Confessions of a Fat Girl 127: The Baby Bump

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June 9th, 2010

I haven’t had the best few days. On Friday evening, I came down with the cold from hell! So my weekend flew by in a haze of coughing, tissues and hot tea, but I’m feeling so much better and will definitely be heading to the gym later today. And to make up even more, I’m going to take a nice long walk round the neighborhood tomorrow, and I’ll include a couple of weight-training sessions next week.

So, what to do with myself when I’m feeling poorly and trying to nurse myself back to health? For me, at times like this, my juicer is my best friend, but I have a few favorite food items when I’m not feeling “any well” as my son likes to say. On my worst day this weekend, piping hot fish pepper soup, made with the finest Croaker fish ever, was the most soothing balm. Another favourite at this time are bananas. There’s just something so comforting about that starchy, creamy sweetness coupled with all the nutritional benefits of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. On Sunday night, Chidera made a lovely roast chicken with a lightly dressed green salad for dinner. It was so simple and comforting, but still so delicious and not heavy. I ate a bit of white meat with some salad. Now about the chicken leftovers…

I hate wasting food. It’s not only like throwing money away but it’s also seems very disrespectful to people who don’t have enough to eat. Poultry leftovers are always a challenge for me, but I had an inspired moment last night and, with the little energy I had yesterday, I gently heated the leftover roast chicken in with some leftover fish pepper soup. Yes, it sounds strange, but it was awesome. I boiled a bit of basmati rice and made a quick, fresh tomato and pepper salsa. I put the rice in the bowl, poured over the soup and chicken and topped it with a bit of salsa. It was so quick and easy and amazingly delicious. Of course, my family didn’t allow me eat my meal in peace. Chidera even went as far as saying this was the answer to her pepper-seeking craving.

Speaking of Chidera, as she left for work yesterday morning, I had to restrain myself from gaping at her. Overnight, her baby bump has popped out of nowhere. There is clearly no more hiding the fact that she is pregnant. And the sad part is that she seemed oblivious to the fact. I didn’t say anything at first, but after we’d had the yummy chicken/fish pepper soup with chilli and rice meal last night, I knew I had to.

“Has anyone noticed yet?” I asked, trying to sound casual.

“At all oh!” she squealed happily. “Not one single person! At this rate, I might be able to hide it for longer than I thought.”

I knew I had to rescue her from her dreamland.

“Chichi, this morning, I could see your bump loud and clear!”

Her eyes widened in shock, and her eyes flew down to her stomach area. “But it’s not so big that it can be seen through my clothes! You can only see it now because I’m wearing a t-shirt…and because I just ate!”

I shook my head. “Babes, I could see it well, even through your clothes!”

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“It’s because you know, that’s why! To anyone else, it could be that…that I just have a big stomach.”

I sighed. “That’s how you looked a few weeks ago. The bump I saw this morning was clearly a pregnancy bulge!”

“Oh my God….” Chidera exclaimed, her voice but a tiny whimper.

My heart broke seeing the anguish on her face. “But Chichi, you knew this day was coming.”

“I just thought I had a few more weeks. Oh my God!” by this time, she had her head in her hands. It was clear that she wasn’t feeling as brave about facing the world as she had before.

“Ogonna’s offer is still open. She leaves for America next week…” I said, trying to say anything to make her feel better.

She didn’t respond immediately, but after a few minutes, she looked at me. “I’m not running away, Ihunna. This was my decision, and I’m going to see it through.”

I squeezed her hand, and prayed for more courage for my already courageous cousin, to be able to face the difficult weeks ahead.

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Wedding Gowns 
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: My New Friend
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: Emotional vs Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Separation, Counselling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: Envy, Weight and Love!
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Have some fruit!
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: Homecoming
  103. Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Fever Pitch
  104. Confessions of a Fat Girl 104: Whodunit?
  105. Confessions of a Fat Girl 105: The Hypocrite
  106. Confessions of a Fat Girl 106: Message from Mom
  107. Confessions of a Fat Girl 107: Accountability & Responsibility
  108. Confessions of a Fat Girl 108: It’s for the best
  109. Confessions of a Fat Girl 109: Port Harcourt
  110. Confessions of a Fat Girl 110: While you were away
  111. Confessions of a Fat Girl 111: Planning…and a little bit of Salmon
  112. Confessions of a Fat Girl 112: Putting yourself first
  113. Confessions of a Fat Girl 113: Fruit Crumble
  114. Confessions of a Fat Girl 114: Resting Heart Rate
  115. Confessions of a Fat Girl 115: Shishi, he no get
  116. Confessions of a Fat Girl 116: The truth hurts
  117. Confessions of a Fat Girl 117: Veggie Burger
  118. Confessions of a Fat Girl 118: Weight Watchers Porn
  119. Confessions of a Fat Girl 119: The Worst That Can Happen
  120. Confessions of a Fat Girl 120: Baby Dady
  121. Confessions of a Fat Girl 121: Not a Player
  122. Confessions of a Fat Girl 122: Fat versus Fit Brain
  123. Confessions of a Fat Girl 123: Aunty Caroline
  124. Confessions of a Fat Girl 124: Delete his number
  125. Confessions of a Fat Girl 125: Meal Planning
  126. Confessions of a Fat Girl 126: Food Shopping

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