petite anglaise

March 10, 2009


Filed under: Tadpole rearing — petiteanglaiseparis @ 7:43 pm


I’ve actually been back for ten days now, and it’s taken me this long to get my act together and upload my favourite photos, let alone open up the “write” tab in wordpress.

see the whole collection on flickr

The belated honeymoon holiday was sublime and I wanted to blog about it, really I did. But ever since I got home I’ve been fighting back waves of quasi-constant nausea and enduring more than my fair share of insidious, light-sensitive headaches, with the result that I’ve been pretty exhausted and have spent my days doing more sleeping than anything else.

And all because I found out, on the eve of our honeymoon, that The Boy and I are expecting a baby.

It’s early days to be making any sort of announcement, I realise, but I weighed up the pros and cons of coming clean and decided that if anything were to go wrong, god forbid, I’d want to be able to write about it here, so I see no real reason to hold back. I’m 7 weeks in – counting from the beginning of my last cycle, as there are, it transpires, different ways to count – and the automated email that popped into my inbox this morning tells me that the embryo currently resembles a very small Tadpole, which I thought rather fitting.

My five year-old Tadpole, who recently borrowed Babette Cole’s hilarious ‘Mummy laid an egg‘ from the school library, is convinced the baby was conceived while The Boy and I were balancing precariously atop a skateboard. I like the mental image this conjures up so much that, for the time being, I’m afraid I can’t bring myself to disabuse her…

image © Babette Cole


  1. Congratulations.

    Comment by andrew — March 10, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  2. congrats to you and the boy and tadpole! and so a new chapter begins…

    Comment by beyond — March 10, 2009 @ 8:15 pm


    Comment by Jenny — March 10, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  4. Many congratulations to, well, everybody. Even the skateboard!

    Comment by Sarah — March 10, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  5. Congratulations! :)

    Comment by nikkiana — March 10, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

  6. Awww Petite….Congrats many times over! Your world just seems to get better and better.

    Comment by C — March 10, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  7. Welcome back and congratzz…

    Comment by Jools — March 10, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

  8. and besides, she will find out by herself so quickly… why bother and prevent her from dreaming and having her own mental representations…

    FÉLICITATIONS ! I am so really really happy for you I had to comment for (at least I think so) the 1st time here. :)

    Comment by Dodinette — March 10, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  9. Dear Petite,

    First of all, congratulations!! I know that you don’t know me, but like so many I’ve now read so much about your life that I feel like I know parts of you, so I cannot help but feeling a little bit “pregnant” along with you.
    I need to tell you that I owe you a “thank you”. You have inspired me, and therefor you have offered me help, without knowing it.
    First I found your book on an ordinary shopping trip to ASDA, and from there I found my way to your Blog… and as a result I have now started my own. I’ve always written little bits, but have never quite known what to do with them.
    Through your book, I have found a wonderful outlet for my own little bits of creativity (although I would never dare to imply that my writing comes anywhere near the standard of yours!).

    I hope you might find a minute or so to have a peek at my Blog, you will see why you inspired me…

    Thank you so much for your wonderful writing, and for your honesty. You are a very brave woman to let people look into your soul as you do.

    I wish you all the best in your marriage and hope you will have another very healthy and equally cute little Tadpole(her singing is just the sweetest thing).

    I hope you will keep up your Blog for a long time to come, and I’m already looking forward to your next book.

    Piece of chocolate.

    Comment by Piece of chocolate in the land of Haggis — March 10, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  10. What wonderful news! Congratulations!

    Comment by Vivi — March 10, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  11. Congratulations Petite! It sounds like you will have lots of interesting things to write about in the foreseeable future. Bon Chance!

    Comment by Mark — March 10, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  12. Congratulations! Felicitations!

    Comment by sprite — March 10, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

  13. Congratulations!!

    Comment by Beautiful Intellectual — March 10, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

  14. Woo-hoo! Welcome to second-time motherhood. Enjoy this little “honeymoon period” while it lasts — two kids are a handful.

    La Mom
    An American Mom in Paris

    Comment by La Mom — March 10, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  15. Congrats!!!

    Comment by Jinxy — March 10, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

  16. so i take it congratulations are in order. hope everything goes well.

    Comment by Devinder — March 10, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  17. congratulations!!

