'Jersey Shore' star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro reveals newborn daughter's name, says it started as a 'joke'
"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro said his daughter's name was picked out even before his girlfriend Jen Harley got pregnant. The pair had "joked" about having a child when they 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?’" Ortiz-Magro, 32, told Us Weekly on Tuesday.
There was one name the couple both agreed on: Ariana.
So, when Harley and Ortiz-Magro found out they were having a baby, they turned to each other and laughed.
"We looked at each other and we’re like, ‘Guess we’re naming the baby Ariana if it’s a girl,'" Ortiz-Magro told Us. "Next thing you know, we find out the gender and we’re like, ‘Guess so!'"
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Harley considered switching the name to Sky, but in the end, they went with their gut. Instead, they chose Sky as a middle name. It was a "happy medium," Ortiz-Magro added.
The pair haven't been parents for very long — Ariana was born on April 3.
“The baby looks just like Ronnie,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi told PEOPLE the next day. “She’s tanner than me! I’m annoyed.”
“She’s a little chubby, fuzzy newborn. She already looks tan," Vinny Guadagnino also told the publication.
Ortiz-Magro is apparently adjusting well to fatherhood. Thankfully, his schedule still allows him to do things he loves — "gym, tan, laundry."
"We figure it’s like a job and you have shifts as a job,” said Ortiz-Magro, adding that he's an early bird. "We take turns. We’re a tag team – I tag her in, she tags me out.”
Ortiz-Magro discussed his breakup with longtime girlfriend Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola on the season premiere of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” earlier this month. Ortiz-Magro revealed that he cheated on Giancola after she pressured him for an engagement.
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“She gave me a timeline. She was like, I want to get married in six months — and I’m still trying to figure my life out,” he explained on the show. “I got cold feet. I wanted to do the right thing, but there was a part of me that was like, ‘I’m not going to do the right thing.’ So I didn’t do it. I ended up cheating, she found out. I blew it. It’s over.”
But it looks like the former couple is both happy.
Giancarlo is currently in a relationship with Christian Biscardi. And Ortiz-Magro is focusing on being a father and a boyfriend to Harley. Plus, he's already filming another segment for MTV.
“This is the first time I’ve been gone in 13 days. I wanna be on the next flight out of here," Ortiz-Magro admitted.
"Jersey Shore Family Vacation" returned to MTV on April 5 and airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.