This is a fan translation. Correct me if you think some should be corrected.
Chapter 58 (1/2)
On this week’s weekend, the two of them went to the city together.
The fetus is getting bigger every day, and no matter how inexperienced they are, they still know they must prepare some clothes and pants in advance.
There is only one large maternal and child store in the city with many customers.
After Jiang Miao Miao and Lu Qiming entered the store, they targeted a middle-aged woman who looked very experienced and followed her.
They bought whatever others bought. They put baby bottles, diapers, saliva wipes, etc., into the shopping basket one after another and finally got entangled in baby clothes.
There are more than a dozen sets of clothes in front of them, all of different styles, but the common point is that they all look good, and the dolls wear the same clothes.
The question is, should they buy a boy’s or a girl’s?
Lu Qiming was too lazy to choose and said, “Buy a few sets of them all.”
Jiang Miao Miao objected.
“No, I’m not pregnant with twins. It would be a waste to buy both.”
Baby clothes are made of good materials and fine workmanship, and the price is also high. Any set costs hundreds of dollars, more expensive than her clothes.
Lu Qiming compared it and said, “Then buy girls.”
“It’s a good deal. Look at the big skirt and the bow. It costs a lot of material. The boy’s one is too simple.”
Jiang Miao Miao was also speechless. She looked up and saw the salesperson call her over and ask, “Is there anything more neutral?”
The salesperson said regretfully:
“The neutral ones have been sold out, and new ones will arrive next month. How about… you guys come back next month?”
She is only two months pregnant, so she is not in a hurry to use it.
The two of them paid for their chosen things, went to the hospital for a check-up, found a restaurant for a big meal, bought some food, and went home happily.
Shortly after arriving home, another car drove into the farm.
Jiang Miao Miao was standing in front of her house, chewing an apple. The car stopped in front of her, lowered the window, and revealed Gu Changzhou’s face.
“Why are you here?”
“I bought you something.”
Gu Changzhou jumped out of the car and opened the trunk. It was full of maternal and infant supplies.
What about milk powder, rockers, nutritional supplements, food supplements, clothes…
Everything he wanted to buy for his girlfriend and daughter but had no money to buy was now brought to the farm and given to Jiang Miao Miao.
Jiang Miao Miao was shocked when she saw so many things.
Lu Qiming went to the toilet and came out. When he saw Gu Changzhou, he frowned and asked:
“What are you doing?”
“These things are produced in small quantities and are difficult to buy. I happen to have a friend who does this, and I have some for you. Come on, help me.”
Lu Qiming picked up a box, looked at it, and said coldly:
“It’s not like you are so active as a father.”
Gu Changzhou smiled and said, “I have been a father, but unfortunately it was not successful, so I hope you will not repeat my old path.”
They couldn’t bear to hear this, so they helped each other move everything into the small building.
After delivering the things, he was about to leave. Still, Jiang Miao Miao stopped him and insisted on keeping him for dinner.
I bought a roast duck in the city today. Jiang Miao Miao went to the kitchen to cut it into pieces and planned to serve it out.
Suddenly, her stomach was churning wildly, and she threw up all over the floor while holding the stove.
The two men in the living room heard the sound and walked in. They were so frightened when they saw this scene that they quickly came to help her.
“Did you have a bad stomach? Does it hurt? Shall I take you to the hospital?”
Lu Qiming was extremely worried.
Gu Changzhou poured a glass of water, handed it to her to rinse her mouth with, and said mockingly:
“What do you know, this is morning sickness.”
“Her mother…well, when my ex-girlfriend was pregnant, she also vomited very badly. It was useless to go to the hospital for treatment. She could only start with dieting.”
Lu Qiming pricked up his ears and listened attentively.
“How to do it?”
“Try to eat something appetizing and refreshing, not too greasy, and eat more fruits and vegetables. If it doesn’t work, just add more vitamin B6. Strengthen exercise, and go for a walk when the weather is cool. In addition, you should get enough sleep, pay attention to rest, don’t catch a cold or get heated, and it will gradually ease.”
Lu Qiming remembered everything in his mind and asked, “Are there any other reactions?”
Gu Changzhou recalled carefully and told them all the experiences he could remember.
In the next few months, Jiang Miao Miao experienced almost everything.
Dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, frequent urination, and swelling of the limbs.
At its worst, her ankles swelled twice their previous size, and she couldn’t even wear shoes. The skin bulges like a steamed bun, with a pit forming when pressed.
Lu Qiming hired workers to do the work and fully cared for her.
Seeing her like this made him feel even more uncomfortable, and even suggested:
“Or forget it.”
Jiang Miao Miao vomited for a while and lay weakly on the bed.
“Don’t give birth, abort it.”
