J.R. Martinez Returns to Middle East for the First Time Since War Injury: 'It Was Intense'

It’s been 11 years since Dancing with the Stars champ and injured Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez has been back to the Middle East after a land-mine explosion left him with severe burns, but Martinez tells PEOPLE his return was an “amazing experience.”

J.R. Martinez Splits from Diana Gonzalez-Jones

J.R. Martinez & Diana Gonzalez-Jones Have a Very Pink Baby Shower

Everything’s coming up rosy – pink, that is – for Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez and his girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones.

Pink was the hue of the day on Saturday as the expectant parents were feted at a shower hosted by All My Children executive producer Julie Carruthers at her Hollywood Hills home. “It was lovely,” one guest told PEOPLE.

Dancing with the Stars: Karina Smirnoff Says Gavin DeGraw Has 'Swagger and Charisma'

Dancing with the Stars reigning pro champion Karina Smirnoff will blog about season 14 each week for PEOPLE.com.

In her first post, she writes about what she’s been up to since taking home the mirror-ball trophy with season 13 winner J.R. Martinez and how she’s getting along in rehearsals with her new partner, singer Gavin DeGraw:

J.R. Martinez Gets His Dog Ready for Baby

While J.R. Martinez, who is expecting a daughter in May, gets himself ready for fatherhood, he’s also prepping his other baby, dog Romeo, for the arrival.

Tim Tebow Wants to Be on Dancing with the Stars, Says J.R. Martinez

Having already demonstrated his fancy footwork on the football field, is Tim Tebow ready to step onto the ballroom floor?

Affirmative, according to most-recent champ on Dancing with the Stars, J.R. Martinez.

J.R. Martinez Won't Name His Daughter 'Salami' or 'Apple Cider'

J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones, who are expecting their first daughter in May, have narrowed the names to two. Expect something special – but nothing absurd.

“We won’t name her Apple Cider or Salami,” the Dancing with the Stars champ, 28, vowed to PEOPLE at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. “It won’t be our favorite dish or our favorite getaway or favorite car or show.”

J.R. Martinez Wants His Daughter to Play Sports

When J.R. Martinez learned that he and his girlfriend, Diana Gonzalez-Jones, were having a girl, he couldn t help but smile.

“God has a tremendous sense of humor that he wants to continue to surround me with women,” says Martinez, 28. “I was raised by a single mom so I think I’m sensitive to women. I just like spending time with women. I like to talk with women and listen to what they have to say.”

J.R. Martinez Is Going to Be a Dad

He nabbed a mirror ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars last month, but the biggest and best prize is yet to come – J.R. Martinez tells PEOPLE exclusively that he and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones are expecting their first child in May.

“We found out just last week it’s a girl and we are over the moon,” Martinez, 28, says.