petite anglaise

November 14, 2009


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Jack was finally born at 41 weeks and 4 days on Monday 2 November, on the night of the full moon.

His birth was spookily similar to Tadpole’s. I found myself in the same salle d’accouchement at the Maternité des Lilas where my daughter had been born six years earlier and, like his big sister, Jack wasn’t all that keen on coming out. As a result, my hoped-for natural birth was soon forgotten as I had to be hooked up to various drips, given an epidural and strapped to a monitor. Finally, at 7.03 pm, just as the midwife was paging the obstetrician and threatening me with forceps, I saw a head of dark hair emerging and the marathon was finally over (contractions had begun a full 24 hours earlier). I sobbed with relief afterwards and swore I would NEVER go through it all again.

Eleven days later we are all well, blissfully happy and revelling in The Boy’s paternity leave. Jack would happily eat all day long, but he compensates by sleeping 4 or 5 hours in a row, twice a night. He pulls the most ridiculous faces when he’s trying to poo. The softest place in the whole world is the portion of his neck just below his little ears.

I’m besotted with him, in short. We all are.

Tadpole wasn’t able to visit us at the hospital (H1N1 has a lot to answer for), but instantly fell in love with her little brother when I brought him home. ‘Mummy,’ she said to me after her first cuddle with baby brother, ‘felicitations for making such a perfect baby.’



  1. Really HAPPY FOR YOU!!!
    Baby is absolutely gorgeous, wishing all of you every happiness together.
    Tadpole is the perfect big sister! :)

    Comment by happyforyou — November 14, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

  2. How delicious is Jack?! He’s delightful.
    Congratulations to you and The Boy and Tadpole, and welcome to the world, Jack.
    I am delurking after years – just happened to check in to see if there was any news – but very glad I did.
    Catherine, you and Heather over at Dooce have succeeded in making me very sentimental for those first, new-baby weeks. As you know, they are very special, and fleeting.
    I do hope that you are all settling in well together -best wishes to you all.

    Comment by Rosehippy — November 14, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

  3. He is absolutely gorgeous! I’m sad now though as i suspect this is probably the last time you will ever post! I wish you and your beautiful family good health and every form of happiness. Thank you for the years of pleasurable reading.

    Comment by Ellie — November 14, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  4. Felicitations indeed. He’s beautiful. Congratulations!

    Comment by sprite — November 14, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  5. Tadpole always seems to know exactly what to say. Ditto.

    Comment by The Bold Soul — November 14, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

  6. Congratulations! And thank you for taking time from your busy days to let us know.

    Comment by materfamilias — November 14, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

  7. Congratulations to all of you – and welcome to the world, Jack! He’s lovely!

    Comment by pinklea — November 14, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

  8. felicitations for your perfect baby indeed!!! twinkle twinkle happiness…

    Comment by beyond — November 14, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

  9. He is so lovely! Now I want a new baby to snuggle…

    Comment by — November 15, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  10. Congrats, Petite.

    Comment by Brennig — November 15, 2009 @ 12:29 am

  11. Félicitations ! I can’t say it any better than Tadpole.

    I just showed my 2-year-old the pictures of Jack, and he’s saying “See Jack again.”

    Comment by might i add...? — November 15, 2009 @ 12:32 am

  12. un magnifique petit garçon, bravo !
    et la ressemblance qu’on peut deviner entre Tadpole et vous est ahurissante… :)

    Comment by Dodinette — November 15, 2009 @ 12:43 am

  13. Fantastic news congratulations. Please please please keep blogging!

    Comment by Jus — November 15, 2009 @ 1:04 am

  14. Congratulations – he’s beautiful!

    Comment by Di — November 15, 2009 @ 1:38 am

  15. What a beautiful baby. He has such a wonderful expressive face. Congratulations xx

    Comment by Karin — November 15, 2009 @ 1:56 am

  16. welcome Jack!

    Comment by pixie — November 15, 2009 @ 2:09 am

  17. Just fabulous. Happy for you all. Jack is beautiful.

    Comment by One Mom's Opinion — November 15, 2009 @ 2:40 am

  18. Completely gorgeous! Congratulations, and I am so happy for you and your family. He’s so handsome too, and to my eyes, looks so French is a really cool heartbreaker kinda way.

