Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 124: Six Feet Under

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June 27th, 2013

The look on my husband’s face, when Emeka drove into our compound, was epic! In all the excitement of my impromptu visit to Emeka’s office and our unplanned trip to his house (hmmm, that doesn’t even sound right), I hadn’t even realized the battery of my phone had gone flat. It wasn’t until we had been caught in bad traffic as he was driving me home, and I had tried to send Patrick a WhatsApp message, that I saw that my phone was dead. As the minutes rolled into hours, I cringed thinking how worried my husband would surely be.

We hadn’t gotten to my house until about 7pm, and from the way Patrick looked as he stood by our car, he was very likely about to set out to look for me. Seeing me arrive in a flashy Land Rover didn’t make things any better.

“You remember Emeka, right? Ebika’s…” my voice trailed off, as I wasn’t quite sure what to describe him as.

Patrick had responded with a barely audible grunt and half hearted shake of Emeka’s hand, before going back upstairs.

“I hope you’re not in any trouble?” Emeka asked, genuinely concerned.

I brushed it aside. “Nah. He’s just angry he wasn’t able to reach me! Don’t worry about it.”

Getting back upstairs, I was taken aback that Patrick’s rage had increased tempo. I tried to explain my mission, and what had inspired me to set off for Victoria Island from the hospital, but it just made things worse.

“I think you are hell bent on losing this child!” he responded, his voice trembling with rage.

I stared back in shock. “Are you kidding me? I know you didn’t just say that!!!”

“It’s not enough you were playing Sherlock Holmes all over London, or have been running all around the country for weddings and parties, you still insist on putting both yourself and my child at risk my embarking on foolish and pointless Cupid missions!”

“Your child?!” was all I chose to hear.

“Only last week, your blood pressure was on the rise, and you were on the risk of pre-eclampsia! Or have you forgotten already how worried hearing that made us?!”

“My blood pressure is fine now…”

“But you sure as heck don’t want that to last for long, do you?!” he remarked sarcastically, and I had no comeback.

“So, I’m going to lay some ground rules…and you better listen, and listen good!” Patrick said firmly. “From this moment on, you are not allowed to go anywhere without my approval…in fact, scratch that! You are not allowed to go anywhere unaccompanied! I made a mistake not following you for today’s doctor’s appointment! Trust me, it won’t happen again!”

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My mouth opened in shock. “Can you even hear yourself? So you want to turn me into a prisoner?”

“Call it what you like, but I’d rather have you a prisoner than six feet under!” he answered, stunning us both.

So, there it was. My husband’s reaction was driven mainly by his fear of pre-eclampsia. He had probably read one-too-many horror stories, and didn’t want to take any chances.

“Patrick…” I said gently, touching his arm.

“You have to think about me too, Faith! What do you think will happen to me if I lose you?” he responded, his voice trembling.

“You’ll still have Emeobong. And I’m sure Toun would be very happy to take my place.” I joked lamely, even though my own eyes were also watering.

He glared at me. “Is that your idea of a joke?!”

“You’ll have the bed all to yourself…and I’m sure my Mom will almost kill you with food!” I continued joking, knowing that was the only way to lighten the mood.

“Death by food, abi?” he said, a faint smile playing on his lips.

“Knowing Akan, your brother, that’s what they’ll write on your tombstone!” I said, and it finally got a laugh from him.

And then we had embraced, and spent the rest of the night talking about the future. I agreed to sit my ass down at home, only leaving the house for hospital appointments, and, together, we prayed for a smooth and safe delivery.

Even without his complaints, I knew I had to take things easy. I overstretched myself today and, considering that my pregnancy had suddenly become high risk, it is in my best interest to just do exactly what I was yearning for for months…REST!

 

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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
  103. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 103: Practice Run
  104. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 104: Cold Revenge
  105. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 105: Absolutely Nothing
  106. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 106: Selfish
  107. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 107: Back and Forth
  108. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 108: Chief Mourner
  109. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 109: He will never be mine
  110. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 110: The Showers
  111. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 111: Baby Mama 
  112. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 112: Counting Down
  113. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 113: Soul Searching
  114. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 114: My Baby Girl
  115. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 115: Deep Sense of Knowing
  116. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 116: Judgemental
  117. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 117: The Preeclampsia Scare…The Big Lie
  118. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 118: Malice Keeper
  119. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 119: Idara
  120. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 120: The End of an Era
  121. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 121: Rooting for love
  122. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 122: Unconditional Love…and Baggage
  123. Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 123: A deep love

 

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