A picture-perfect morning until the photographs arrive

“Hmm, she’s not going to stop crying,” said the photographer. “Can mummy be in the photograph too?” It was the moment I had been dreading. Yet, unfortunately, one that I had not given much thought to before leaving for crèche and school this morning. “Photographer – crèche – 8.15am” had been buzzing an alert on … More A picture-perfect morning until the photographs arrive

An otherworldly and precious moment on my baby girl’s eight-month birthday

Super PF is eight months old today. I held her close at her bedroom window this morning, as the sun was rising, and talked to her about all that we could see. *** It doesn’t seem possible that eight months and one day ago I was wondering if she was ever going to arrive, desperate … More An otherworldly and precious moment on my baby girl’s eight-month birthday

French school holidays

It seems as though Super PG has only just started at school and unbelievably it’s the holidays already. It isn’t half term, which was my first assumption (as this is what it would be called in the UK), but these “vacances scolaires” run from Monday 17 October until Friday 30 October, 2015, and are known … More French school holidays

Growing up all over again with French nursery rhymes or “comptines”

Bringing up kids in France, having grown up in the UK, is a real voyage of discovery. I’ve spent a good few years now getting to know this country’s rules, values and traditions, but now that Super PG has started school, it feels like I’m on a new journey that most of the other local … More Growing up all over again with French nursery rhymes or “comptines”

A birthday weekend with elephongs and blue cack-teurres

Despite the sum of all its parts not being exactly zen, this weekend was, overall, a warm-fuzzy-feeling generator. It is Super PG’s third birthday on Sunday and because he’s having a “party” with his friends at the local soft play centre that day (stuffing cake followed by some careering around and extreme bouncing), we decided to … More A birthday weekend with elephongs and blue cack-teurres

Momentous day: little “coquinette” has a big bottle of milk

On Tuesday 22 September I walked into the creche to pick up Super PF and was warmly greeted not only by her incredible “yay, there’s my mummy” smile, but also a joyful, sonorous chorus from all the creche ladies, which went something like: Creche ladies: “Votre petite fille est super!” (Your little girl is fantastic.) Creche Co-directrice … More Momentous day: little “coquinette” has a big bottle of milk