Top: Two of MY babies, circa 1974. I loved it when little girls wore dresses, didn't you? The purple one with the white collar was always one of my favorites, and in time, it was passed down to her little sister, of course. She looked just as cute in it as her big sister did.
Daddy and me on the front steps, with naked baby and omnipresent teddy bear. Circa 1946. Note the beautiful sock and sandal look. That look has not come back for women, but now and again I see some grandpas sporting it!
My dog Kippy used to "stand guard" over the car bed, when my son was a newborn. I got Kippy when I was a junior in high school. When I moved away from home after college, Kippy remained with mom and dad, since she couldn't live with me at the time. She loved coming to visit me, but whenever she saw mom and dad getting their luggage ready for the return trip, Kippy was the first one into the car and she couldn't be coaxed out, even to say goodbye. Kippy never had babies, but she showed her maternal instincts when she was near a baby. I would put the baby in his car bed, which was placed in our living room, so I could keep an eye out on him. Kippy would stand or sit beside the bed, her chin on the edge, and remain there for hours. She'd get a weary look on her face, but she took it as her duty to be on guard.
Yours truly, all decked out for a dance. This was about the same time I got Kippy....11th grade. I was standing in front of a mural in a friend's home. Shopping for that emerald green satin cocktail dress was exhausting, as I recall. I never made any shopping trip easy; I had to try on everything in the store - and then like as not - I'd buy the first one I had tried on hours before. Then, I'd start the process all over looking for shoes. Luckily, I have outgrown those bad habits.