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Q&A With Nick Lachey

How becoming a father changed this singer/songwriter's life and music.

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What has surprised you most about parenthood?

"Just the way your life changes so much, so fast, and in every way. It affects every decision you make, and for the rest of your life. Actually, I’m not exactly surprised by this -- because I did expect it -- but perhaps I’m just amazed at how broad-sweeping it is."

Any baby gear you’re particularly grateful for these days?

"The little jumpy thing we put in a doorway. He loves bouncing around in it so much, and it helps me in the mornings -- I can actually have my hands free and make a cup of coffee."

What role has music played in these early days of parenting?

"Well, I started singing to him well before he was even born, because I heard that babies might recognize the tunes they heard in the womb. In fact, one of the songs on my new album of lullabies came out of those pre-natal singing sessions, called 'Sleepy Eyes.' And while I was making the album, as soon as I came home from the studio, I’d test out my songs on him. It’s just the sweetest thing to watch his reactions: He smiles and his eyes light up. I also included my take of the classic 'You Are My Sunshine' on the album because it has a deep resonance for me -- my grandfather sang it to me when I was a baby."

How would you feel if Camden wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps and be in the entertainment business?

"I felt so lucky that my parents were 100% supportive of anything I wanted to do, and so I’m determined to show the same unwavering acceptance of my son, whatever he wants to do."

What are you most looking forward to sharing with Camden in the months and years to come?

"Some of the most typical father-son stuff, for sure, like sports. I can’t wait to take him to his first baseball game, to watch more football with him, or to have a catch together. But even this past winter, when he was just a few months old, he’d sit on my lap and we’d watch my beloved Cincinnati Bengals together. I call him my 'good luck charm.'"

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Reviewed on April 12, 2013

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