    Comment by Coastal Aussie — November 15, 2009 @ 2:51 am

  19. Opps, sorry, I forgot to say that I really dig Tadpoles specs – very snazzy. And it’s wonderful to know she’s thrilled with her new baby brother.

    Comment by Coastal Aussie — November 15, 2009 @ 2:53 am

  20. Felicitations on such a beautiful baby…and a loving big sister!

    Comment by Sleepless In KL — November 15, 2009 @ 4:05 am

  21. Congrats petite!!

    Comment by lily — November 15, 2009 @ 4:08 am

  22. Congratulations ! Very happy for you.

    Comment by Michel — November 15, 2009 @ 7:26 am

  23. Congratulations! Wish I could leave a comment worthy of such a wonderful post, but have to get up to constantly chase after my 4yr odl and 18mth old who are trying to beat one another with golf clubs…

    Comment by Ness — November 15, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  24. Well done :) Hope you are being treated like a queen. You deserve it after that marathon.

    I love the blessing from “The Fifth Sacred Thing” (Starhawk’s spookily predictive novel)

    Dear Jack “May you never thirst, may you never hunger”, may all be well in your world.

    Comment by another outspoken female — November 15, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  25. Congratulations. How exciting for you all. Is he going to get a nickname in any future book…?

    Comment by L.C.T. — November 15, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  26. Warmest congratulations and well done! He looks beautiful and such gorgeous photographs of you all. Very best wishes to you and your family :)

    Comment by Sarah — November 15, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  27. i know i said it already but awww, just showed my boy these pictures and told him i want one!! hes so beautiful.

    Comment by Mikki — November 15, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  28. I am so happy for you Petite. Your time has come. Jack has arrived, Tadpole is absolutely delighted and the Boy has a son. A pigeon pair for you. It doesn’t get much better than that. Now is the time. THE END.

    Comment by Roberta — November 15, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

  29. Congratulations !! The baby is sooo cute :) ♥

    I wanted to tell you that actually, I’m in an english section in Lycée des Pontonniers in Strasbourg, and with my english teacher we studied a text from your blog to have a lesson on the british and the american accents. I found the article very interesting and so I decided to visit your blog :). You are very famous, that’s cool !

    Comment by Nympheaceae — November 15, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  30. Congratulations, and best wishes too!

    Comment by Wolfgang Lonien — November 15, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  31. Congrats! (Measures against H1N1 might soon become more threatening than the real desease…!)

    Comment by Vonric — November 15, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

  32. Congratulations! He’s beautiful. Wishing you all much happiness and good health.
    PS Many thanks for your blog over the years.

    Comment by Jude — November 15, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  33. Congratulations petite, well done!

    Comment by ontario frog — November 15, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

  34. Congratulations! The pic with big sis and her new little brother is too cute for words.

    Comment by Pumpkin — November 15, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  35. As the brits often say “well done, you!”
    Well done.

    Comment by ang04 — November 15, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

  36. Congratulations! I am expecting my own Jack in 2 months’ time – hope he is as gorgeous as yours!

    Comment by Cath — November 15, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  37. Congratulations…

    Wishing you all, a happy and healthy future…


    Comment by Steve... — November 15, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  38. Glad all went well. How lovely to have a new young life to hold and enjoy.

    Comment by andrew — November 16, 2009 @ 2:51 am

  39. Well done indeed! He is beautiful

    Comment by jo — November 16, 2009 @ 7:45 am

  40. Congratulations!! That is great news and he is a very beautiful little baby. I am so happy for all of you.

    Comment by Hazy — November 16, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

  41. My baby Jack was 20 on 2 November! Many congratulations to you all.

    Comment by Deirdre — November 16, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

  42. congratulations!! what a cutie patootie! love the sisterly love from tadpole, too… enjoy your familie time together… cheers!

    Comment by carol — November 16, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  43. felicitations petite et famille! Such a cutie!!

