day passed by like any other day. All that she had planned for her 40th
birthday five years ago was different from the reality on ground today.
her special 40th birthday, she had planned for an exquisite holiday
with her husband and their three children. She planned to ‘spoil herself’ real well;
after all, she runs a successful business with her husband.
40th birthday took a twist. Early one morning she woke me up with her
repeated phone calls and demanded to see me urgently. “Hope everybody is fine?”
I asked. “We are alive, but all is not well with me. Just come over,” she
replied hurriedly and ended the call.
have not known Idera and her husband to be at each other’s throats, so a
quarrel was out of the guess. I managed to bundle myself out of bed and arrived
in her house as soon as I could. It was weekend and the family was still in
bed, though her oldest child Ifreke opened the door for me. I barely responded
to his greetings as I rushed to Idera’s bedroom.
in. “What’s the matter with you?” I asked. “Just see for yourself,” she said,
pointing to her stomach. My eyes widened with surprise as I looked at her
bulging stomach. “ So you’ve been hiding your pregnancy all these while?” I
managed to ask. “I am as surprised as you are,” she cuts in. “The doctor just
confirmed to me yesterday that the pregnancy is already four months, but I have
been having my monthly menstrual flow even though it had been light and
shorter. In the last four months I have not felt a single symptom of pregnancy
unlike the others”
when the third one came shortly after the second child, they took it in good
faith. As a Catholic faithful, Idera didn’t want to adopt any artificial
family-planning method. She went back to her charting-board to ensure she got
it right after the baby was delivered. Here she is 11 years after with another
unplanned pregnancy. She was physically and emotionally down because she taught
she was done with having children. Her long-term plan for a fabulous 40th
birthday developed a crack because by the time she would be 40 the baby would
just be two years old.
as she could for the period of her pregnancy.
She continued to feel like a grandma to her new baby as her teenage
children laughed over everything she did as a new mom. With time, she got used
to her new family size.
the last thing on her mind. This morning we were together at her doctor’s and
waiting at the reception area. Her ‘monthly period’ was still missing five days
after she expected it, so nothing sounds funny around her. “It may not be as
you fear,” I tried to encourage her. “Let the doctor prove that please,” she
said faintly. “So what are you here to see the doctor for?” I asked. “Let’s get
to that bridge before we determine how to cross it,” she replied.
feeling to puke and she asked that I helped her to the ladies. As she stood up, I noticed that the ‘special
visitor’ she had been expecting had arrived!