Nick Lachey on Baby Son Camden: “I Sing to Him Every Morning”

 Austin Hargrave, Fisher Price

New dad Nick Lachey has a lot on his plate — he's just released a new solo album, A Father's Lullaby, 98 Degrees has a new CD (and subsequent tour) launching next month, and most importantly, there's 7-month-old baby Camden, his son with wife Vanessa Minnillo Lachey. We were lucky enough to chat with the very talented (and all-around nice) dad and learn more about what it's like to write music for his own child.

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Congratulations on your new album and new baby! At what point did you decide you want to record A Father's Lullaby? It was pretty early on in Vanessa's pregnancy. I had so many emotions running through my head, and music has always been my way of expressing that. I hadn't heard of any guys with lullaby albums, so I decided to go for it. It was really an inspiring time in my life. I started to write the melodies when she was pregnant, then waited on the lyrics until the baby was here and I could get to know him. 

What's the best thing about being a dad? It's getting up with Camden first thing in the morning — going in to get him out of out of his crib around 7:30 and seeing him smile. That's our bonding time. I give him his first bottle, and I sing to him every morning.

7:30? That's not bad! Yeah, he's really a great kid. He sleeps very well. He's sitting up on his own now, and rocking. Crawling is just around the corner. He's becoming more and more expressive. It's a lot of fun. 

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Do you and Vanessa have plans for more kids down the road? Definitely at least one more. Not yet, though — we're enjoying our time with Camden. 

98 Degrees has a new album coming out in May – tell me more about that. We do — it's called 2.0. We're going to be going on tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. Getting back in the studio with the guys has been a blast. It's like no time has passed. Just like riding a bike.

Will Vanessa and Camden be joining you on tour, or staying home? They'll be with me for at least the first part of the tour. It's too long of a time to be away from him . . . watching him grow and change. I'd miss it — and him — too much. So they'll be joining me. The other guys have kids too – my brother [and bandmate, Drew Lachey] has two kids, and Jeff [Timmons] has five, so it'll be a whole family affair. We've traveled with Camden before, but never on a bus!

What's Vanessa like as a mom? She's a great mom. It's a lot of fun to watch the woman you love evolve into motherhood.

What's your advice for soon-to-be-parents? Anything you wish your friends had told you? Take a babymoon — a vacation that's all about the two of you for one last time. Do it in the second trimester, after the morning sickness is over but before she's too uncomfortable. It should just be about you as a couple.


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