On January 22 of 2021, my life changed.  I held my daughter in my arms for the first time and knew that my life would never be the same again.    Below are the ramblings of a new dad making sense of everything.

  1. Coffee after 2:00pm is not only appropriate, it’s essential to our survival as parents.  It’s kind of like college, except you’re cramming for finals but there are no keggers going-on.  
  2. Being a single dad would be very difficult.  To quote Bane:  “It would be extremely painful.”  After my first full day with Vivi at home, I immediately gained a massive amount of respect to single parents.  Not all heroes wear capes!  
  3. Vivi has a monkey butt.  Before you ask, yes.  I’ve created the “monkey butt” song and sing it every day.  Don’t worry, Nano wasn’t left out.  She has a pork butt and suffers through her respective song as well!  I’m pretty sure Lauren is about to place me on a psychiatric hold…. 
  4. Getting pooped-on isn’t as bad as you think.  The expression “shit happens” has never been more accurate.  I’ll just leave it at that…
  5. The kettlebell continues to be the ultimate training tool.  Between diaper changes, chores, errands and running a business, it can be a challenge to get my workout in.  Having a few kettlebells lying around has been a real game-changer.  It’s ironic that as a trainer, I’m to the point where going to the gym seems like too much work! With one kettlebell, I can train my whole body effectively.   
  6. Rule number 1 of the Derek Christeler fatherhood playbook; Expect the unexpected.  Having a child is the ultimate wild card.  Things will change constantly, so be ready for it.  Don’t get too married to plans.  As Bruce Lee famously said; “be like water.”
  7. I make plenty of mistakes daily.  All I can do is learn and do better next time.  You know, just like life…  

Train your body.  Feed your mind.   


Here are some great takeaways on fatherhood from my great friend and mentor Derek Christeler!
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