Faith’s Pregnancy Diary 83: Braxton Hicks

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April 24th, 2013

Yesterday, after having to leave Idara’s house as early as 7am, dashing to the flat to shower and change, dash to see Diana and Phillip in the hospital, and then dash to see Ebika at her own hospital, by 1am, I was completely drained and spent. I didn’t need much prompting to return to the flat, and finally get to do what I had come to London to do in the first place…REST!!!

And rest I did. I ordered takeaway, I over dosed on TV, and, the best part, was that I shopped online!!!! I shopped like a thief! When I realized I just had enough time for items to be delivered to me before I leave on Friday, I decided to do the right thing and shop for my baby! I shopped for clothes, I shopped for things for the nursery, I shopped for gadgets…I just shopped! For a split second, I regretted going along with Patrick and not finding out the gender of our baby, as I saw some really cute baby girl and baby boy things. But I eventually psyched myself into being satisfied with the gender neutral stuff.

But for my next baby sha, I aint gonna do this ‘I want to be surprised’ crap!

So, this morning, I had a nice lie-in, and didn’t wake up till 11am. As I didn’t leave the house before 3pm, I thought I could lay about for a while, like I did yesterday. And that was when it started!

I didn’t know what they were at first, but I was feeling very very weird. So, I called Vou (the only person I could think of who’d had a baby), and when I told her that my bump was feeling really swollen and tight, she said they were Braxton Hicks, and that was my body having a trial run for the birth. Yikes!!! That sent the fear of God through me! Trial run ke?! Baby, I’m not ready oh!!! Abeg!

As if that wasn’t enough, I couldn’t get my shoes on, when it was time for me to leave the house, because my ankles had swollen so much. Thanks to a combination of pregnancy water retention, and too much waka about over the last few days. In the end, I had to wear a pair of Ebika’s sneakers, as that was the only thing that could fit. And I had to stop being an Ijebu, and called a cab this time around.

When I got to Diana’s hospital, I just had to tell her doctor of my sudden symptoms. Despite my swollen ankles, he said everything was quite normal at this stage of pregnancy, and nothing to worry about. I even asked him about the dark line that’s appeared on my bump. He said it was called the linea nigra, and that lots of pregnant women get it. He reassured me that it is harmless, and will disappear after the baby’s arrival.

Apart from that, seeing the newly weds, still basking in the afterglow, was heartwarming, as always. They have managed to make Diana’s room so comfortable, that it almost doesn’t look like a hospital room. Considering she will be here for at least another 15 weeks, it was the right thing to do, to prevent her from going stir crazy!

But the real high point was Vou’s offer to take me out tomorrow, for even more baby shopping. Me that I like freebies! That was music to my ears!!! I’m going to love being a part of this their generous family oh! Okay, I kid. But I don’t though…lol!

As I approached Ebika’s hospital, my good mood gave way to the nerves and tension that have characterized the last couple of days. Now that we have less than 24 hours to find out if she has cancer or not, I, for one, am a ball of nerves! But Ebika, as usual, was her cheerful, and chatty, and cracking all sorts of jokes. Going by the expression on Demola’s face, like me, he wasn’t in the mood for her silly jokes. But we both just sat there, and smiled through all of them. She had a field day teasing me about my choice of footwear, and I just politely laughed. How she can afford to joke at a time like this is beyond me!

Looking at Demola, I marveled over what difference a few days could make. These last few days, he has lost so much weight, and what was initially a small stubble, is now a full-on beard. Apparently, shaving has not been on his agenda. And I can’t blame him. This time tomorrow, their lives could change forever.

When he stepped out of the room, to grab a meal, I leaned in and held my friend’s hand.

“Babe…how are you doing?” I asked.

Ebika smiled, “Faith, I am fine! I am ready for this thing. If it turns out to be cancer, I am ready to fight it. I have everything to fight for now. If I didn’t know how much my man loves me, these last few days have shown me just how much. I can’t remember ever being this happy! If I should die tonight, I will die a happy woman!”

Bittersweet. That was how her words resonated with me. True, impending cancer diagnosis aside, things have been a fairytale with Demola these last few days. But my worry is that she hasn’t fully grasped the enormity of the battle ahead, if the diagnosis isn’t favourable.

Jesus, please take the wheel!

 

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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

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