Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 74: Birthday Girl

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April 16th, 2013

Happy birthday to me! 32 years young today! How over the moon am I?!

I have so much to be thankful for! I know what I was praying for, this time last year. And look at me today, almost 26 weeks pregnant with my baby! This time last year, I was told that even Clomid couldn’t help me, and that I should prepare my mind for IVF. Well, my God pass them!

After a very fitful weekend (one minute, I would be excited about my trip, and the other, I would be panicked about my potentially unemployed state), I was actually happy when Monday came. I felt bad lying to my doctor about feeling discomfort, because my baby has been good to me, and I couldn’t feel any better than I do now. But I had no choice. Luckily, he didn’t need much convincing, and said he’s always pro-bedrest for pregnant women anyway. Patrick then took the report to work for me, and my Manager had been very sympathetic, and had given me the 2 weeks I asked for…just like that.

It almost felt too easy.

So, I guess I will live to fight my office battle another day, but for now, make I enjoy my life abeg!

This morning, I woke up to the most beautiful bouquet of roses ever. Patrick does the same thing for every birthday, but, in the 10 years we have been a couple, it hasn’t felt old or stale at all. This assortment was just as beautiful as always, with a mix of red, pink, white, orange and yellow roses…to signify love, romance, spirituality, passion, and friendship. And, as it always does every year, it brought tears to my eyes. How lucky am I to be married to my best friend?!

After receiving my gift of a lovely handbag, and a perfume set, I snuggled in bed, and proceeded to get all excited about all my social media shout outs. All the Facebook messages, BBM display pictures and status messages, and even Instagram posts, showed me, once again, how much I am loved.

I frowned at Idara’s BBM and Facebook messages, with her singing all my praises, and calling me her sister and best friend. Which kin friend?! Fake pretender! She is no friend of mine, after the kind of secret she and my brother have kept for so long.

Speaking of Phillip.

He left for the UK on Sunday night. I just hope, for his sake, that he hasn’t done anything stupid. I managed to convince my Mom not to let him know I will also be in London, telling her I want to surprise him and Diana…a story she uncharacteristically bought. My plan is to sneak up on him, and catch him red handed in anything he might be trying to do.

Men! Ever useless! With the exception of my Patrick, of course!

Even though he had to go to work, he organized the most delicious breakfast of cinnamon croissants and hot chocolate. It was so delicious, it was orgasmic!

As I lay on my couch, catching up on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, the doorbell rang. I was puzzled, as nobody was supposed to know I wasn’t at work. My heart almost burst with joy, when I saw that it was my darling friend, Nwando, bearing a home-made birthday cake, and a beautifully wrapped gift.

 

 

“Patrick told me you’d be home, so I decided to surprise you!” she said, as we embraced.

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my birthday afternoon, than with my dear friend. We talked extensively; I wanted to know how it felt living with her fiancé (abi husband, going by tradition) and planning a wedding at the same time, and she wanted to know all about the Phillip / Diana / Akunna saga. I told her about the Idara complication, and she shook her head thoughtfully.

“You need to tread carefully there, Faith,” she cautioned. “If they have been involved for as long as you say, breaking them up won’t be easy.”

I sighed. Tell me about it!

“But men sha! If she is so important to him, why didn’t he marry her all this while?” she exclaimed.

My dear, if I knew the answer to that, I would be able to eradicate world hunger!

When I told her of my trip, she frowned. “Hmmm. You’re back on the 26th? Don’t forget that my bridal shower is on the 27th oh!!!” she reminded me, with a wag of the finger. “You know you promised me you’d come. Please, I need as many friendly faces there as possible, and not all those my frenemies, who never fail to rub in the fact that they got married hundred years ago!”

“Babe, I wouldn’t miss it for the world!” I said reassuringly, but deep inside, I was grateful for the reminder. I had so forgotten about it! But na wa for her fake ass friends oh! Weren’t showers supposed to be a surprise?!

Speaking of this my trip. I will be traveling alone tomorrow morning. Ebika ended up leaving yesterday (Monday), as her mystery medical appointment is scheduled for Wednesday morning. She still hasn’t told me what this is about, but as we’ll be staying together, I know I’ll find out sooner than later!

Nwando left shortly before Patrick got home from work, with takeaway from my favourite restaurant, and with yet another cake. As we sat in our living room, eating and talking, I blessed God for another wonderful birthday. It was the perfect way to end a perfect day.

I hope I don’t miss him too much.

 

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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!

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