In her just-out memoir "RATTLED!," Christine details the night that she and her boyfriend of not-yet three months slept together. In straight-out honesty, she describes how she and "A" relinquished the condom.
One of my favorite lines early on in the book is: "Penises should just come with condoms."
Although our lives have many parallels -- I got pregnant at age 26, too, and my ex also split town -- Christine swiftly figured out how to fit a baby into her social lifestyle. (I'm still figuring it out!)
Ah, the glamour. If only it were so simple.
"All I know is that I can't have an abortion," Christine writes. Her decision to bring Jack Domenic into the world seemed certain from the moment she knew she was pregnant, and I would have loved to know more about how she just knew.
Of course, Christine's life dramatically. She gave up her beloved NYC apartment for a spacious pad across the Hudson River. And her boyfriend bailed when she was 11 weeks pregnant. (In her Storked! blog, Christine refers to him as "SD -- Sperm Donor ex --" but sticks to "A." in the book.)
But Christine was savvy enough to keep her great job at a major women's magazine and remain connected to her sweet circle of girlfriends. She even had the wherewithal to realize early on that her little boy would also need role models. Her father and brothers stepped up to the plate for her -- and Jack.
"Everyone seems to think he is my husband," Christine writes about her brother, Carlo. "Carlo is the most prominent male figure in Jack's life. He even changes poo diapers."
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking," blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|