Last May, two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh welcomed her first child, Joey. Just a few weeks from now, Kerri will welcome a second son. Seriously, that takes some determination… and planning.
And although Kerri says that motherhood has changed her, it apparently hasn’t changed her incredibly competitive spirit. In addition to back-to-back gold medals (2004 and 2008) and back-to-back babies (2009 and 2010), Kerri is planning to make a run at a third gold medal in 2014.
Kerri recently sat down with Celebrity Baby Scoop to talk about her ambitious parenting style.
On back-to-back babies:
“Having our first two children ‘back to back’ was definitely our dream from the start. Both Casey and I are very close in age to our nearest siblings and neither of us would have traded that for the world. I personally feel that it was the best gift my parents could have given me (aside from the loving marriage and partnership they raised all of us in–they just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary!) And we wanted to give that to our kids.
I’ve been blessed to have two very easy pregnancies (knock on wood!) So I’ve never been overwhelmed with it. That being said, I’ve been getting more and more nervous about becoming a mother of two. I know that it will all fall in place and be as it should, but I worry about having enough for both my boys. I never want to be lacking for them. My excitement far outweighs my fears by a million percent. I guess I am trying to prepare myself for the awesome responsibility that lies before me and however amazing I know in my heart it will be, I’m still a little scared to not be enough.”
On how motherhood has changed her:
“I feel like motherhood has allowed me to finally be and accept me. It truly has completed me or in the very least, it has given me the inspiration and confidence to find myself outside of the athlete label; it has opened me up to becoming the woman I truly aspire to be because I want to be the best for my family.”