Turns out, her ex, Reggie Bush wouldn’t have it any other way with his daughter Briseis (pronounced Brisaise), who was born May 6 to look-alike fiancée Lilit Avagyan.
“Fatherhood has changed my sleeping patterns,” the good-natured Detroit Lions NFL star, 28, tells me with a laugh this week during Mission Athletecare’s Training Day workout event held at Boom Fitness in NYC.
“You’ve got to feed them every two hours, so when she sleeps, we sleep. [laughs] We try to find rest anytime we can. It’s a blessing—being able to bring a child into this world is a blessing, and we enjoy it.”
“Oh yeah, uh-huh,” he says. “I do everything. I do it all. I’m her father. I made her, so it’s important to me. I think that’s what fathers should do.”
Of course, he enjoys fatherhood’s perks even more.
“Every day is a playdate,” he says. “Every time I’m with her, playing.”
He doesn’t judge, though.
“Every moment is precious. She’s mine. I made her. There’s still the element of disbelief that this is really your child. Every moment is precious.”
Still, not all the glitz and glamour stuck from his three-year relationship with reality’s TV’s biggest star. They were an item from 2007-2010, before her ill-fated marriage to Kris Humphries.
“A push gift?” he asks when I ask him what he gave his lady for a push present. “I just learned what that was, like, right before we had the baby. I didn’t even know what that was. We were happy. The gift was Briseis, our daughter. She was the gift.”
Hm, what was the inspiration behind the unique name?
“We loved the name,” he says. “My fiancé picked the name out. We thought it was very elegant.”
Naturally, being parents has brought their relationship to another level.
“It brought us so much closer together—stronger,” he says. “Everything we do revolves around her, and we’re excited. It grounds you a lot more, too. I’m a lot more grounded now.”
He continues, “Lilit keeps me grounded. She’s my better half. I don’t even know what I was doing without her, beforehand. She makes me a better person.”
Hm, exactly what does she do?
“She grounds me by being there," Reggie explains. "My fiancé is 25, but she has the soul and the mind of a 35-year-old. She’s so wise and so mature for her age. She’s constantly giving me advice, and I’m 28—I’m three years older than her. It’s amazing. We have a great relationship.”
The pair plan to wed next summer, “after football season.”
Alas, that post-relationship “friends” promise expired sometime before 2013 with Kim, so there will be no getting the little ones together for playdates in the future.
“It’s in the past,” he says.
As for parenting advice for Kim?
“I have no advice,” he says. “I’m focused on my little one—my family, and that’s really it.”
During the event, Reggie leads a high-energy exercise class where participants dry their sweat with Mission Athletecare’s EnduraCool Instant Cooling Towels and Instant Cooling Gear, which are available at Sports Authority. Nothing like pushups with Reg!
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