First Photo: Meet Adriana Lima’s Daughter Valentina!

05/05/2010 at 06:00 AM ET

She’s found success on the runway, but supermodel Adriana Lima says there’s another career she finds even more satisfying: Motherhood.

“The best job in the world for me is being a mom,” the Brazilian beauty, 28, tells PEOPLE. “I never thought I could love so much. I always thought, does unconditional love exist? Now I know it does because I feel it.”

Lima, who welcomed daughter Valentina Lima Jaric Nov. 15, says becoming a parent has “really changed me completely. I am, in my head, more mature, more secure. And, you know, it changed completely the priorities in [my] life.”

“You feel so strong,” she adds. “It’s such a wonderful feeling.”

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The Victoria’s Secret model drew upon that strength when she was found to be suffering from preeclampsia, necessitating two weeks of bed rest before the delivery of her daughter at only 34 weeks along.

Weighing in at just 4.4 lbs., Valentina was the “smallest [baby] in the whole hospital,” Lima recalls. “I wish I had her at home but it wasn’t possible in my case.”

“As a parent you really want to give your best and you don’t want [anything] to happen with the baby, so it was stressful,” she says, although adding that a “great team of doctors” took care of her and husband Marko Jaric was “really supportive.”

Jaric, 31, a former NBA player who is now with the Real Madrid team, is also basking in his new daddy duties. “I feel comfortable,” he says. “[Adriana and I] feel so natural. We’re really enjoying it. Everything is falling in the right place.”

And while the new mom is enjoying her time with her daughter, she also recently headed back to work. Getting into pre-pregnancy shape again “wasn’t easy,” but with a strict diet and exercise regimen (with a former pro boxer!), Lima says she’s back to modeling for Victoria’s Secret.

And what are some of 5-month-old Valentina’s latest milestones? In addition to sitting up, rolling and pushing over onto her stomach, “she has a personality,” the proud mom says. “She’s always smiling. It’s amazing.”

See two additional photos on Adriana’s Web site!

– Eunice Oh with reporting by Charlotte Triggs

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Lilli on

Aww, such a cute family! I can’t really tell who Valentina looks like, but maybe it’s her dad.

Kim on

Good for her!! Beautiful baby :)

Tanja on

Valentina looks exactly like her daddy!

robin on

such a cutie

Allie-Rose on

Valentina definitely looks like her dad

lucia F on

She is the spitting image of her father, as girls tend to be.
And 34 weeks? wow that is super early, glad she is ok and thriving

Heather G on

She’s absolutely beautiful! Congrats!

brasileirinha on

Parabens Adriana!! Sucesso!

Chris on

She looks just like her daddy! :)

Julianna on

It’s great to finally see Valentina’s face – she’s Marko’s spitting image! I’m a big Lima fan, and she was a beautiful pregnant woman, and looks even better after baby. What a wonderful decision, for her to open up about her preeclampsia issues – it’s a dangerous disease for the child and mostly the mother, and it should be discussed more frequently and openly.

Gail on

I’ve always been a fan of Adrianna Lima, she’s beautiful and so is her family! Congrats on little Valentina! :)

Katelyn on

What a pretty family photo! They look really happy.

Dana on

Awwww she’s so sweet, love her dear little mouth :) She looks like a happy baby!

Jacqueline on

Linda sua filha…Parabéns Adriana.

Devon on

She’s so cute and looks just like her daddy! 6 weeks early, yikes. I hope this puts to rest the argument that Adriana was lying that she waited until marriage to have sex! Her due date would have been at the end of December, making conception sometime in March – well after the February wedding! Congrats!

Jenn on

Oh, she’s so cute! I agree…she totally looks like Marco.

Julie lavina on

Familia Linda!!!!!!Que DEUS os abencoe sempre!!!

April on

So cute I love the face Marko is making. It’s good to see Valentina is heathly despite Mom’s difficult pregnancy.

Kim on

Finally a picture! I have been waiting to see what she would look like. :)

Ali on

She is soo cute,this baby is going to look beautiful when she gets older!

