Single Mom Diaries: And Baby Makes Two
I GOT PREGNANT BY MY TRAINER continued...
We talk about our ideas of what a serious relationship would be. He wants to
fall in passionate love. I tell him I don't believe that's sustainable — to me,
love is a partnership, negotiated and planned. "I find that
heartbreaking," he says.
We go to the biggest movie theater we can find, stadium seating and all, and
watch some innocuous George Clooney vehicle. When we get back to my apartment,
we curl up in bed and cuddle. I rise in the morning and cry. He leaves.
I'm miserable by month two. Swollen legs. Gas. Unable to digest anything. I
wake after 12 hours of sleep in a pool of saliva on my John Robshaw, sari-print
pillowcases. All of this is peppered with bouts of profound despair. Friends
drop by to check on me, but all I can muster is a wan smile before going back
to staring out the window. The months drag by, and I reach a state of sadness
and ennui I've never felt before. I wonder how I'm ever going to manage
Then a funny thing happens at the amnio. The doctor announces that I'm
carrying a girl, and with my friend Christine holding my hand, I observe this
little being who has made her home inside me. I'm awed by the architecture of
her spine. The beat of her tiny heart. The way the doctor pokes at her and she
responds with a jab of her own. A week later I feel her move for the first time
— our own covert communication.
As I write this, I'm nine months pregnant. Luis joins me for birthing
classes, but not a hint of our former romance remains. It might not sound like
a storybook ending, but it's the right one for me. Although I've been wildly
independent since I was a child, and it was fun to hop a jet for a long weekend
in Miami, I've always craved the warmth of family — the sounds of the
dishwasher running in the kitchen, a Sunday morning spent listening to public
radio and making pancakes. Now I know I can have all of those things.
I WANTED A BABY MORE THAN A HUSBAND
By Barbara Jones
"Poke a hole in your diaphragm," my friend Jackie advised.
"Once you have the baby, he'll love it."
I'd heard stories of women who manipulated various forms of birth control
and everything worked out — the disgruntled husband instantly besotted with the
kid. I wanted a family, and my husband didn't. If a baby had "just
happened," I'm sure he would have loved it, but I'm not a
diaphragm-puncturing kind of person. To me, parenthood should be an
all-volunteer army. I couldn't draft a man I loved into a lifetime of service
that he didn't want.