“When we first started dating in the beginning, we’d joke around saying, ‘What if we had a kid? It’d be crazy and good looking!’ And we’d say ‘What would we name it?’ We joked that we liked Ariana,” Ronnie, 32, tells Us. “When she found out she was pregnant, we looked at each other and we’re like, ‘Guess we’re naming the baby Ariana if it’s a girl.’ Next thing you know, we find out the gender and we’re like, ‘Guess so!’”
As for the middle name, Ronnie says Jen actually wanted Sky as the first name but they found a “happy medium.” In fact, they’ve been doing a lot of compromising since the baby has arrived, like tag-teaming when it comes to a sleep schedule.
“We figure it’s like a job and you have shifts as a job,” he tells Us. “I’m an early bird! I like to go to bed early, wake up early. I go to bed around 11 and wake up at, like, 3. Then she’ll sleep until 9. I’ll watch the baby through then, then I’ll go about my day – whether it’s gym, tan or laundry. Then when I get back, she’ll handle her errands. We take turns. We’re a tag team – I tag her in, she tags me out.”
He also said that his “whole mindset” has changed since he became a parent. “Things that were important to you just aren’t important anymore. Your mindset is taking care of your family and being a good role model and basically just, you never want to see anything happen to them,” he said. “She gets the hiccups and I go crazy because it’s out of my hands. She’ll get them for 5-10 minutes, I’m like ‘Oh my gosh! I just want to stop them!’ So I try to scare her, I’m like ‘Boo!’ and Jen’s like, ‘Uh, that doesn’t work on babies.’ I’m like ‘Oh, that makes sense.’”
Ronnie also adds that he now understands why his costars Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi were so emotional filming Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. “Now, I can relate,” he admits, adding that while he’s currently filming a segment for MTV in New York, he can’t wait to get home. “This is the first time I’ve been gone in 13 days. I wanna be on the next flight out of here, to get back there … Luckily, Jen is very understanding; she understands that I live a certain lifestyle that involves me traveling but she knows I love her and the baby at the end of the day.”
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