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J.R. Martinez Welcomes Daughter Lauryn Anabelle

05/02/2012 at 11:00 PM ET
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When J.R. Martinez brought home the season 13 mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars last November, he was a proud man.

But nothing beats the feeling Martinez had when he and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones welcomed daughter Lauryn Anabelle Martinez on Wednesday evening, May 2 in Los Angeles.

“She’s already got a nickname — Belle,” Martinez, 28, tells PEOPLE of his newborn baby girl, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and is 21 inches long.

“She has a couple of cute little freckles on her cheeks, a full head of hair and the cutest little lips,” he continues.

“It’s just amazing to see her, finally. She’s beautiful.”

The Iraq war veteran and Gonzalez-Jones met when he landed a role on All My Children in 2008, and announced in December that they were expecting their first child.

“God has a tremendous sense of humor that he wants to continue to surround me with women,” Martinez said with a laugh, revealing that a baby girl was on the way.

– Monica Rizzo

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seila on

Love the name! unique yet not freaky :)

Jen on

Awwww, I’m so happy for them!! I just love him. Can’t wait to see pics of the little one, I’m sure she’s gorgeous!

Jamie Graham on

Congratulations, I’m very happy for both of you:)

Terri on

congrats to a wonderful couple. What a beautiful name. :)

Kerrie on

Congratulations to both J.R. & Diana!!!!! After winning DWTS, this has got to be the utmost highest (like floating on cloud nine) thing to happen to this couple. I’m so very happy for the both of you!!!! I wish you all a very happy life together!!!!!

meg on

Congratulations! A lucky girl to be born to such an awesome daddy (and mommy)!

colettetruax on

i watched him on dwts! i love his personality and his charisma! he is such an inspiration. and he deserves the very best so congratulations!!!!

Siera on

Aww! Sounds like Lauryn Anabelle (love the name by the way :) has her daddy wrapped around her little finger already. Congrats to J.R. and Diana on their new little family member :)

Julie on

Congratulations to both of u! I do admire u JR!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ur little girl is going to b so proud of her heroe!

Holiday on

Congrats to them! I adore the name!!

Liz on

I just Wikipediaed J.R. Martinez and he had an older sister named Anabel who died before he was able to meet her. I think it is a nice choice to honor his late sister this way. I love the name before I found out that information!!!

shannon on

what a nice name congratulations to JR and Diana!!!

stacey on

Congratulations!!! How refreshing that she has such a normal, pretty name!!

Kelly on

Congratulations to this beautiful couple!! Awwwwe, she shares the same birthday, weight, and length as my firstborn!

Erin on

FINALLY…people with enough common sense to give their baby a beautiful name that she will be proud to carry. Congratulations to this wonderful family.

Celia on

Finally, a celebrity who doesn’t saddle their kid with a weird name!! I didn’t think it would ever happen again, but it took a genuine American Hero to bring us back…Lauryn Annabelle…what a lovely name for a girl…and congrats to the parents!!

ashley on

congrats

staceyhead84 on

Congratulations to the two of them! I love the name!!

twinhappy on

congrats! nice name!

stef24 on

I love that he was thrilled to be having a daughter…he wasn’t one of those men who just have to have a boy first! I think someone is going to have her daddy wrapped around her little finger in NO time! Congratulations!

Madeline M Rirgler on

Hi my Name is Madeline and I so proud of what you did for us in keeping us safe.And I am happy for your new family this is a new beginning for and your family. Congratulations .

Julie on

Congratulations J.R. and Diana! I love the name!

librababe on

Aww, little Lauryn sounds gorgeous and that name rocks…so subtly pretty!

Lauryn makes me think of Lauryn Hill, which is cool, and Anabelle is soo soft and delicate…and the nickname “Belle” is sweet! Congrats!

April on

Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see a picture! So happy they gave her a respectable name :-)

lydia on

pretty name and congrats.

JessicaB on

awww, beautiful name. congratulations!

kaya on

Hooray for them! I wish nothing but the best for this family.

Natalie on

Awwww! Congrats to J.R. and Diana! Really pretty name too.

Zach on

Congrats to them, and yes – great, very un-celebrity name!!

Brianne on

Congrats, JR and Diana! Love the name, and I’m sure she’s precious!!!

