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J.R. Martinez conquered “Dancing With the Stars” this year and now he’s moving on to an even bigger challenge: Fatherhood.
The soap star and “DWTS” champ is expecting his first child with girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones, he revealed to PEOPLE.
“2011 has been full of a lot of surprises and opportunities and ultimately, a lot of blessings,” Martinez said. “Diana and I were just asking ourselves, ‘How is 2012 going to top 2011?’ Well, we have our answer!”
And it looks like the Iraq war vet will be a dancing pro when it comes to any father-daughter dances. The actor and Gonzalez-Jones, who started dating last year, recently found out they are expecting a baby girl.
“I can’t wait to show her everything,” Martinez said about his daughter. “I want to get her into sports and I want her to know she can do anything and be anything she wants to be.”
Hopefully Martinez, who had a whirlwind fall after competing on and taking home the coveted mirror ball trophy on “DWTS,” will have some time to enjoy this exciting time in his life with Gonzalez-Jones.
“Diana has a little baby bump now and it’s the cutest thing ever,” Martinez said.
Martinez recently talked about his relationship with Gonzalez-Jones on ABC’s “Nightline.”
“I have to say, knowing her for two years and knowing the person that she is, I knew she looked at me in a different way but she looked at me on a deeper level, not just my scars,” Martinez said of his girlfriend. “She’s definitely my number one fan, outside of my mother … she always kind of reminds me, that ‘you have the ability.’ She always kind of tells me that ‘you’re one of the few people I know that when you put your mind to something, I really believe that you can do it.’”
For more on Martinez’s exciting baby news, head over to PEOPLE.