Gary Valenciano reveals crying when he first saw son Paolo with Baby Leia

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Gary Valenciano on the arrival of his first grandchild Leia: "It's such a different feeling. ?Being more mature and a lot older today, I feel certain things I didn't feel when I was a lot younger."


The latest member of the Valenciano family is a mestiza baby, the firstborn of Paolo and wife Sam Godinez.

She was born on November 2, 2016, at past 1 a.m.

The couple had posted photos of Baby Leia on their personal Instagram accounts.

Hello @nataleiamartine ???? #nataleiamartine #baevee

A photo posted by Samantha Godinez-Valenciano (@yosameti) on

Paolo captioned his post as, "My princess..."

My princess #NataleiaMartine ??

A photo posted by Paolo Valenciano (@paolovalenciano) on

The dad of the new dad, Gary Valenciano, had also posted a photo of him with his apo, and welcomed her via a long post on Instagram.

First, he recalled that moment he had Paolo when he was "20 years of age."

Then, he enumerated that "day of many many firsts."

He wrote, "?My firstborn has his first child. First time to be welcomed into the world of grandparenthood. My first grandchild.

"First time to feel all that I mentioned earlier.?

"But no matter what words I choose to express and describe the feeling of seeing my daughter-in-law waving her hands at us as she was being rolled in to the delivery room; my son putting on his scrubs to be with her for the procedure; to hear, in the quiet corridors of the delivery rooms, the cry of a child being welcomed into the world.

"To see nurses walking by with the hope that there's news for us to hear. The first time to see my son walk out of the delivery room with the nurse who handed Leia to him for him to carry..."

That moment "still brings tears" to his eyes, and he was glad "to witness him react to arrival of his first."

I was 20yrs of age when I had my first son Paolo. On Nov 2, 2016, at a little past 1am, Sam gave birth to their first born baby girl Leia.?Thank you everyone...it's such a different feeling. ?Being more mature and a lot older today, I feel certain things I didn't feel when I was a lot younger. These are feelings and emotions that have registered in my heart for the very first time.?It's a day of many many firsts. ?My first born has his first child. First time to be welcomed into the world of grandparenthood. My first grandchild. First time to feel all that I mentioned earlier.?But no matter what words I choose to express and describe the feeling of seeing my daughter-in-law waving her hands at us as she was being rolled in to the delivery room; my son putting on his scrubs to be with her for the procedure; to hear, in the quiet corridors of the delivery rooms, the cry of a child being welcomed into the world. To see nurses walking by with the hope that there's news for us to hear. The first time to see my son walk out of the delivery room with the nurse who handed Leia to him for him to carry...the thought of which still brings tears to my eyes; these are all just a few of the things that perhaps occurred when Pao was born but this time I'm with him to witness him react to arrival of his first. ?In all honesty...there is a joy inexplicable as I replay the sequences of Nov 1...and 2. All I know is that it was ALL SOULS DAY...and I'm beyond blessed to have witnessed the ushering in of a new soul into our family today. I will always love you Paolo and Sam...and Leia.

A photo posted by Gary Valenciano (@therealgaryv) on

Meanwhile, Paolo and Sam started introducing their daughter to the world of Star Wars, their favorite film franchise.

First, they named her after the character of Princess Leia. Her full name is Nataleia Martine, but her nickname is Leia.

Second, they dubbed her arrival "The Baevee Awakens," a wordplay on the latest Star Wars chapter "The Force Awakens."

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Hello earthlings ? #NataleiaMartine #baevee (thank you tita @kmangrobs for my outfit????)

A photo posted by Samantha Godinez-Valenciano (@yosameti) on

They had also opened a private Instagram account for Baby Leia.


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