“This child has finished me.” I said to myself. I checked the
time,it was just some minutes after two a.m. I adjusted her
well on the bed,blocking the edges of the bed with pillows. I
went to mum’s room and knocked . I knew she would
hear,the woman was quite sensitive even in sleep. She
opened the door.
“What are you doing up by this time?”
“Sorry to disturb mum but Jane urinated.”
“Oh my! I should have come to make her pee. Let me get
another set of clothes for her. I’ll be there soon.” She went
in while I went to my room. She came some minutes later.
She carefully carried her and changed her clothes. I
removed the bedsheet.
“Don’t worry about it. Just change up while I take her to
Gloria’s room,you’ll stay with her there.
“Mum I hope she won’t do this again.”
“She won’t.” She carried her out of the room and I changed
up. I picked up my laptop and followed them to Gloria’s
room. I knew it would take me some time to fall asleep
again. She was still sleeping soundly. I joined her on the
bed. Mum left the room to go and tidy up my bed. I turned
on my laptop to see some movies to help me sleep off. I
just clicked on the first movie that caught my eye on the
screen and it turned out to be the mistake of the night. I
didn’t reduce the volume so the movie started with a loud
I hurriedly reduced it but the damage had been done already.
Jane’s eyes were already wide open.
“Daddy!” She cried and I knew I was done for. I slammed
the laptop shut and she cried louder.
“It’s okay Jane.” I carried her on my laps but she was still
crying. Mum came into the room.
“What have you done now Elliot?”
“It was a mistake mum.”
She attempted taking Jane from me but the little girl would
have none of it. She clung to me.
“Stand up and rock her.” Mum ordered and I obeyed. It
worked and mum stepped out of the room again.
I stood for a while rocking her. I even paced around the
room too. I never thought being a father would be so
stressful. Mum came back to meet me standing.
“So she hasn’t gone back to sleep.” She said.
“She hasn’t.” I sat down with her.
“I want Golden Morn.” She said quietly.
“I’ll go make it for you dear.” Mum said. We left the room
for the kitchen together. Mum made the food while I sat on
a stool with her.
“Let’s eat.” Mum made to carry her again but she refused.
She tried feeding her but she rejected the food. She tried all
she could to no avail.
“Try feeding her Elliot.”
“I don’t know a thing about feeding babies.”
“Maybe if you had spent more time with her,you would have
known a thing or two about feeding a child. Just try so she
doesn’t start crying.” I reluctantly took the spoon and plate. I
scooped the food to give her when mum said “That’s too
much for her na.”
I reduced the quantity and brought the food to her lips. She
took it. I tried again and she collected it. With instructions
from mum,I fed her the whole plate of food successfully.She
had barely finished eating when she started dozing. I carried
her properly for her to sleep well as mum washed her plate. I
walked slowly to the room and laid her on the bed.
“Goodnight mum.” I said to mum.
“Goodnight son. You’ve made me happy this night.” She shut
I landed on the bed and slept off immediately. I was
exhausted beyond measure.
When I woke up the next morning, she was scattering
Gloria’s things all over the room.
“Jane,this is such a wonderful sight.”
“Daddy!” She climbed the bed and jumped on my back.
“Lord,don’t let this child kill me.” I prayed silently. “Alright
She obeyed immediately,surprising me. I was expecting her
to put up some resistance. I got up from the bed and she
followed me out of Gloria’s room to mine.
“Wait here,daddy wants to brush.” I instructed her.
“Daddy brush me.” She pulled me and I followed her to
mum’s bathroom. She pointed at a really tiny toothbrush. I
sighed as I picked it up and went back to my room with her.
I was faced with the drama of brushing her teeth. I put her
on a small stool for her to reach the wash basin. She kept on
playing with the toothpaste,swallowing some. After lots of
water pouring and laughter,I managed to do a quick
brushing for her. I knew I did a very substandard job but I
was past caring. I dropped her in the room to brush my
teeth and clean up the mess in the bathroom.
By the time I got back,Jane had destroyed my room for me.
I just swept her up in my arms and went to the living room. I
turned on the television for her when I remembered that it
was a school day. I rushed to the kitchen. I met mum and
“How’s the father doing?” He teased.
“I have suffered,believe me. Mum isn’t she going to
“It’s a public holiday dad.” Mum and Niel kept on laughing at
“Mum,Jane is definitely staying with you tonight. I can’t
stand the stress please.”
“I hope she agrees.” Mum smiled.
“Congrats bro. You’re finally living the life of a father.”
Jathniel said as he sipped tea from a mug.
“It sucks man. My room and Gloria’s are a mess.”I helped
myself onto a kitchen stool. As I sat down,Jane yelled
“Daddy!” from the living room.
“Kuku kill me o pikin.” I groaned. Mum and Jathniel laughed