    Comment by nikki — March 10, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  18. Congratulations! And best wishes to you and your growing family!

    Comment by Kelli — March 10, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  19. Congratulations!

    Comment by Sharon — March 10, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  20. Congrats! I recently found out that I am expecting my first baby (half-French too), so I am excited to see your upcoming posts. I can already relate!

    Comment by Kathryn (Sanders!) Romero — March 10, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  21. Well, congrats! Hope your next tadpole will be a cute as the original one!

    Comment by Marleen — March 10, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  22. What a delightful, and somewhat appropriate surprise for a belated honeymoon. You are completely forgiven for not updating sooner and for just about anything you wish for the next nine months. I do not know whether it is more appropriate to say “bon chance” or “bon courage,” so I will just say congratulations!


    Comment by Jenn — March 10, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

  23. Hope I’m the first (on here) to say CONGRATULATIONS!

    Comment by John — March 10, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

  24. Oh my – congratulations!!!

    Comment by Caffienated Cowgirl — March 10, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  25. OMG!!! Congratulations!!!! That is absolutely fantastic!!! Can’t wait to hear more – and what better reason to keep us all entertained by blogging more often!

    Comment by Ness @ Drovers Run — March 10, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  26. Oh my God! Congratulations Petite! I couldn’t be happier for you!:)

    I can’t believe we’ll be reading stories about a Tadpole number 2 in the near future!:) I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable pregnancy:) And I wish you guys all the best:)

    The pictures are fabulous and I’m glad that you had a great trip!:)

    How does Tadpole feel about becoming a big sister?

    Comment by Duchesse — March 10, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  27. Huge congratulations! Enjoy and sleep as much as possible for this trimester and return to blogging next trimester, when the energy kicks in…

    Comment by Ruth — March 10, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  28. Congratulations! :-)

    Comment by Catherijn — March 10, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

  29. WOW :) congratulations!

    Comment by Smita — March 10, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

  30. many, many congratulations to you both…. fingers crossed and have fun. (You will probably find Tadpole will become incredibly energetic and want to do a lot of cooking or making noxious concoctions for your breakfast – it’s called sods law !!)

    Comment by Kitty Lloyd — March 10, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  31. wow congratulations! =)

    Comment by Frogmae — March 10, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

  32. This is fantastic news – congratulations to both of you. Big congratulations!!!

    Comment by JonnyB — March 10, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  33. PS – can you set up a bloke’s version of the site where you don’t talk about ‘cycles’ an’ all that? Just the ‘there is a baby’ bare bones stuff will do.

    Comment by JonnyB — March 10, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

  34. Congratulations! What wonderful news! :)
    I really symphathise about the nausea and migraine-like symptoms of early pregnancy. Try those acupressure bands for seasickness, they might give you some relief..
    Be careful about dehydration, it can make migraines worse. I know it’s hard to keep sipping water when you feel so queasy, but it’s important not to get dehydrated.
    Hope you start to feel much better soon!

    Comment by happyforyou — March 10, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

  35. Big, big congrats to you and the Boy! By the way, now that is is about to become a father, shouldn’t he now be referred to as “the Man,” or do the political connotations associated with that phrase make it unpalitalbe? ;-)

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — March 10, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  36. Oops! That should read “he is about”

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — March 10, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  37. Brilliant news. Congratulations!
    It begs though the question, though – what exactly WERE you doing on the skateboard then?

    Comment by Tim — March 10, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  38. Congratulations. :)

    Comment by Alison — March 10, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

  39. What lovely, lovely news — congratulations! I came here a few days ago after reading your book, and spent a few hours one evening catching up on your story since the end of the book narrative. What an amazing new beginning for you!

    Comment by felinity — March 10, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  40. Oh wow! That’s absolutely wonderful news! Congratulations!

    Conceiving while balancing on a skateboard… hmmm.. sounds challenging! ;)

    I added Belize to my places-to-visit list after seeing those photos… so gorgeous.

    Comment by Marjolein — March 10, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

  41. Utterly wonderful news, congratulations!

    Comment by Deeleea — March 10, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  42. Congratulations on the baby! It’ll be very exciting to read about it as the months progress.

    Comment by Rachel — March 10, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  43. Congratulations! Glad you managed to hold off on the sickness until after your holiday.

