GMA-7 couple Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo happily announced they are having a baby girl.
"Sa wakas! Magkakababae na tayo," Jennylyn cheered in their vlog on YouTube dated November 26, 2021, Friday.
The vlog's short introduction revealed that the newlyweds have always wanted a baby girl since both of them already have sons.
Alex Jazz is Jennylyn's son with former boyfriend Patrick Garcia. Calix, on the other hand, is Dennis' son with his former girlfriend, Carlene Aguilar.
Dennis said, "Noon pa lang, gusto talaga namin ni Jen na magkaroon ng baby girl. Kasi siyempre yung mga anak namin puro lalaki.
"Gusto naman namin ng ibang mapaglalaruan, ibang mabibihisan. Lalung-lalo na si Jen, tuwang-tuwa siya sa baby girl."
Jennylyn threw in, "Naaalala ko si ano, yung anak ni Empress, si Atalia. Wala pa tayong plano nun pero lagi namin siyang hinihiram. Si Amelia... 'tapos yung anak ni Sheena [Halili], si Martina."
The Legal Wives actor's mom Florita Florencio Ho also prayed for a baby girl. Dennis' son Calix wanted a younger sister as well.
They initially considered surrogacy as Jennylyn wasn't ready at that time to bear a child.
Their first attempt in the country failed.
In early 2021, the couple pursued the surrogacy plan in Dallas, Texas.
And part of their prayer was to have a baby girl.
Dennis recalled, "Tuwang-tuwa kami sa mga baby girl kaya talagang pinagdasal namin.
"At kahit nung nandun pa lang kami sa Dallas nung ginagawa yung mga surrogacy plans namin, ni-request namin na sana baby girl yung lumabas."
The embryo from the couple's second surrogacy attempt turned out to be a boy.
Jennylyn recalled, "Kaso lang, nung nabuo na yung embryo, yung gender nun, pinakita sa amin, male. E, wala nang iba, wala nang iba akong mapoproduce so yun na lang talaga.
"Parang wala na kaming choice, boy talaga."
Dennis quickly interjected, "Pero happy naman kami nun, thankful naman kami kahit na boy yung naging gender dun sa aming perfect embryo."
The implanting of the embryo was supposed to happen in October, but the couple had to put it on hold after they found out that Jennylyn is pregnant.
The power of "manifesting" was also proven to be true after their wish of having a baby girl was granted.
Jennylyn said, "Actually, mina-manifest na namin na girl [itong pinagbubuntis ko]. Alam mo yun? Kahit hindi pa namin alam, gusto namin girl. So 'baby girl,' tinatawag namin siyang ganyan.
"Ako naman, mahilig akong tumingin ng pink. 'Bibili na ba ako ng pink kasi girl naman iyan, e?' 'Tapos confident siya, 'Hindi, girl talaga iyan, alam ko iyan, girl iyan.'
"Talagang ganun kami ka-confident na girl."
For his part, Dennis said, "Ako sobrang confident kasi feeling ko ibibigay talaga yung matagal na nating gusto and feeling ko, ito yung panahon na yun na mangyayari yun."