Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 71: From Bad to Worst!!!

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April 12th, 2013

I was finally able to speak with Diana today and, just as I feared, it wasn’t the easiest thing I have ever had to do.

As soon as she heard my voice, she started crying…and she wept silently, for another 10 minutes. I didn’t even know what to say to her. This was a woman who had been my rock, when I was so paranoid after Ejiro’s miscarriage. What was I supposed to say that would offer her any comfort?

“How can I be here for the next 28 weeks?” she wept. “What is going to happen to my wedding? Faith, are they saying Phillip and I won’t be married before the baby gets here?” and in a more high pitched voice “Or before Akunna has her own baby??!!”

“Diana, all of those are secondary! The most important thing is keeping your baby safe!” I said, as soothingly as I could. “It might even be a blessing in disguise! What’s 28 weeks, if it means you will have a healthy baby in your arms? Phillip is yours, and having a ring won’t change that. Once the baby is here, we will have a fantastic wedding celebration!”

As much as I believed that, I couldn’t help but share her apprehension over the delay in the formalization of her union with Phillip. There are too many things hanging in the air! The impending birth of his first born child…and a son for that matter…and this sudden bone in the neck wahala, called Idara! After hearing about their long time affair, I will not be at ease until my brother is fully committed, in wedlock, to Diana.

Wahala!

After work, Phillip asked me to accompany him to see Akunna, at the hospital he has transferred her to, in Lekki Phase 1. Getting there, I actually heaved a sigh of relief over the fact that my unborn nephew is already receiving better health care. God forgive me if I’m being snobbish, but that Isolo hospital no make am abeg!

Getting to her room, Phillip lingered behind me, as I knocked and let myself in. Akunna was propped on her bed, watching Africa Magic, and she already looked way better than how I had met her earlier in the week. Thankfully, her Mom was nowhere in sight.

I saw her eyes light up, when she saw Phillip, and for the first time, it struck me that she is still head over heels in love with my brother. And, at that moment, I felt such pity for her! I couldn’t imagine being pregnant, and not having the blessing of having my baby’s father in the picture, especially if I still love him. And the fact that he is getting married to someone else, must really truly sting. For the first time, I saw her through the eyes of a fellow woman, and not as the leech trying to inconvenience my family.

 

“Hi Phillip” she greeted, her smile genuine.

My brother cleared his throat. “Hi…” he responded awkwardly. “Are you…are you comfortable here?”

She smiled broadly. “Yes…very! Thanks. I have been treated like a queen since I got here!”

He nodded, and coughed again. “I’m glad.”

We stood there in more awkward silence for a few minutes, before she suddenly remembered me.

“Hey, Faith! How now?” she said, smiling at me with dancing eyes. Gosh, see what an effect seeing Phillip was having on her. “Won’t you sit down?”

“Actually, we won’t be staying that long…” Phillip bleated.

I glared at him, before turning to smile at her, taking a seat. “Thank you my dear! How are you feeling now? What’s the situation?”

“Under control now. I haven’t dilated any further…” she answered.

More awkward silence followed.

“This film looks interesting oh!” I lied through my teeth, as I can not stomach Nigerian films for anything. “Is that…is that Rita Dominic?”

Akunna laughed. “No, it’s Tonto!”

Who?!

“I’ve signed the document.” Akunna said, handing Phillip the brown envelope.

He smiled for the first time since we got there. “Thanks.”

“How is your fiancée?” she asked.

He nodded. “She’s fine, thanks!”

“Your wedding is….”

“Soon,” was his curt response.

More silence.

“We’re having a boy!” she said, desperately trying to impress her stone-faced baby daddy.

“Yes, Faith told me. That’s excellent news!” he said, with another stiff smile.

You could cut the tension in the room with a knife.

Just as I was racking my brain about anything I could say, or do, to break the ice in the room, the door opened, and in walked Akunna’s mother, followed closely by none other than my ED, Akunna’s Aunty Josephine!

“Faith! Fancy running into you here!” she remarked snidely, giving my brother and I the dirtiest of looks.

And just like that, the situation went from bad to WORST!

 

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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

 

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