WIL­LIAMS BABALOLA

The Punch - - INTERVIEW -

HHe is a month and 10 days old.

His name is Solomon Olawunmi Ade­fioye. His pa­ter­nal grand­dad gave him the name.

By God’s grace, he is my first child.

Let me say it was in­ter­est­ing as I don’t want to say the other part. It was a con­fus­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. If I felt pain this minute, it would sub­side the next minute. Even­tu­ally, I started feel­ing the pain con­tin­u­ously to the ex­tent that I was un­con­scious of hap­pen­ings around me at some point. I was in pains un­til I was de­liv­ered of my baby. I went into labour by 11am and I was de­liv­ered of the baby by 7pm. Be­cause it was my first time, I thought I was go­ing to spend less than one hour in the labour room. I didn’t imag­ine my­self spend­ing about eight hours in the labour room. In my pre-de­liv­ery thought, I would have re­turned home with my hus­band and baby within those hours and start do­ing other things. I don’t re­mem­ber all that hap­pened on that day be­cause it was like I changed the drama at every given op­por­tu­nity. I re­mem­ber speak­ing dif­fer­ent gram­mar. Af­ter I gave birth, those peo­ple around started mak­ing a joke out of the sit­u­a­tion. I was even called a gram­mar­ian by one of the nurses.

No, my hus­band was not there with me. As a mat­ter of fact, he wasn’t even around at all. He was busy with some other things. Like a Yoruba adage says, “A preg­nant woman knows the month, but doesn’t know the date.” We didn’t know our baby was go­ing to come on that day. It was even af­ter I was de­liv­ered of him that he was called. He had to rush down to see his baby and me.

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