FIRST TRIMESTER: Mother! I think I just woke up. Where am I? How did I get here? It seems like this whole room is shaking a lot. Do you have anything to do with this discomfort I’m going through? Oh man! Are you dancing? Ouch! Are you jumping too? Mother, do you even know I’m here? Anyway, just for your information, I think I’m growing and I just realized that I have two hands and two feet. Isn’t that amazing? I can also see five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot. Incredible!
SECOND TRIMESTER: Phew! That’s a relief! I guess you’ve stopped jumping and dancing though I can still feel some slow movement. Perhaps, you now know that I’m in here. Well, I’m hungry. There’s a rumbling noise in here. Are you hungry too? Is that a coincidence? I should get some sleep now. I can hear a lot of voices from outside. Is one of them yours? Yes, I think that the one I hear more often is yours. It’s loud but I can also hear another voice, singing to me, besides yours. Whose is that? It’s cute.
THIRD TRIMESTER: I had a dream last night. I saw that I was getting out of this place into a lovely garden with pleasant music. I hope my dream comes true because my chamber has gotten pretty claustrophobic. I’m trying hard, to stretch myself in here and nudge the sides to make me some space, in vain. I cannot see much except darkness. I wonder what’s going to happen. How long should I stay in here, Mother?
DELIVERY DAY: Mother, I have no idea how but I have landed upside down. I can feel something trying to push me and I can hear you scream. Don’t you want me to get out there? I would stay in here but it’s getting quite gross with all the water gushing past me. Okay, now there is a lot of noise and pushing. Mother, can you hear what I’m saying? Hello!
BORN: Ouch! My eyes hurt. It’s too bright out here. I can hear happy laughs. Ouch! Who is that spanking my bottom? Why is everyone applauding while I’m hurt and crying? What kind of a place have I gotten into? Why are they taking me away from you? Mother! No! Help!
Oh! That’s you! You’re lovely and I can see you’re excited but why are tears falling down your cheek? Are you sad or happy? I’m confused.
FOLLOWING DAYS: People are coming towards me and talking gibberish. I’m trying to tell them to talk in English but the words aren’t getting out of my mouth. Can you please convey my message to them? Why are they pinching my cheeks? I hate that. Should I pee on them?
Oh, that cute voice was my sister. I love looking at her. She’s funny. Now, if both of you are in front of me, whom am I sitting on? Yikes! Mother!!
I just want you to do nothing but look at me and smile all day. Everything else can wait. Whatever you do, you have to be within my view.
Okay now I’m hungry and I cannot walk to the food but, wait a minute, is my food walking toward me? Wow! I can just stretch out and lie here and have my grub, simultaneously? Ah! This is life!
Aaaaah! I have a burp stuck! Mother, get it out of me! Mother! Mother! Mother! Waaaaah!!!
Okay, now I can feel something soft and yucky behind me. You can stop eating or doing whatever it is that you think you should be doing and CLEAN ME UP! Please now! Stop eating now! Ah! I love the soft and fresh fragrance you dab on my backside once you’re done. See, now I’m smiling. Yawn! Time to sleep! Goodnight, Mother!
(‘When I look into his eyes‘ is something I had written when my son was born. I mean, my first child did not confuse me this much but my second made me pull my hair out. I’m sure all you mothers will understand. Mothers-to-be brace yourselves and get ready for the little monsters to confuse your lives. Hahaha!)