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Pauly D: Being a Dad Right Now Wasn't Planned, but It's a Blessing

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Sleepless nights won't be because of partying with the fellas anymore, but Pauly D's ready to make that switch.

The former Jersey Shore star (real name Paul DelVecchio) recently learned that he fathered a daughter, Amabella, several months ago with Amanda Markert, a former Hooters waitress, and the fist-pumping Las Vegas DJ admits the news caught him off guard, but it is ultimately a "blessing."

"Sometimes in life things aren't planned and they may even scare you at first, but they end up being a blessing," Pauly tweeted.

PHOTO: Take a look at Pauly D's adorable daughter!

Paul DelVecchio, Pauly D Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The reality star and the 25-year-old hostess met through a mutual friend at Las Vegas' Rehab nightclub in August 2012 and ended up hooking up later that night.

A source told E! News that Pauly D and Markert "didn't have a previous relationship," but the new dad was "hoping to develop" one with his New Jersey-based baby mama. "[He] wasn't exactly planning for it to happen this way," said a source, "but God works in mysterious ways."

However, things seem to have already taken a turn.

The pair are in an alleged custody battle, and according to TMZ, Markert is seeking child support from her hookup. Meanwhile, Pauly is hoping to gain some level of custodial rights. So far, he has yet to meet his daughter, who was born in May.

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