Will Your Baby Follow Your Passion?

Sasha Brown-Worsham

Adam and Kara Goucher, two of the most famous American runners, had their first child, a boy they named Colton Mirko, who weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Just this month in Runner's World, Goucher was saying she was in denial about the process of childbirth. Now that she's on the other side, I wonder what she will say about it?

Of course running enthusiasts are already speculating on what will come of such a talented merger.

His parents are professional runners and United States Olympians in track -- Kara Goucher, 32, competed at 5,000 and 10,000 meters in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China, while Adam Goucher, 35, ran at 5,000 meters in 2000 in Sydney, Australia.

So, is this baby destined for track greatness or will he go another direction?

One of the hardest parts of having a child is facing that they may be different than us. My daughter is a lot like me -- bold, loud, brash, and outgoing -- but my son is much more reserved, shyer, and hates crowds.

Yes, he is only 2, but I still have to adjust my expectations over what he will be like. In my family, my sister and I come from a family of almost all lawyers and I know it disappointed my father that neither of us chose that path for ourselves.

We have expectations for our children. It's a fact. And sometimes they go in the opposite direction.

An athletic father might have a son who loves the theater, and a mother who is intellectual and loves to read may give birth to a daughter who loves to play basketball and hates books. They are a crap shoot, those babies.

So, while it's likely that this new baby boy will be a runner -- after all, he will see it, live it, and breathe it from birth -- it may also backfire. Maybe he will not be interested and find something else to call his own.

And hopefully his parents -- and all those expecting another Olympian -- will be happy anyway.

Did your kids follow in your footsteps?


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