“AAAARRGGHHH! Hooo hooooo hooo! Leche ka alexis kasalanan mo to!!!” sigaw ni annika. hindi ko alam kung matatawa ako o mandididri ako o masusuka ako sa nawiwitness ko ngayon. Annika’s face, covered with sweat, she’s in labor right now and lahat na ata ng masasakit na salita ay natanggap ko na galing sa kanya.
“eh sino ba kasi nag pumilit na pumunta sa mall para magshopping?” I said while rubbing her hands, trying to make her calm down.
Hay, sabi ko na nga ba may mangyayari eh. Bakit kasi napaka hilig maglakwatsa ng mga babae, kahit umuulan nagaaya gumala, kahit tirik ang araw nasa kalsada? Hay tapos ako sisihin ngayon.
Babae nga naman.
“baby, punta tayo sa mall please? Gusto ko talaga bilhin yung baby bed na nakita ko dun nung Sunday eh. Pretty please!!” pagmamakaawa sakin ni annika.
Ilang araw na kaming hindi naglalalabas ng bahay dahil due week na ng birth ni annika. yes, in just a few days magiging daddy na ko. Pakiramdam ko nga mas excited pa ko sakanya eh kasi every night binabantayan ko siya if ever lalabas na ang baby.
Im going to be a daddy.
They say na baby girl daw ang anak namin. We tried playing with some names na ipapangalan sa anak namin, kaso everytime na may magugustuhan ako lagging ayaw ni annika. too boring, too long, too short, too common at kung ano ano pang comment ang pinagsasabi nya kaya were still undecided pa on her name.
“alexis! Please?” annika said, leaning her beautiful face with that puppy eyes.
“will you please stop doing that? You know it’s too dangerous to go out.” I complained.
“bakit naman naging dangerous? Porket ba lalabas na yung pakwan sa tiyan ko? I know naman you’ll take care of me eh. Dali na please!! Besides, im really realy bored. Ilang araw na tayong nakakulong dito sa bahay. I feel like im a prisoner.” She said with a pout. Hay nako ang cute cute talaga niya pag nag ppout siya.
Annika and I have been through so much. Im just really lucky to still have her on my side after all the things I did to her. She changed me into a better person and im thankful to her for that. I asked her to marry me a month ago and we decided to have the wedding 2 months after she give birth. This time, im marrying her not because we were forced by our parents, but because we love each other. She said she wants to have a garden wedding, mas peaceful daw kasi and gusto niya mga close friends and relatives lang ang pupunta.
I sighed, wala akong laban kay annika.
“okay I give up. Sige na magbihis ka na and I’ll put the baby bag in the car in case anything happens.”
Dali-daling tumayo si annik and niyakap ako. Grabe, talk about being so excited to go out. She must be really bored.
“thank you!!” and she went upstairs to get ready.
**at the mall
Sabi na nga ba at hindi baby bed ang pinunta naming dito eh. We walked around the mall for almost 3 hours and my feet are killing me. I looked at annika, parang hindi parin drained ang energy niya kasi naglilibot parin siya sa isang baby clothes store.
“alexis oh look—ugh” she suddenly twitched.
I hurriedly went to her. What happened? Did she hurt herself? Gutom na kaya siya?
“honey what’s wrong?” my voice was full of worry.