Welcoming her first child was beginning to become a far-fetched dream for Rufa Mae Quinto — that is, until she met husband Trev Magallanes early last year.
Nearing 40, Quinto started to lose hope of starting her own family. But just months after she and Magallanes began dating, she happily announced her pregnancy.
"Gusto kong magpasalamat sa lahat ng sumporta sa akin dahil ang tagal ko po itong inantay. I wasn't expecting this," she told ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. "Thank you Lord at nakahabol pa."
Quinto gave birth on Friday to a healthy baby girl named Athena Alexandria, via cesarean section. She described the experience as harrowing, but was quick to add that the pain of childbirth was worth it.
"Sacrifice lang din talaga pero kapag nakita mo iyong anak mo, sobrang ligaya na ibang klase," she explained.
Talking about how it gave her life a new perspective, a beaming Quinto added: "Ibibigay mo talaga lahat para sa anak mo lalo na at kung matagal-tagal mo nang inaasam-asam. Pero ang sarap talaga at kumpleto na iyong buhay ko."
By her own admission, however, the first few days of being a new mom was far from smooth sailing. She shared that she had difficulty producing enough breast milk for her baby daughter, prompting some of her celebrity friends to help out.
"Halos mag-away na kaming mag-asawa kasi ayaw niyang painumin ng kung kanino lang galing na (breast milk). Siyempre gusto niya breastfed, pero ako, ayaw ko lang magutom (iyong anak ko)."
She joked: "Napra-praning ka na rin. Mapupunta ka sa post-partum kung hindi mo napakain iyong anak mo."