“We’re only halfway through the pregnancy, and you’re already like this. Can you bear it when you give birth? Let’s not have children. The two of us are fine.”
Jiang Miao Miao sat up like a carp.
“Are you kidding me? I’ve worked so hard to be pregnant for so long, and now you don’t want it anymore.”
Lu Qiming said: “It will only be harder if you persist.”
“That’s a good deal. At least something is gained, which is better than giving up halfway.”
He asked suspiciously: “Are you sure you have thought clearly?”
“Yeah!” Jiang Miao Miao’s face flashed with maternal glory. After a few seconds, she fell back on the bed and said pitifully: “I want to drink sour plum soup.”
Lu Qiming gently closed the door and went downstairs to make sour plum soup for her.
While drinking, Jiang Meimu’s face loomed outside the door’s crack.
Jiang Miao Miao blinked, “Can you let it in? I haven’t touched it for a long time.”
Lu Qiming sternly rejected this request.
Close contact with animals is prone to infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a point Gu Changzhou specifically emphasized.
In the beginning, he planned to send Meimu and his wife away, leave them to be fostered by others for a while, and then take them back after giving birth.
But those two were already members of the family, especially Jiang Meimu. Jiang Miao Miao would be worried about sending them away, affecting her mood.
So the final decision was to let them stay, but not to touch them, and at most to look at them through the window.
Jiang Meimu was not used to it at first and was educated twice. After looking at her growing belly, it gradually understood something and stopped running to her room at every turn. Meimu even took the initiative to avoid her.
Jiang Miao Miao couldn’t bear to think about it. Sometimes, she dreamed that she was touching the dog, but she couldn’t do it.
Now, she didn’t want to drink the sour plum soup anymore and looked at Lu Qiming with pleading eyes.
The latter was shaken, found a pair of gloves for her, and let Jiang Meimu in.
The latter walked up to her cautiously, not daring to get close, and blinked its round eyes.
It wasn’t until Jiang Miao Miao reached out to touch its head that its tense body relaxed, gently rubbing against her palm and its eyes lingering on her belly.
Jiang Miao Miao smiled sheepishly.
“Haha, it’s weird, isn’t it? There is a baby in here. You and Dahei will also have babies in the future.”
It tilted its head and looked stupid, unsure whether it understood.
The contact time soon arrived, and Lu Qiming drove it out ruthlessly, ending the visit.
However, good luck seems to be contagious. Within two months, Dahei’s belly became visibly bigger.
One of the workers used to own a pet shop. When he saw it, he said:
“This dog is pregnant, and it’s her first litter.”
When a dog gives birth to puppies for the first time, he or she will have many abnormal reactions due to instinct but not experience.
Sometimes, it doesn’t work well, and the baby is stillborn or has a difficult delivery, which requires more attention from the owner.
Lu Qiming had to put some thought into taking care of it. Jiang Miao Miao had too many nutrients to eat, and he also fed it a little occasionally.
There was a good pomegranate harvest when she was five months pregnant, and their assets increased by thirty thousand.
At six months, they picked the first batch of peanuts and sold them for little money, but they kept a lot of seeds and several barrels of peanut oil.
At seven months, Lu Qiming and his workers caught all the fish in the pond, sold them, dried them, and released new fry into the pond.
It was almost time to give birth. Jiang Miao Miao followed the doctor’s advice during the second trimester and began to control her diet, so her belly would not be very big.
The symptoms of puffiness in the third trimester disappeared, her limbs returned to slender, and she looked healthier than in the previous few months.
The lost hair also grew back, and the baldness crisis was finally over.
Lu Qiming booked a place in the hospital, prepared the car and everything to be used for childbirth, and stayed by her side 24 hours a day, waiting for the due date.
Unexpectedly, the little thing in the belly couldn’t help it, and it was more than a week ahead of schedule.
On a cold afternoon in early spring, Jiang Miao Miao felt a stomachache.
Lu Qiming greeted the workers and sent her to the hospital.
After arriving, the doctor examined and immediately asked the nurse to push her into the delivery room.
Not long after receiving the news, Gu Changzhou hurried over and saw Lu Qiming standing alone in the long, narrow corridor. He had to walk back and forth outside the door without a chair. His expression was unprecedentedly nervous.
He ran over and asked:
“Where is she?”
“In the delivery room.”
“Natural delivery or cesarean section?”
“Why don’t you wear a coat?”
Lu Qiming looked down at the thin T-shirt on his body and realized later that he had forgotten to change his clothes.
Gu Changzhou rolled his eyes and called his assistant, and soon, someone sent him a down jacket.
The Chinese New Year is about to begin. Because there are fewer people, fewer cars, and fewer electrical appliances, the global temperature is much lower than before, and it has snowed several times in a row.