Now that actress Isabelle Daza has officially introduced to the public her oh-so-adorable son Baltie, it's the lola's turn to revel in his cuteness, as grandmothers commonly do. Isabelle's mom Gloria Diaz shared on Instagram a video of her "talking" to her three-month-old apo, whistling a tune for him and making him smile.
"Are you a good boy? Yes? No?" Gloria whispered to Baltie. "Let's eat na? Where's papa, where's your papa? Where is Papa? You want milk? Where your mama?" the veteran actress can be heard saying in the video she posted on Instagram, as the little boy cood back.
Isabelle gave birth in April but only shared her son's name and close-up photo to her social media followers on July 19, a few days after the second death anniversary of her dad, her son's namesake, Gabriel "Bong" Daza.
If you're wondering why the doting grandmother was speaking to her grandson in whispers, that's because loud noise is prohibited in the home of Isabelle and husband Adrien Semblat—and Gloria respects that.
"Very quiet and soft music lang. The husband kasi talks [to] the baby in whispers, maliit na boses, para hindi raw maingay," she shared with Pep.ph. "Ako kasi maingay di ba? So when I go to her house, I'm also very quiet and everything," Gloria said.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News last year, the former Miss Universe said she was excited to be a grandmother, although she didn't want to be called "Lola Gloria"—just "Gloria" would do. It's not a common practice by Filipino standards, but that's her own personal take on it.
Gloria recognizes that her daughter knows what she's doing. "She's a better mommy than I was," she said, "and the father [of Baltie] of course is a Super Daddy." She's impressed that the new parents are very hands-on in taking care of their son. "They are the ones who cleanse the baby, wash him," she said.
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The beauty queen who herself is a mom of three grown kids is also proud that Isabelle has committed to nursing Baltie for at least six months. Gloria admitted that when she was a new mom, she was content with breastfeeding her baby for only one month.
When Isabelle was five months pregnant and caught jumping up and down while celebrating at her friends Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff's wedding reception, Gloria did not seem too concerned or worried. "Bahala siya, di ba? Hopefully, kung matibay, e, di okay," she was quoted telling Pep.ph last year. She added that when she was pregnant back in the day, she rode horses up until her eighth month of pregnancy.
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But like any other lola, Gloria still offers nuggets of wisdom to Isabelle, and is more than willing to babysit Baltie anytime, "Sabi ko nga sa anak ko, bahala siya sa buhay niya, iwan niya lang ang anak niya sa akin." She added that when Isabelle tells her sometimes, "Mom, you’re so controlling,' her response was: "From now on, leave your baby to me, ako na ang bahala."