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Inspiration from a child

Experience the world like a kid

Sep. 30, 2021
Explore the world together with your kids and reap the rewards of adventure and fun!

Together with my kids I love to explore the world that we think we know as adults. A kid's perspective inspires and surprises! No need to travel half the world for an adventure: Fly planes, catch bad guys, solve problems, build and break stuff - (re)discover the adventure right at your doorstep!

The birth of a child

Impact on daddy and his biometrics

July 13, 2021
Witnessing the birth of a child changes a man, for science and curiosity I wore a biometric sensor capturing the impact of birth on yours truly.

Today I witnessed the birth of my daughter! You feel humble as a man, witnessing the labour and magic. Not sure if I can come up with something having more impact on a man than this. For the purposes of science and curiosity I wore a biometric sensor, and this is what it recorded.

Hospitalised with MCADD

Averting a metabolic crisis by infusion

May 4, 2021
This week our son was hospitalised because a regular illness caused him to keep vomiting, a dangerous situation if you're diagnosed with MCADD.

This week we experienced the first time that our son was hospitalised since he was diagnosed with MCADD, a metabolic condition that limits his body's ability to utilise fats for energy. Do you or your kid have MCADD? Then, read along and don't worry, as everything will be allright!

Replacing a Shimano shift cable

Fixing the cargo bike after hunting for bears

Nov. 22, 2020
After some adventure with our cargo bike, the Shimano Nexus 7-speed shifter cable got damaged and needed replacement. Read my blog post to learn how to do this yourself.

Last week my son and I where looking for bears in the local park... a child's fantasy is priceless! Unfortunately, during some off road riding with our cargo bike, one of the cables got tangled up with a sturdy branch! Our wounded carbo bike was in need for a repair!

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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Magic potion from the local academic hospital (UMC Amsterdam)
Magic potion from the local academic hospital (UMC Amsterdam)
While parents often emphasise on building things, destroying structures can be big fun! Past creations and achievements should not hold you back - destroy them and play on!
While parents often emphasise on building things, destroying structures can be big fun! Past creations and achievements should not hold you back - destroy them and play on!
Oops... this is not right!
Oops... this is not right!
The bolt holding the gear cable pulled out of the bracket at the gear hub
The bolt holding the gear cable pulled out of the bracket at the gear hub
Nurses explain what they measure - making the kids (and parents) feel comfortable in the hospital
Nurses explain what they measure - making the kids (and parents) feel comfortable in the hospital
Pull the damaged cable out, all the way
Pull the damaged cable out, all the way
Front wheels and fender
Front wheels and fender
The assembling kit comes with some tools
The assembling kit comes with some tools
Carrying a baby during household tasks is fun and useful
Carrying a baby during household tasks is fun and useful
Do you see a crook with a diamond or a nice chap with a striped shirt eating a blue ice cream?
Do you see a crook with a diamond or a nice chap with a striped shirt eating a blue ice cream?
This plane flies everywhere - yet it never leaves the ground (at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam)
This plane flies everywhere - yet it never leaves the ground (at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam)
Our adventure machine - the Babboe Big cargo bike
Our adventure machine - the Babboe Big cargo bike
Properly tension the Nexus 7-speed gear hub by aligning the two yellow lines when you have selected the fourth gear
Properly tension the Nexus 7-speed gear hub by aligning the two yellow lines when you have selected the fourth gear
Sleep data during the first six months
Sleep data during the first six months
You can install optional baby and infant seats
You can install optional baby and infant seats
Bring your bunny rabbit when you're going for an infuse!
Bring your bunny rabbit when you're going for an infuse!
Parent, Gorilla and Kid: who's watching who? Learn about nature by seeing, hearing and smelling the animals - a zoo offers so much more than mere entertainment with the right narrative.
Parent, Gorilla and Kid: who's watching who? Learn about nature by seeing, hearing and smelling the animals - a zoo offers so much more than mere entertainment with the right narrative.
Going down together!
Going down together!

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