Let's take a road trip back to your first weeks home with baby. You're overwhelmed, a little sore, exhausted but so very happy. In fact, sometimes it feels like your heart is going to burst right out of your chest. If you had the energy right now, you'd shout from the rooftops, "I love this baby!"
Or, if you're rapper Macklemore, you write a song about it. On May 29, the musician (real name Ben Haggerty) and his wife, Tricia, welcomed daughter Sloane Ava Simone. The first-time dad announced her birth this week on Instagram while simultaneously dropping "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)"—the new song he wrote about her and performed with Ed Sheeran and Ryan Lewis. "There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe," he explained in the lengthy post. "She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her."
Of course, he's not the only musician dad who has penned a song in honor of his new babe. John Lennon ("Beautiful Boy" for son Sean), Billy Joel ("Goodnight My Angel" for daughter Alexa) and Stevie Wonder ("Isn't She Lovely" for daughter Aisha) have all expressed their paternal devotion through music. And more recently, there's "Only One," Kanye West's ode to baby North, and "Glory," which Jay Z wrote after daughter Blue Ivy was born. "Maybe I paint the sky blue," the proud dad rapped. "My greatest creation was you. You."
Macklemore's song is just as tender. Judging by the lyrics, the Grammy award winner started working on the track long before his little girl arrived: "I'll be patient, one more month. You'll wrap your fingers, round my thumb." And like any parent caught up in the flush of love and protection, he also laid out some life advice, like how to be happy ("Ask more questions, talk about yourself less"), how to have fun ("Watch the sun set with best friends from a rooftop") and how to stay safe ("Wear a helmet, don't be stupid / Jaywalk, but look before you do it"). Pretty sweet, right?
Check out the full song below:
Congratulations, Haggerty family!
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
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Photo of Macklemore and Sloane courtesy of Macklemore via Instagram