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(N.B. I am still mortified by the hollow on this site and in my mind created by my inability to write yesterday. Only Lagos/Ogun state can do this to a man) Hi Book (I see that’s how Faith has been starting her own writings). My name is Charles and I have come up a couple of times in this book (that’s a lot, considering that there are only 9 entries

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9/9

It’s Feburary; the month of love? It feels like a sick joke to me as well, but it isn’t. It is one month since Iyanu left and everyday has seemed like an elongation of a terrible nightmare.  Today is the 14th; Valentine’s Day. My parents have not let me go back to school because I am ‘not fit’ to be around others. I don’t know where my mom is seeing

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8/9

‘Breathe…’ ‘Take deep breaths…’ ‘That’s good, just breathe…’ It is funny (but not funny) that these same words I heard during my labour are the same I hear every night since the day my baby turned 5 days old.  I gave birth to Iyanu; I did. On the 7th day of January, I suddenly felt my water break and all my research on labour and labour composure couldn’t prepare me

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7/9

You know how you get on the eve of your birthday? When you’re excited but you’re trying not to show so much that you are? When you keep thinking, ‘would there be any surprises hidden for me on this particular birthday?’  That’s how I feel.  It’s December and it’s just one month to when I’m due to give birth. December is thankfully busy with activities so there is a lot

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6/9

November!  First, let me just get it out of the way that today is Charles’s birthday. But that’s okay… I’m good. I didn’t call him and I wasn’t tempted to. He’ll be fine. I’ll be fine. We’ll both be fine.  This month has been a month of planning for me majorly. Materially: I have begun to buy baby stuff. Clothes, socks, bath materials, feeding utensils, baby oils and powder, even

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5/9

Book,  It’s the month of Independence and the sixth month of my pregnancy.  Wow! I never ever thought I’d make it this far but here I am. I look very pregnant (for my size) This month has been a month of openness for me. There is no more hiding. I can no longer hide my pregnancy; no longer hide my emotions; no longer hide my swollen feet; no longer hide

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4/9

Book! I’m very animated at the moment so I decided to fill the entry for September now.  September has not been an all-exciting month, but I’m making do. I’m definitely better than I was in June and July and August.  It’s my fifth month pregnant and its becoming realer.  I went for an ultrasound scan and the baby is a… wait for it… GIRL!!!!  I get to have final authority

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3/9

Book. August.  I’ve always loved August because it’s my birth month. I turn 21 this month.  Last year my dad said, ‘People don’t celebrate 20 years birthday. People celebrate 21. You can join us to drink then’  My mom said, ‘Don’t listen to your daddy o. Ehn? Everyday we live, we must celebrate life. Do you know how many people want to be your age? In your body? Having your

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2/9

Dear Book, It’s July and it’s my third month of being pregnant. Yes… I kept the baby. A lot has happened; it’s unbelievable. I don’t even know where to start from. First, I told Charles. I met him at the Domino’s near school. I met him there because it’s in the open and so he wouldn’t have the chance to hurt me or kill me if he wanted to. It

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1/9

Dear… Book, I don’t even know where to begin. Life is not normal; I just realized that today. It looks normal but it isn’t. The person sitting next to you on a bus might have just lost her father.  Everyone in my room is happy right now. Today is Bisola’s birthday and her boyfriend bought her three cakes and some gifts. There’s some mild alcohol too and people are trooping

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