    Comment by Passante — March 10, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  44. Congratulations! Wonderful news.

    Am a new ‘convert’ to your work and enjoying it so much.

    Glad you had a lovely honeymoon as well.

    Comment by Kim B. — March 10, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

  45. Congratulations Petite! What wonderful news! I’ve been following your blog for a long time, and have always enjoyed reading about Tadpole’s (mis)adventures. Soon we’ll have another little Tadpole to read about. Here’s to another wonderful chapter of your life. =)

    Comment by Jo Lene — March 10, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  46. Congratulations, Petite. That’ll give you plenty to blog about!

    Comment by Susie Vereker — March 10, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

  47. Congratulations! Here’s hoping you have a healthy pregnancy! Looking forward to hearing more of Tadpole’s reactions to your pregnancy and the new sibling!

    Comment by Almost American — March 11, 2009 @ 12:59 am

  48. How perfectly marvellous! (But what does one call a junior tadpole? I can only think of “spawn”.)

    Comment by mike — March 11, 2009 @ 1:19 am

  49. I have followed this blog for 4 years now, and felt compelled to comment. Sincere congratulations, it’s wonderful news. I hope that you can share it with us! Looking forward to the posts already.

    Yours in eager anticipation,

    Comment by Lou — March 11, 2009 @ 1:22 am

  50. How wonderful! Congratulations to both you and The Boy.

    Now… will you be live blogging the birth? :)

    Comment by mrs. bee — March 11, 2009 @ 2:39 am

  51. Congratulations! So happy for you…can’t wait for the next chapter.

    Comment by Courtney — March 11, 2009 @ 2:55 am

  52. Waow, that’s just great ! Long time no news, and then this. Congratulations !

    Comment by ontario frog — March 11, 2009 @ 4:10 am

  53. Congrats! What will this one be called, I wonder? Polliwog?

    Comment by unbalanced reaction — March 11, 2009 @ 4:34 am

  54. When I was reading how you were feeling I was going to comment – are you certain your not pregnant? – but low and behold the next sentence told me that hunch was right!

    Comment by Tara — March 11, 2009 @ 4:54 am

  55. when you mentioned nausea and lightheadedness, i immediately thought you must be pregnant. such wonderful news! a new tadpole :) congratulations!

    fantastic pics from yr honeymoon btw.

    Comment by Sleepless In KL — March 11, 2009 @ 6:55 am

  56. #48 – Mike, spawn sounds a bit too horror film for my liking. Will have to mull this one over.

    How nice to hear from some of the old guard in this comment’s box. You know who you are, and it’s lovely to see you still checking in. I feel all warm inside. (Could be hormones, mind…)

    Comment by petite — March 11, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  57. Always knew skateboards were dangerous! Congrats!

    Comment by Macthomson — March 11, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  58. aw congratulations!!! such wonderful news! i look forward to hearing all about it!

    Lovely honeymoon photos too.

    Comment by Mikki — March 11, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  59. Welcome back and félicitations.

    Comment by Annika Panika — March 11, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  60. Congratulations! Great news.
    And what gorgeous photos.

    Comment by Jude — March 11, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  61. A huge congratulations to you, The Boy and Tadpole!

    Comment by Tracey — March 11, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    Hope the pregnancy is a happy and healthy one (asides from the nausea and so on since it seems I am too late to wish you don’t get that end of things!)

    Comment by Kilburina — March 11, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  63. I’m totally over the moon for you and the Boy… big bisous to both of you! And I think you should ask Tadpole to draw a picture of this skateboard idea of hers so you can post it here; I can’t QUITE get a visual on how that might work!

    Comment by The Bold Soul — March 11, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  64. What wonderful news. Congratulations!

    Comment by Nicola — March 11, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  65. Hooooray!!

    Congrats to the whole family!

    Comment by kefinparis — March 11, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

  66. haha – you just couldn’t keep it to yourself, could you?

    congratulations, sweetie.

    Comment by Meg — March 11, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  67. Wow! Congratulations! I finished reading the book last night and felt compelled to come here – looks like I’ll be spending the next few hours catching up on all that’s been going on with you and Tadpole and The Boy!

    Comment by Ems — March 11, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  68. Congratulations!

    Comment by Googlebear — March 11, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  69. Congratulations to all of you! I kind of wondered if that was the reason for your silence. The folic acid post got me thinking!

