Kylie Padilla is touched that her stepmom Mariel Rodriguez Padilla has stepped in, pardon the pun, to help her cope with her pregnancy.
The TV host and wife of Kylie’s dad, Robin Padilla, just gave birth to their daughter Maria Isabella last November 14, 2016.
Kylie became emotional when she talked about it with Smart Parenting in a recent interview.
"Hindi ko na-expect na... I don't wanna cry… hindi ko in-expect na my stepmother would be my step-in mother."
The former Encantadia star already has her mom. Liezl Sicangco, and her fiancé Aljur Abrenica for emotional and physical support.
And with Mariel around to complete her circle of support, “parang my life got so much easier,” Kylie said.
She intoned, "Kakaiba din yung love niya sa akin.
"I'm really thankful to have her in my life right now.
"She's being a mom to me, too.
“… she texts me everyday, 'How are you?' 'Take this lesson.’ ‘You have to have this when you're pregnant.’ ‘This is for your baby.'
In fact, it was Mariel who took charge of Kylie's Little Prince-themed baby shower held at Aruga Hotel by Rockwell, last May 18, 2017.
Kylie posted her profuse thanks to Mariel on Instagram.
She wrote, "Thank you to this amazing woman who made all of this happen.
"I really don't know how to thank you enough for making magic happen for my baby's baby shower from theme, to the guests, to the registry at mother care and even the setting up of the place.
"I can't even fathom how much work you put into this night and even while taking care and being such a dedicated mother to baby Maria.
"Thank you again so much, even also for all the advice and all the help outside of the shower.
"Even Aj thanks you.
"I am blessed to have you there for me. Thank you tita"
Kylie is set to give birth between the last week of July and first week of August.
Read Kylie Padilla's full interview on smartparenting.com.ph.