Eli Manning Is ‘Enjoying Every Moment’ of Fatherhood

06/13/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

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Eli Manning has gone from growing up in a house full of boys to being a real ladies man.

Not only is the New York Giants quarterback dad to daughters Lucy Thomas, who celebrates her first birthday Tuesday, and Ava Frances, 3, but wife Abby‘s extended family is full of women — leaving Manning surrounded on all sides.

“My wife has two sisters, then her mom comes and then it’s six on one,” Manning, 33, told reporters at the Oral-B and March of Dimes Power of Dad event on Wednesday.

Despite being outnumbered, Manning truly enjoys it and looks forward to being spoiled by his girls on Father’s Day. While he’s not sure what to expect, he is sure Abby has something up her sleeve.

“Now that Ava’s 3, I’m getting it a little bit,” he says. “My wife recorded something the other day of her saying, ‘Happy Father’s Day, Daddy. I love you.’ It’s fun to have those moments.”

Two days after this year’s holiday, the family will celebrate again — this time for Lucy’s first birthday.

“[We’re having] just a little party. Nothing too crazy,” Manning tells PEOPLE. “We’ll have a couple of her friends [over]. And a couple of Ava’s friends and just have a little cake and sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ ”

As Lucy continues to grow, so does her relationship with Ava, who can’t wait for the day when her little sister can keep up.

“At this point, she’s waiting for Lucy to catch up and start running around. She’s looking for a best friend,” he explains. “She’s real sweet to her. She still steals a few of her toys every once in a while. She gets her to laugh a lot and they play real well with each other.”

As he continues to enjoy the off-season, Manning is savoring time spent with his daughters.

He adds, “I’m enjoying every moment of it and being with them. Some of the things they say and do catch me by surprise and give me a good laugh.”

— Zakiya Jamal

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Guest on

What a good daddy!!

L on

Precious baby girl!! Must be so different from how he grew up, blessings to them & Go Vikings!

Aw! on

So sweet! She’s adorable. I love Eli Manning. He looks like a great daddy. And handsome too. Go Giants!

Marky on

Love those Manning boys! Must be great to be their parents, and watch your sons be such nice men, successful in both their personal lives and their public lives as well! Girls are great! so much fun and can be frilly or tomboys, or a bit of each…. (boys are great, too, so don’t jump all over me. I have both and love them all!)

Jess on

I love the Manning family. He sounds like a great dad, and I’m not surprised. Happy birthday Miss Lucy!

Anonymous on

Sounds like a great dad with a fun, loving family. Best wishes to Eli and his girls!

Tee Tee on

Oh, what a treat! We don’t see pictures of the Manning children very often!

Anonymous on

Awww, he sounds like a great dad! And I LOVE how he seems perfectly content with his daughters and isn’t desperate for a boy (or at the very least is keeping that info to himself!). 🙂

Anonymous on

By the way, lest anyone jump on me, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with boys or with wanting one. It’s just that a lot of men talking about “needing” a son as if their life won’t be complete without one (because they need someone to carry on the family name, someone to do sports and other “boy” stuff- all which girls can do as well!- with, etc.) and it’s refreshing to see a father who is delighted with two daughters. 🙂

erica2 on

Eli loves his daughter, but you best believe he would give his right arm for a son.

Maddie on

He seems like he is a good dad. It is very sexy to see a man that loves his little Girls.

G on

“Eli loves his daughter, but you best believe he would give his right arm for a son.”

Ugh. I really get annoyed when people say stuff like this. I mean give me a break. Eli has said he really doesn’t care as long as they’re healthy. And he’s absolutely right. So glad Eli is out of the dark ages. Congrats to him and his beautiful family. He is a really cool man. And hot.