Why hello there. I’m Koen. Welcome to our little blog. It’s been quiet over here, isn’t it. Not by choice, but, as the French say, “c’est la vie”.

A couple of weeks ago we had a little miracle. A miracle in the form of a little baby boy. As those of you with kids will confirm, they turn your life upside down.

In our case the chaos rampup started a couple of months before he actually arrived, to get his and our bedroom as ready as possible. After all, you can’t have a baby sleep on a pile of rubble or in a cloud of dust, can you? And as the baby’s room and our room are connected, it’s only logical to tackle both at the same time, isn’t it?

So I tore down ceilings, reinforced the wooden beams in them, put new wiring everywhere, hung a new drywall ceiling, sanded down walls so Chrisje and I could hang the new wallpaper, laid new laminate flooring before we could start the decorating process (I might have skipped a few steps though). Crazy enough, about a month before he was due both rooms were pretty much usable. 95% ready.

Then he arrived, three weeks early.

Somehow I had this image in my head that once he would be here, and the rooms were pretty much finished, I’d be able to work on the blog a bit while looking over him. How mistaken I was… This post for instance, as short as it is, took me nearly a month to complete. Most of the evenings I’m too tired to do anything useful, and the moments I feel energetic, well, those I use for the finishing touches that still aren’t done yet. Preferably finishing those before it gets colder again, and dark by the time I get home from work.

And yet, I wouldn’t want to go back to (half) a year ago. Even though nobody here has had enough sleep for weeks, nor time to finish anything, nor even energy to just start something, I don’t want to go back.

You read that right. No. Going. Back. Just look at him.


In short: we are still very much alive (although a little less kicking for now). You can expect to hear more from me, the story hasn’t ended yet.