Supermodel Adriana Lima says there’s another career she finds even more satisfying: Motherhood.
“The best job in the world for me is being a mom,” the Brazilian beauty, 28, tells PEOPLE. “I never thought I could love so much. I always thought, does unconditional love exist? Now I know it does because I feel it.”
Victoria Secret’s model and her husband, NBA star Marko Jaric welcomed a daughter on Sunday, November 15th in New York City.
Adriana, 28, met the Memphis Grizzlies star, 31, in 2006 and got engaged two years later on her 27th birthday. The couple eloped on Valentine’s Day this year, tying the knot in a small, private civil ceremony in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
She said becoming a parent has “really changed me completely. I am, in my head, more mature, more secure. And, you know, it changed completely the priorities in [my] life.”
“You feel so strong,” she adds. “It’s such a wonderful feeling.”
During the pregnancy, she was diagnosed to have preeclampsia, necessitating two weeks of bed rest before the delivery of her daughter at only 34 weeks along.
Weighing in at just 4.4 lbs., Valentina was the “smallest [baby] in the whole hospital,” Lima recalls. “I wish I had her at home but it wasn’t possible in my case.”
Jaric, 31, a former NBA player who is now with the Real Madrid team, is also indulging in his new daddy duties. “I feel comfortable,” he says. “[Adriana and I] feel so natural. We’re really enjoying it. Everything is falling in the right place.”
And while the gorgeous mother is enjoying as a mother to little Valentina, she also recently headed back to work. Getting into pre-pregnancy shape again “wasn’t easy,” but with a strict diet and exercise regimen (with a former pro boxer!), Lima says she’s back to modeling for Victoria’s Secret.
And what are some of 5-month-old Valentina’s latest milestones? In addition to sitting up, rolling and pushing over onto her stomach, “she has a personality,” the proud mom says. “She’s always smiling. It’s amazing.”