    Comment by philadelphie — November 16, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  44. Thanks so much for the lovely photos. He’s a doll! Congratulations to you all. Here’s to a long and happy life filled with light and love always. X

    Comment by Donna Deluso — November 16, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  45. congratulations


    Comment by sp999 — November 16, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

  46. Wonderful, he’s gorgeous!

    Comment by S — November 16, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  47. Welcome, Jack. And congratulations and best wishes to all of you!

    Comment by alcessa — November 16, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  48. Love that your tadpole said felicitations! Truly ADORABLE! ENJOY!

    Comment by Fifi Flowers — November 16, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

  49. Congratulations!

    I hope that we’ll still hear a little from you, Petite :-)

    Comment by Lily — November 16, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

  50. Fantastic.


    Comment by Jeremy Macdonald — November 16, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  51. He looks like a little man. Cute!

    Comment by Sheila — November 16, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  52. I’ve been following on Facebook, but checked in here to see if you had let everyone here know, and I’m glad you did.

    Since everyone has words of praise for Jack, I’d just like to say a word for his beautiful mother and the pictures of you on Facebook.

    So, eleven days later are you still sure you’ll never do it again :) We’ll see. Happiness to all of you.

    Comment by Steve G — November 16, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  53. Awwwwwww, gorgeous!

    Mille felicitations. xxx

    Comment by Clare Sudbery — November 17, 2009 @ 12:22 am

  54. Thanks for really lovely post, well done to you all!

    Comment by Tiffany — November 17, 2009 @ 1:07 am

  55. Congrats!! I think he’s darling and can’t believe how much tadpole resembles you with her cute glasses!! Gorgeous family!

    Comment by Angela — November 17, 2009 @ 2:38 am

  56. Congratulations! He is so cute! A perfect baby as Tadpole says!

    Comment by Martine Rose — November 17, 2009 @ 2:59 am

  57. What a gorgeous little man! My son was born June 1st, and I already miss those first few weeks. Enjoy every second; they grow far too quickly.

    Congratulations to you all, and most sincere thanks for the years you gave carrying us along on your adventures, in a manner of speaking.

    Comment by D — November 17, 2009 @ 3:52 am

  58. Thank you for posting these lovely photos of your family. You holding Jack, M bathing him, Tadpole kissing him, and the little franglais himself showing so many expressions, it was all heart-warming.

    I certainly hope you might post some Jack audios one of these days.

    Goodness, Tadpole is getting big!

    Warmly, Pam

    Comment by PJ Carz — November 17, 2009 @ 5:09 am

  59. Congratulations, he really is beautiful. Lots of luck on your new journey, and thanks for popping back on the blog long enough for your readers to sneak a peek at the little guy.

    Comment by Anne — November 17, 2009 @ 7:27 am

  60. Really, just adorable!!! Very happy for you!! :-)


    Comment by CHICSETERA PARIS — November 17, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  61. See how loyal we all are? We’ve been checking in in hopes that Jack’s birth would bring you back again.

    What an adorable little bit of baby and of course you’re all besotted. Félicitations indeed.

    My 6 month-old grand-nephew will be coming to Paris with his moms on Tuesday to visit. Can I bring him over to play? I’d love to blog about it! ;-)

    Comment by Shelli — November 17, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  62. Congratulations he’s just beautiful

    Comment by Kismet — November 17, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

  63. Best wishes to you all.

    Comment by Mad William — November 17, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  64. A better reason to come back to the blog I cannot think of. Congratulations to you all

    Comment by Chris of Arabia — November 17, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  65. Well done. He is perfectly perfect. Thank you for sharing. :-)

    Comment by Sara — November 17, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

  66. Félicitations! Il est très mignon, vivement que j’aie le mien de bébé, eh eh! Je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur, de joie et tout le tralala!

    Comment by Sophie — November 18, 2009 @ 12:06 am

  67. Congratulations,

    He is beautiful. I hope that you will all be very happy and I wish you every love and luck for the future.


    Comment by Jessiclees — November 18, 2009 @ 12:38 am

  68. congratulations! he’s adorable!

