Saab Magalona marks son’s baptism with memory of meeting him for the first time
Saab Magalona’s experience with motherhood has been one marked with initial heartbreak, though raising baby Pancho with husband Jim Bacarro proves that she has much to be happy about.
Despite being born premature, Pancho is a picture of health and has hit another milestone since his life began in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The baby boy was baptized in a ceremony attended by family from both sides of his parents yesterday, July 14.
Magalona shared a picture of her small family on the day of the baptism and wrote, “Proud parents.”
Before the occasion, she recalled the emotional moment that she first laid eyes on her own son six days after she had an emergency C-section “because our baby girl’s heartbeat had stopped.”
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When I was pregnant with my twins at 30 weeks 6 days, I had to undergo an emergency c-section because our baby girl’s heartbeat had stopped. Our baby boy survived but I did not see him for 6 days bec I was in and out of the ICU myself (it’s a long story). I felt so many emotions when I was told I could leave my room to see my child. Prior to that, all I could do was ask Jim to show me videos and photos of him. It was a dark time for me because without seeing or touching our boy, all I could focus on was the loss of our daughter. Honestly, at the time, I just kept thinking our baby boy would not make it either especially with the initial tests they did on him. It was Valentine’s Day when I was finally cleared to visit him and I cried. I was so happy but I was also so scared. I washed my face, put on some lip and cheek tint and brushed my hair. It was like a first date and I wanted to look pretty for my son. As I saw his sweet tiny body in his bed, barely moving, I was overjoyed. Jim told me he wasn’t moving at all during the first few days so his tiny movements were more than enough for us. It dawned on me that aside from Valentine’s Day, it was also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Somehow, I felt God was telling me to keep praying and not to lose faith. Today, Pancho will be baptized and I couldn’t be more proud of how far we’ve come as a family. I know Luna will also be with us as we celebrate this milestone 💕 (this photo was taken on Feb 14, 2018)
Incidentally, that day was Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. For Magalona, the holy day made her feel that God was telling her “not to lose faith.”
The picture shows Magalona in a hospital gown, puckering her lips for a kiss as she touched him. Her eyes appear swollen, perhaps from the distress of the past days.
“Our baby boy survived but I did not see him for 6 days [because] I was in and out of the ICU myself (it’s a long story),” she said.
Magalona recounted that her prior to meeting him, her only experience with her son was through photos and videos: “It was a dark time for me because without seeing or touching our boy, all I could focus on was the loss of our daughter.”
She also expected the worst: “Honestly, at the time, I just kept thinking our baby boy would not make it either especially with the initial tests they did on him.”
“It was Valentine’s Day when I was finally cleared to visit him and I cried,” the Cheats singer said.
She revealed that she freshened up with minimal makeup: “It was like a first date and I wanted to look pretty for my son.”
It seems baby Pancho was responsive to his mother’s presence because he made “tiny movements” when previously, “he wasn’t moving at all.”
Now, the little one is well-loved by his extended family and was even able to meet his great-grandmother on his mom’s side, graphic designer Edwina Koch Arroyo.
“I know Luna will also be with us,” said Magalona, referring to Pancho’s late twin sister. JB
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