Russell Crowe and his new missus haven't wasted any time getting started on their new family.

The New Zealand-born actor told Australian television's A Current Affair Monday that he and Danielle Spencer would be parents by January 2004.

"Dani is 14 weeks and three days. So, it is a lot of fun, and she is feeling all the effects of it," said the Oscar winner.

The Gladiator star wed singer Spencer on April 7 this year in a ceremony on Crowe's sprawling estate, near the coastal resort of Coffs Harbor, some 300 miles north of Sydney.

Rumors of the couple's good news had circulated since early June.

The timing couldn't be better for Crowe, who's on a self-imposed hiatus while he spends some time with his new bride.

"I just said to myself, if I don't take this time, I'll never be a newlywed again," he said.

"I'll never have that opportunity to simply be around for Dani and stuff like that, and I think the fact that she's pregnant is because of that.

"It's because I haven't really been running around doing the schedule at other people's beck and call."

Crowe said he and Spencer hadn't decided how many more tykes they would add to their Aussie-based brood.

"I don't think we were ever thinking about a gigantic amount of kids, but she's sort of thinking one or two, maybe three, we'll see," he said.

Crowe may not have time to change too many diapers. Next spring he's due to start shooting on Cinderella Man opposite Renée Zellweger.

Crowe stars as boxer Jim Braddock, who becomes a legend after winning a vicious 15-round match against heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935 during the throes of the Great Depression.

The flick reunites the Kiwi thesp with A Beautiful Mind helmer Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and Oscar-winning scribe Akiva Goldsman (who rewrote a draft of the script from Cliff Hollingsworth and Charlie Mitchell).

But it sounds like Spencer, who has dated Crowe on and off for the past 10 years, is the understanding type.

"It's been a very long relationship with Dani. It didn't sort of just come up yesterday," said Crowe. "As she said before, we may not be normal, but we have our own way of working things out in terms of the rhythms of when we can be together and when we can't."

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