    Comment by Pattoo — November 18, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  69. Congratulations!! Such lovely news :)

    Comment by La Chat Noir — November 18, 2009 @ 6:19 am

  70. Félicitations indeed – although I can’t see the picture so I’m feeling hard done by :( It won’t show on my iPhone or my work PC so I’ll have to come back again and look from the OH’s Mac…. So pleased it’s all going well for you. Wondering if you’ll keep blogging…..

    Comment by Jen — November 18, 2009 @ 11:13 am

  71. Wonderful news. Nothing better than a happy, healthy momma and baby.

    Comment by BeanMa — November 18, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  72. Congratulations!! Girls are wonderful and a friend for ever, but boys are SO loving! Enjoy your wonderful family!

    Comment by Helen — November 19, 2009 @ 12:54 am

  73. Congratulations !!!! :-)

    Comment by Eric Dolce — November 19, 2009 @ 6:45 am

  74. Hi Catherine,

    Am so glad i checked the site today to receive this wonderful news! Jack is so cute and am so happy for you…

    My best wishes

    Comment by girl across the ocean — November 19, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  75. *beaming*

    I am SO over-the-moon for you! Many congratulations. Welcome, Jack! Some words from the great Kurt Vonnegut to you, “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” (cited here: 15 Things KV Said Better Than Anyone)

    I am an 11th hour reader of the blog (as in, I started reading after you decided to stop posting, *snort*), but one who lurked almost all the back posts, ran out to contribute to your children’s university fund with the purchase of the memoir, and have enjoyed reading it all very thoroughly. :)

    I also just live down the hill from Belleville and because of the blog & book have been out to enjoy the ‘hood a lot more. Yesterday, a new friend of mine and I went out to check out the Parc de Belleville for the first time (I have lived here almost a year and a half and did not know it was there, lol, but discovered it because you wrote about it) and we were duly impressed with the view. You have helped me adjust to living here, helped me to get out and about to see and do some things as you have written about them; in short, you have helped me have a life, and this is a tremendous thing for one human being to give to another. So thanks. I think Jack has a great mom, a great sister, and I am sure a wonderful father, but I did not read the parts about him so much yet, lol. I will get there. I am sure if he is with you, making this beautiful family, he is the cat’s meow. :D

    Live long and prosper!

    Comment by Karin (an alien parisienne) — November 19, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  76. I said it on Twitter and I will keep saying it: I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!!! Wishing all of you all the best… :)

    Comment by *Martha* — November 20, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  77. Congratulations – what wonderful news! It was fun seeing your blog show up on my reader again today!

    Comment by Alissa — November 21, 2009 @ 5:42 am

  78. Congratulations to you all!

    Comment by Jim — November 21, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

  79. Oh, Tadpole is such a darling!:)

    Congrats Petite! Well done!:)

    And thanks for sharing:)

    Comment by Duchesse — November 23, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  80. Very cute! Congratulations to both the happy mother and father!

    Comment by Neepser — November 24, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

  81. Congratulations!!

    Comment by Dina — November 25, 2009 @ 2:22 am

  82. Many congratulations. Well done all

    Comment by Jester — November 25, 2009 @ 11:20 am

  83. Congratulations Petite! He’s adorable!

    Comment by Helen — November 25, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  84. Congratulations to you all.

    Comment by Googlebear — November 26, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  85. Welcome to the world, Jack!! Congratulations Petite, Boy and Tadpole! Have read and loved both your books but what an exciting new chapter of your lives you all have before you. So glad I checked in at your blog – pictures are so sweet – thank you!


    Comment by Jeanne — November 28, 2009 @ 2:36 am

  86. Felicitations on your beautiful baby boy! It feels very bizarre reading your blog and writing a comment!!
    I am a French teacher and my pupils bought me Petite Anglaise as a present for taking them on a school trip to Paris. Your book has now been passed around our whole department and we’ve all loved it. It brought back so many memories of our ‘year abroad’ from uni and we’ve been reminiscing in the MFL office at every opportunity. I’m going to order French Kissing as a Christmas present for my colleagues (and myself of course!) Merci Petite, after reading your book I feel like I’ve also fallen back in love with France! Best of luck for the future!

