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Ready your hanky: Saab recounts seeing Pancho for the first time

“Our baby boy survived but I did not see him for 6 days..."

Danielle Aquino
Danielle Aquino

7/16/2018 in News
Ready your hanky: Saab recounts seeing Pancho for the first time

There’s no question that Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro have had a tough few months. After losing their baby girl before they had the chance to know her and the health problems their son Pancho had to go through as a premature baby, the couple has taken to celebrating even the smallest moments together as a family. 

But last July 14 marked a significant milestone for their little family - it was the day of Pancho’s christening. Before the event, Saab couldn’t help but look back on what happened last February when she welcomed her son into the world and bid her daughter Luna goodbye. 

“When I was pregnant with my twins at 30 weeks 6 days, I had to undergo an emergency c-section because our baby girl’s heartbeat had stopped,” she wrote in her post from July 14. 

“Our baby boy survived but I did not see him for 6 days because I was in and out of the ICU myself (it’s a long story),” she continued. “I felt so many emotions when I was told I could leave my room to see my child. Prior to that, all I could do was ask Jim to show me videos and photos of him. It was a dark time for me because without seeing or touching our boy, all I could focus on was the loss of our daughter. Honestly, at the time, I just kept thinking our baby boy would not make it either especially with the initial tests they did on him.” 

She furthered, “It was Valentine’s Day when I was finally cleared to visit him and I cried. I was so happy but I was also so scared. I washed my face, put on some lip and cheek tint and brushed my hair. It was like a first date and I wanted to look pretty for my son. As I saw his sweet tiny body in his bed, barely moving, I was overjoyed. Jim told me he wasn’t moving at all during the first few days so his tiny movements were more than enough for us.” 

“It dawned on me that aside from Valentine’s Day, it was also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent,” Saab added. “Somehow, I felt [that] God was telling me to keep praying and not to lose faith. Today, Pancho will be baptized and I couldn’t be more proud of how far we’ve come as a family. I know Luna will also be with us as we celebrate this milestone 💕 (this photo was taken on Feb 14, 2018)” 

And just look at how far Pancho’s come! He’s such a strong little boy! 


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Check out these photos from Pancho’s christening: 


Proud parents❤️

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The church's most adorable new recruit ⛪

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In addition to Saab’s story, her husband Jim revealed that this was actually Pancho’s second baptism. 


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“Technically, this was Pancho’s 2nd baptism. When he was still in the ICU, we were urged to have a priest come and baptize him ‘just in case,’” Jim shared in his post yesterday, July 15. “Since Saab was also confined in the ICU, she couldn’t be there. And because no priest was available, a very young brother training to be a priest came and performed the ritual. Brother Franz was nervously shaking as he prayed over Pancho who was still hooked up to all those machines.” 

“Although it was a great moment, we didn’t get to share it with Saab so yesterday was a monumental day for our family,” he continued. “It wasn’t only Saab that was finally able to join us but also all the other people who have given our little family their love and support.” 

So much love for the Bacarro family! 💖 

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