Lionel Richie says Harlow is 'the sweetest, most wonderful baby'

Nicole Richie, 26, isn't the only one surprised by her dramatic transformation from wild child to mommy since giving birth to daughter Harlow Winter Kate, 8-weeks tomorrow. In a call to Ryan Seacrest's radio show this morning, Nicole's dad — singer Lionel Richie — admitted that he, too, was caught off guard by the changes in his daughter, whom he marvels at having "turned into a full-fledged mom." Lionel tells Ryan,

It's the most frightening thing in the world because you keep thinking, ‘Are you going out?' And [she's like], ‘No, dad, can't go out! [Harlow] has another feeding — I have to be right here!

But Nicole isn't the only one getting rave reviews from Lionel. He also had kind words for Nicole's boyfriend Joel Madden, whom he praised for being "so in tune with Nicole," adding, "I love him to death." Harlow, for her part, is "the sweetest, most beautiful baby" according to her proud grandfather. Said Lionel,

Nicole's kid is amazing.

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Contrary to non-committal statements he made about whether or not Nicole was pregnant shortly after rumors of the pregnancy began to swirl, Lionel says he knew about the baby "15 seconds after" Nicole herself found out. He recalled the moment he found out he was going to become a grandfather, telling Ryan,

Nicole and I are very close. She presents everything to me as, ‘Oh, my God, dad, you're not going to believe this!'  I sat down and said, ‘How bad is it?' She said, ‘I'm pregnant!' I said, ‘Oh, my God!' and got tears in my eyes.

Source: US Magazine

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