MOMO on

My G*D what a beautiful family.. Adriana is a fantastic role model… she’s normal, devoutly religious they are married and beautiful loving parents..
Good for them!!!

hayley on

a friend of mine had to have her daughter at 25 weeks due to the same problem xx she was just 1 pound 3 onz and suuppppppppppper teeny but a year on is beautiful 16 pound happy little bunny xxxx

that is one cute baby, xx glad they are both doing well

maria on

They look beautiful

sophie on

My brother is still devestated that Adriana is married to someone else lol.

What a beautiful baby, despite the health issues and the premature birth they’re both happy and healthy and Valentina looks like she’s thriving. I think that that picture is adorable.

jordan on

He’s the daddy alright. She looks so much like him…so pretty

Claudia on

Hermosa familia! al fin se nos hace conocer a Valentina vaya que la hicieron de emoción y si definitivamente se le parece al papá!

selene on

What a cute photo, I am melting.

She looks just like Marko, but I can see a little Adriana in her too. I’ve seen pictures of Adriana as a baby and there are some similarities.

Adiana has never looked more beautiful, which in unbelievable (and damn annoying) as she was so utterly beautiful before.

LM on

I had to deliver my first baby at 25 weeks due to Preeclampsia. She weighed just over 1 pound…she didn’t make it though. Very sad and rough time for me and my family…I didn’t know about the warning signs at that time…this is a condition that needs to be talked about more to pregnant women and we need to find a cure.

Suzanne on

Gorgeous, the baby is gorgeous! Congratulations

Jessica on

Wow. I just recently (8 weeks ago) gave birth to my son at 34 weeks along – also due to pre-eclampsia. He was also 4.4 lbs. That is quite a coincidence. I am so happy her and her daughter are doing so great now. I know what it feels like to have a baby in the NICU for awhile.

Lyn on

LM, So sorry that you had to endure such heartache. Rest assured that your little angel is smiling from above. I agree that Preeclampsia should be acknowledged more.

CelebBabyLover on

So little Valentina WAS due in December after all. :)

Iva on

Sweet!!!! Beautiful family! She is so pretty and he is so handsome mmmmmm

Like omg on

She is a carbon copy of Marko she’s the splitting image of her daddio

lara on

linda nenem . linda sua filha, parabens………

Sophia on

Such a beautiful, happy family photo :) Little Valentina looks just like her daddy and is, needless to say, absolutely gorgeous :)

sabina on

Aww what a sweet family ! (:

Allison Huyett on

beautiful doesn’t even begin to cover AL

Lola Monroe on

Awww…cute little family!!

FC on

She looks so much like a mini-Marko, and she’s just as cute as she can be! :)

PecaCar on

Baby is beautiful, you can tell she has Serbian genes!!!

Natasa on

Beautifyl,all of them!!!:))

Monica on

How is 34 weeks “super early”? That’s a bit over 8 months pregnant. That’s hardly super early. It’s early, pregnancy is supposed to be 40 weeks, or 9 months and roughly a week, but 34 weeks delivery is quite common. It’s great that Adriana and the baby are healthy, and this is definitely a cute family!

Tihana on

amazing picture… all the best for happy family :)

Tihana on

all the best for happy family :)

robert on

never got her appeal at all, but her baby looks very cute!

CelebBabyLover on

Monica- I think that commentor was just taken by surprise that Valentina came as early as she did. That being said, I definitely see your point. My mom was born a month early (and thus was born at a similar gestational age to Valentina)….and although she was small (just over 5lbs), she was so well-developed and healthy that they didn’t even consider her to be a preemie, even though she techinically was! :)

belle on

congratulations !
the little girl is a cute little angel, little bitty pretty one !
Blessed be the little fairy :)

Anonymous on

she’s the spitting image of her father! but her lips are Adriana’s ;)

Tiaunna on

Definitely her daddy, wonder if she’ll start to look more and more like Adriana over the years? haha I’d love to see that :)

Arianna on

Ohhh thts so sweet
she’s like her dad

cute

guest on

she is a doll

sandra on

she has her lips! so cute

Asia on

WONDERFUL!!!
sweet baby!!! :)

kb on

36 weeks is the gestation docs usually shoot for to make sure the baby’s lungs are fully developed, so 34 weeks is still pretty early. The saying goes: One day in mom is two less in the NICU.

RAZZY on

she is so pretty and cute like a barbie she’s like an angel like a adriana

jose on

hey she look cute!! cute baby

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