    Comment by Sue B — March 11, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  70. Congratulations!!

    I was given your book by a friend as a birthday present all of two weeks ago, and despite the huge pile of books I already had on my list was intrigued and quickly hooked by it – you write so well. I’ve been writing a blog for some time (though very intermittently) and so I totally understand the need for an outlet.

    Good luck with everything, and keep up the good work!

    Comment by Mostly Happy — March 11, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

  71. Fantastic!!

    Comment by Serendipity — March 11, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  72. Awesome news. Well done to you all.
    Maybe Tadpole will have to become [whatever a young frog is called] and you would have a ‘new’ tadpole …

    Comment by Timbo — March 11, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  73. Goodness!! Congratulations to you and your fella!!

    (And what beautiful photos… they made it look like there wasn’t another soul around for miles!)

    Comment by jen — March 11, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

  74. It’s a good job you weren’t on roller skates, or it might be twins…


    Comment by Steve... — March 11, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

  75. Regarding the ‘skateboard’ issue.

    Tadpole seems to imagine something like this


    (minus the bunny, and with a skateboard instead of the ice skates)

    And yes it sounds perfectly accurate to me

    pleins de poutous

    the boy

    Comment by The Boy — March 11, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

  76. Congratulations on your new baby-to-be!

    Comment by Jacki — March 11, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

  77. Congrats! I am happy for you!

    Comment by Nataliya — March 11, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  78. Great! Congrats to u and your family!

    Comment by Saskia — March 11, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  79. WOW xxxx Wonderful news. So exciting for you and taddy and the Boy. I think you will end up with a football team !!

    Comment by hypnogail — March 11, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  80. Timbo, they wouldn’t want Tadpole to think she’s being replaced ;) Perhaps the new little one may be called Polliwog.

    Comment by Jess — March 11, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

  81. Congratulations, such wonderful news. I have just finished your book which I could’nt put down absolutely loved it!

    Comment by marianne teehan — March 11, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  82. hearty congrats… hope that it all works out for you.

    Comment by andrea — March 11, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  83. Wonderful news! Congratulations to both of you.

    And your photos are simply beautiful–they make me want to book a flight immediately…
    Can’t wait to hear about Tadpole with T-2!


    Comment by Laura from the states — March 11, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  84. Congratulations! Best wishes for the whole family.

    Comment by Leslie — March 11, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  85. Well, that didn’t take long, did it? ;)

    Congratulations to you both :)

    Comment by anxious — March 11, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  86. Well done! :-)
    Congratulations to all of you…

    Comment by alcessa — March 11, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  87. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Ah, that news just made my evening. 2009 is going to be an amazing year for you.

    Comment by ladybudd — March 11, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

  88. Oh how exciting. Congratulations! Can you believe that this whole blog/book started when Tadpole was so so tiny and now she’ll have a brother or sister! I wonder what blog nickname he/she will have. How very exciting. Congratulations to you both.

    Comment by L.C.T. — March 11, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

  89. ditto to most if not all of the above. Thought about you on honeymoon during snow week followed by winter flu week (your book superb and helped me through)followed by half-term week and hoped all was going well. Nice (for us) to have you all back. Isn’t ginger good for sickness? Bisous

    Comment by Tiffany — March 12, 2009 @ 12:16 am

  90. Congratulations!

    And I am delighted to see has a site for your new book (link below) – with a publishing date of 27 Ausgust 2009!

    Looking forward to it reading both the upcoming blogs and the new book….

    Comment by Julia — March 12, 2009 @ 1:56 am

  91. congratulations! i’m sure tadpole will be a great big sister!

    Comment by rachel — March 12, 2009 @ 6:57 am

  92. Congrats.
    Started your book a few days ago and I love it!!!
    My daughter is also pregnant, about two weeks ahead of you so we can compare notes as you go along.
    Wishing you all the best

    Comment by Louise — March 12, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  93. felicitations petite, c’est fantastique


    Comment by Julia K — March 12, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  94. Well done Petite. Best wishes to you both. Great pictures of the marine iguanas too!

    Comment by Jim — March 12, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  95. Sweet news. A refreshing change from the global financial crisis.


