The baby journal of James Yap Jr.

Apr 19, 2007
Kris Aquino gave birth to James Yap, Jr. today, April 19. The 4.3-pound baby boy is Kris's first child with basketball player husband James Yap. The TV host-actress and her baby are doing well.

Hello Baby James!

Kris Aquino gave birth to James Yap, Jr. today, April 19. The 4.3-pound baby boy is Kris's first child with basketball player husband James Yap.

TV host-actress and her baby are doing well.

In an exclusive report, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) noted that Kris went to the Makati Medical Center with James at around 1 p.m. for her regular check-up with her doctor, Dr. Grace Luna. The hospital is just a few minutes drive from Oakwood, where the couple are renting a place while their house is being constructed.

Soon after her consultation, Kris experienced labor pains and was rushed back to the hospital.

At 4:50 p.m., Kris delivered baby James. (Incidentally, Baby James has the same birthday as former president Joseph Estrada.)

Here is the PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) chronicle of Kris Aquino's pregnancy and the birth of James Yap, Jr.

PEP, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006. "Sure na, sure na..." announced the ecstatic Kris Aquino yesterday, April 17, in her afternoon showbiz talk show The Buzz. The 36-year-old TV host-actress is pregnant with her second child. Her eldest child, Joshua, is with actor Phillip Salvador.

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She expressed her utmost happiness: "Ang sasabihin ko lang kasi it's so different now from 12 years ago [referring to the time she was pregnant with Josh]. Noong time na yun, there was so much fear na anong mangyayari, ano kahihinatnan...

"And now there's just so much joy. Feeling ko lang na it's proof also na when you put everything in perspective, at kung naituwid mo yung buhay mo, maayos at masaya, and lahat ng tao masaya with you."

PEP, OCTOBER 1, 2006. "I'm not maselan..." says Kris about her pregnancy in The Buzz. "Hindi naman ako nagkakaroon ng dizzy spells na. The entire last week, hindi nagsuka ni minsan. Thank you! Talagang ang sarap ng feeling. Normal na yung tulog ko talaga. I'm normally asleep at 10 o'clock or, at the latest 11, and 9 o'clock, gising na ko."

Two weeks after revealing to the public via national TV that she is indeed expecting her first child with husband James Yap, friends and fans have sent her pagkaing pinaglilihian—white food, mostly lanzones, milk, soy milk, and cereal drinks, to name a few. Her current favorite dish is Bistek Tagalog "na ako nagluluto. Mabaho ang dating sa kin [kapag iba nagluluto], pero kapag ako nagluluto, masarap!"

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Though she reported that she had been experiencing night-time sickness and nausea, Kris did not take a leave of absence from her two daily shows, Game KNB? and Kapamilya Deal or No Deal. "In between kasi [ng takes], na-realize ko na if I eat crackers, like Sky Flakes, and fruits, hindi ako nagsusuka. So all throughout the day—kasi nagte-taping po kasi ako araw-araw, Monday to Friday; I tape for the shows and nag-a-advance na rin kami—so basta kumakain ako ng suha, pomelo, and then ponkan, and lanzones all through out the day, I'm okay."

PEP, JANUARY 14, 2007. A baby boy for Kris and James! Kris had a four-dimension ultra sound on January 10.

"I also had a congenital scan para i-check kung okay 'yong brain, okay 'yong skull, 'yong skeleton, 'yong back," said the host of Game KNB?, Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal, and The Buzz. "I'm giving birth anytime May 6 to May 10."

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She added, "And then they said, based on the scan, na two to three weeks bigger than what the baby should be, so mahaba ang legs, mahaba ang arms... so sabi ko okay na rin kasi by the time 22-23 ‘yong baby puwede na ako mag-retire, di ba? Magba-basketball na! Malaki na!"

She said candidly, "I checked nga kaagad kili-kili ko. Chineck ko lahat kung umitim. ‘Tapos sabi ko the other night kay James, ‘Babe, ang laki na ng ilong ko.' ‘Tapos sabi niya, ‘Ano ba! Narinig mo lang na boy, feeling mo na lahat ng symptoms!'" Some people believe that a woman pregnant with a baby boy will experience the following symptoms: underarm darkening and a nose grown bigger.

PEP, FEBRUARY 22, 2007. Kris was brought to the Makati Medical Center because of false labor pains.

"False labor" refers to a pregnant woman's experience of irregular, mild contractions that do not cause the cervical dilatation necessary for childbirth. In other words, the abdominal pains are akin to those surrounding childbirth but do not actually lead to childbirth. "False labor" can be caused by stress, whether physical, pyschological, or emotional.

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Kris's close friend, Boy Abunda, said, "Totoo ‘yan. Nasa ospital po ngayon si Kris. Siya'y itinakbo ngayong tanghali dahil masama ang kaniyang pakiramdam. Halo-halo na siguro ito, ‘yong stress—hindi naman kaila sa mga kaibigan natin na mahirap ang pinagdadaanan ni Kris."

