Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh has never been one to shy away from flexing her prowess in the sports arena. With teammate Misty May Treanor, she took home gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Off the sand, she’s mom to son Joseph, 1, with husband, Casey Jennings, and gave birth to baby boy #2, Sundance, born May 19th. We caught up with Walsh two days before she give birth to dish on raising an infant while pregnant with another, her super-easy pregnancy, and growing up an Irish twin.
How have you survived being pregnant while taking care of a baby?
It’s been surprisingly easy being pregnant while raising such a young child. Joey is, plain and simply, an easy kid. Plus, Daddy is amazing and I’ve been blessed with good genes as far as how pregnancy affects me. I’ve literally had three or four “bad” days out of nine months and I’m so grateful. I can’t imagine if that weren’t the case! This pregnancy has flown by because I’ve been so busy and having so much fun with Joey! I’ve stayed busy, stayed fit, and have really enjoyed the whole process.
What’s your parenting philosophy?
I don’t think I have developed it yet. So far it’s been all about showing love and being consistent with what we ask of our child. Joey’s a great kid, so we must be doing something right – actually, no, I can’t take any credit. He’s good all on his own!
How do you deal with a public tantrum?
Joey hasn’t had his first public tantrum yet – lucky me! When he does have a little fit, it’s all about distraction and misdirection. He’s almost one, so I think we’ll milk this tactic as long as we can!
Favorite vacation spot: North Shore Lake Tahoe or Kuai, Hawaii.
Favorite exercise: Beach volleyball (I love my job!) and single leg dead lifts (good for the buns/backside!)
Weirdest habit: I honestly can’t think of one! Maybe I’m so weird that all my weird stuff seems normal?
What makes you cringe? The thought of busting out my breast pump again. In part, it makes me happy because it’ll mean my baby boy has arrived, but the other part of it I can do without!
What’s been your biggest parenting challenge?
I think it’s right around the corner! I’m 38 weeks pregnant with baby boy number two, and in no time I’ll be trying to figure out how to manage everything that comes with being a mother to two children. Every schedule and routine we have right now with Joey will likely get thrown off kilter, which scares me a bit, but also excites me. Growing up as an “Irish twin” (Two kids born within 12 months of each other), I always wanted that for my kids – now we’ll see how it goes!
What’s your favorite meal to make for your children?
We’re still on baby food. That’s all about to change, though. Joey is definitely ready to eat what the big kids eat.
What do you do for “me” time?
Exercise. I’ve been pregnant for nearly two years now, with only a little break in between my first and second pregnancies. As an athlete, I haven’t had the option to compete while pregnant. So I’ve learned to love working out just for me – not for work, but for sanity and for the pure pleasure of using my body. It provides me with a certain level of balance, confidence, release and sanity.
If you could teach your kids one life lesson, what would it be?
Treat others as you’d like to be treated and always give 100% to anything you commit yourself to. Gosh, so many choose from! Dream big, stay close to your family, work hard for what you want, keep God present, don’t be afraid to fail, be good to your mother!
Who are your parenting role models?
Absolutely, positively, my parents. They’ve been – and continue to be – so amazingly supportive and present in my life. They’ve worked so hard for themselves and their family and have built a beautiful life based on faith, integrity, team work, and love. They’re such great parents because through their example they’ve taught us how to be. What a special gift.
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