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Welcome to week #2 on the A to Z Musical Hop courtesy of Jackie over at Ambling and Rambling.

We’ve had an arrival in our family, which is rather preoccupying everyone over here.

My brother’s wife gave birth to their first – a son – early this morning.  My sister-in-law and baby are both doing well.

So “B” today is for Baby!

And Birth!

Having been through the whole birthin’ process twice myself, I am naturally an expert.  And this is the first song that came to mind:

1.  Push It – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It (1987)

I dare you to watch this video thinking of childbirth and ever think of this song again in any other context.

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Bet you’re wondering where this list goes from here, huh?

Well, I gave it some thought, and figured, this should maybe, I don’t know, be musically about the baby?  And then, I figured we could make it a musical family post of sorts.  So my next three choices are the songs that were #1 (or near there) this week, for new baby boy, and then for each of my girls.

I based my selections on the Canadian Top 40 list.

2.  Happy – Pharrell Williams (Number #1 This Week)

Okay, so I’ll just say it now.  Baby Boy wins the birthday week song competition.  Can you picture a better song to be playing the week you’re born?  Happy childbirth is over!  Happy you’re here!  Happy to meet you!  Happy to greet you!  Can’t wait for you to start your life!  Random happy exclamation marks!!!!  It’s just a joyful video.  As a note, I considered posting the Despicable Me 2 version, but I think the official video is just, well, happier.

3.  Wide Awake – Katy Perry (Number #2 in late July 2012)

I love that this song was right up on the charts at the birth of my second daughter, because this is a pretty perfect song for girl babies.  Generally with babies?  Yeah.  Wide awake.  And awake; still awake; STILL. AWAKE….

Then?  Wide awake with the awe of everything so perfect about new babies.  With both my girls, I remember lieing in the hospital with them on the bed with me just staring at them in wonder.  That I’d grown a whole new human.  It’s one of those moments of clarity in life.

And finally?  Her storyline of growing through various changes and challenges to where she is now; with a nice nod to childhood and all things fun and girly innocent in parts of the video.  Also?  Kiddy Katy seems pretty smart.   I’d like my kids to be perceptive like that and look out for me as well as their future selves.

As a note, I thought the Number #1 song at the time was catchy, I’m just a bit dubious about posting a song so … unsubtle about what it’s about (Flo Rida – Whistle) in association with the birth of my child.

4.  I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas (Number #1 in October 2009)

This works.  My first daughter came into the world after 8:00 in the evening.  After all that labour, it was nice to be done.  And it wasn’t just a good night.  It was a great night.  The adrenaline.  The awe.  The “Oh My God, I’m now a parent!” moment.  The beginning of life that is now.  Mazel tov indeed!  And since then?  Yeah.  It’s been a party.

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So how do I end this list?  I’ve run out of kids on this side of the family and I’m a song short.  Well, let’s bring it back to mom, shall we?  Here’s a song I’ve always loved:  for the mom I have; the mom I hope I am; and the kids I hope I raise into the well-adjusted, happy people I dream and hope they become.  Here’s my last choice for this evening:

5.  Good Mother – Jann Arden (1994)

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So I took my girls to visit their new cousin tonight at the hospital.  He was alert and awake.  My 4-year-old was thrilled to hold and (basically) pet him.  My two-year-old giggled at him a few times and waved.  She then had granny (who I brought for support) tour her ’round the hospital while myself and my eldest visited for a short bit.  Then I took the girls for ice cream.  Because, you know, it’s a birthday.  And that calls for ice cream.

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