SnookiYesterday, Nicole Polizzi, aka Snooki, tweeted a picture of her and her baby Lorenzo that is hands down the most beautiful one I’ve seen yet. Not only is little Lorenzo one undeniably cute kid, but there’s Snooki, bare-faced and beautiful with nary a fake eyelash nor hint of bronzer in sight. She looks peaceful, happy, and like the good mother no one thought she would ever be.

We’d seen her before without makeup, and were shocked with just how much better we liked it that look than the glammed-up meatball one she serves up on Jersey Shore. But she’s never looked more beautiful than she does in this picture, and it’s so telling of how happy she is. As cliche as it sounds, she has a glow, and it’s gorgeous. Even Nicki Minaj was impressed with the picture. The singer tweeted yesterday, “he’s beautiful snooks, congrats!!! @snooki.”

Of all of the Jersey Shore crew, for awhile she’s the one I would have said had the least promising future. I would have bet she’d be in rehab before I’d have bet I’d be admiring her for being an outstanding example of motherhood. But she’s proven me and everyone else wrong, and has done such a 180 in the face of the public’s judging eye. And it’s not like there was nothing to judge either. It wasn’t long ago that she was getting arrested, peeing on herself in the middle of dance floors, and generally skeeving everyone out with her sloppy, slutty ways. Now she’s genuinely looking like a mom you’d want to have a play date with and pick her brain for good parenting tips.

I thought once her long restrictive months of pregnancy were over, she might wander back to her wild ways, but the only thing we’ve really seen her go wild with is Tweeting photos of her and Lorenzo — and that we’ll take any day.

Now she’s kind of like the Rudy of reality TV, the comeback kid we all want to cheer for. In this case, maybe a fist pump is more appropriate, but good for her. And to all the haters out there saying that she and Jionni are just staying together so they can make bank off of their upcoming wedding, I can’t wait to see her prove them wrong too.

Oh, and don’t worry, she’s not giving up her signature style for good. Just a few minutes ago she tweeted this gussied-up version of herself showing that mama can still rock it Jersey style.

Are you surprised at how motherhood has changed Snooki?


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