“I just love to hold her.” That’s what new dad J.R. Martinez has to say about his daughter Lauryn Anabelle. He didn’t have a dad of his own, but J.R’s settled into the role quite nicely.
In an interview with People, the former Dancing with the Stars champion talks about his precious daughter. “I kiss her non-stop all day long,” he says of the baby girl born on May 2.
J.R., 28, an Iraq war veteran, says being raised by a single mom didn’t have any impact on his own paternal instincts. “The minute she was born I was like, ‘This is where I’m meant to be.’ I felt excitement and love and it was all about her,” he says.
“I’ll be holding her and think, ‘This is my daughter’ – it’s a language I’m still getting used to.”
J.R. and his girlfriend, Diana Gonzalez-Jones, have nicknamed their daughter Belle – and she’s been the perfect baby: “It’s been easy so far,” says the proud daddy. “She’s eating, sleeping six, seven hours a night. It’s crazy!”
What nickname did you give your child?