Two years since Baby Zia came into Marian Rivera's life, the Kapuso actress remains in awe of her role as a mother.
In a previous interview with Good Housekeeping, the Kapuso Primetime Queen happily said, "Ang sarap, sobrang priceless maging nanay.
"Sabi ko nga, ngayon masasabi ko na babae talaga ako. Parang ito talaga ang role ko sa buhay."
The first time Marian held Baby Zia in her arms, she couldn't keep her eyes off her daughter.
She instantly forgot that she was tired, hadn't eaten nor slept for hours, and that her body was sore and aching.
"Naisip ko, hindi na 'to pangarap. Totoo na talaga, may anak na talaga ako."
Among the many things she and husband Dingdong Dantes had to sacrifice since their daughter came was their "lovey-dovey" time.
She said, "Ang hirap kasi nasa gitna nila ako nakahiga, e. 'Tapos papadede ako sa isang side, 'tapos yung asawa ko nasa kabila.
"Pero, usually, deadma ako kay Dong, nasa anak ko pa rin ako.
"Then, pag tulog na si Zia, aarte na ako sa asawa ko.
"Kaso gigising na naman anak ko, ayan na naman ako.
"So 'di kami makatulog!
"Kulang na lang ibulagta ko sarili ko para sa kanilang dalawa."
But she said that Dingdong gladly embraced the changes, too.
She continued, "Grabe ang babae, ibabalance mo yung pagiging nanay, pagiging asawa, 'tsaka yung para sa sarili mo.
"Para sa akin, wonder woman talaga ang mga nanay."
Of course having a supportive husband is a big blessing.
On Instagram, she keeps thanking Dingdong.
Referring to him as "Mi Amor," here's one of the messages she wrote for the actor, "Ang sarap mong maging katuwang sa buhay..."
What are their fears as parents?
"Nung una, ang saya ni Dong na babae.
"'Tapos later on na-realize niya, 'Sa'n ko pag-aaralin anak ko? Nako, all girls! Alam mo na, mamaya maligawan yun!'"
She would often tease her husband, "'Ay, may boobs na yata si Zia!'
"Sasabihin niya, 'Tumigil ka nga!"
But kidding aside, the reality of all this happening in the future has made her gasp, "Naiisip ko, lalaki yung anak ko. Siyempre, parang ako 'yan, magkaka-boyfriend, mag-aasawa, 'tapos iiwan kami."
In a recent interview with Dingdong during his presscon for his upcoming show Case Solved, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that to this day, the couple co-sleep with Baby Zia.