Ray Romano dished to Matt Lauer on the Today show that he definitely had the first-time dad jitters. It was 19-years ago that his daughter Alexandra was born but he remembers:
“I got real nervous after the baby was born. I didn’t do anything right. My daughter was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital right here in New York. I went to pick them up, my wife and child, and [with my] newborn baby in my arms, [I] go outside [and say], ‘Where’s my minivan?’ I parked in a tow-away zone so we had to go to Queens in a yellow cab. My daughter came home in a yellow cab.”
Sounds a lot like something his character on Everybody Loves Raymond would do!
After 3 more kids and now the ripe age of 51, Ray gave some advice to future fathers. “My advice is just let the woman tell you where to go and what to do.” And he joked “as much sleep and as much sex before the baby is born is key! Because that’s over [after baby]!”
Ray said after his show ended in 2005 he and his wife, Anna Scarpulla, had so much togetherness that she “… was signing me up for like, Dancing With the Stars. How about Celebrity Rehab?”
I guess after 22 years of marriage, his wife needed a little break.