Maks Chmerkovskiy's baby, Shai, has changed him the last two months. And he and his fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd, will never be the same, he told us recently.
Hollywood Take caught up with Maks in NYC, and he gave us the scoop on his adorable newborn and their upcoming summer wedding. “The moment when he came out and I put him on my chest, Peta and I both looked each other, and there was a moment,” the new dad told Hollywood Take at Swiffer's 18th birthday in New York. “We are both just like, holy sh*t, this really happened. It’s not like a nine-month thing in your stomach. Now there is a child. Since that moment, nothing is the same – you don’t eat the same, you don’t sleep the same, you don’t have the same thoughts in your head.”
Maks admitted he’s more cautious and responsible since becoming a father. And he’s fine with that. “I thought I was going to be overprotective,” he said. “But now I drive like an old grandma when he is in the car. I drive slow. If something happens to me right now and I get hurt I am zero help to my family. I never had those thoughts before. I was always responsible for myself, and now I have a full 100-percent responsibility for someone else and welcoming it.”
The 37-year-old even shared an adorable video dancing with his son in the street and getting a bit nervous when a car drove past. He has to practice his moves somewhere, right?
We wondered how he balances training for DWTS and being a new dad. “Get amazing help,” he said. “Shai has an amazing uncle, grandparents and other extended family and friends that are great. Between all of them he is doomed to be a great dude and if he is not, he is going to have 30 - 40 people tell him that.”
But Maks still has to deal with getting through sleepless nights and intense rehearsals. “Why can’t we have times that are tough?” he said. “It’s fine not getting sleep because my goal in life was to get to this point and to be able to provide these things for him and for Peta. We are living out our dream.”
The next step in their dream? A wedding on July 8. “We planned the wedding before we had Shai,” revealed Maks. “So it just needs to happen.” He’s removed himself from the rest of the planning process, though. “This is like go-time and I have successfully removed myself from having anything to do with it after the guest list. I told Peta I want her to pick whatever she wants. I don’t want anything.”
But one thing is certain: All the dancers from DWTS will be invited! And, of course, we had to ask about their first dance. “We are still thinking about it,” he said. “It’s definitely not going to be a choreographed routine. But maybe after that something will happen where we can gift each other with a performance.”
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