    Comment by Lindsey Violet — March 12, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  96. Ah ah! Congrats!
    I m about to be a father too, and if everything goes well (I dare not, as you, share that news to any of my friends, but here on the internet I feel anonymously safe… Stunning paradox isn’t it!) we’ll have the baby, well I would say just on the same week as you will, as it was conceived just a few days earlier.

    I feel very special about it! If it’s a girl, we will call her “Petite Anglaise”, that’s for sure ;) …

    Anyway, all the best luck to you!

    Comment by Mr Jo — March 12, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  97. Congratulations.

    Comment by Nick — March 12, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  98. That is SUCH good news! Congratulations. I couldn’t be happier for you.

    Comment by Hazy — March 12, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  99. Best wishes,and do take care during the wonderful months ahead.A very happy time.
    What are you going to name your tiny ‘new’ tummy visitor?Maybe Tadpole should name it.
    I too love ‘Muummy laid an egg’and bought it for myself years ago before I had children.

    Comment by lex — March 12, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  100. Many congratulations to you, The Boy and Tadpole!

    Comment by Suzi — March 12, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  101. Congratulations and good luck to you…you shall need it! As the young blogging mother of two little monsters (4 and 2) you shall soon realise that 1 + 1 child does not equal 2 children, but rather between 3 and 5 on a good day (and by this I mean strictly noise and damage to the home).

    ‘Moaning Mum’

    Comment by 'Moaning Mum' — March 12, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  102. Welcome back and what great news! Congratulations and I wish you a happy, healthy pregnancy!

    Comment by Karen — March 12, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  103. Hi, very many congratulations to you both.

    I wonder, what will you call tadpole mark 11 on your blog, when the time comes ?

    Comment by Elise — March 12, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  104. Heartfelt congratulations and wishes for safe and healthy delivery

    Comment by Ellie — March 12, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  105. #2 ‘New Chapter’?

    Hmm. Have you read ‘The Lost Child’?

    Interesting to read, in today’s Daily Mail, Jake Myerson’s account of his feelings of betrayal at the involuntary exposure of his life through the books and newspaper articles writen by his mother.

    Jake is quoted as asserting that it was in fact his mother who was gripped with a terrible addiction – writing about her children without their consent.

    Could be worth thinking about?

    Comment by Gonzales — March 12, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

  106. Congratulations! Wooooo!

    Comment by Laura — March 12, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  107. This is wonderful news! Congrats to you and the Boy. Anytime you want to stop in to the tea house for that cup of tea, you’re more than welcome! :)

    Comment by PutYourFlareOn — March 12, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  108. well… um ditto what everyone else said. it’s a bit awkward to say congrats when god knows how many others hav. best of luck! xxx

    Comment by Poser — March 12, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

  109. Yay! So happy for you both!

    Comment by Jessica — March 12, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  110. Just wanted to say that I have just this minute finished reading your book. Having done that, I got onto the internet to look at your blog for the first time…and what do I see! You are expecting. Congratulations. Having enjoyed your book very much, I will now spend quite some time trawling through the blog from start to finish. Thank you for your book. I have visited Paris twice as a tourist and am very envious of you living there. The City of Lights is a very special place.
    Kind regards
    Lionel Johnson

    Comment by Lionel Johnson — March 13, 2009 @ 3:19 am

  111. Congrats!

    Comment by kccat — March 13, 2009 @ 4:05 am

  112. Congratulations! Wonderful news for you all and loved Tadpole’s take on baby’s origins!

    Comment by Pattoo — March 13, 2009 @ 5:53 am

  113. Frick – that is awesome. You couldn’t write such a happy ended…except you did, or should I say are. Congratulations xx

    Comment by Karin — March 13, 2009 @ 9:28 am

  114. Was just thinking today how cute would a Tadpole book be, eg Tadpole’s book of Franglais, or a child’s book from the Tadpole point of view esp with her sibling on its way. In fact I thought your 36 things about you was a great idea, maybe Tadpole could have her book of favourite Tadpole things about Paris (eg place, meal, playground, song, recipe, etc).

    Glad you are getting plenty of rest! Take care ps like Lionel above, I have the whole of the blog to catch up on, and thankfully a beautiful (literally) new laptop will make that possible.

    Comment by Tiffany — March 13, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  115. Bravo.

