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Well, I am happy to announce that my wife and I just had our second child; a beautiful girl named Olivia.

Right now we have a 2-year old boy, a newborn girl and my wife just made it medically impossible for her to have a 3rd.

Although I still look pretty young, I am 39 years old and I will be 58 by the time my daughter graduates high school.

So far I am 2 days in and writing this during my “shift” of baby watching at 1am.

2 major differences between baby 1 and 2.

A) I’m way less anxious this time. First time around my son would sneeze and wake us up in a panic.

Now? Its gotta really be code red to freak me out. Also, I know this lack of sleep will end.

Its basically a month of hell before you finally get some normalcy and a routine going. My son now sleeps like a teenager from 9 to 730am, just have to make it there.

B) It’s tricky because my first child is still young. Let’s face it, I have two babies at home, just one is an infant. My son is also high energy, if I dont take him to the park, hiking, or some serious rough housing at home; he wont sleep.

I been trying to get him to sleep first then deal with the infant crap. If he is awake, he will annoy me, so gettting him to bed is first priority.

C) Two totally different personalities. My daughter eats and sleeps like a pro, my son probably cried 10x more and was much more needy.

Overall, although I am only 2 days in, I am feeling pretty confident I will survive this 2nd child.  I’m a lot more confident, enough to the point where my wife and I started shift work to guarantee we get some sleep.

Until one, or both kids gets sick; we should be in the clear for a while.

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I have to be honest with you.  If you become a parent, it will be close to impossible to become a champion athlete.

Don’t get me wrong; you can get in great shape.  This is my shape from this past summer:

You can still get in good shape, but you definitely cannot train and diet at 110%.

Some examples?

I used to run 3-miles on a summer morning in Coney Island, starve myself for about 12-14 hours, eat a can of tuna fish, then go drinking all night with my friends.

Those days are OVER.

10 years ago I would sleep till 12 noon, then go for a 6-mile run with my Russian friend in 15-degree weather.

Now? I am up at 7:30.

Diet? Forget it.  My son typically eats about half his dinner. Guess who is finishing it? Daddy.

Half a waffle, half a cookie, half a slice of pizza, etc. It starts to add up.

But there are ways to work around it.

Weights are ALWAYS done at lunch.  I lift 4 or 5x a week at lunch during my work week.

Cardio? This is the hard one.

I take my son to the park almost everyday in nice weather, and it is a decent workout. But when you try to run 3-miles hard or do sprints Before/After the park, its tiring.

Same with trying to run during his nap.  When you come back from your workout, expect to get no rest at all because he will be waking up.

Overall, there is no major excuse to not workout when you have kids.  Just don’t except to beat someone who has unlimited free time and a similar work ethic.

-John Andre

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