Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 103: Practice Run

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May 27th, 2013

Well, upon all the planning, I ended up helping neither Vou nor Ebika with their respective house moves.

I could barely lift myself out of bed, least of all leave the house. So, I sent Vou my apologies, and proceeded to ‘assist’ them both via BBM. While Vou was moving in stuff she (or rather, Diana) had already bought, Ebika was still making quick dashes to the market, to sort out a few things. Even though she had initially kicked against it, and had insisted on only going to the high priced home décor shops on the island, by afternoon, the reality of her not achieving everything she wanted to on her budget, made her head to the popular Iponri market. From my bed, I directed her to all my ‘customers’ (as we Nigerians would call them), and gave her my opinion about all the things she wanted to buy. With Vou, even though she didn’t need my help quite as much, she did welcome the moral support from my calls and chats, and welcomed my opinion about the final outcome of the rooms she’d finished, especially as I have a good idea of Diana’s taste, having seen her tastefully done Oniru apartment. Luckily, Vou had done a great job with this house, so it wasn’t too far off.

Even though I barely lifted a finger all weekend, I still woke up today, Monday, exhausted and spent! Two more weeks of work! Jesus, please take the wheel!

I was looking in the mirror this morning , and I don’t know when it happened, but my bump has now reached truly epic proportions. The good thing is that it’s looking very round and bump-like, so I feel like I’m a proper pregnant lady at last, not just fat!

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Then again, on Friday at work, I told one of my male colleagues that I was off on maternity leave soon, and he asked me when I was starting. When I told him in 2 weeks, he looked totally shocked, which left me paranoid, wondering if people just think I’ve been getting really fat, and have been too polite to say anything? Then I put it down to the fact that he’s a guy, and wouldn’t have a clue anyway.

Work is getting very hard now. I’m always so tired and out of breath. Ose, my antenatal buddy, told me this breathlessness is because the baby might be so high up in my chest, and probably bashing into my lungs. I’m even finding it tough to drag my hippo-sized body out of my desk for lunch each day, but I’m trying to force myself to walk around for at least 15 minutes, to give me a bit of fresh air…and exercise too.

It’s terrible how much I want to stop working. I’ve even got a piece of paper with all the days I’ve got left in the office written on it, and every day I cross one through. Call me silly, but it helps me keep going. Note to self: I must remember to bin it before I leave, in case my Manager sees it, and figures out what it was for! High performer or not, I might be out of a job if she does!

On the way home, I saw about 3 cars, traveling with infants, and it just reminded me that I haven’t learnt how to work my car seat yet! Getting home, I spent ages practicing taking the car seat off travel system, and fitting it into the car. I even got Patrick to try too. Of course, being a man he said he didn’t need to ‘practise’, but when it came to it, he even fumbled worse than I, before he finally got it right.

I’m also more freaked out about the birth’ itself. It was okay in the beginning, as it seemed like miles away, and I could bury it at the back of my head, but now the idea of it seems very real indeed. I know it’s going to hurt (obviously), but I’m hoping (in a totally crazy way) that I’ll be one of those women who doesn’t feel contractions until the very last push. But, back in the real world, I just want to be able to cope with the pain, and be prepared for whatever it takes to get my baby safely into the world.

And I have been getting loads of Braxton Hicks’ contractions. I asked Ose at my antenatal appointment if that was normal, and she said I’d be having a lot more of them as I got nearer to my due date. I wondered if having so many practise contractions means the birth will be a breeze, but she just looked at me and raised her eyebrows.

Hmmm…I guess not then!

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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
  100. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 100: Three weeks from now
  101. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 101: Diana & Akunna
  102. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 102: Of Daughters & Honeymoons

 

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