    Et pour l’accouchement, elle a aussi des idées ta fille ?

    Comment by marie-Hélène — March 13, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  116. Well done, Petite. Or maybe not entirely quite so Petite, perhaps, in the fairly near future. But independent of size, we’ll love you just the same (he says, backtracking pathetically).

    Conception on a skateboard? That does sound adventurous. So would you be accomplishing that goofy, or regular? — now there’s a question. And we need to know the answer.

    Or at least we need to ask.

    Comment by Roads — March 13, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

  117. Congratulations! I don’t envy you the light sensitive headaches though, that sounds like migraine. I hope you are not too worn out. Take care and take it easy.

    Comment by Java — March 13, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  118. Felicitations on such lovely news. Enjoy and indulge I say x

    Comment by La Chat Noir — March 14, 2009 @ 7:49 am

  119. congrats petite!

    are all those animals in your pictures from a zoo or were they your neighbors?

    the one of you petting the agouti is pretty funny… he looks like he’s enjoying the attention!!

    Comment by kara — March 14, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  120. Congratulations!!! That’s fantastic news!

    I’ve just finished your book and obviously the first thing I did was get straight onto my computer to check out your blog (although I have been checking it at regular intervals throughout!)

    Also wanted to thank you, I go on my university year abroad to France next year and fingers crossed I’ll be in Paris…my favourite place in the world! Anyway, I wanted to thank you because I had been so nervous until I found your book and now I’m just filled with excitement!

    Take care of yourself!


    Comment by Victoria — March 14, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

  121. that is the funniest thing I have seen all week – the drawing that is. I presume it’s Tadpole’s?

    Comment by Nicola — March 14, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  122. I presume you’ll be framing that for pesterity!:)

    Comment by happyforyou — March 14, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  123. I meant posterity, sorry! It’s absolutely priceless! Tadpole is one imaginative little girl! :)

    Comment by happyforyou — March 14, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  124. Good for you both,will be interested on your take on pregnancy 2nd time around in France and if things have changed.I seem to remember that I couldn’t even remember how to hold a new born after only a 3yr interval.
    Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well feeling nauseous is usually a good signBonne Continuation!!

    Comment by Carol — March 15, 2009 @ 1:39 am

  125. Petite, I know I’m not your “longest reader” category, but I have been reading for what seems like forever. From your tiny apartment with tadpole and subsequent moves, to being unemployed, still waiting for your court hearing to commence, and newly blossoming career and fame. So it’s not with newly shining admiration in my eyes that I tell you how happy I am for you. It is with eyes that have a softened sheen of pride in all that you’ve overcome and achieved these last years. I AM so very happy for you.

    Comment by beaunejewels — March 15, 2009 @ 4:19 am

  126. HOLY SMOKES!! That is fabulous! I guess that folic acid did what it was meant to do then! This is wonderful news and I wish you, Tadpole and The Boy all the best.

    Comment by d. — March 15, 2009 @ 6:52 am

  127. Like many, I came to your blog after reading your book. So much has moved on in your world since the end of it; I’m very pleased to read your news. Congratulations!

    Comment by Christine — March 15, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  128. Sorry Nicola and Happyforyou,

    The drawing is actually part of an illustration in the book “Mummy laid an egg”. Hence Tadpole’s conclusion that the making of babies might somehow involve skateboards. I know because my own little girl has the same book, and was rather puzzled (and still is) at the various ways “mummies and daddies fit together”.
    And for you Petite> I’m sure you’ll be bombarded with tons of much more creative and meaningful drawings over the coming time!
    Hope you are feeling ok, nausea and head aches just aren’t the fun part of all this, but thankfully they are temporary. Hope the boy looks after you!

    Comment by Piece of chocolate in the land of Haggis — March 16, 2009 @ 12:43 am

  129. Yay! Woohoo! (I’m happy for you.)

    Comment by might i add...? — March 16, 2009 @ 4:11 am

  130. Oh I am so happy for you Petite! Auguroni!

    Comment by Laurie Feldman — March 16, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  131. Tanti Auguri! What a true delight!

    Comment by Lindsay — March 16, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  132. Many Congratulations. This is the first time I have checked your blog since reading the book. Seems the bittersweet has finally switched to sweetness, at last.

