In between all the feeds and poops during the first couple of days, I made a playlist of all the songs I connected with the Troll's birth. I still listen to this playlist now and then (this morning in fact as we talked to drop-in nursery, which is when I had the idea of pulling my post off of Facebook and blogging it) and re-live all the happiness and hysteria of that crazy, crazy day.
Becky G - Break a Sweat: The song looping in my head during the actual birth. Took a ridiculous amount of effort to give Marte the appropriate encouragement whilst she pushed (Well done! Nearly there! etc.) instead of singing this at her.
Shakira - Hips Don't Lie: A long-running thing between us because of my wife's 'birthing hips'. In immediate post-birth hysteria I might just have said "I told you your hips don't lie!".
Ace of Base - All That She Wants: About two hours after the birth, my wife gleefully informs me that "It wasn't as bad as I thought. We could definitely have another, I reckon". Needless to say, this came to mind and was sung back at her.
Drake - Hotline Bling: The earworm that's become the Troll's/my favourite soothing tune. Ending up doing a weirdly similar dance too when trying to calm him.
Kelis - Milkshake: The refrain burst out of my wife the first time the Troll took to the boob.
Justin Bieber - What do you mean?; Zara Larsson & MNEK - Never Forget You: The first two songs I heard when I got in the car to drive home to check in on the cats and get some food in before we left the hospital the next day.
Radioahead - No Surprises: One of my favourite songs by my favourite band, playing on the radio as I drove back to the hospital after sorting out the cats.
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood (had to use the Ryan Adams cover here, but I actually prefer it to the original): It was playing as we drove home from the hospital. My wife was in the backseat with the Troll, crying hysterically with hormonal joy, and I was laughing hysterically at the happy absurdity of it all.
Mike Posner - I Took a Pill in Ibiza: Just because it was #1 the week of his birth.