"People find it delightfully refreshing when I tell them, 'My baby? Totally average,'" the Mississippi Grind star jokes

By peoplestaff225
Updated December 03, 2020 12:39 AM

Ryan Reynolds never knew he was willing to share some of wife Blake Lively‘s best assets with another person — until he became a father.

During a Thursday appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael, The Voices actor said the couple’s newborn baby girl, whom they welcomed in December, is a big fan of late-night feeds.

“If anything else woke up every 45 minutes during the night demanding to see my wife’s breasts, you kill it,” he jokes. “[But with] a baby, you’re like, ‘Wahoo!'”

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Although Reynolds, 38, and Lively, 27, are still not logging many hours of sleep, the doting dad admits sacrificing shuteye is well worth it.

“I’m happily not getting any sleep. These days, I think of blinking as taking tiny little naps all day,” he shares. “It’s what you do — you’re up all night. What’s weird is you’re happy about it in a strange way.”

But unlike fellow first-time parents, Reynolds is reluctant to classify his daughter — who is not named Violet — as off the intelligence charts.

“Everyone thinks their baby is a genius. People find it delightfully refreshing when I tell them, ‘My baby? Totally average. Like, 100 percent average,’ ” he says.

“I have a friend who said his 2½-year-old was reciting Chekhov. Now that baby’s a genius and probably, let’s be honest, a bit of an a–hole.”

The couple have yet to reveal their daughter’s name, but during Wednesday night’s Late Show with David Letterman, Reynolds explained that it’s not that he doesn’t want to share — he just prefers to do so on a more personal basis.

“We definitely [have a name]. I threw out the idea of just never naming the kid to be totally original, but, no, we have a name,” he tells David Letterman. “I don’t want to say it in a media context — I tell everyone who I meet, so it’ll come out.”

It wasn’t long before Letterman resorted to a popular list of baby names and an old fashion guessing game ensued, with the host first suggesting the couple had decided on a family name.

Although Reynolds confirms it is a family moniker (and a biblical name!), he adds, “It’s not Elaine [after Blake’s mom], that’s a beautiful name though, rolls off the tongue, single syllable.”

After crossing Olivia, Emma, Ava and Sophia — “Sophia Loren, love that, done, consider it done … no [that’s not it], not even close,” jokes Reynolds — off the list, the beaming dad says he would have liked to pay tribute to his heritage. “A good Canadian name would be nice. Gordon,” he suggests.

When Letterman gives up, he finally comes out and asks if the parents plan on even letting their daughter in on her own name. “I’m thinking of letting her know … I think it’s important. I’ll slap a little ‘hello, my name is,’ on her and send her to school,” Reynolds quips.

All kidding aside, Reynolds admits fatherhood has opened his eyes to a whole new world — one that includes seeing Lively in a new light.

“I’m not one for vomiting declarations of sentiment out across the airways, but when we had that baby, I fell more in love with my wife than I’d ever been in my entire life,” he explains.

“I used to say to her, ‘I would take a bullet for you, I could never love anything as much as I love you.’ And then the second I looked in that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby … you can quote me.”

But it’s Lively’s around the clock feeding skills that has Reynolds truly impressed.

“I’m just a diaper changing facility hooked up to a life support system, but my wife, she’s breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he says. “She’s a human Denny’s all day long … and it never ends for her. She’s the most beautiful Denny’s you’ve ever seen though, I guarantee it.”

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— Anya Leon