    Comment by Claire — March 17, 2009 @ 3:23 am

  133. Many congrats, as with all those above.
    What on earth are you going to call tadpole now with another on the way?

    Comment by Andrew — March 17, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

  134. congratulations! so, i’m guessing the extra steps you were taking (which you mentioned in recent posts) seem to have worked, eh? ; )

    Comment by Franko — March 17, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  135. Congratulations petite! I am so happy for all of you!

    Comment by Jules — March 17, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

  136. Wonderful news. You must be so happy. Toutes mes félicitations à petite, The Boy and Tadpole!

    Will the new baby be Têtard?

    Comment by suziboo — March 17, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

  137. Ah, the tried and tested skateboard method. Works every time. Congrats…

    Comment by Andrew Whittaker — March 17, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

  138. Congrats! Our two girls are now 22 and 25. It really does go that fast!

    Comment by John in Florida — March 17, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  139. This is good. Apart from the colic and teething, I mean.

    And now you can get the alloc’ familiales, too.

    Comment by Claire — March 17, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  140. Pesterity is a great word!! (for anyone with small children)

    Comment by Tiffany — March 17, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

  141. Congratulations!

    I have been following your blog for a couple of years and read your book as soon as it was out in the US. I must say this is a lovely new chapter to your story. I look forward to reading about tapole #2 :)All the best!

    p.s. when I saw that you visited the Bay Area some months ago, I was sorry that you didn’t do a book signing. It would have been great to meet you.

    Comment by Urban Girl — March 18, 2009 @ 5:17 am

  142. Congratulations!

    Comment by Single Mother on the Verge — March 18, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  143. WOW – I haven’t read your blog in a while, as life in general just got too busy for anything not work related and what’s the first thing I see? WONDERFUL news. I’m thrilled to bits for you. Congratulations!

    Comment by teeweewonders — March 18, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  144. Congratulations, of course, petite. :)

    But is noone else disturbed by that cartoon? Or is it just me?!?!

    Comment by Sunny — March 19, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  145. Congratulations … I wish you all the luck for this second pregnancy and beyond.

    PS: I had a feeling baby news might be forthcoming. You mentioned taking folate in a recent blog … and as I’ve just been pregnant and on folate, it made me think!

    Comment by Alex — March 19, 2009 @ 1:45 am

  146. Yippee (instead of congratulations… I didn’t see a “yippee” in the other comments ; ) — I too have followed the blog for a number of years and this is a wonderful chapter to add… stay healthy, and mazeltov (no one said that either so…) — and the skateboard image is certainly quite original and different than, let’s say, a bun in the oven, hmmmm?

    Comment by magillicuddy — March 19, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

  147. Congratulations and good luck!

    Comment by Bibil — March 19, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  148. Congratulations….and thanks for sharing the lovely photographs!

    Comment by Elle — March 19, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  149. I’ve gotta get out my skateboard!!
    Your balance must be amazing. ;)

    Comment by running thread — March 20, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

  150. Wow i’m reading petite anglaise for the 2nd time now i love it so much , congrats on the new baby
    i grew up in paris until i was 9 with my turkish father and half french half english mother , i then lived the rest of my life in lille with my russian boy-f ,

    Comment by May Darling — March 20, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  151. congratualtions i saw my sisters post on here and had to put one on , i bet tadpole will be pleased !

    Comment by Ava Darling — March 20, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

  152. congratulations! Wishing you a safe and healthy pregnancy.

    Comment by Karen — March 20, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

  153. Dear,
    First of all: Congratulations! That is a very great new! I am glad for you. I read your blog because I have started to read your book 3 weeks ago, now less than 100 pages leave. I bought your book in a little bookshop in Munich because I wanted to improve my english and the book’s title took my heart. I have been living in France for 2 years and I had the same hopes about the French language and the French country. And now this book is for me the link to France. Furthermore, it is very curious this interactive way with the writers.. and to have the possibility to continue to know the story in some way.
    Congratulations again.. and have fun in your life!

    Comment by New Munich Citizen — March 20, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

  154. As #145, I was also awating eagerly for some baby news! I had the feeling ‘it’ wouldn’t take long, I don’t know why… Probably because it’s the continuation of your good luck these past two years and the fact that you sooooo deserve it. Many congratulations! I haven’t blogged for months, but I now have a gorgeous 4-month-old little girl and she takes a LOT of my time! I wonder if you’ll write even less – or more, because you’ll have so much more material to write about! Good luck with the nausea and tiredness – mine lasted till the 11th week, I felt very lucky (it can go on for many more, as I’m sure you know….) Did you have these symptoms when you were pregnant with Tadpole too? Toutes mes felicitations a tous.

