From being the pretty, kikay, and brainy Nikki Grace Lim in the well-loved daytime series Be Careful With My Heart, we have witnessed how Janella Salvador has grown into becoming one of the most bankable young actresses of her generation. And now, we are seeing her further bloom as a mom to her firstborn Jude Trevor with her boyfriend and fellow Kapamilya talent Markus Paterson.
The actress indeed created a hullabaloo in 2020 as speculations regarding her suspected pregnancy made rounds in the worldwide web, which was made noisier by her sudden trip to United Kingdom in the latter part of the year.
And last January 5, they rang in the new year by finally introducing their newborn baby to the world through the vlog initially published on Janella and Markus’s joint official YouTube channel titled “Hey Jude.”
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There, they documented her pregnancy journey and the preparations they did for the arrival of Baby Jude – from probably the moment they first confirmed it in February 2020 up to the moment that she gave birth to him on October 20, 2020.
Perhaps, watching the video made some of us head on to the 22-year-old actress-singer’s Instagram and revisit her posts during that period. For those who haven’t yet, we collated some of those in this gallery for you!
Based on her feed, Janella uploaded photos of her wearing swimsuits during her vacation at Boracay in February, which was the month when they initially found out about her pregnancy. She went on to post more portraits of her in the succeeding months, usually cladded in dainty dresses that perfectly hid the bulging of her tummy.
In her exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News showbiz reporter MJ Felipe the day after the release of the said vlog, Janella explained the reason behind their decision of not publicizing their pregnancy.
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“I wasn’t hiding it for selfish reasons. Pero I wanted to hide it because I wanted to cherish the moment in my life na first time kong maging mom. ‘Yong wala munang ingay, ‘yong may sarili muna akong moment to enjoy it. And it was really hard because, of course, I was getting comments din na ‘kinahihiya mo ba?’, ‘di ka ba proud?’ I don’t think any mom would want to hide her baby,” she stated.
She also expressed how much she appreciates having her Mommy Jenine Desiderio and boyfriend Markus by her side throughout the whole journey.
“Markus has really, really been helpful as a father and as a partner. Both. Because emotionally, he was there to support me when I would have meltdowns or whatever. It was really not easy. He would be my arms and legs lalo na during my last few stages of pregnancy. ‘Di ako makatayo, hirap na hirap na akong maglakad. Wala siyang reklamo, he would do everything for me. I couldn’t ask for more,” Janella said.