For Dr. and Mrs. Bill Petit, A First Anniversary That Includes A Baby-to-Be

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petit2 (2)Whether the timing was a coincidence or not, it will surely be a very special anniversary Monday for Dr. Bill Petit and wife Christine.

The couple, who live in Burlington, announced Thursday that they are having their first child at the end of the year.

“Yes, we are expecting, ” said Petit, responding to a Twitter query from Java. We are very excited.” (Facebook picture)

Dr. Petit was the sole survivor of a deadly home invasion in Cheshire in 2007. His wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters died in the tragedy. The two men responsible for the crime, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes have been sentenced to death.

In Apetitiweddingugust 2012 , Petit married the former Christine Paluf, a professional photographer who volunteered her time at many of the Petit Family Foundation fundraising events. The foundation was established in memory of Petit’s late wife and daughters.

Most recently the two were seen together publicly at the annual Petit Family Foundation GE 5K Road Race in Petit’s hometown of Plainville, Petit Family Foundation Golf Tournament in Farmington and at Christine Petit’s photographic exhibition at the Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford. Baby bump rumors happily began.

Due date for the new baby is  Dec. 3.

“Christine is well,” said Dr. Petit. “We don’t know if it is a boy or girl but things are going well.”

Congratulations. So many people are so excited and so happy for you both.



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17 thoughts on “For Dr. and Mrs. Bill Petit, A First Anniversary That Includes A Baby-to-Be

  1. Elisabeth Gordon

    I could not possibly be happier for Dr. and Mrs. Petit. This is the happiest news I have heard in years ~ I wish them health, happiness and enduring strength.

  2. JOhn

    Such a nice story, that would be great for Dr. Petit to get a second chance to raise a girl.

  3. Jim

    Why is this news? Yes this man has had a terrible terrible thing happen in his life, but isn’t time we moved on? How many other terrible things have happened since the Cheshire Home Invasion? A couple of really big ones have happened just in the last eight months alone.

    1. Angie

      Jim…It’s called a feel good story. It’s a story of perseverance and joy. You know, something nice and uplifting so counter balance all the horrible things that are going on. Are you really so miserable a human being that you only want to hear of tragedy and destruction? Can’t you just be happy that someone could overcome such a horrible event and move on, find happiness? I know misery loves company but go find somewhere else to wallow and rain on someone else’s parade. Congratulations Bill and Christine!

    2. Marti

      Jim: because it’s nice to know that despite the horrible things that have happened to Dr. Pettit that he gets another chance at happiness. AND because once in awhile in this cold cruel world good things do happen.

    3. Joel

      If you haven’t noticed, people from CT really only focus on CT. Lived in several states in my travels and this state is the most insular by far, even WY.

    4. ray

      I agree, Jim.
      However, the others are not from “Cheshire” and not Dr.’s., that is why so much media attention.
      It doesn’t matter that other’s have lost children, wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, to murders.
      It’s all in the title and location.
      Anyone who says different, is not telling the truth.

  4. Kristi

    Perhaps it is news to us because with all the coverage, we feel somewhat like we know Dr. Petit, and we do care…and we do need to hear good news every once in a while….and maybe we are insular here, but so what? It’s a small state! And it’s not like other world events don’t get coverage…granted, other things have happened since the Cheshire murders, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to follow this story. There are great lessons to be learned here, especially about overcoming the suffering that will inevitably come your way in life (although hopefully not of this magnitude). And perhaps we need to do a better job of covering the other stories, not simply cover this one less. I think I have answered everyone!

    1. Elisabeth Gordon

      AmericaIsDying – nope – Angie said it best. You guys should move over to a snarky web-site….I’m sure you know of some…leave the rest of us to revel in their happiness…..

  5. Sue

    This is a happy event. He certainly deserves some joy in his life. The glass doesn’t always have to be half-empty.

  6. Susan

    I am glad to hear the good news about the Petits expecting a baby. Finally some good news in the news today! I must disagree with Joel with his comments about CT people only caring about CT. We need to remember 9/11, the Boston bombings, Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, etc., and all of the people from CT that gave their time and money and volunteered to help in those situations as well as others. CT residents are just as giving as people in other states, and to paint us as selfish and self-serving is not the truth and is just not fair.

    1. Susan Jones

      I am so happy for the both of you. Best wishes and a lot of joy and happiness for years to come.

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