Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 100: Three Weeks From Now!

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May 21st, 2013

It’s official. I definitely have to start my leave earlier than I’d planned.

Not one of my work shoes fit today…not even the ugly loafers I have been wearing for the past few weeks. I actually had to resort to wearing a pair of trainers! Trainers! As if that wasn’t enough, Patrick had do up my laces for me, as my bump has become so enormous that I can’t even see my knees, let alone down to my toes. It was so embarrassing!

It’s so strange, and I don’t know how it happens, but during the day, my fingers and feet seem to mysteriously inflate, and become extremely swollen, only to shrink back down to normal by evening. Yes, it’s an inconvenience to wear unflattering shoes and end up looking like a boho to work, but that really doesn’t hurt as much as not being able to wear my wedding ring. I feel so strange without it.

In other news, Akunna was discharged today. She refused to go back to her parents’ house, and instead chose to go home with her Aunt Josephine instead. I feel really, really bad for her, and I can’t imagine how she is coping now. Like Ebika rightly said, now she has nothing tying her to Phillip anymore, and that must be extremely difficult for her.

But I guess we all have to move on now.

Phillip still insists on seeing her everyday, and while I understand that his presence will go a long way in helping her heal, I can’t say I’m too comfortable about them spending all that time together. Yes, he’s a married man now, but my brother has a long way to go to be able to earn my trust.

Which is why I have agreed to accompany him when he goes to see her tonight. On a good day, setting foot in my ED’s house wouldn’t have been on my to-do list in a million years, but I have to ensure my brother doesn’t fall into Madam Akunna’s trap. Yes, she might still be grieving, but I don’t trust that woman! She might be desperate enough to try about anything.

“Canvas, Faith! You are wearing canvas to work?!” my Manager exclaimed, when she saw me.

I cringed, more because of the outdated word for trainers. Canvas! Even my Mom no longer refers to them with that word. Kpatakpata, sneakers!

I lifted my trousers, to show her my swollen ankles, and her eyes bulged in shock.

“It’s either I wore these, or I stayed at home Ma.” I said, making my voice sound even more pathetic than was necessary.

“Please, please, sit down!” my Manager said, practically ushering me to a chair. “You need to be sure you keep your feet elevated at all times! Has your doctor checked your blood pressure? Your kidney function?”

I had to restrain myself from smiling, and instead kept a morose look on my face. “Everything is fine, Ma. But, to be honest, I’m not sure I can work till 38 weeks, as I’d originally planned. I think I’d like to start a few weeks earlier.”

She nodded in agreement. “You most definitely should. I’ll send an e-mail to HR, on your behalf, to effect the new start date. When exactly do you want to start?”

“Three weeks from now, Ma.” I answered, seeing if I could push my luck.

I saw her wince. “Wow! Three weeks! Can you possibly conclude your handover in three weeks?” she asked.

“I can try, Ma. And I can always work from home for a couple more, if you need me.” I offered.

She pondered over it, before finally nodding. “That works. Because the sooner we get you off those feet, the better. And please, make sure your doctor keeps an eye on you! My sister suffered a bad case of preeclampsia, and she had feet that looked just like yours!”

Okay, so she was able to successfully scare the crap out of me, with that last line, and I made a mental note to harass my doctor the next time I see him.

I don’t know if it was the fear of preeclampsia, or worrying about Phillip, but, I found myself up almost all night. It’s getting really difficult to get to sleep these days. Not content with the constant peeing and killer heartburn throughout the night, it now aches to sleep on my side for any real length of time. Every night, I take about 20 minutes arranging myself into a little nest, with five pillows scattered round me in strategic positions; under the bump, between the knees, etc., but nothing seems to work. I usually wake up at 2 o’clock to find that Patrick has turned over, and taken the duvet with him, and all my pillows are lying on the floor. I’m so glad I’m starting my maternity leave earlier, because then I can just sleep, and sleep, and sleep whenever I feel like it.

Oh, and Vou arrives tomorrow! I can hardly wait!

 

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Catch up on Faith’s story here:

  1. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 1: BFP
  2. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 2: Lukewarm Response
  3. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 3: The Struggle
  4. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 4: Tricked
  5. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 5: Keeping her man
  6. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 6: Men are so annoying!
  7. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 7: Bleeding
  8. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 8: The 9 Week Mark
  9. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 9: Festive
  10. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 10: The Holiday
  11. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 11: This thing called love
  12. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 12: The Pregnancy Glow
  13. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 13: The Baby & The Bobo
  14. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 14: Wahala
  15. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 15: The Abortion
  16. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 16: A Good Man
  17. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 17: Joy…and Pain
  18. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 18: Hostage
  19. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 19: Ammunition
  20. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 20: Famzing
  21. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 21: Stress Relief
  22. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 22: Diana
  23. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 23: Bestos
  24. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 24: The Miscarriage 
  25. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 25: In God’s Hands
  26. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 26: Crossing the line
  27. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 27: Last Minute Packing
  28. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 28: Ex-Girlfriend
  29. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 29: Not just friends
  30. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 30: Fight for him
  31. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 31: Faded Beauty
  32. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 32: Holiday Glow
  33. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 33: The Proposals 
  34. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 34: Baby Kicks
  35. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 35: Celebration Dinner
  36. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 36: Rainbow Baby
  37. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 37: Lunch with the girls
  38. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 38: Wedding Season
  39. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 39: Mama Patrick
  40. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 40: Misplaced Love
  41. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 41: Okafor’s Law
  42. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 42: Forgiveness
  43. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 43: Get it over with
  44. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 44: Family Meeting
  45. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 45: The Goof
  46. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 46: Worship
  47. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 47: Gender
  48. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 48: The Introduction
  49. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 49: Messy
  50. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 50: Passionate Love
  51. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 51: Instagram Drama
  52. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 52: 21 Weeks
  53. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 53: Oppressed
  54. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 54: Age is just a number
  55. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 55: Legally Together
  56. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 56: Monkey on my back
  57. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 57: Your secret is safe with me
  58. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 58: Spring in my step
  59. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 59: Level don change
  60. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 60: It’s my time
  61. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 61: Drama and Baby Kicks
  62. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 62: Love, Joy, Fear
  63. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 63: Owerri
  64. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 64: Untouchable
  65. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 65: Foot Soldiers
  66. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 66: Dem say, Dem say
  67. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 67: The Side Chick and the Fiancee
  68. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 68: Dim-Witted Brother
  69. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 69: Day from hell
  70. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 70: A Cancelled Wedding & a Kept Woman
  71. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 71: From Bad to Worst
  72. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 72: The Confrontation
  73. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 73: Away we go!
  74. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 74: Birthday Girl
  75. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 75: Caught Red-Handed
  76. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 76: Played by a Master Manipulator
  77. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 77: Showdown
  78. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 78: Sad Tears, Happy Tears
  79. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 79: Not the forever kind of love
  80. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 80: My Sacred Vow to You
  81. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 81: Facebook Likes
  82. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 82: Pregnancy Queue
  83. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 83: Braxton Hicks
  84. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 84: The Verdict
  85. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 85: Home Sweet Home
  86. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 86: The Bridal Shower
  87. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 87: The Scare
  88. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 88: Nwando’s Wedding
  89. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 89: Time to face the music
  90. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 90: The Witch Hunt
  91. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 91: Bump Envy
  92. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 92: This Evil Family
  93. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 93: Thankful
  94. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 94: People Watching
  95. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 95: New Beginnings
  96. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 96: Dispassionately
  97. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 97: Old Woman
  98. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 98: The Premonition
  99. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 99: The Girl is Fine

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