He added, "She is being advised by doctors to stay in the hospital for mga tatlong araw [para sa] kumpletong pahinga, complete rest."

Days before Kris was rushed to the hospital, controversy erupted over an alleged affair between James and former Belo Medical Group receptionist Hope Centeno. Showbiz insiders can only speculate about how the recent controversy surrounding Kris and her marriage may have caused the Kapamilya Deal or No Deal host extreme emotional stress.

PEP, FEBRUARY 27, 2007. Kris gave an interview to PEP about her pregnancy at the Maggi Magic Sarap press conference.

"Nang lumabas ako ng hospital last week, ang findings ng mga doctors ko, may gestational diabetes ako, na kung hindi ako mag-iingat, three things ang pwedeng mangyari. First, yung magkaroon ako ng eclampsia kapag nanganak ako. Second, pwedeng maging very big ang baby because of the sugar na nakuha niya sa akin. And third, the child could actually die in my womb," she said.

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According to "Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that starts during pregnancy. It affects about 4% of all pregnant women. It usually begins in the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy (between the 24th and 28th weeks). Most often, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born."

PEP, FEBRUARY 28, 2007. Kris was rushed to the hospital for the second time. The TV host-actress was said to have felt a sudden pain in her stomach.

MARCH 4, 2007. Kris gave an official statement through The Buzz, an entertainment talk show she co-hosts with Boy Abunda, regarding her current health condition, her thoughts on the issues surrounding her marriage, and her leave of absence.

Her statement: "I'm writing this while still confined in Makati Medical, fearful about the condition and the ultimate survival of my son. Scared about how I'll make it through the coming months of complete bed rest, the truth is the one place I've always felt invincible was inside the studio. It is where I could excel; where in spite of my deepest hurts I could have several hours of joy. My safe haven because I love interacting with my guests and my players, and my staff showered me with support and care. Now, even the work that I've done on a daily basis is being taken away from me.

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"Last Wednesday night, I came dangerously close to delivering Baby James at only 29 weeks. My contractions were coming very strong, coming at 3-4 minute intervals.

"My baby's heartbeat was weakening and my cervix has already dilated. He is barely 3 pounds at this point, and for the past two days, I've endured very painful steroid shots to help strengthen the lungs of Baby James and increase his survival.

"At least five times a day, my fingers are pricked to check that my gestational diabetes was kept in control to ensure that my baby's health is not put in further peril. My food intake is closely regulated and the only time I'm allowed out of bed is for bathroom privileges.

"I now say a temporary goodbye to all of you. In the coming weeks, my one focus is to be the best mom I can possibly be to Josh and his baby brother. The only way I can succeed at this is to leave the spectacle behind me and totally retreat from the public eye.

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"Please know how I will miss being a part of your daily TV viewing. I've always said that my career's biggest blessing is that all of you who has tuned in to my shows allowed me to become a part of your family.

"And now, it's my turn to focus on the two people that really matter in my life, my two biggest blessings, my two sons—Josh and Baby James. At the end of the day, after all has been said and done, my ability to give them good lives is what matters most."

PEP, APRIL 1, 2007. "Nararamdaman ko na talaga ‘yong pain. Pag sumisipa, sobrang sakit. Mabigat na ‘yong sa likod pag tumatayo, pag naglalakad, pag pumupunta sa banyo, or kaya kung nakaupo ka while eating, or pag nagko-computer. The only thing now is hirap na akong mag-sleep. Restless ako for the whole night," said the TV host-actress in a taped interview with The Buzz.

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She added, "Ang magandang update is 6 lbs. ang na-gain ko. That's really good for the baby so happy talaga."

Baby James weighed 4 lbs. and was said to be doing well. Kris was advised to have complete bed rest and to stay away from sweets.

The expectant mother said, "Exciting na kasi dineliver na ‘yong crib, lahat ng mga baby accessories, ‘yong bathtub, car seat—andoon na, lahat inaayos na! Ang nagawa ko lang ‘yong mga clothes, newborn to three months, labhan na, tapos the rest, itago muna. ‘Yon iyong mga preparation na ginagawa. Lahat ng mga gamit niya, basically baby blue and maong."

PEP, APRIL 17, 2007. "I have to eat before 8 o'clock at night kasi by 11:30/12:00 tulog na ako. Six o'clock or 7 o'clock, nagigising ako, kasi naman pinagpapawisan ako dahil doon nga sa diabetes. ‘Yong blood sugar bumabagsak, so kailangan uminom ako ng milk na normally hinahaluan ko ng yoghurt drink," said Kris Aquino about her daily routine in an interview with The Buzz last April 15.

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Kris is on her last term of pregnancy. On April 19, she is supposed to choose her date of delivery.

"I'm caesarian so puwedeng mapili talaga and they'll decide based on kung mature na ‘yong lungs, kung okay na ‘yong heart," she explained.

APRIL 19, 2007. Kris gives birth to baby James at 4:50 in the afternoon at the Makati Medical City.

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