Cinder Lou on

Spoken like a proud new papa! And Lauryn Anabelle … it’s a lovely name for who, I’m sure, is a beautiful daughter.

postathread on

Congrats on the birth of a healthy baby girl..and congrats on a NORMAL name!! :)

Guest on

What wonderful news! Congratulations to J.R. and Diana of the birth of their daughter, Lauryn Annabelle! There is nothing more endearing than how a father describes his new born child, what J.R. said about his daughter is absolutely beautiful. God bless this beautiful family.

Kim Anderzak on

OHHHH! How exciting for you all! Her name is beautiful…even her initials spell “LAM”…Gentle, Sweet, & Oh, So Precious! GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY WITH A LIFETIME OF JOY & HAPPINESS! ((Big Hugs!!))

DARLENE JANUARY on

Congratulations to one of my fav stars of AMC and DWTS… so happy for you!

molly on

Congratulations! Your pride shines through in your beautiful words about your little Lauryn. Much happiness to you and your family

Fallon on

Beautiful couple…beautiful baby name. Congrats!

TODAY on

GOD BLESS YOU …BEST OF LUCK!

Bert on

CONGRATULATION TO BOTH OF YOU! GOD IS GOOD<3

KGurley on

Lauryn Anabelle Martinez, welcome 2 the world. Ur parents picked a beautiful name 4 a beautiful girl! :)

Sarah on

Interesting that she has freckles already. I didn’t know that you could be born WITH them; I thought that you were born with a genetic predisposition for them and they come with exposure to the sun! Now, I’m not claiming to be a scientist or anything like that — this just grabbed my attention because I have a freckle-y face, too!

Anand on

Hey congrats… Jr… Love the name man…..

sara on

Congrats! The name is cute but it would be a lot better if it were spelled Lauren

mindy on

Congrats to the new parents, they deserve this wonderful blessing. So nice to see a perfectly normal name like Lauryn.

funkytown on

I’ve loved JR since his first appearance on DWTS…a huge congrats and all the best wishes in the world to this wonderful couple. LOVE THE BABY’S NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so much happiness and love your way, JR!!

Mary on

So very glad the little girl is here safe and sound! LOVE the name. With so many celebrities going so over the top trying to name their child, Lauryn is not only a refreshing change, it’s BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations and best wishes to the parents and Lauryn!!!

bh on

Such a pretty name. Congrats to them. Maybe now they can plan a wedding.

Sandra on

Hurray!! Congratulations on the birth of your new baby girl! It could not happen to a nicer couple! I am so thrilled to hear the beautiful name that you have given to her too. Finally a name that makes sense, as the names that these celebrities have given their babies in the recent years is just crazy. Feel sorry for the kids as they are growing up! LOL! Enjoy her as the time sure does fly by! P.S. Gotta love those little girls, as I have two myself!

christa on

Beautiful name congrats.

Susan Albert on

Congratulations JR and Diana. Love your baby’s name. You deserve the best. You are truly a hero and inspiration.

Jen on

Congratulations and God bless mom, dad and daughter. Thank you for your service JR you are a hero at my house.

Daffygrams on

Very happy for them both. Love her name!

Anna on

Congratulations! And a NORMAL name! Fantastic!

Tammy on

That little girl came into this world so blessed. Congrats to Diana and J.R.!

KD on

Awesome, love her name too!

Tammy on

To all you who are wondering about the freckles…YES…Babies CAN be born with freckles…I have 4 and 2/4 of them were born with freckles. Yes, they are a genetic disposition…but if your parents are of a non-caucasion gender…which Mr. Martinez & Ms. Gonzalez-Jones appear to be…any of their children may be born with freckles…(my Hubs is a Peurto Rican). They could also be considered birthmarks. My Lily has a gorgeous freckle/birth mark right on her earlobe. Congratulations to Mr. Martinez..THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE & SACRIFICE…and to Ms. Gonzalez-Jones on the birth of your daughter.

T in Texas on

Congratulations . I love both of ya’lls smiles . One happy family . . .

Jeana on

Congrats

Shell on

CONGRATS to both of you!!! I watched JR on DWTS and he is an amazing person and an inspiration to MANY!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work and I wish your family the very best.