    Comment by Laura — November 28, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  87. Hip Hip Hooray (x3) for the whole family! And especially for you Petite – I can’t say it any better than Tadpole!

    Comment by N — November 29, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  88. Felicitations indeed. He’s GORGEOUS!

    Comment by teeweewonders — November 30, 2009 @ 1:50 am

  89. Je suis venue aujourd’hui pour voir s’il y avait des nouvelles de ce bébé et “bingo”, tout est là ! Wow. Félicitations. Beaucoup de blogs ferment en ce moment, c’est la tendance au recentrage sur la vie personnelle… Et c’est tant mieux pour vous ! Bonne vie à vous tous.

    Comment by Lor — December 1, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

  90. Incredibly adorable. Congratulations!!!

    They grow far too quickly and bring so much joy to our lives, but I’m SO DONE having babies..

    Comment by Amanda — December 2, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  91. Congratulations! He is beautiful and you have a lovely family. All the best of health and happiness!

    Comment by Terry Kaufman — December 3, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

  92. I love his name. Is it Jack or Jacques? or both. You look beautiful and I hope your husband is full of love and admiration for you and his son.

    Comment by GutsyWriter — December 4, 2009 @ 6:33 am

  93. So sweet! Such joy and happiness is catching. You have ‘spread the love’ to us all. Thanks for your blog and books, I have really enjoyed them.

    Comment by lindsey violet — December 6, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  94. congratulations, bet tadpole is so pleased with having a litle brother. best wishes to all


    Comment by Devinder — December 6, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  95. Well done ! He is absolutely beautiful. I can almost smell that milky baby perfume :-)

    Comment by Sarah — December 7, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

  96. A bit late here, but all the best to you and The Boy. Jack looks like a lovely baby, and may he bring you many years of happiness, even when he’s a teenager… ;-)

    Comment by Dave Of The Lake — December 9, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  97. Congratulations on your new arrival! Wish you well.
    A big fan of your writing, just finished your second book while the kids are on summer holidays.
    From down under.

    Comment by Eva — December 10, 2009 @ 6:58 am

  98. Perfectly lovely. :-) Congratulations! Best of wishes and a lifetime of happiness to your beautiful family.

    Comment by Laura — December 11, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

  99. Congratulations on baby Jack!
    And double congrats on the book! I just stayed up until 4am to read it all at once–I ordered it from the Book Depository ages ago and just now had a night to myself to read–I haven’t done that in years and years! It was a wonderful read, and I so look forward to seeing your name on many more covers in the years to come.
    Writing from sunny Florida to wish you and your family the best…

    Comment by Aly — December 14, 2009 @ 4:39 am

  100. 4-5 hours, twice a day? That’s fantastic — long may it continue!

    Love your Turkey pictures by the way. Think we stayed in more or less the same Istanbul hotel at October half-term. What a city !

    Comment by Roads — December 15, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  101. Congrats Petite!! Jack shares my birthday and what a wonderful day it is. I’m not certain it holds the same significance in Europe but in Mexico, Nov 2nd is celebrated as the Day of the Dead and in Canada, I grew up knowing my day as All Souls Day. Not macabre in the least, for me, but instead a day where life is celebrated and souls remembered. I wish Jack all the luck I have had as a scorpio. Not as fancy as Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day but special all the same.

    Comment by Jen — December 17, 2009 @ 3:37 am

  102. Well done darling xxx And babies first Christmas coming up as well.

    My new years resolution… to read your new book xxx

    Comment by missy — December 18, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

  103. That’s the cutest baby ever :) congratulations

    Comment by Angie — December 30, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  104. What a gorgeous little man, congratulations.

    Comment by Part Mummy Part Me — January 2, 2010 @ 12:50 am

  105. Congrats, Petite. Happy 2010 to you and your lovely family.

    Comment by unbalanced reaction — January 2, 2010 @ 3:14 am

  106. We also have a son, Jack, who gives us a run for our money. BEST OF LUCK!!!

    Comment by kristen verity — January 5, 2010 @ 7:56 am

  107. ‘French Kissing’ was delivered yesterday to me (ordered from TheBookCommunity) and I could not let go of it, so I finished it today.

