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Glamour.com's Storked! Blogger Christine Coppa Joins Babble Kids

By Christine.Coppa |

Hello friends, my name is Christine Coppa (call me Chrissy). Some of you know me from glamour.com’s Storked! blog. I was dubbed a pregnant-turned-single-mom Carrie Bradshaw when I began chronicling my unplanned pregnancy and boyfriend’s speedy exit in July of 2007.

Jack Domenic, who will go by JD, on this blog arrived via planned C-section on August 30, 2007. (I wasn’t too posh to push and JD wasn’t breech. I had a major spinal surgery in my teen years. More on that later.) I was initially contracted to blog for glamour.com for three months, but then something happened—people liked it. I was contracted for three years thereafter.

It was a whirlwind. Here I was, 26, single, with a brand new baby boy and a steady writing gig with glamour.com I felt like the luckiest, craziest woman in the world. Lucky: I was contracted with Glamour (Does it get better? Yes, they sent flowers the size of a tree to my hospital room the day JD was born.) Crazy: I was contracted to divulge the most personal details of my life—of our lives. It was frightening, but equal parts liberating and therapeutic—it was artistic Xanax, really.

When mail poured into Glamour, my personal email and social media boxes, I realized I was doing something much bigger than writing for glamour.com I was championing single parents. I was breaking down stigmas that are supposed to shame us. I was connecting with strangers and they were thanking me, telling me their secrets and it was all very beautiful and inspiring. These people thought I was changing their lives—they were changing mine.

I got a book deal thanks to Storked! Rattled! was published in 2009 by Broadway Books. It was named a 2009 Target Breakout Book and in-store best-seller. Now it’s available on audible.com and iTunes.com—and even in Poland (I don’t speak or read Polish.) It was reviewed in The New York Times on Father’s Day 2009—kind of ironic considering my son, to this day, has never met his father. I remember Father’s Day 2009 like it was yesterday. My lit agent emailed me early: “You made the NYT. It’s good,” was all the email read. I wanted to puke. That feeling went away.

“A warm, frank, big-hearted book, which reveals Ms. Coppa’s doubts, difficulties and fears, as it attests to the success she’s made of her life—and of Jack Domenic’s.” —The New York Times. It was the second happiest day of my life—and every Father’s Day since, I have glanced at that review, then my smiling, happy, healthy boy and felt proud, excited, positive—still a little crazy and in denial this all actually happened: Baby, blog, book.

After three successful years with glamour.com I moved to parenting.com to exclusively pen the Mama’s Boy blog. I also wrote features and other copy for Parenting.com, Parenting and Baby Talk. It was a fun gig and I made new friends as I navigated the potty training and preschool years. In 2011 I was named a Yoplait Kids Spokesperson. Sometimes I interview celebs and I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few wonderful press trips with my little guy in tow.

This may all sound glammy, but like any Mommy, I’m overwhelmed and basically figuring out this parenting thing one juice box at a time. Like you, I wonder if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean and sometimes live out of the dryer because I have no time to fold clothes. I say “No, stop it, don’t do that” often and I’m the frantic Mom chasing her kid in the store after he promised to be “a good, big boy who didn’t need to ride in the cart.” I wipe sand out of my kid’s butt crack after a day at the beach and I’m most comfy sitting in the park with my mom friends, watching our kids play (hint: entertain themselves). My stomach drops when I’m at work and “Preschool” flashes on my cell. I itch reading preschool Lice outbreak notification letters, but knock on wood, we never had lice. I like an occasional cold beer or a glass of wine—on the bathroom tile floor while JD plays in the tub. Tiny blocks have injured my feet and I can identify superhero figures by name and color. I recently scraped dry pizza sauce off my jeans on the way to work. I thought they were clean—thanks JD. My iCal is full of bday parties, play-dates and T-ball games. Honestly guys, I’m just a single mom living in NJ using my craft to pay the bills, but feeling extremely lucky I wake up excited about work and never dreading another day in the office. Visual: I wrote this blog in boy short undies and a tee—in bed—after working all day in the mag office. The living room looked like a toy store exploded. JD was sleeping. My bedroom TV clicker is missing. JD hid it, I’m sure.

I’m a lover of the arts, fashion and feminists. I can admit to enjoying solitude, but think it’s a writer’s trait at best and nothing to be too concerned about. I panic (we’ll get into that here, too). I can cook a few things well. I enjoy traveling and thankfully JD is a great flyer. He prevailed on a direct flight from Hawaii to New Jersey. (No, I didn’t drug him with Benadryl. Yes, I had a 911 stash.)

Today I am a 31-year-old freelance writer and researcher. I am also a fashion and accessories Market Editor at First for Women, a national women’s publication with 1.5 million readers. I worked there on staff for a few years and I’m so excited to be back in the office PT. I have a lot on my plate and JD is my no. 1 priority. It can be tough, scary, liberating and joyful all in the same breath.

