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Pauly D is ready to roll with the punches — right into parenthood.
“Sometimes in life things aren’t planned and they may even scare you at first, but they end up being a blessing,” the former Jersey Shore cast member, whose real name is Paul Delvecchio, 33, writes.
He adds in a statement, “That is how I feel about having a daughter, I am looking forward to being a parent to her.”
According to a source, after the reality star found out he had fathered a child, he made plans to be a part of the little girl’s life.
“Pauly requested immediate visitation and has filed the motion to move the custody hearing to Vegas where he owns a home. He hopes to gain fully custody of the baby,” the source tells PEOPLE.
Delvecchio and the child’s mother, 25-year-old Amanda Markert, met once in Vegas, where they spent one night together before she flew out the following day. Markert, who has a child from a previous relationship, was introduced to Delvecchio by her pal, the girlfriend of a member from his security team.
The first-time father has yet to meet Amabella, but is already looking forward to the day he can begin daddy duty.
“Pauly is super excited. He can’t wait to meet baby Amabella and spend time with her,” the source adds.
— Anya Leon with reporting by Emily Strohm