• Miracle Baby: Meet Courageous Caitie's Baby Sister!

    Feliz and Jayjay Lucas welcomed their daughter on Valentine's Day. See the first photos and learn her name.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Miracle Baby: Meet Courageous Caitie's Baby Sister!
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  • Yesterday, February 14, Courageous Caitie's dad Jayjay Lucas took to social media to announce that his wife Feliz gave birth to a baby girl. She arrived at 11:25 a.m., the same time Caitie passed on March 31 of last year. Today, the family announced the name of the new addition to the family: Tabitha Calea Xinyi

    Along with the first close-up photo of their "little burrito," Jayjay explained on Instagram that his daughter's names combined meant "grace in joyous harmony." His brother Jeff Lucas also posted several photos of the momentous occasion. 

    Based on Instagram photos, the couple's son, Ethan, was the first to see his new baby sister, a family tradition. "We made it a point with Caitie before that she would be the first one to see her little brother when he came out of the OR [operating room]," Jayjay wrote. "Now it was Ethan's turn to see her baby sister for the first time and give her first kiss," he added. 

    Meanwhile, Feliz also took to Instagram to share her first few minutes with her daughter. "While in the recovering room, as I embrace this new miracle as she breastfeeds, I whispered a prayer of blessing for her, for me and for my family," she wrote.

    According to Feliz, Tabitha's arrival on Valentine's Day was "totally unexpected." Her due date was supposed to be on March 5, the same day Caitie was finally diagnosed with the unforgiving disease that took her life. In fact, they were so unprepared that they had not even chosen a name yet nor packed a D-day bag.

    "No clothes, nothing prepared, no bath and no camera, LOL," Feliz quipped. "But I thanked God for this as well. We can prepare so much but God reminded me to let go and surrender that indeed in all things He is sovereign and good," she added.

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    The new mom also revealed that her third pregnancy was marred with a lot of complications. She mentioned kidney stones, cervix shortening, and bleeding. "Grace indeed that the baby is well and healthy! Giving birth is such a humbling experience!" Feliz wrote.

    Caitie's spirit will always be alive especially with her family, but Tabitha Calea Xinyi's arrival presents another new beginning for the Lucas family.

    "This baby is her own person. We have always discussed that we want to address each child as if they are an only child. No middle, no bunso and no eldest. Distinct and separate from her sister. Uniquely her. To empower their strengths and live a life of responsibility and love as an individual. As her own person," Feliz wrote. 

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    Jayjay said welcoming the newest addition in their lives is "by far the best Valentine ever."

    "My heart just got a little bit bigger, more room to love," Feliz added.

    Follow their story by liking Today With The Lucas on Facebook.

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    • IMAGE Little Heartbeat Photography via @felizlucas on Instagram
    • Courageous Caitie's parents happily welcomed their third child this morning, on Valentine’s Day, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City. The birth becomes even more meaningful after the Lucases noted that their new baby, a girl, was born at the exact same time Caitie passed away on March 31, 2016.  

      "So surreal still... We lost Caitie around 11:25 a.m.... held her in our arms... and now our baby daughter came into this world at 11:25 a.m. on the day the world know it's all about love day," dad Jayjay Lucas wrote on his Instagram and on the family's Facebook pages Courageous Caitie and Today With The Lucas. "What are the chances...? Thank you, Lord," he added.

       

       

      Mom Feliz and the new baby are recovering well, according to Jayjay's post. He promised to share more pictures soon, but in the meantime, here are his Instagram posts documenting the birth. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Back in November 2016, around eight months since the family laid Caitie to rest, Feliz and Jay announced that they were expecting another baby via a Facebook post. Another post in December revealed that their third baby's due date is March 5, the same day Caitie was finally diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) after months of uncertainty despite hospital confinements.

      "We just cried. What are the chances right?" a part of the post read. "Only God can replace pain with much joy." 

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      Their new baby daughter came in a little earlier than expected, but on Valentine's Day no less, when everyone is celebrating all kinds and forms of love. Everyone in the family is present to welcome their little girl, especially big brother Ethan! Look at Jayjay's brother Jeff Lucas's photos!

       

       

       

       

       

       

      That moment when Ethan first saw her little sister. 

       

       

      We're so excited with this new chapter in the life of the Lucases. Congratulations, Feliz, Jayjay, and Ethan! 

      Follow their story by liking Today With The Lucas on Facebook.

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