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.

Things I have in my Dad Bag

Bit of a struggle to get him down for his nap today, and it's still touch and go for the moment, so he could be up at any moment. Looks like he was just lulling me into a false sense of security with his two two-hours naps the first couple of days. Today, his teeth seem to be plaguing him something rotten, the poor sod. 

As well as writing about the really interesting stuff, like how to test whether he has started developing a sense of self or not, I thought I would write about some of the more mundane, practical things, too. Once he's up and has had his lunch, we're off to Mønevann for a walk in the woods and then maybe a waffle at the cafe. The weather's taken a turn for the worse, so we'll have to wait a little longer before the 'Troll can take his first swim in the lake. 


Whilst he's down, I thought I would check and re-stock the changing bag. I remember how useful it was to read what other people had in theirs, so I thought I would share what we have in ours. The added bonus of a post like this is that I can keep the momentum going without having to do too much thinking, whilst, I hope, it's still being useful to others. 

All the credit for how well-stocked and organised the changing bag is has to go to my my super-organised wife, who put the initial bag together. She's the kind of person that likes to have back-ups to her back-ups, so the first thing I did when I took over was to strip it down to the essentials (and switch over to the awesome key-chain my cousin got me for Christmas, which was a big, symbolic part of the handover). One day, I might just need that sixth nappy or third change of clothes, but I've always been a bit of a risk-taker.

*Writing abruptly interrupted by a suddenly very awake 'Troll, who decided that a 30-minute power-nap was enough.*

Right. It's 10 hours later and now that he's (hopefully) down for the night I might be able to finish. 

Here's the full list of what I have in my Dad Bag:

 The essentials

  • 4 nappies.
  • Pack of wet-wipes.
  • 2 cloths for wiping food/drool/all manner of things.
  • A bib.
  • Changing mat.
  • Disposable changing mat for under his bum. Pro tip: The ones in the shops are huge; we cut them into four. 
  • Little plastic bags to wrap the soiled nappies in (especially good if you don't have a bin in your immediate vicinity).
  • Dummy, with a clip so you can fasten it to clothing/the pram straps/car seat and not have to worry about losing it.

Play things

  • Chew toy.
  • Whatever toy happens  to be his favourite that day.
  • A book (I always have a book in my bag, and I want the 'Troll to get into the same habit).

Clothes

  • Two tops (one of them is always long-sleeve).
  • One set of trousers/bottoms.
  • Slightly warmer cardigan type thing in case the weather turns (which is does often here).
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Socks.

Food

  • One big pouch of homemade porridge, usually with some berries or fruit mixed in. I use these genius re-usable pouches.
  • Two pouches of shop-bought back-up-food (usually one type of dinner and one porridge). *NB. I have nothing against buying the ready made pouches and jars, I just like cooking and making food, and also it's much cheaper. 
  • Something crunchy to nibble on and practice eating with. I usually pack either some cucumber or carrot sticks (both of which he loves chomping on as they cool and soothe his teeth) and some corn puffs or little rice cakes. Just today I thought about adding a little pack of raisins. 
  • Water. I cannot recommend the Wow cup enough. It's for 12 months+, but the 'Troll's being using it since he was seven-ish months.

*aaaaaand I'm back. Just needed to go up and give the little chap a hug and roll. 

  • Emergency bag of nuts/dried fruits. Because he is not the only one that can get hangry really suddenly. 

Extra stuff it's always good to have

  • Spare dummy.
  • Couple of pens.
  • USB battery charger for your phone.
  • Small pack of tissues.

I don't think this list will change much for the time that he'll be in nappies. Maybe the food, as he starts eating less porridge, although he eats pretty much what we eat now, so the porridge is mostly there because it's easy to transport and he can feed himself from the pouches.


Once we'd picked up some groceries and visited the 'Troll's great gran, there wasn't much time for waffles or dipping our toes in Mønevannet (and the weather had turned, just as had been forecast), but we still had a lovely walk! 

This was a cool Panorama I made in using Google Street View app. I wanted to embed the proper thing but it's just too much of a faff. I can already feel that I'm getting too excited about the bells and whistles. Still, you get the picture.

This was a cool Panorama I made in using Google Street View app. I wanted to embed the proper thing but it's just too much of a faff. I can already feel that I'm getting too excited about the bells and whistles. Still, you get the picture.

I have also recently become obsessed with making Tiny Worlds.

 

 

 

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