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  • Mariel Padilla Preparing for Baby #2: Isabella Needs To Share Mommy Now

    Mariel Padilla provides excellent tips on prepping a toddler for a new baby.
    by Rachel Perez .
Mariel Padilla Preparing for Baby #2: Isabella Needs To Share Mommy Now
PHOTO BY Mariel Padilla/YouTube
  • She's already 39 weeks pregnant, and Mariel Padilla may give birth to her second daughter Maria Gabriella any time now. On her YouTube channel, she shared the birth preparations she has done.

    The TV host and daughter Isabella flew to the U.S. early in September 2019, to give birth. In her vlog, she started preparing her due-date hospital bag on her 36th week. Mariel admitted she likes to overpack and brings her own baby clothes that have been pre-washed with gentle laundry soap instead of those supplied by the hospital. (You need three bags to bring to the hospital when you give birth. Click here.)

    She's also been diligently going to her weekly ultrasound scans and prenatal checkup. Mariel's pregnancy is considered high-risk due to her previous two miscarriages, having Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APAS) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and a history of gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with Isabella.

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    But the preggo mama's biggest challenge, so far, is preparing Isabella for her baby sister's arrival.

    "I have to prepare her mentally, emotionally, that she is going to have a new baby sister," the preggo mom said about making a three-year-old understand that shes's going to have to share her mommy with her baby sister.

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    "It breaks my heart just to think that I am going to be the cause of her first heartbreak," Mariel said.

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    Prepping your older child for the arrival of a new baby

    Mariel knows it in her heart that her daughter Isabella will be happy to have a baby sister, and she'll be an amazing and wonderful ate. But she also acknowledges that her firstborn might undergo an adjustment period, wherein she might be a little jealous at first.

    Here are some of the things she's doing to make the transition from being an only child to being a big sister smoother for Isabella:

    1. Delegate child caregiving tasks to others.

    From being a hands-on mom to Isabella, Mariel eases the transition by taking turns with her helpers in feeding Isabella and giving her a bath. "Kasi 'pag andito na si Gabriella, hindi ko na kayang lahat," she explained.

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    2. Read books about welcoming a new baby and being a big sister.

    Mariel chose books to explain to Isabella better about the new bab's arrival and her new role as an ate. She and Isabella have been reading together books such as The New Baby, I Am a Big Sister, Best-Ever Big Sister, and Waiting for Baby, which is Isabella's favorite book to read among the four.

    "I keep calling her ate," Mariel shared. "Kung ano man ang character na feel niya today, kunwari siya si Moana, I call her Ate Moana. Kung feeling niya ngayon siya si Rapunzel, [I call her] Ate Rapunzel." She says it helps instill in Isabella that she's now an Ate.

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    3. Keep your child involve in preparing the new baby's things.

    A lot of the baby gear that Mariel is prepping for her arrival is originally Isabella's. When they re-assembled the co-sleeper and stroller, Isabella is present and involved - well, she actually tried them. "Alam niya kay Gabriella 'yun. I show her Gabriella's clothes. She knows that Gabriella is coming," Mariel said.

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    Aside from prepping Isabella, Mariel is also getting ready to give birth, especially since being pregnant and about to pop, what with the bloatedness, difficulty in sleeping, etc. But even with the many discomforts of being pregnant, she's more excited to see and meet Gabriella.

    "I feel like this is going to be my last pregnancy, so I'm just giving it all out, just go with the flow, whatever works," Mariel shared. "I haven't even really seen her, but I already love her so much, and I know all the moms feel that way. This is truly the best feeling in the world when there is life growing inside you, and I want to cherish every minute of it," she said.

    Watch Mariel's vlog below:

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