    I enjoyed it immensely, Thank you Catherine ..!

    Comment by Henri Bik — January 21, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

  108. Congratulations and well done. Take care of yourself and your family.

    Comment by Lionel Johnson — January 26, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  109. Congratulations on the addition to your family. I often read your blog, but never comment. Naughty I know.

    I am stupid! Why? After reading and enjoying your first book I ordered a copy of what I thought was your new book, “French Kisses”, and when I opened it and started reading without looking at the authors name I thought “This can’t be right” It was then I saw that is was by ‘George East’. Doh!

    Comment by Keith — February 2, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  110. Hi Catherine
    We havn`t spoken since the Victoria Derbyshire show on Five Live but I really have to congratulate you on the birth of another angel. Chapters close, new ones open – your life really has turned full circle throughout the petite years, probably even better than you ever imagined, live the dream-you deserve it!

    Comment by David — February 4, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

  111. Lunch today at the Café Charbon was excellent, thanks to you! I sat next to your special table as I prefer the window; what a pleasure it was to eat there, added greatly by the delight I have had in reading your charming book.I got to page 150 and decided I’ll have to buy this for my daughter, also a francophile, and for many friends. I’m certain this would translate well into French, although I’m sure you must have considered this.
    How lucky I am to live in Paris in the 11e! No, I could never go back to live in the UK.
    I was delighted to learn of Jack and his safe arrival. My very best wishes to all four of you, plus of course, Mr Frog. Have a very happy life.

    Comment by Méricourt — February 5, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

  112. Hi..
    this is Ravi Padiyar…
    just wanted to give my heartiest congratulations

    Comment by Ravi Padiyar — February 9, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  113. He’s precious. Congratulations!

    Comment by Lisa — February 12, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

  114. Many months late may I add my congratulations to the pile. I am very happy for you, and to see these pictures. Hope life is still as abundant for you. I read your book last year and enjoyed it HUGELY!
    Take care

    Comment by Livvy Unwin — February 20, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

  115. Hearty congratulations! Now its more than 3 months, but i wanted to post a comment. Take care.


    Comment by 7jades — February 26, 2010 @ 8:27 am

  116. Felicitations indeed. He’s beautiful. Congratulations!

    Comment by Adam Wardel — March 4, 2010 @ 1:46 am

  117. missing updates, hope all good and well :)

    Comment by Tiffany — March 20, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  118. You’re really lucky to have such a cute baby. Congratulation. I wish I could have my own baby soon. :)

    Comment by Abbey — March 23, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  119. Catherine: thanks much for posting the pics of Jack and the one of you too. I very much enjoyed French Kissing and await your next. I check back here occasionally in hopes that you’ll reappear, like Peter Pan back for the next genertion.

    Comment by Steve G — March 26, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  120. I understand why you haven’t posted in several months. My daughter was born on 11/4/09 so I haven’t had time to post let alone read blogs. But as I’m coming up for air I hope you will and post photos…

    Comment by jennifer — March 30, 2010 @ 4:15 am

  121. Best wishes with the baby.

    Comment by Sirkka — April 3, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

  122. What a turn up for the books! I was given “Petite Anglaise” as a birthday present and thanks to you I have not done anything but read all morning ;) Finally finished the book and logged on to find not only is there a baby called Jack – who looks divine – but a boy too!
    Having taken the MFL degree route myself and done the year abroad, I say fair play to you for making it happen by staying there xxx

    Comment by Ella — April 5, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

  123. Many many congratulations – my first baby was 41 weeks five days and just under 5kgs – he was in no particular hurry to come out – no doubt enjoying the 15,000 calories a day I was feeding him…

    Beautiful baby. Bravo ! xx

    Comment by Belgravia Wife - sort of — April 18, 2010 @ 5:00 am

  124. Hi Petite–I know you aren’t blogging anymore, but I would love to see new photos of Jack!!

    Comment by Kathryn — April 21, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

