‘Dancing with the Stars’ J.R. Martinez, my new baby has given me balance. The actor and former U.S. soldier, been lacking lacking balance in his life, but things have turned around for him since the birth of his six month old daughter, Lauryn Anabelle.
“Before it was work, work, work and now [being a father has] given me a little bit of balance,” Martinez, 29, tells PEOPLE.
What’s been the most exciting part for the new dad is the opportunity to watch baby Belle’s budding personality.
“She’s coming into her own now,” he says, “She’s a happy girl, she’s a happy baby. She’s really calm and real chill.”
He is always willing to get up and go, Martinez‘s global travel has never posed a problem, until now.
“It’s never been an issue for me to pick up my stuff and hit the road for two weeks at a time,” the new dad explains.
“[But now,] having to still work and get in the car and be away from her is the hardest.”
Luckily for Martinez, girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones keeps him connected while he’s away.
“[She] sends pictures and videos [of Belle] all the time,” he shares.
And when Martinez is home with his little one?
“I spend every second with her,” he says, adding that he is no stranger to diaper duty. “When I’m home I change her. That’s my job.”
With plans to expand their family further, Martinez admits he’d love to have a son — for Gonzalez-Jones’ sake.
“It’d be nice to balance it out since we have a girl,” he muses. “Right now the girl has got me wrapped [around] her finger so it might be nice to have a boy so Diana can be wrapped around his finger.”