Meet Lorenzo Dominic LaValle!
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and fiancé Jionni LaValle share the first photo of their newborn son via MTV Wednesday. The animal print-clad new mama cradles her 1-week-old son, nicknamed Enzo, as Jionni smiles with pride.
“It’s a different kind of love that I never felt before,” the new mom, 24, tells PEOPLE.
After more than 24 hours of labor, the Jersey Shore star gave birth to baby Enzo on August 26.
And how did they come up with his name?
“We were going back and forth, and I just happened to think of Lorenzo,” says Jionni, 25, who adds that he was inspired by a child he knew from his hometown, where the new family-of-three now live with his parents. “She loved it.”
The baby’s middle name, Dominic, is in memory of Snooki’s late uncle. “I did it for my dad,” she says.
Snooki admits that her “adorable” son has helped transform her into a “new person.”
“When I got pregnant, everything changed,” says Snooki, who is currently filming the second season of her MTV spin-off Snooki & JWOWW. “The partying is long gone. I’m a new person.”
Last summer, when the 4’9″ reality star was entering her third trimester, she admits that everything felt different.
“It was definitely a little lonely,” she shares. “Everyone was still going out and staying up late and I just wanted to go to bed at 8 o’clock. I didn’t want to do everything that everyone else was doing.”
The final season of MTV’s Jersey Shore premieres October 4.