Friday, June 08 2012 18:11

Seven Days Until Baby #2... Entering Final Countdown Phase...

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If all goes as planned, by this time next week, I will have become a father for the second time. Thus far, everything is on-target for the scheduled delivery, which is set to take place next Friday morning. For right now, the new baby remains tucked safely in the womb, while we put final touches on things here and get ready to go ''back to zero,'' and start a new life once more - just as we did nearly three years ago when Addie was born. I should be excited, but this time it's different.

I'm working more now than I have in the past couple of years, but with expenses going up, I'm worrying about money for the first time in a long time. There's also a bunch of in-progress household projects that will be left unfinished for the time being, though annoying since I wanted them done pre-baby. For some reason, time feels so much shorter this time around, and baby aside - the days seem shorter this year - as if I'm constantly getting less and less done. The "balance" of being a work-from-home Dad feels disrupted, and its troubling.

I know that all will likely go completely smooth and be just fine... but as I've said before, having kids is a big deal, and I can't see how there's so many people out there that have multiple children - especially those that seem not to care. 

It's entirely possible that I'm over analyzing , but there's a lot on my mind right now. 

Everything will probably be fine, and I'll have stressed for nothing.

But today? it was day two of a garage sale and I'm beat.


I'm going to crank this up and listen to some TRANSFORMERS-themed hardcore courtesy of SHOCKWAVE... "Entering Final Countdown Phase..."

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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