Kate Upton Jokes Husband Justin Verlander Had 'Name-Commitment Issues' with Daughter Genevieve
Talk about great genes!
It’s only been 10 weeks since Kate Upton welcomed her first child, daughter Genevieve, with husband Justin Verlander, but her baby girl is already showing a strong family resemblance to both her parents.
Asked whether she saw herself in her daughter during an interview with Extra, the model and new mom replied, “Yeah, I do,” before quickly adding that she can see a lot of Verlander there too.
“I feel like she’s a really cute mixture of us both,” Upton explained.
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Sharing a sweet story behind her daughter’s name, Upton told Extra that although Genevieve was her top pick, she ultimately left the final choice to her husband.
“We were going back and forth even in the hospital,” she recalled. “Justin had some real name-commitment issues. I actually just kind of left him on his own.”
“He knew Genevieve was my favorite, so I just left him to fill out the paperwork. I was like, ‘I can’t deal with that right now,’ ” she added.
The 26-year-old model went on to share that although a part of her is glad to be getting back to work already, she “always” misses her baby while she’s gone.
“It’s that weird mixture,” she revealed. “I probably shouldn’t be saying this but it’s kind of nice to bust out of the house a little bit, get away, but it’s always sad. I always miss her.”
Although Upton added that she’s not quite ready to have any more kids with the MLB pitcher just yet, she did praise his parenting skills, sharing that Verlander is a very hands-on dad who’s “always” down to be on diaper duty.
“It’s so special and it just makes me fall in love with him even more,” she raved.
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“Didn’t win #cyyoungaward, but I can’t be too upset when I have this little girl waiting for her daddy off camera!” he wrote in the caption.
In another post, the Houston Astros star added, “Welcome to the world Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my ❤️ the first second I met you!!! 11.7.2018.”
Since welcoming her daughter, Upton has opened up about the difficulty she has faced getting her post-baby body back in shape.
“Getting in a little cardio with a family beach walk,” she wrote in December, alongside a sweet photo of herself carrying her baby girl on her chest and standing next to another little girl.
“I’m not going to lie to you and tell you I’ve been working out and eating healthy. It’s so hard over the holidays. Traveling and enjoying time with my family! I’m trying not to get down on myself. Instead use it as motivation to get right back at it!” she wrote. “I have a long way to go to lose this baby weight but feeling determined for 2019!”
Earlier that month, Upton told PEOPLE that her perspective on working out has changed throughout the years, from “wanting to fit into a certain dress size and hit certain measurements” to now, instead, “working out to feel healthy, strong and energized for my lifestyle.”
The two recently teamed up outside of the gym to make their workouts available to anyone by creating Strong4Me, a 12-week fitness plan with 30-minute sweat session that people can do at home with minimal equipment.
As for what health means to her, Upton said it’s “all about feeling good.”
“When I’m eating healthy and staying active, I feel the best about myself and my body,” she told PEOPLE. “That’s why consistency through a sustainable, practical program is key for me.”