Herself has different songs that remind her of each of the Offspring.
Offspring the First: Love Is (Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight). Released shortly before Offspring the First's birth, this song seemed to capture the essence of the imminent changes in Herself's life. She had no idea what the journey of motherhood would be like; she knew, though, that her heart would be broken wide open by the arrival of her first child. And so it was.
They say it's a blessing, they say it's a gift
They say it's a miracle and I believe that it is
It conquers all, but it's a mystery
Love breaks your heart
Love takes no less than everything....
Offspring the Second: One (U2). Herself remembers listening to this song while heavily pregnant with Offspring the Second. She would watch the bump of an elbow pass across her abdomen from the inside, and he kicked quite vigorously. Pregnancy was always so fascinating - how strange, to be carrying a separate soul within Herself.
You got to do what you should
With each other
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other....
Offspring the Third: Angel (Sarah McLachlan). We have written about this song before. Offspring the Third's entry into the world was shadowed by an incomprehensible loss - when Herself was midway through her pregnancy with Offspring the Third, one of Herself's closest loved ones tragically lost a full-term baby due to a cord accident. Herself's last trimester was filled with grief and helplessness at being so far from her loved one and being unable to determine how to console her, as well as with worry and anger at the vagaries of fate. When Offspring the Third was in danger during his difficult delivery, the fear was numbing.
Blessed child, delivered safely. Some would say that Offspring the Third had a guardian angel looking over him.
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here.
Lovely Offspring. I hope you find your own treasured music throughout your lives.