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By Carol Snow

Who says you wish a guy to have a toddler? unmarried mom and winning attorney Laura longs to offer her son a sibling--but first she needs to tune down the sperm donor she used 9 years past. Her seek will lead her to Wendy, a scrapbooking, cookie-bingeing housewife with out-of-control twins, and Vanessa, a tender lady so pissed off together with her boyfriend's dedication matters that she's switched from trying out sneakers on eBay to cruising males on donor websites. because the 3 women's lives intertwine, they reevaluate their ideals approximately motherhood, fatherhood--and what it skill to be a family.
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I ask. “Uh-huh. ” He kisses me back. “My favourite. ” “I comprehend. ” Eggplant Parmesan rather is my favourite factor Eric makes. it's also the one factor Eric makes, except you count number Kraft Deluxe macaroni and cheese. Eric doesn’t consume meat. Eric doesn’t prepare dinner meat. Eric doesn’t even like meat in the home. I bury my face in his neck. He runs a faded, slender hand via my thick black curls. I nearly say “I love you,” yet I carry it again. Eric indicates his love in 1000000 methods, yet he’s now not large at the phrases. The pause among whilst I say “I love you” and the instant he says it again consistently feels a beat too lengthy. He not often says it first. We had a struggle approximately it as soon as, and he defined that for him, asserting “I love you” is a special day form of factor, and if we are saying it too usually it won’t suggest something anymore. I nonetheless don’t get that, yet I type of need to go together with it. So this night, I’ll retailer my “I love you” for the massive second. If there's a large second. If Eric doesn’t provide me a hoop this night . . . I can’t even stand to consider it. He is going again to cooking, and that i burst off to alter. Our bed room has nearly no ground room, despite the double mattress shoved right into a nook. The closet is so filled that i will be able to rarely see what's in there. just like the wardrobe, we proportion the closet, yet so much of it really is my stuff. Eric has just one go well with and one costume blouse, either from Goodwill. He wears them to weddings. no longer that I even care approximately our marriage ceremony. we will have anything small and inexpensive. perhaps anything in a park. Eric’s task at Costco is regular, and the hours are solid, yet he doesn’t make handsome profit. yet we’ve been to such a lot of weddings. lots of people will be harm if we don’t invite them. after which there’s the registry to contemplate . . . cease. I peel off my lavender scrubs. They fit our bed room partitions. Our toilet is lavender, too, a marginally darker color. Eric gave me those scrubs for Christmas (when he didn’t supply me a ring). He stated, “I understand pink is your favourite colour. ” I hate scrubs. Scrubs make me glance fats. now not that I’m so little. My boobs are type of gigantic (I’m ok with that) and so is my butt (not so okay), yet my waist is small and my legs are reliable. whilst I’m in scrubs, you can’t see that. I don’t even get why i must put on them to reply to the telephone and dossier papers at nice Grins, the dental place of work the place I’m the receptionist. It’s in contrast to any of the sufferers are going to spew blood or saliva on me. “You going someplace? ” Eric asks whilst I pop out in my favourite red costume. “I don’t recognize. You taking me someplace? ” “Do you will want me to? ” Uh-oh. I made him squirm. “No! i used to be kidding. I’m correct the place i need to be. ” ok, so that’s type of a lie. it'd be great to be someplace except this grotesque residence. ahead of Eric, I used to like clubbing with my girlfriends. Plus there has been this man, again in Riverside, who used to take me to dear eating places and fancy nightclubs. and that i beloved it. Dressing up, using in his glossy vehicle, having humans wait on me. I loved it sufficient that for it slow i used to be in a position to forget about the undesirable issues approximately this man.

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