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  • LJ Reyes Pregnant for the Second Time, Rochelle Pangilinan Expecting First Baby

    It's a first for Rochelle and husband Arthur Solinap, while the second for LJ, this time with long-time partner Paolo Contis.
    by Rachel Perez .
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  • LJ Reyes and Paolo Contis are expecting their first baby together!

    Eight years after LJ Reyes gave birth to son Aki, her child with her former partner, actor Paulo Avelino, she is again expecting, this time with long-time partner Paolo Contis. The couple announced the pregnancy via LJ's vlog and Paolo's Instagram. 

    In her first ever vlog uploaded on her personal YouTube channel, the 30-year-old actress shared how she broke the news to her son. LJ asked Aki a series of yes-or-no questions, such as: Is he ready to be responsible? Did he want a new playmate? To that second question, Aki intuitively replied that he wants  "a brother, maybe." 

    He then said "No" on having a new best friend, but "Yes" if his new best friend would be a baby sister or brother. Aki, apparently, has been pretending to talk to a baby in his mom's tummy. When LJ showed him her growing baby bump, he couldn't believe it. Even when presented with an ultrasound image, Aki insisted it was his old ultrasound scan. 

    "You're just joking. You just made that picture," Aki replied even after reading the date. "I'm not joking," his mom said. "She's not. She's pregnant," Paolo, who was shooting the video, chimed in. "You don't like?" LJ asked. "No, I like," Aki said and cheered and hugged his mom. Watch the full video below:

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    A teary-eyed LJ explained to Aki then that the baby is real, but it's still small right now—about the size of an olive. She also revealed that Aki is going to be a big brother in January 2019. "That's so, so far pa," the little boy said. He wishes for a baby brother, and he quipped that it's because a baby girl is "arte."


    "Some eight years ago, I was blessed to carry a child that would bring so much joy and motivation and love to my life!" LJ wrote in the caption for the teaser video she posted on Instagram. "I love kids! I am very fond of them! And having to bear mine was definitely a sweet surprise! It wasn’t easy. The road had been very rough for me," she added. 

    LJ continued, "All throughout the path of motherhood, I had one thing in mind. I want to take precious care of this little angel that God has blessed me with! Raise him as His child and pour so much love into his heart! I hope I did good and still do."

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    "When we became a couple three years ago, I felt so lucky! With all the problems I had, all the baggage I carry, you still accepted me and became my partner and strength," wrote Paolo, addressing LJ on his Instagram preggy announcement post. The 34-year-old actor is already a dad to two daughters, Xalene and Xonia, with ex-wife Lian Paz.

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    "God has blessed us with the perfect gift, and we couldn’t be happier!" Paolo wrote. "I promise to be beside you all the way. You will never ever be alone,
" he promised LJ. "We feel so happy and blessed and we just can't help but share this great news with everyone," Paolo added.

    Congratulations LJ, Paolo, and Aki!

    Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap are pregnant with their first child!


    A year after tying the knot, the couple jointly announced on Instagram that they will soon be having a little addition to their growing family. 

    "God answers when you least expect it... in His perfect time!" Rochelle Pangilinan wrote as caption for a photo of an ultrasound scan on a smartphone. "Answered prayer. Thank you, God," Arthur Solinap wrote in his post

    Coincidentally, the pregnancy announcement came in the same month as their wedding anniversary, which was August 8. The couple also used the same hashtag, #InGodsPerfectTime as they did on their wedding day. 

    Congratulations, Rochelle and Arthur!

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