  125. I just finished reading your book and I can’t tell you just how much I enjoyed it and felt such a deep personal attachment to it. I was born in Paris of American parents, both writers, who met in Budapest in 1948 and who later married had three of us in Paris, the last one born in London and then we were off to live in Ethiopia followed by Chile. I was taught French first as the expectation was that I would also learn English, having American parents and one day would end up in the United States. And so it went. I now live in the US but starting with Paris and France as a whole is a place I hope to someday be able to actually live in and experience more than for a few days or week at a time. Barring no more volcanic ash interruptions, I am off to France next week for a holiday with my Mr. Frog and couldn’t have timed reading your book any better. Not until today did I know what was new in your life but am thrilled to see you just brought a new life into this world, Jack is adorable, not to mention how nice for Tadpole that she now has a sister. I must take time to go on facebook to find out when Mr. Boy came into the picture, how Tadpole is doing and what is new in Mr. Frog’s life. I look forward to reading your new book too. There are very few times where the reader brings you into their lives and you feel you know them, you connect, you feel their emotions, you know what places they are talking about and you share their outlook, their passions and their wonderful joie de vivre. Thank you for your wonderful story telling, your sincerity and your unique, honest way of sharing your life, your thoughts, and your love for Paris and Tadpole and now Jack. A bientot, Deborah

    Comment by deborah — April 22, 2010 @ 1:49 am

  126. That’s funny, my new son was born on 13th (Friday) of November, not long after your therefore. It’s funny to see you ‘blogging-off’, as it were, as my own blogging activity gets ever more intense. But you are right. Absolutely right, and I wish you well as you continue on your life’s journey, blogless or otherwise. It’s so easy to get our priorities wrong. Or maybe just to not realise when things have naturally come to a logical conclusion. Right now blogging is suiting me fine, but as you say, with Facebook, and me too getting more into Twitter, things will change. As they must.

    Comment by Sab — April 22, 2010 @ 3:13 am

  127. Bonjour,

    Maman de 2 jeunes enfants en congé parental je me dis ce soir que ça fait très longtemps que je n’ai pas fait un tour sur le site de petite anglaise…et que vois-je? un livre sorti en août et un bébé né en novembre…félicitations!!!que le temps passe…j’ai du rattrapage à faire ;-)

    Comment by helene — April 29, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  128. Congratulations! It is very nice to see pictures! Best wishes to your family!

    Comment by Andrew — April 30, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

  129. First of all concratulations for having this lovely child! I’m from Finland (I apologize my bad English) and I just finished your book, Petite Anglaise. I’m glad I bumped into it in the library, cause it made me so happy and I was so attahced to it. I have an fascination with France too and your book made me believe that moving there could be possible for me too if I just wanted it enough. Your thoughts were similiar to mine and made me think about my relationship in a new way. My words aren’t enough to tell how much the book gave to me. After reading the book I had to came to see if you are still writing your blog. Feels unbelievable to actually see the real you and Tadpole and see what’s happening to you today because before visiting this website you all were just characters in your book. It’s funny to see here what happend after the book, cause the end was so open. Usually you don’t get that opportunity when the story ends :D I’m little sad you are going to stop writing cause I just found your blog, but I wish the best of luck for all of you in the future.

    P.S. Inspired by you I got the courage to create my own blog :)

    Comment by lillepyy — May 26, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  130. Warmest congratulations. And what a pleasant surprise to have suddenly ten post pop up in Google Reader after such along hiatus.

    My daughter and I wish you wonderful times now that you are four!

    Comment by Malcolm James Thomson — June 28, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  131. Hi there

    Actually this probably happened because I’ve been moving my blog over to and so the feed must have been re-set as a result. This post was my last and was dated November 2009, I’m afraid!

