Alfonso Ribeiro has every reason to do the ‘Carlton Dance’ this week. That’s because the Hollywood actor and his wife Angela have just welcomed their third child to their family. The 47-year-old America’s Funniest Home Videos host made the announcement on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
The actor shared a photo of the new addition to his family, who he and his wife have named Ava Sue. What made the birth so special is that the newborn baby girl was born on Mother’s Day. Ribeiro captioned the sweet photo with, “Ava Sue Ribeiro finally decided to send @mrsangelaribeiro1 to the hospital on Mother’s Day and came into our world early yesterday morning. Both Ava and Mommy are doing great. Thank you Dr. Jason Rothbart for an amazing job.”
Ava Sue joins her big brothers Alfonso Lincon, 5, and Anders Reyn, 4, in their growing family. In addition to his three children with Angelina, Alfonso Ribiero also has a 15-year-old daughter named Sienna from a previous relationship.
If that weren’t enough, Ribiero also shared his love and appreciation for his wife by adding, “Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing wife @mrsangelaribeiro1 You make our kids so happy. We are all so lucky. Can’t wait to add one more to our family. A little girl to come.”
While Ribiero loves the work that he does in the entertainment industry, he has always maintained that the most important role he’s had in his life is that of a father. When it comes to fatherhood, the actor says that he’s a reflective kind of person who likes to think about the big picture. He often thinks about what his kids will be like when they are adults and if he is providing them with the necessary tools to help them achieve their goals.
Speaking to Life of Dad last year, Ribiero said that while he tries to instill a strong work ethic in his kids, he wants them to know that defeat is just as important as success. He explained, “I understand that you very rarely win, but if you are not trying to be the best than you are not giving it your all. You have to accept loss, but you have to strive and do everything you can to be the best that YOU can be.”
The father-of-four also says that he doesn’t understand the concept of giving out participation trophies. Instead, he wants to instill a good sense of confidence in all of his kids. As far as his advice for new dads, Ribiero admits that there is no substitute for love and there is no substitute for a parent from being present. He said, “No matter how much you may Skype or FaceTime nothing replaces being there. To me, that is I think the one piece of advice I would give. It is to do everything you can to make your family a priority.”