Jessica on

I like them! Nice people with a beautiful, feminine name. A very courageous daddy…..congratulations to you both.

MARGARET on

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BIRTH OF YOUR DAUGHTER AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.LOVED YOU ON DANCING WITH THE STARS,LOVE YOUR DAUGHTERS NAME LOTS OF HAPPINESS IN YOUR NEW LIFE AS PARENTS.

Michaele on

Congratulations!! U are a beautiful famaily…be blessed!

Samantha on

Congratulations on the sweet baby girl! I bet she is beautiful!

maryelarson on

Who does she look like? With the two of she got to like an angel.

Mrs. Morales on

Congratulations to JR and Diana! Love the name :)

TT on

Loved JR on DWTS and great actor on AMC. You are an inspiration to others and it was great seeing you do those inspirational talks to people. Hope to see you acting on TV soon. Love the girly name! Congratulations to you on having some well-deserved happiness!!

Susan on

Congrats to the both of them!!! What a beautiful name. This baby is going to get all the love in the world with JR as a father.

K on

Freckles and sun spots are NOT the same thing.

Julianna on

What a beautiful name. So elegant and timeless. Love the nickname too! Congratulations to the new parents.

Linda R on

Congratulations !! love the name ..no one will ever think She is a boy..too bad Jessica Simpson’s baby can’t say the same ! Pretty girly name with a cute nickname. Nice way to honor his dead Sister.

avamarcel on

Welcome lil’ girl!! :D

And that is such a wonderful name…sounds pretty…And Im sure she must be pretty! :)

Patt on

Wonderful news – we voted for JR every week when he was dancing!

Shannon on

Beautiful name. Beautiful parents. Beautiful family. Congrats.

Anonymous on

Linda R.- And who says people thinking you’re a boy is a bad thing? People used to mistake me for a boy all the time when I was a kid (although because of the tomboyish way I sometimes dressed and the fact that I had pretty much the same haircut that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt currently sports, not my name), and for the most part it didn’t bother me.

In fact, when people were continuing to do so once I was a teenager, I laughed about it because by then my development up top should have made it clear that I wasn’t male (let’s just say I’m not exactly small in that particular region!). Yes, there were occasionally times it annoyed me to get mistaken for a guy, but for the most part I didn’t let it get to me. For all we know, Jessica’s little girl might end up being the same way!

Anyway, congrats to J.R. and his girlfriend!

gwen on

Congratulations to you both. What a lucky little girl Belle will be
as she grows up to learn what an awsome Daddy she has. I can just
see the sparkle in your eyes as you show her this wonderful world
that you helped her live in.
I wish only happiness for you. God Bless
G.Willis

Virginia Dearing on

Congrates. He is so handsome.

Virginia on

Congrats J.R. & Diana! And J.R. I loved you on dancing with the stars. Thank you so much for serving our country and you are such an inspiration and truely a beautiful person full of love, life and charisma!!

sheri on

absolutely beautiful name! i love the different spelling!

THERESA VALDEZ on

J.R AND DIANA, I TRULY AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU TWO. JR, YOU ARE JUST A BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND DIANA SO ARE YOU! BELLE IS THE LUCKIEST GIRL AROUND. MY SON MICHAEL HAS DOWNS SYNDROME, AND HE CALLS ME “BELLE” WE BOTH WATCH DANCING WITHE STARS. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. I WOULD LIKE TO SEND SOMETHING SPECIAL TO YOUR NEW ANGEL.HEY DIANA, MAYBE YOU CAN BE ON DANCING?????? LOVE AND PEACE THERESA

Doreen on

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

sizrhpy70 on

Wishing the couple all the best! Congrats! Now do something truly honorable and get married.

Tanya on

whats with that girl talking about frekles? who cares grow up! JR i think even if you didnt serive this countrey or werent in oltl or dwts….the comment about your daughter just made you a hero times ten! congrats to both! i however do not like the name as that must but it is however a very normal name,im sure she is beauitful! no ofence but jessica simpson naming her daughter maxwell is just weird…..however i send her best wishes as well!

Delia on

Congrats to JR and his wife on the birth of their daughter!!

LPW on

Beautiful family, beautiful name. Congratulations!

Janet on

I am so happy for the both of them!

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