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After a brief hiatus from the spotlight to get accustomed to the beat of parenthood, Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and fiance Jionni LaVelle appeared in their first live interview since the birth of their son, Lorenzo. On Wednesday morning with Samantha Guthrie on NBC’s Today, the engaged couple opened up about Snooki’s maternal instincts, raising a child amidst reality stardom and coordinating powerful costumes for their baby’s first Halloween.
“It’s so emotional — every time I see it, I wanna cry,” said Snooki just after watching a clip of Lorenzo onscreen. The newborn turns two months old this Friday.
The adjustment from Seaside party personality to new mom has been stark for Snooki, but nevertheless natural. “It’s crazy because, you know me, I just always want to have a good time — where’s the next party, what am I gonna do tonight,” she told Guthrie. “And now, it’s just like, I love my baby, what can we do with him? It’s just totally different.”
“She loves it, she’s a great mom,” Jionni added. “It’s just time-consuming, it’s 24 hours. It’s a lot of fun though.”
While in the delivery room in August, Snooki spent her last pregnant moments preparing to meet her son by glamming up with makeup, and even brought her own pair of heels. “My feet just blew up, I couldn’t. I just wanna look good when my baby first sees me!”
The couple has been told that the newborn looks more like Snooki than Jionni for now, and his mother already spots one common personality trait. “He just always craves attention, and I feel like that’s me. He always wants to be held and coddled.”
However, don’t expect Lorenzo to pop up with his own reality show anytime soon, according to Jionni, who hopes to keep his son away from fame.
“Right now, it’s fine while he’s this young,” the new father says of television appearances. “But once school starts and I think he gets a little older, I want him to branch off from that. Nicole could do what she has to do, but maybe him growing up, I kinda just want him to live a normal lifestyle.”
“We want him to have a normal life where he goes to school, he has friends, girlfriends,” Snooki added. “I want him to have those learning experiences that we had growing up.”
As the best perk of motherhood, Snooki cited “looking at your son every day, knowing that’s your child, you made him” and noted that they’ve already mapped out their Halloween costumes: Mom and Dad will be Wonder Woman and Captain America, while Lorenzo will be dressing up as Superman.
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