    Comment by Lotus Flower — March 21, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  155. congratulations! i’m so excited for you – i’m even more excited for if conception was a possibility in that position on a skateboard ;)

    i’ve made a mental note to come back and check those wonderful photos once my laptop decides to behave itself x

    Comment by noelle — March 21, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

  156. Firstly, congratulations :-)
    Secondly…Sassy site! Just want to invite you to join a new social networking
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    Comment by Claire — March 22, 2009 @ 7:19 am

  157. I read your book and found my way to your blog. Congrats on the new baby! I’m also a culturally transplanted mom of two. Moved from Brazil to the States (the hubby is American and I followed him here); although if I had my way I’d be living in Paris as well… you can say I was born in the wrong country and don’t quite belong to the country I moved to!

    I love reading about your experiences :) Keep it up!

    Comment by Marta — March 22, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

  158. Congrats petite!! great news… another tadpole on the way.

    Comment by princess — March 23, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  159. Petite and Husband…Thought you (and your readers) might enjoy this poem published in The Guardian Favourite Love Poems Today. It seems so Petite Anglaise…

    Dedication Page
    by Jo Emeney

    Let us be books together
    you and I.
    Let us closely lie
    stacked two-tiered,

    backs touching,
    spine-edges spooning,

    soft cloth-bound
    and gilt-edged

    on some antique
    pleasantly dusty ledge.

    Let us read each other
    without having to look

    at the words.
    Let our time be spent

    between the lines –
    open content exposed,

    inhaling our life’s promise
    like new-cut pages’ scent.

    Let us be prequel and sequel,
    equal to the story we tell today:

    our once upon a time.
    Our wedding day.

    Let us vow to stay
    companion volumes


    Comment by Lindsey Violet — March 23, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

  160. First of all I want to say congratulations! I hope all goes well for you. You will have to let us know how everything progresses. I am at the mo half way through your book and i decided that i would like to read your blog so ive amazed myself that i have managed to navigated myself here, as im not the most computer literate!! Take care and im on my way up to bed here to read some more as it looks ive a lot of catching up to do!

    Comment by elaine — March 23, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

  161. Where’s your lovely Union Jack eye gone? I miss it! Does it make you feel queasy in your bump-to-come state?
    Was thinking of you yesterday as we collected VAST amounts (it’s hard to snip off mid flow!) of frog spawn with the girls! It’s now doing it’s thing in a tank outside the front door! I look at it and think of your tummy – not that I think your tummy is jelly like and almost transparent in colour mind!
    Hugs all round to the spawning massive!

    Comment by Prawn Cocktail Crisps — March 24, 2009 @ 1:06 am

  162. Hey

    I wanted to comment on the book post but I couldn’t. I bought your book at the weekend and have barely put it down since lol. (sounds so cheesy lol)

    Love it!!!

    P.s. Congratulations on Tadpole Mark 2!!!!!! :D

    Comment by Hannah — March 24, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  163. Congratulations! Read this last week and was really pleased for you. Then found out that so am I. So now we can be not-so-petite together!

    Comment by Crazy Armadillo — March 25, 2009 @ 1:50 am

  164. Congrats to all 3 of you.

    I’ve been reading your blog for such a long time now, back when Mr Frog said he wouldn’t marry you. So much has changed in that time for you. It makes me want to move forward a bit more myself.

    My “baby” is now 16. God I feel old!

    Comment by QldDeb — March 25, 2009 @ 3:00 am

  165. aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. Congratulations.

    Isn’t Babette Cole just the Best. My kids loved Mummy Laid an Egg. Almost, as much, I think as their mum did.

    hope you feel better soon.

    Comment by Reluctant Memsahib — March 25, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  166. Congrats! I loved the picture of Toadpole! What a book can do and also the creative mind! Keep up the blog while being exepecting. Always welcome at my blog! Have posted yours as one of my favourites! Love from Belgium.

    Comment by Stallie — March 28, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

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