It has been over a month since Dianne Medina and Rodjun Cruz welcomed Baby Joaquin.
Dianne gave birth to her first child on September 10, 2020.
Asked about her experience being a first-time mom, Dianne said it does come with challenges."
She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview last October 1, "Siyempre, I'm very grateful and blessed. I'm very thankful for the Lord, for the blessing.
"At first, it was really hard because I'm a first-time mom and I don't have my mom here with us, even Rodjun's mom, so struggle tayo."
Dianne lost her mom Vicky-Jo to breast cancer in July 2011, while Rodjun's mom Beth died in February 2019 due to pancreatric cancer.
The 33-year-old actress continued, "But we have naman our yaya and midwife to help us. But iba pa rin yung guided ka talaga ng magulang mo with everything."
She went on to describe how it has been in their household, so far.
"Yung midwife namin ang nagpapaligo since may tahi ako. I'm still recovering from my cesarean operation.
"Hindi ko mapaliguan si Joaquin and medyo nakakatakot din kasi hawakan ang newborn.
"So our midwife is also here with us to train me and Rodjun para kapag medyo malaki na si Joaquin, kaya na naming mag-hands-on kapag talagang fully recovered na ako from my CS."
RODJUN: THE HANDS-ON DAD
Dianne is grateful for having husband dedicated to his daddy duties
She said, "Sobrang hands-on niya and he does a lot of research for the baby.
"Talagang ano siya din, nagugulat ako na alam niya ito, may information siya about certain things. Kasi nga talagang inaaral din niya.
"Talagang may timer pa iyan, may alarm iyan. Gigising talaga siya magpapaaraw sila ni Baby Joaquin for Vitamin D.
"And then, talagang meron din siyang oras. Ang shift niya sa gabi or madaling araw, so gising talaga siya and nagbabantay kay Baby Joaquin.
"Kasi takot ako as a first-time mom, medyo praning.
"I'm sure yung ibang moms din maiintindihan din ako na takot ako na makatulugan or may isang matulog 'tapos hindi binabantayan si Baby Joaquin.
"Parang medyo O.C. kami, gusto namin kahit tulog si Baby Joaquin, may nagbabantay so talagang puyat talaga kaming lahat.
"Si Rodjun ang nagpapalit ng diaper, siya ang nagpapaaraw kay baby.
"'Tapos ako nagba-breastfeed, nakatoka lang kami sa pag-aalaga kay baby."
Dianne also shared her experience giving birth via cesarean section.
The TV host reminded moms undergoing the same process to be fully ready.
She explained, "Pag CS kasi, I will not sugarcoat it. It's really painful, it's really hard to move around.
"Your day two kasi, that's really important. You should force yourself to really stand and to walk.
"Yun ang pinaka-main rule talaga kapag CS ka para mabilis yung recovery mo.
"Sobrang sakit niya talaga. May mga pain relievers naman, pero, as much as possible, I don't rely on them so much.
"So I try to walk, I try to move around as much as possible kahit na sobrang sakit, as in yung sakit na parang hinahaltak yung laman loob. Sobrang sakit niya talaga."
But Dianne also warned to take necessary precautions when moving round after childbirth.
"May kasabihan yung matatanda na puwede ka raw mabinat. Alagaan mo pa rin yung sarili mo, huwag akyat-baba sa hagdan. May mga ganun pa rin sila.
"Ako, I try to mix old tradition advice and yung mga advice ng mga doctors. Wala naman mawawala if gagawin mo din siya.
"Don't forget to wear your binder. It's really important because it supports the sugat."
Dianne also stressed, "Again, different moms, different journey, different pregnancy and experiences. So pwedeng yung iba nasaktan sa CS, yung iba hindi.
"Kasi yung sister-in-law ko, hindi siya nasaktan at all. Nasaktan siya pero for her, it's tolerable and kayang kaya niya ulitin, may ganun siya.
"Yung iba naman nato-trauma sa experience."
She added that her focus is to recover fully from her C-section, most likely after a month to a month-and-a-half.
"Gusto ko rin talaga, ako mismo, kasi sayang yung oras. Mabilis sila lumaki, e.
"Ayoko ma-miss yung mga milestone or moments sa buhay niya na ganyan siya kaliit dahil nga sa tahi ko."