I am going to be a father!!!

I was in my parents’ house in Bulacan Friday evening (Nov 16), waiting for my wife to come from
work. We have not seen each other since Wednesday morning and we were both excited, not just because we missed each other, but also because we wanted to
confirm something. She has missed her period.

She arrived half past eight, and she already bought a test kit on her way home. We read the packaging and to our dismay, it recommended to obtain a weewee sample early in the morning, when the concentration of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is highest in the urine. Ugh, I’m a nurse, and I should know that! I guess, when you are excited, you tend to forget a lot of things… And so we decided to postpone the  testing till the next morning.

For the last months, it was almost every day that we were asked by our friends and relatives as to whether she is already pregnant or not. Everybody was just expectant as much as we were. It was frustrating at times, especially if her period arrives. We would just hug and comfort each other reassuring ouselves that God has a definite time for that.

I wonder how we fell asleep that night. We kept on talking “what if” dialogues. We sensed that we were not alone together anymore. It’s a vague, but inescapable feeling that nothing will be the same. We suspected that a baby might be on the way! Although it was still unconfirmed, intuitively, we knew that it was true.

Just five months ago, Didith marched up the aisle to me, her beautiful face and brushed-up hair framed in bridal white. Up to this day, I still get the thrill of hearing “Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Bautista” and thinking of myself as her husband. I have adjusted to be being a married man. Now I feel I need to start adjusting being called a “daddy” and having a son or a daughter.

The following morning came and we were both excited to get up. We are usually sluggish in the  morning, finding it so difficult to get up and get ready to work, especially if we are in our Antipolo house. But that Saturday morning was different. Although I really needed to get up early for my work (I work on weekends), the reason to rise early was more inviting.

We both decided to do the testing in our bedroom. The bathroom is downstairs and my parents would catch us doing our thing there. We did not want them to get disappointed as well, if a negative result comes out, so we decided to do it more privately. I accompanied my wife to the bathroom door and gave her a small plastic cup so she could collect a sample of her morning weewee. We then went back to our

After preparing the pregnancy test kit on top of our bed, we drew a sample of the urine using the pipette supplied in the package. We placed five drops on the small window at the lower part of the device.

In about 3 minutes, two distinct purple bands appear one after the other on the adjacent window of the device. The first band was a bit pale, and we got confused in a while. But after confirming with the packaging that the pale band still indicates a
positive result, we then concluded that our strong suspicion has been confirmed. My wife was indeed PREGNANT! It was a beautiful and intimate way to share the first certain knowledge that we were no longer simply ‘us’.

It was one of my happiest moment. But the crappy luck I have dealt with my whole life trained me to subconsciously suppress excitement for a yet to internalize the situation.
Seconds later, I felt happiness surround me. My wife was just as glad. The room  was filled with so much joy and love. We thanked the Lord for this great blessing of a new life.

After I dressed up for work, we went to my parents and announced the big news. They were ecstatic as ever! It’s their grandchild!

I went to work as expected. Everybody in the hospital noticed my very pleasant mood, as if a smiley was painted on my face. Who could blame me, I was in 7th heaven. I was supposed to work 16 hours that day (8 hours in B.A. Hospital and 8 hours in Dr. Yanga’s Hospital), but I had to cut it short a bit to get home early. I just could not wait to be home and be with my family.

They say that marriage is a union of two souls. Literally, word for word, it is difficult to
understand. I found it hard to comprehend in the past. Immediately after marriage , I defined the union of two souls as the sharing of life, love and happiness. The union of souls is two separate souls becoming one in a balanced harmony. But now I believe that it is all of that and more. It is the creation of new life. A life that will possess a part of each of the two souls. A life that will be brought forth in the form of a child. I now know that a piece of my soul has been absorbed, combined, or intertwined with that of my wife’s. I now know that a piece of my soul has joined a piece of hers and created a new life to symbolize that union.

The day ended, but not my joy. I know that day was the beginning of some major changes in my life, but it will also be the start of a long, and happy journey ahead.


27 Responses to “I am going to be a father!!!”

  1. November 19, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I just finished writing my comment on your last post, when i found out that you just posted a new blog again… and what a great news!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I wish for a healthy pregnancy for ur wife! take care of her, ok??


  2. November 19, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Grabe pare, this is it! this is it!!Hehehehe!!!I’m so happy for you! Congrats! God is good!!


  3. November 20, 2007 at 12:47 am

    yehey! congratulationS! and very well written blog! naku, mamadaliin ko na ung site! sige, nelson&didith.com ha.

    I am soooooo happy for you!


  4. November 20, 2007 at 2:58 am

    it’s nice to know that there are still few blogs (like urs) and bloggers (like u) that really talks with sense… i mean, atleast, not the usual ‘sex-thing-stories’… i’m not really against them but i think they should write stuff that others (readers) could somehow get something to learn…

    anyways, CONGRATULATIONS on ur first baby… do take care of ur wife…

    by the way, are u still in the kingdom?


