04/21/2006 AT 02:00 PM EDT
With Lea, Isabella and Miss USA, you are just surrounded by women!
I know! It's not a bad life right now.
Is it hard to be away from home ?
Absolutely. When I left, Isabella was awake and on the couch and playing. She's so young, you know, you go through your mind, "Wow, is she going to remember me when I come home?" It was pulling at my heartstrings to leave.
How will you keep in touch while away?
Isabella actually emailed me herself last night! She sent me an email saying, "Hi, Dad! How are you doing?" with a picture of herself. So I get constant updates and emails. I have to know what's going on with her – if she's spitting up a lot or if she's coughing, I need to know all that stuff so I can worry about it.
Are you a role model dad?
I don't think about it. I just do what's right for my family and me, and if other people can take something away from it, more power to you. But at the end of the day, I just need to look in the mirror and be able to say I did right by my wife and my child, and ultimately that's my biggest job in life.
Do you have a future Miss USA in your hands?
Who knows? She can do whatever she wants to do in life, as long as it doesn't require a pole!