“Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Jenna Johnson revealed the name she and her husband, Val Chmerkovskiy, chose for their baby boy in a new Instagram post on February 7, 2023.
In the post, Johnson shared that their son’s name is Rome Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
“Cannot believe it’s been 4 weeks of being completely infatuated with you,” Johnson wrote in the post. “Thank you for bursting my heart wide open and showing me what unconditional love is. Mommy and Daddy love you so much!!!! **the left dimple melts me every time.”
The photo shows Rome lying down on a fuzzy blanket next to a sign that reads, “Hello world, my name is Rome Valentin.”
Fans guessed the baby was named Roman or Remi after Johnson uploaded a photo in January 2023 that hinted at a name starting with an “R.” Other fans suggested the newborn could be Rowan or Romeo.
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy first announced their baby’s arrival on Instagram.
“Our world is forever changed,” the couple wrote alongside an image of their hands intertwined with their baby’s fingers. “1.10.23.”
Johnson Has Shared Inside Looks of the First Month With Their Baby
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy didn’t share much about their son during the family’s first month together, but they did offer a few intimate peeks of how their world has changed since becoming parents.
When they got home from the hospital, Johnson took to Instagram to share a video of Chmerkovskiy holding and rocking their newborn son. She uploaded the now-expired Instagram Stories video in black and white and captioned it with a heart emoji. A fan uploaded a screenshot of the post to Reddit.
Johnson later shared a photo of Chmerkovskiy cuddling Rome and looking down at him lovingly.
In a separate post on January 23, 2023, Johnson uploaded a photo of a shirtless Chmerkovskiy with tousled hair, holding their swaddled baby to his chest while seemingly asleep in a rocking chair. Johnson captioned the photo with a heart emoji.
“3 weeks with the absolute loves of my life,” she wrote in the photo.
Lindsay Arnold Traveled to Meet Johnson & Chmerkovskiy’s Son
Johnson and Lindsay Arnold share a long history, having been friends since they were children. Over the first weekend in February, Arnold traveled to meet her best friend’s bundle of joy.
In Johnson’s post about her best friend meeting her son, she wrote, “We’re in absolute heaven with Auntie @lindsayarnold here.”
The photo Johnson posted showed Arnold smiling down at the baby, his tiny hand wrapped around her finger.
Johnson previously opened up about being childhood friends with her fellow “Dancing With the Stars” pros on the “Conversations with Olivia Jade” podcast.
“In Utah there, for some reason, is this massive dance hub,” she said, adding that she and many other dancers attended the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio where Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Lindsay Arnold and Brandon Armstrong also trained.
“So, I actually grew up dancing with Lindsay and Witney [Carson] and Brandon,” she shared. “We’re all the same age, and they were my best friends growing up.”
“Dancing With the Stars” is expected to return in the fall of 2023 on Disney+.