such a cute post! I am so happy for you guys and can't wait to see pictures of your new family!