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Assembling a cargo bike

Setting up the Babboe Big cargo bike

June 25, 2019
How hard can it be to assemble a cargo bike? This posts shares my experience with assembling the Babboe Big cargo bike.

This month our Babboe Big cargo bike arrived, in boxes. The engineer in me thought it was a good idea to assemble the bike by hand. This way I would know exactly about all its parts and fittings, handy knowledge for maintenance. Read along for my experience and some practical tips.

Six months with MCADD

Thoughts and tips on the daily life as parents

June 24, 2019
It's six months since our son was born with MCADD, a good moment to reflect upon the experience of being a parent with some thoughts and tips.

Tomorrow it's six months since our son was born, a good moment to reflect upon the experience of being a parent of a kid with MCADD. This metabolic condition demands special attention on the feeding schedule and preparation for situations when things go different. It's good to share that this has quickly become normal for us, here are some thoughts and tips.

Born with MCADD

Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

Jan. 29, 2019
Our son was diagnosed with MCADD days after he was born. We experienced a metabolic crisis but were lucky to be just in time!

Just days after our son was born, we ran into trouble when our little man didn't want to eat anymore. Repeated attempts to feed him failed as he appeared to be too tired to drink from his mother. When we measured his body temperature we were shocked, only 33ยบ Celsius! What followed was nothing less than an incredible emotional rollercoaster!

My first weeks as dad

On the challenges and rewards of being a father

Jan. 24, 2019
Last Christmas my wife gave birth of our son. It's a life changing experience to become a parent. Read along for my (biometric) findings and some practical tips.

Last Christmas my wife gave birth to our son, a little boy that would change everything! It's an incredible experience to become a parent, especially if it is your first kid. It introduces a whole new way of living, having to deal with regular feeding, caring and sleepless nights. Read along for my (biometric) findings and some practical tips!

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Flat bed cargo bike - of sorts :-)
Flat bed cargo bike - of sorts :-)
Babboe Big
Babboe Big
Rear end of the bike, semi assembled
Rear end of the bike, semi assembled
VU Amsterdam emergency room
VU Amsterdam emergency room
Construction manual... 67 pages!
Construction manual... 67 pages!
It helps to have your own (bike) tools
It helps to have your own (bike) tools
Left: a full week of sleep data - right: one night in detail
Left: a full week of sleep data - right: one night in detail
Attaching the front wheels to the frame
Attaching the front wheels to the frame
Carrying a baby during household tasks is fun and useful
Carrying a baby during household tasks is fun and useful
Our son
Our son
Squeezing in the filler plates while joining the rear and front frames
Squeezing in the filler plates while joining the rear and front frames
At least he got a cool Garfield adhesive band aid
At least he got a cool Garfield adhesive band aid
Using a hex key to nudge the filler plate into position, freeing up the bolt hole
Using a hex key to nudge the filler plate into position, freeing up the bolt hole
Step by step instructions
Step by step instructions
Time to wake up (photo by Ellen Middelkoop)
Time to wake up (photo by Ellen Middelkoop)
Inside the cargo box are two flippable benches
Inside the cargo box are two flippable benches
Room service by daddy: smoked salmon as starter
Room service by daddy: smoked salmon as starter
Data from a good sleep (causing my HRV to recover)
Data from a good sleep (causing my HRV to recover)

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