I’m alone in the sense that I am a solo-single parent. His father left in my first trimester. I filed for child support when JD was 2. Other than court ordered monies there is no contact and that is on D.A.D—and it took me a long time to realize this, but I no longer blame myself, the infancy of our relationship, my first trimester, legitimate hormones, the drunk, yet conscious unprotected sex. This is the track my life took. His took another one. He quickly married and had another child. He lives in Indiana. Sometimes I dream about him and in those dreams we are happy and bike riding, but he refuses to see JD. We’ll dissect this more too. I breathe easy knowing I can wake up from these fleeting moments, hug my kid and make coffee. Another day starts. Another day ends.

JD and I are fine and we are not alone.

You’ll read a lot about my insane Italian family on this blog. My parents are divorced. Poppa Coppa (my Dad) is known to visit my condo when I’m working and leave an abundance of food in the fridge. Mema (my mom and the name JD gave her) was the ultimate mom and still is. She baked. She carpooled. She volunteered. She worked. She led the Girl Scouts into the woods and today JD calls her his “best friend.” GF Carlo (my overly-protective big bro and JD’s godfather) texts me 1000 times a day. He came to Hawaii with us in January and proved to be the ultimate travel companion. Uncle Bri (my little, yet linebacker-looking, hippy-ish bro) considers me to be his life coach, yet I learn the most from him. He would give his shirt to a stranger on the street. My family operates on a state of dysfunction that I find normal and funny. There’s best girlfriends that JD calls Aunt [insert name] and bestie parent friends like Amy and Ed who I plan to expose to my full potential on this new blog.

Deep breath…And in a new twist, you’ll probably read about *Joe—a person that came into my life and makes me happy—and that’s all I’ll divulge at this time. My longtime Storked! readers are happy dancing. For the first time in Christine Coppa blog history (haha) you’ll get to read about dating and relationships and everything in between. Well, fingers crossed.

After 5 years of blogging I didn’t think I’d have more to give, but to be continued seems to be a reoccurring theme.

I’m so excited to be here! Pretty please introduce yourself in the comments.

Please friend me on Facebook (so you can read my 9000 status updates a day) and follow me @JDSMOM2007 on twitter. Visit ChristineCoppa.net For more info on where to buy Rattled! click here.

Disclosure: *Joe is a pseudonym for the hot, kind man I am dating. He always smells good and has nice arms. JD finds him entertaining.

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Christine.Coppa

Christine Coppa is the author of Rattled! (Broadway Books, 2009), the creator of glamour.com's Storked blog and a freelance fashion market editor. Her son, Jack, is 5 and they hail from North NJ. Her work has appeared in Glamour, First for Women, Redbook and Parenting among other publications.

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37 thoughts on “Glamour.com's Storked! Blogger Christine Coppa Joins Babble Kids

  1. Julia says:

    I have been reading you since Storked! Glad that I will get to keep following you and so happy that there is guy in your life who makes you happy!

  2. Danielle Walker says:

    So so so happy to see this!!! So happy that your long time readers get to continue following your adventures in mommyhood! SUPER excited to hear your dating stories as well! You rock and are such an inspiration to not only single mommies, but mommies in general!!

  3. Jen says:

    AH! So exciting. I follow you on fb and have been reading your blogs for years :) So happy for you and your move here!

  4. Christy says:

    Yay !!! Loving following you on your journey ! I remember reading your posts before JD’s arrival…. can’t believe he is going to be 5 ! I can really relate to your blogs…. I am a single mom since 2 months into my pregnancy…. my son is 16, so some kid stuff I am no longer dealing with, but I can remember it like it was yesterday.

    I loved this recap and am anxiously awaiting more details on your man friend :)

  5. Kacie says:

    So glad you’re continuing to blog! I’ve followed you hither and yon since the Storked! days and always love my regular dose of JD. :-)

  6. Diana G says:

    Christine!! I am so happy and excited to continue following your new blog here on Babble. I happen to be one of the “longtime Storked! readers” and although I’m not a single mom (I’m married w/ a 5yo little girl)- I’ve been able to relate many times to things you go through as a mother. It’s rare nowadays, in my opinion, to find a mother who is so devoted, and actually enjoys and looks forward to time with their child, but also makes time for herself when the kid is asleep. That is what I most admire about you, and why I’ve been reading your blogs (and book-twice!) since you first started! I am very happy for you and JD, and only wish all mothers were like you. Congrats!

  7. Corinne Smith says:

    Great post! Can’t wait for more in your new blog home. :-)

  8. jjsmama08 says:

    Yeah!!!! I have been one of those loyal readers from Storked and Mamas Boy! Soooo excited you are continuing….i agree with many others thru the years…..you are truely inspiring!

  9. Emily says:

    Hey Chrissy! I’ve been following you around the blogosphere since Glamour, pre-JD. So glad you’re still blogging, especially because I am one of the happy dancers! I can’t wait to hear all about Joe. :) Welcome to Babble!