    I want to leave the blog online for posterity, but hosting was expensive and so I’m going to try this service on for size instead…

    Comment by petiteanglaise — June 28, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  132. Chere Petite,

    Well, I just wrote a rather long comment and seem to have lost it – so much for my first attempt at responding to a blog! Really, I am long-winded, so the shorter version is probably preferable and, yes, this is the short version :-) I just wanted to say merci mille fois, thanks a million, from an adoring reader, grande indeed pour une femme at almost 180 cm, half frog myself, although of the Canadian variety, who just discovered you recently while on a trip to Maui which, in more ways than one, ended up being a very life changing time in my life. I have lived through the very painful ending of a 7-year relationship to a man that I so wanted to spend forever with, so of course I found myslef in your story, and it is still somewhat impossible to imagine life going on after such an ending, but going on it is, and new beginnings emerge, somehow, out of the ashes, as they say. Reading Petite, and all the comments from other readers and writers, has been tremendously inspiring and comforting to me, and I am so thankful to everyone for all the shared words, stories, and positive emotions which feel as though they are surrounding me with hope and faith in the possibilities of new life to come, just as is shown in the picture of your dear Jack. I do also want to acknowledge here and send best wishes today to my one and only male housemate at the current time, Norman Birdie Bates, my handsome blue budgie whose sweet singing has been keeping me company of late and whose chirpy character and humorous antics never fail to raise my spirits; I apopted him three years ago on July 7, a date which I believe is especially lucky and important because, if I read correctly, it was when Petite Anglaise sprang to life, and a long life to come it has indeed, with new friends finding you, or perhaps it is you finding us, every day – félicitations et bonne anniversaire!

    Comment by Grande Canadienne — July 8, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  133. Congratulations! Tadpole has a most endearing way with words!

    Comment by Maris — July 12, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  134. Just finished reading your book and really enjoyed it. This is my first time reading your blog so it’s great being able to find out what happened next, although there are a few gaps I need to fill in.
    Congratulations on your beautiful baby.
    Really happy that everything seems to be working out great for you.

    Comment by missusme — August 8, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

  135. I can feel your happiness through the write up. This is a divine feeling and probably the best thing that can ever happen to a woman. Cheers!!

    Comment by Mellisa Lane — August 18, 2010 @ 1:08 am

  136. hiiiii how cute child. Congratulations!

    Comment by Jitu | News Uncle — August 18, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  137. Hi, Jack seems to be a pretty nice kid :) Take care and please start posting on this blog again. I am really looking forward to reading more from you. Thanks. Cheers :)

    Comment by web design manchester — August 18, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  138. Congratulations! He looks adorable. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    Comment by Soma Sengupta — August 22, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  139. Hi Catherine! I’m Cri, an American girl, living in Milan, recently went on a trip to Sicily and found your Petite Anglaise book in the hotel where I stayed in Taormina… so I snatched it from the hotel and just got around to reading it this past week while I was sick in bed… needless to say I finished it in all of 3 days, just jumped on to your blog and I find you have a new BABY!! I was just so upset that I finished the book, thinking to myself what to read now… turns out I have a LOT to catch up on!!! Congrats on baby Jack, and I look forward to back tracking on your blog!! Bookmarking you as we speak :) Cri

    Comment by Cri Peru — October 1, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  140. Hi Cathrine
    Reading your book in Israel, enjoying very much!
    wanted to say like 139..

    Comment by Ofra — October 1, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  141. wow. just finished reading your book, and looked up your blog. now i see you have another baby. gorgeous. x

    Comment by wowowow — October 6, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  142. Felicitations indeed. And congratulations.

    Comment by Mark — October 14, 2010 @ 10:35 am

  143. Hi,

    I wasn’t familiar with your blog prior but just finished your book (loved it, thought it was very well written and edited)very excited to see you have written a second! All the best and hope you keep up the novel writing:)

    Comment by Sydney Chick — October 17, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  144. Jack is really sweeeet! :-) My name is Jenny, my little Jacqueline is almost 3 month old and I’ve got a tip for young mothers who want to lose weight after the birth! Yesterday I discovered a new weight-loss-portal called and wanted to ask if any of you know it?
    They offer tailor made low carb and low fat menu plans, plus tailor made training plans! There are also thousands of recipes to choose from and many, many tools!
    You also get numerous diagrams. It´s completely FREE and without obligations! Perfect for every mother to loose pounds healthy and free! ;-)

    Kind regards,
    Jenny :)

    Comment by Jenny — November 2, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

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