J.R. Martinez and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones expecting first child

jr-martinez-girlfriend-small-getty.jpg J.R. Martinez has certainly endured more than his fair share of hardship, but things are definitely looking up for the Iraq war veteran. And we're not talking about his "Dancing With The Stars" triumph this year -- though that was cool, too.

Martinez has announced that he and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones are expecting their first child together. "We found out just last week it's a girl and we are over the moon," the 28-year-old Martinez tells People. "Diana has a little baby bump now and it's the cutest thing ever. With the holidays coming up, this is the biggest and best gift we could get."

Gonzalez-Jones and Martinez met in 2008 when he landed a role on "All My Children," while she was working as an assistant to the executive producer.

They'll welcome the baby in the spring. "2011 has been full of a lot of surprises and opportunities and ultimately, a lot of blessings," says Martinez. "Diana and I were just asking ourselves, 'How is 2012 going to top 2011?'  Well, we have our answer!"
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