Baptiste, 34 years old, ‘Papa Poule’ to Lucien, 2 years old

Baptiste, 34 years old, ‘Papa Poule’ to Lucien, 2 years old

20 July 2015

“I’m a ‘papa poule*’. I’m calm; I look after Lucien a lot. I’m very protective, perhaps a bit too much. I love having him in my arms, maybe because he’s the first, I don’t know. But I am pretty cool, too!”

Baptiste is a producer. “I wanted to be a poet at one point, but then I said to my mum that I was going to give up on that idea because I wouldn’t earn enough! I wasn’t wrong! Later I thought about becoming a sound engineer, but that wasn’t to be.”

Your least favourite subject at school..? “French. I couldn’t understand why it was so complicated.”

For Baptiste, becoming a father was an obvious choice: one morning, just like that, they decided to start a family.

The key lesson that our Papa Poule would like to pass on to Lucien is nothing less than excellence. “Virginie and I often talked about this: he can do whatever job he wants, so long as he gives it 100%. I want him to appreciate a job well done, to appreciate perfection!”

Fatherhood has changed a lot for Baptiste: “Money, free time, sleep..! You see things differently, especially your responsibilities. You’re no longer on your own!”

Did paternity leave suit you? “Yes, I took two months off, because I have my own business, so I’m free. The time Virginie needed to get back to work again.”

Seeing your wife give birth, in one word was..?

“Horrible! It was long; it lasted 36 hours in a room with no internet. We finished all the games on our iPhones and in the end; she left for an emergency caesarean. It really wasn’t much fun!”

The last book that Baptiste read was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the last film he saw was Burning Man. He can cook, but “It’s better if I don’t!” As to his favourite neighbourhood, he likes Paris. “The north-east area: République and all that.”

What sort of music do you listen to?

“I listen to a lot of rap.” Will you make Lucien listen to it? “He makes me listen to the stuff he likes, Trotro for example! He likes Stromae as well, and he sings it all the time.”

If our Papa Poule were a superhero, he would be Spiderman. “That way, I could zoom everywhere!”

What can I wish you for the future? “To be stress-free. Everything else, we have already.”

* ‘Poule’ is French slang for ‘Mother Hen’.  So a ‘Papa Poule’ is the doting Dad that will help you with your homework, drive you to school and read stories to you when you’re ill – while a ‘Maman Cool’ is the easygoing Mum that always looks great, let’s you have all your friends over and won’t force feed you your greens!

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