Greetings fellow Chefs- My wife is 8 months pregnant with our first born child right now and let me preface this by saying that her and I are totally ecstatic for this new adventure in our lives. Knowing many of you have travelled the deep paths of this industry as well I was hoping to catch some advice on trying to help manage a healthy home life without sacrificing any of my work as well. When we first discovered our news I did notice my work slipping for a bit- the mental distractions caused my attention to details fall a bit and my creativity went to nearly zero. After a few weeks and I got my head screwed back on right I was back on top of my game, If not running even higher and harder and better with new motivation pushing me more. However now that the time is coming closer to her arrival I’m obviously having these mental distractions affecting my work again. It is not that I am screwing everything up, it’s more that I’m a workhorse like many of you and take great pride and joy in my craft and work hard to perform at the highest level I can consistently. Selfishly, my craft is my identity. I am super excited and ready to be a father and want to do anything and everything to be present and give my daughter every opportunity I can to succeed in life as well. So the big question getting to in all of this is how have you all found ways to manage your households and be present while still being able to perform at a high level?