Mom-to-be Aicelle Santos is now in the last trimester of her pregnancy.
She and husband Mark Zambrano are patiently waiting for the arrival of their daughter, whom they have named as Zandrine.
So far, her pregnancy journey has been bearable, thanks to this group of reliable people who have been giving her helpful tips and advice.
Aicelle tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press during a virtual interview on November 17, 2020: "Besides my mom, mom ni Mark.
"My sister, who is younger than me, may two-year-old girl na siya, e, so marami rin siyang input.
"The wife of Mark's brother who is a pediatrician, medical advice naman iyon, di ba?"
Chariz Solomon, a mother to three boys, acts as their main adviser. She was pregnant around the same time as them, but she already gave birth to her third son, Andreas, in September 2020.
Aicelle continues, "Si Chariz iyong medyo tinatanungan talaga namin because third baby niya na, hindi ba? Kami, iyong mga tanong namin as basic as 'Ano ba dapat sabon ang gamitin niya?' or 'Kailangan pa ba iyong mga bigkis?'
"Masaya, masaya iyong mga tanungan namin. And especially the first-time moms, we update each other kung ano na ba nararanasan. Kasi kaming tatlo, halos magkakasabay kami.
"Si Cris 'tsaka si Sheena, 'Mars, nararamdaman mo na ba ito? Nagmamanas ka na ba because I have it na.'"
Aicelle appreciates their group chat because it helps her feel like she isn't experiencing pregnancy alone.
"It's nice to have this journey with them because you know you have someone na sabay kayo ng pinagdadaanan."
Aicelle also prepares herself by reading articles and watching documentaries.
Excited to meet zandrine
Zandrine is a name that Mark chose.
In the same virtual interview, the sportscaster reveals he saw the name "by accident."
The father-to-be says, "Iyong Zandrine came from Sandrine with an 'S.' And iyong Sandrine with an 'S' came from a shorter version of Alexandria, and Alexandria came from Alexander, which means protector of men."
For Mark, the meaning of Zandrine not only projects the kind of character he hopes his future daughter will have, but it also reflects Aicelle's character.
"Protector of men, I think, fits my daughter kasi nga iyong mom niya is also a very level-headed woman. Very strong character. Feeling ko mai-inherit niya."
Mark adds that he is also excited and happy to have a girl as their first child.
"To be honest, talagang even before gusto ko na ng daughter. Kasi lahat nung mga friends ko na nagkaroon ng unang anak na babae, sabi nila malambing sa father. Laging clingy, laging affectionate.
"Gusto ko iyon. Gusto ko iyong part na iyon. I'm looking forward to that. Actually, okay lang naman na sa aming dalawa [malambing si Zandrine]. It feels nice to be know na firstborn ko is a girl dahil sa factor na iyon."
Aicelle hopes to give birth via normal delivery, but the baby's current weight suggests that C-section is a possible birth plan.
Mark remarks, "We'll see when the day comes."
Aicelle is due to give birth in December 2020.