David Arquette: Having a Second Child Is ‘Less Scary’

01/14/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

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Becoming a father can be a daunting prospect, but as David Arquette prepares for his baby boy on the way, the actor is not letting the stress get to him.

“I’ve done it once so there’s not that fear that a first-time parent has because you just don’t know what to expect,” Arquette, 42, told PEOPLE after the TCAs panel at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday.

“Animals across the world have babies and they know how to take care of them instinctually. Us humans get so in our heads about it all but as soon as the baby comes it is just instinct.”

But Arquette – who is already a parent to his daughter Coco, 9, with ex-wife Courteney Cox – admits that becoming a father is a life changer and he is making sure to schedule his work with his girlfriend Christina McLarty‘s due date in mind.

“I had to make sure they could get out in time long before my baby would be born,” says Arquette of his four-week shooting schedule on location in Puerto Rico for seasons 2 and 3 of his Crackle show Cleaners.

Arquette is also looking forward to some extra bonding time with Coco during her final months as an only child and plans on having her join him on location in the coming weeks.

“Whenever you get to do that you have to take them out of school for a few days, but it’s such a great bonding experience because she gets to see what we do on the set,” he says. “It’ll be a really good time.”

And when it comes to possible trips with his new bundle of joy, don’t expect Arquette to play things too safe with his newborn.

“You have to have a lot of faith that you will be able to keep them safe and not mess them up too much,” he says.

— Patrick Gomez

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Renee Butler on

Yeah ….. especially if you’re drunk all the time :-)))))

Hockeymama on

I hope he can get clean and get it together before this baby is born.

So sad to see him going down hill like this!

He should of been home with his pregnant girlfriend Christmas eve instead of being so publically obliterated making a fool of himself at the comedy club.

What a mess!

lee on

Why would anybody want a child with the way the world is today

Shia on

Taking your child out of school to hang out with you on location isn’t the best move. I’m sorry but children Coco’s age need to be in the classroom LEARNING and not out and about flying from here to there, it’s disruptive to her studies. I guess parents like David don’t care.

kyliekoo on

Headline should say, “Scary that David Arquette is having a second child”.

smithy on

Everything is less scary when you’re wasted!!!!

Leeanna Rodinez on

Granted, David Arquette is quite eccentric, (and shame on you all for judging him on his alcoholism) but I think he seems like a great and loving Dad. Both he & Courtney beam and gush when they talk about their daughter and they seem to be very hands on parents.

Kell on

It seems (to me) he has a tendency to give subtle jabs at Courteney.

Cam on

She is a desperate fame mongrel, anything to become relevant so she gets knocked up by someone famous who was married to someone famous. I mean come on she was married very briefly to Joe Fancis, a very rich scumbag. She will do anything for fame and money. And what will she get in return? A baby with a huge head like David’s, look at coco, she isn’t exactly cute.

Emma on

Real nice Came…taking a jab at a child. You plan on bullying your children\future children like that?

Steffi on

He looks weird and she looks like a younger version of Courtney Cox.

cj on

Babies are a blessing. I wish them both well! Everyone needs a little slice of happiness ..

melba hyatt on

I love David Arquette, so I’m happy for them both. I think It’s great he wants to spend one on one time with Coco. My Mom took me out of school for a week in Oct. every year for our vacation and we got our work and did it there. I think he’s a great Dad and we all make some mistakes in our life. I have 2 kids and I’ve made some mistakes. Love and prayers to him and his girlfriend..

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