  10. Kacy Faulconer says:

    Welcome! I can’t wait to read more.

  11. Cyrille says:

    So excited for the next adventure!!

  12. BetsiT says:

    I read your book when I was pregnant and loved it. Excited to hear about Joe. Wishing you lots of good things!

  13. Crystal Tolley says:

    Glad that you are back blogging! I have followed you everywhere. Looking forward to all the juicy new details in your life. Lol! How often will you be updating?

  14. Lorette Lavine says:

    oh wow…i am so glad to see you here at babble. i admire your honesty and love your stories and updates….continued success. jd is lucky to have a mom like you and joe is also another lucky guy.
    looking forward to your posts. xo

  15. Chelsea says:

    I’m so excited to continue reading about your adventures in this new venue! I’ve been a reader since Storked! and love your writing. xx

  16. Kathleen says:

    Looking forward to reading this blog.. First time leaving a comment but I have been reading your blog since Glamour! Love it! And was doing the happy dance when you announce Joe! I follow u on facebook, just downloaded Rattled .. And I have a. 4 year old Jack:)

  17. Megan says:

    Chrissy, I am beyond thrilled to see you here. I was wicked sad when I thought your blogging days were over. I started reading your words when I was in college, living with my boyfriend. We’ve since graduated, gotten married and had two children. (post-wedding & pre-kids I dragged him to NYC for your Rattled! reading. To this day it’s one of my favorite memories.) And during that time I’ve never stopped reading your blogs. You were part of the reason I started my own blog, and have been one of my mommy inspirations. I even go back and re-read old Storked! and Mama’s Boy posts when I need a pick-me-up or advice. Thank you for sharing your stories. xoxo

  18. Jeannine Fallacaro aka Dean's Mom says:

    Oh Good! I was hoping to see you pop up somewhere else… Looking forward to more posts..

  19. Christine.Coppa says:

    Hi everyone! Thanks for the warm welcome! xo

  20. jen leitner says:

    yeah!!!

  21. Jen says:

    Followed you since Storked!… then Mama’s Boy… now I’m SO glad you’re here!

  22. dcmont says:

    So happy to continue following you here !!

  23. Julie says:

    I have been reading since your very first blog on Glamour and followed you over to Parenting. I am not yet a Mom myself but I can still relate to a lot of what you write. So happy that you are still blogging!

  24. Bridget says:

    Chrissy! I’ve been following you since Storked! and I’m so excited that you’re here. I started reading babble because of a link on storked!

  25. Jessi says:

    So happy you’re still blogging! I’ve been following you and JD since you began storked!

  26. Freelance says:

    Thanks for sharing nice blog. Keep it up…

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  27. Aimee says:

    I am happy to be reading your blogs again! I am excited to hear about your adventures with JD, your friends and of course, Joe!

  28. abi s says:

    Soo happy to know there’s more to come! Can’t wait to hear more about Joeas well as life in all its usual crazinessfor you and JD. :-)

  29. abi s says:

    Soo happy to know there’s more to come! Can’t wait to hear more aboutJoe as well as life in all its usual craziness for you and JD. :-)

  30. Dr. Leah at Singlemommyhood says:

    Just dropping by to wish you well. Looking forward to reading more.

  31. Mindy says:

    Been with you since Mama’s Boy which I found inspiring as I was just about to have my own little man. A girly-girl I wasn’t sure about the whole world of raising boys but you gave me hope that I could pull it off!

  32. Christine.Coppa says:

    I feel the love.

  33. Z says:

    I’ve been following you since Matt & Maddy first teased us with the into to Rattled!. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter (I know, I know) so I am ever so grateful Matt shared your new ‘home’ address. Thank you for sharing your life.
    My home life differs from yours but the learning experience is valued and informative. Enjoy your new digs!

  34. Kim says:

    So glad I can still read about your adventures in parenting! you rock at this game we call life. Congrats on the new person making you happy! You so deserve it!

  35. Mae W says:

    Very nice and I expect to read your blog. I can relate as I am a single mom (well not fully single at this time as I am engaged, but I’ve been a single mom for a while) and my daughter’s father doesn’t want any contact with her. I love to read the experiences of other single moms. Looking forward to read more.

  36. Rach says:

    Yaye! Been reading since storked! Even more relevant now I’m a mama myself. Not a single mama but a mama none the less :)

  37. GINNY says:

    I am so happy to continue following you through Facebook and now another blog. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, you have truly been an inspiration and even though we’re on different coasts I feel as if we both lived in the same neighborhood that our boys would be friends! K came into my life the same way JD into yours and after 3 yrs (9mo preggo 27mo with K) I feel as if we’re ok and doing things our way and this is the way my life was supposed to be! Thank you for continuing to share your stories and life with the rest of us and for being someone that we can look at and say “if Christine and JD can do it than we will be ok!”

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