  5. November 20, 2007 at 3:38 am

    aww!!! i almost cried (actually may teardrops kaya lang konti lang hehe..)after reading your recent blog post… grabeh kapatid, nafeel ko talaga yung excitement and joy nyo.. galing, very well written.. congrats sa inyong 2 ni didith!!! hoi, take good care of her ha! saka may utang ka pa sa min kasi nung nagtext ka telling us the good news sabi mo magcecelebrate tayo but up to now di pa hehe… congrats again!!!


  6. November 20, 2007 at 5:38 am

    diego, marc & william, thanks a lot for always reading my blogs.

    maline, kunin ka namin ninang…

    bernie, im not in the kingdom anymore. i left last may. thanks for visiting my site!

    ann, utang muna yung celebration, hehe… thanks thanks!


  7. November 20, 2007 at 7:41 am


    Congratulations! sa inyo ni Didith. Six to 7 years from now, may magmamana na ng iyong mga itinagong “friends comic” hehehe. Btw, I am so happy for you and Didith.

    God Bless.


    Kapag papasyal kayo kina Gladys, inform ninyo ako at inform ko rin si Tirso para makapagkuwentuhan naman tayo ng matagal. Sinabi ko na rin iyon kay Glads.


  8. November 20, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    THat’s an early xmas gift, eh? Congratulations!


  9. November 20, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Robert, Neil and Duby, thanks for the message and reading my blog!!


  10. November 20, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Hi, CONGRATULATIONS! can’t help but join your excitements & joys… Wish your wife safe pregnancy and your soon little angel’s good health… All the best for the 3 of you. Btw, tnx for dropping by hope we could exchange links too.


  11. November 20, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Wonderful couple will be blessed with a wonderful child. What a joy. Congratulations to both!


  12. November 21, 2007 at 4:08 am

    Mary Paz, RommerEmma, my wife and I thank you for your sweet messages. Tnx for dropping by.


  13. November 21, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Dr Joy Barredo of England wrote:

    Hi Nelson,

    Thanks for visiting my website. I swang by your blog, but I couldn’t
    leave a comment without logging in. I don’t have a Friendster account
    I really don’t want to open one 🙂 Too many accounts!

    I just wanted to say congratulations on the baby and I wish you and
    Didith all the best. She may find it useful to visit my other website
    http://www.thegoddessinyou.co.uk, especially the Motherhood Goddess page and
    Health Goddess page. There is plenty to explore! I’m sure she’ll
    the visit.

    All the best,

    Dr Joy Barredo
    Love Coach


  14. November 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    hi! my first tym here… ur post was so moving… congratulations… i wish u and ur wyf…all d best…


  15. November 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    hey, i just noticed… 8 hours each in two fifferent hospitals… nagpapakamatay ka ba… hirap kaya nun…


  16. November 23, 2007 at 2:42 am

    congrats. surely you’re going to be a great dad.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. November 23, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Wow grabe! Daddy cool kana… Cno kaya kamukha? Ay naku, nakakaloka ka talaga! And last but not the least, ang pinakahihintay mong “CONGRATULATIONS! Di lang ikaw ha pati c Didith din ha! Di matanggal ang ngiti sa mukha mo, i could imagine how happy both of u!!! Sana ako din in the future(asa pa me!)Yun lang po!


  18. November 27, 2007 at 3:29 am

    marcus, tnx for the msg and for dropping by. i hope you find time to come back here.

    marc, yakang-yaka po ang 16 hours.

    lirio yeng, tnx for the msg. tnx for reading my blogs!

    genelyn, ba’t nag-iba ka ng pangalan?!nways, tnx for the msg. syempre darating din yung time mo. musta po ba jan??


  19. November 27, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Rhona wrote:
    Posted 27/11/2007 10:09
    congrats nel…it was a very exctiting and touching story you have written,we’re very much happy to hear na daddy na ikaw…true papa nelson ka talaga sa amin!!! In behalf of ward 11 congratulations and we miss u a lot.You take care of your wife and your angel.


  20. December 4, 2007 at 4:26 am

    WOW! What a GOOD NEWS indeed….All i can say is CONGRATS BRO….thanks be to GOD for all the blessing u received..I’m very happy na magiging completo na ang family mo…mayroon ka ng ANGEL na parating……ka inggit naman…hehehe…..so ingat lagi kayo and godbless!..


  21. December 4, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    thanks rey! ur time will come for sure! yup God is so great for all the blessings he’s showering me. Ingatz jan bro!


  22. June 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    It’s really something when you want it so much and it wakes you up early in the morning with an excited feeling in you. 🙂 I wonder how Inigo would react if he read this after he goes to school. 🙂 How I wish that there were blogs back then so I would know their thoughts when they found out that they’re gonna have me!


  23. June 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    i wish i had that feeling also when i learn that I am pregnant..actually ako naman..
    it was expcted of me..parang i just want confirmation..panrag happy na sad..kasi i know..I’ll just face it alone..
    but no regrets..I am happy to have IRIS..


  24. June 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Wow this one is definitely worth celebrating with! ang ganda talaga ng life experiences mo specially with your family kasi na blog mo lahat ng journeys mo. : )


  25. 27 kat
    June 28, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I can feel your excitement that morning…and then going to work with a smile………i can relate that…hehe


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