"No matter how rough my day has been, when I get home and hear my children yell, 'Daddy!' I feel so much better."
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“I never knew I had such feelings inside of me,” Lopez, 40, told PEOPLE before hosting a fashion show to launch the new Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday.
“No matter how rough my day has been, when I get home and hear my children yell, ‘Daddy!’ I feel so much better.”
One of the best times is first thing in the morning when everyone is energetic and ready to roll out a new day.
“I always have breakfast with the kids,” Lopez tells PEOPLE of his daily life in Los Angeles.
“Courtney usually cooks a breakfast of waffles and oatmeal, and we all seem to be in a good mood. Both of the kids giggle, and it’s so much fun watching Dominic eat his baby food. He just loves it, and he’s getting chubby.”
At the end of the day, when Lopez returns home from work, he enjoys sitting down to dinner with the family. After catching up on the news, the doting father gives Gia a bath and brushes her teeth.
“Dominic goes to bed, then Gia and I read or play or do something to wear her out because she has an abundance of energy,” Lopez, who bought his daughter flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day, says. “She loves to sing and dance and has become a real night owl!”
On weekends, Lopez likes to take Courtney and the kids to the park for strolls and out to eat at various restaurants. Gia even gets to see movies and ice shows with her dad.
She also enjoys lots of fun family activity in Orlando, the city where Lopez shoots many episodes of Extra, often for more than a week at a time.
“We really love traveling with the kids,” he shares. “We take DVD players to keep them occupied. And Gia loves to move around to new places and see different things. Both children have passports already.”
Lopez is so happy being a father, he is even thinking of expanding his family further.
“Being with Gia and Dominic gives me the chance to be a kid all over again,” he says. “All of a sudden I have two amazing playmates. I can’t imagine my life without children.”
— Linda Marx