08/13/2007 at 10:00 AM EDT
Jordan Knight may no longer be such a New Kid on the Block, but the frontman for the '80s boy band does have something to sing about – being a family man.
"I love being a dad," says Knight, 37. "My life is very full."
Knight's wife Evelyn gave birth
in February to the couple's second child, Eric Jacob Knight. Older son Dante is now 7.
"Right now, all Dante wants to do is take care of his brother, so we don't have any jealousy issues," says his dad. "Dante is very protective, so it really bothers him when Eric cries. I think they're going to be very close."
Unlike some new parents, Knight doesn't mind midnight feedings or diaper changes. "I am a night owl, so that actually works out well," he says. "I like to stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning, so I can take care of him if he wakes up, and let my wife sleep."
After releasing his second solo album, Love Songs
, last year, Knight is taking some time off to spend with his family.
"There are a lot of doors open right now," he says. "But I don't want to do anything that will take me away from my family for very long. They're only going to be young for so long, and I'd hate to miss this time in their lives."
Scheduled for later this year are a handful of performances, mostly in New England, near Knight's Boston home.
So, will the family grow to include a third child? "Our hands are full with two," says Knight. "But we'll see. Fatherhood is the best thing I've ever done."