Having a newborn infant in your charge takes over pretty much all of your senses. Everything becomes about making sure a helpless, tiny human’s needs are taken care of. You forget to eat, but you never forget to feed her. You are not sleeping, and when she’s sleeping, you’re watching to make sure everything is OK. Until your eyes finally shut involuntarily.
But listening to music, my husband and I found, is something you can fully enjoy amidst the craziness of newborn life. One of the best things we discovered during the first few months with Frida was the Rockabye Baby series. Pixies songs as lullabies? Yes, please! (Ana was my husband’s favorite, he loves it now more than the original.) It helped put her to sleep and it kept us sane.
Music became such a big part of our experience as new parents and our relationship with our new baby that we created a playlist especially for Frida (check it out below). It includes new songs that evoked thoughts of this new little baby, as well as old ones that we already loved and suddenly seemed incredibly fitting. My husband and I both contributed to the playlist and it became a fun little project.
One of our favorite new(ish, from 2008) songs was No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses and All of Me by Tanlines. An old favorite, Umi Says by Mos Def was suddenly so appropriate, and I’ll Keep It With Mine, my all-time favorite song by Bob Dylan (my favorite artist), could not have been more fitting. And Frida was getting down to Daft Punk by LCD Soundsystem before she could even crawl.
(Apologies for embarrassing accompaniment and portrait orientation! The husband is cringing.)
I was an only child, so music has always been huge in my life. Ever since I got my first record player when I was 8 years old, music was an escape, a way to have a party with no one else around, and a vehicle for some serious daydreaming. Now that I’m grown up, it serves basically the same purposes—and even better, I can have a party and dance like a maniac with my husband and my kid in the comfort of our home.
What’s your favorite song, or favorite playlist? I’d love to hear about it!
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