While You Were Sleeping, a 2004 publication by Burks Publishing/Trafford, is lyrically written by Stephanie Burks and brightly illustrated by Kelli Bienvenu. The brief book, about two moms waiting for the baby they are adopting to be born, and loving the child from the moment they meet, is a sweet story to read while soothing a new arrival.
The refrain “while you were sleeping” is repeated through the text as the mothers’ describe bonding by holding the baby and singing “lullabies we never thought we would get a chance to sing.”
While You Were Sleeping is still available from the publisher. I appreciate the focus on adoption, especially interracial adoption; the baby is illustrated with very light brown skin and tight black curls, the mothers are white.
I really like this book but would prefer it as a board book. It’s most suitable for a very young audience because of its length and content and little hands can do a lot of damage!