At exactly 10:01 in the morning of August 27, actress Meryll Soriano gave birth to a healthy baby boy via normal delivery. Baby Elijah weighed 6.5 pounds, and the proud mom shared to Startalk the exhilarating experience of being a first-time mom.
"Totoo pala ang mga sinasabi nila na kahit gaano kahirap at gaano kasakit, pag nakita mo na ang baby mo, wala na lahat ‘yon," Meryll said.
The daughter of Wowowee host Wille Revillame also added that she and her mom, Bec-Bec Soriano, hugged and both cried tears of joy. Meryll's ex-husband Bernard Palanca and his mom also rushed to Makati Medical Center to attend to Meryll's childbirth.
Meryll seemed to appreciate the support of her estranged husband: "Okay naman, usap na lang kami, natutuwa din siya [Bernard] siyempre. Happy na siya.
"Ang importante, magkaibigan kami ngayon," Meryll added. "Alam namin ang responsibilidad namin as parents. So, we'll take it from there. Ang importante, ang star ngayon si Elijah.
"Nagpapasalamat ako sa pamilya ni Bernard for supporting him [Elijah]; for supporting me the whole time. Mahal na mahal ko din sila. Hindi naman naputol ang link namin, e, kahit hindi nagiging maganda ang [hiwalayan] namin ni Bernard. Thank you."
Meryll and Bernard separated months before Elijah was born. But the new parents patched things up for the sake of their son. They are now bent into fulfilling their obligations to their baby.
"Ang focus namin pareho siguro, e, maging magaling na parents kay Elijah," said Meryll. "Tapos kung ano man yung mga feelings naming ngayon, e, iisantabi muna namin to be responsible parents to Elijah."
With regard to rumors that she and Bernard already discussed the annulment of their marriage, Meryll said they haven't talked about it but have plans of doing it in the future.
For now, Meryll wants to enjoy the feeling of becoming a brand new mom. "I-share ko lang," a teary-eyed Meryll suddenly said, "na mahirap pala maging isang magulang. At maba-value mo lang at maiintindihan mo na [pag nanay ka na]. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa Mama ko na talagang mahal na mahal niya ako."
To Elijah, a simple vow from his mom: "Elijah, mahal na mahal kita. Ibibigay ko talaga lahat para sa iyo."