I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

What the Lykketroll eats on an average day

What the Lykketroll eats on an average day

We haven't really kept track of what and how often the Lykketroll eats on any given day. Our general policy when it comes to eating is that we decide what he eats and he can decide how much. We just feed him when he looks hungry (or offer him food if it has been a while since the last meal, especially if we've been out and about and he might be too busy having fun to say that he's hungry), try to give him a variety of different things each time, and make sure that he gets plenty of fruit and vegetables in him. 

As I've already written about, he loves food, so we haven't had much trouble with getting to eat a variety of things, and he's very good at telling us when he is hungry (he starts smacking his lips) and when he's full (placing his hand in front of his mouth). So far, this approach seems to be working for us.

The last time we weighed and measured him (about a week ago) he was around 77cm tall and 10.4 kg. This puts him around the 95th and 90th percentile for babies of his age (coming up 10 months), so he's a big baby, but he's the exactly the right weight he should be for his height. 

Last Friday (which is when I had intended to write this up), I recorded everything that he ate and approximate amounts. The only things I didn't/can't include is the nutrition he gets from breastfeeding (which is now, usually, once in the morning before my wife goes to work and once in the evening, right before bed). It's difficult to calculate the nutritional content and calories he gets from breast milk as it varies according to the time of day, the time elapsed since the beginning of a feed, what my wife's been eating and how many feeds he's had that day (sometimes for example, one boob is enough for him to pass out and fall asleep in the evenings). Still, the bulk of his caloric intake comes from food now, so this is a fair approximation of what he's getting in him. 

I used the NHS Livewell calorie checker to get a rough idea of the calories, with a little bit of tweaking and guesswork thrown in.

Breakfast (240)

  • 1/2 avocado (190 kCal)
  • 1/2 soft-boiled egg (35 kCal)
  • 10 x cheerios (part of baby-led weaning practice) (n/a kCal)
  • 95g of baby porridge (made with water)  + 1 teaspoon (~5g) frozen grape, 1 teaspoon (~5g)  frozen melon and 1 teaspoon (~5g) frozen pear (150 kCal)

Ellevenses (90 kCal)

  • 1/2 banana (75 kCal)
  • 1/2 kiwi (15 kCal)

Lunch (256 kCal)

  • 1/2 slice of wholewheat bread (45 kCal) + 1 tablespoon of low-fat liver pate (25 kCal)
  • 110g baby orridge + 3 teaspoon (~15g) blueberries (180 kCal)
  • 2 x strawberries (6 kCal)

Second lunch (225 kCal)

  • 110 g porridge + 1/2  banana (225 kCal) 
  • 5 x raisins (part of baby-led weaning practice) (n/a kCal)

Dinner (103 kCal)

  • Chicken dinner
    • 2 tablespoons mashed potato (60 kCal)
    • 1 tablespoon grilled chicken (20 kCal) 
    • 1 tablespoon grean beans (3 kCal)
    • 1 tablespoon button mushrooms (20 kCal) 

Supper (150 kCal)

  • 95 g porridge + 1 teaspoon blueberries, 1 teaspoon peach, 1 teaspoon apple (150 kCal)
  • 5 x cheerios (n/a kCal)

So, in an average day, the Troll gets around 1064 kCal. This is of course just a single sample, so the scientist in me is compelled to do this for another few days and take an average.

I did a quick Google to see what the average caloric intakes for 10-month olds are but nothing immediately credible popped up. This page references the American Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intake figure of at least 793 kCal for 10-month old boys, and a 2004 study (of American kids, I guess) that showed that the caloric intake of infants ages seven to 11 months old ranged from 626 to 1,291 calories, averaging around 912. 

I'll have to do some more digging to get some proper numbers from studies of European babies  - it was enough to find the time to look up the figures and write this post for now. But, for the time being at least, it's enough to know that our little baby giant is at least getting what he needs. 

24 hours with the Lykketroll, through the medium of LOTR gifs

24 hours with the Lykketroll, through the medium of LOTR gifs

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