I just haven’t had the time to write

January 25, 2018

It’s been quite some time since I wrote anything on this blog. I’ve had a bit of a hiatus. But it feels like I’ve got a pretty good reason for it.

You see, in late November 2016 my daughter, Freja, was born.

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The first couple of days of being a father is a blur of exhaustion, confusion, but for the most part, happiness.

I don’t think anybody can hold it against me, that I’ve had to prioritize my time.

Becoming a father, a parent, a guardian, was at first a bit of a shock. I remember walking around the maternity ward, with Freja in my arms, gently rocking her to sleep, thinking about all the responsibility I had been given, and just how precious this little person was to me.

After her birth I took a 5 week paternity leave, we, our new formed family, spent most of that time cuddling in our apartment, and getting to know each other.

During the parental leave I took another change of course in my life, and quit my job at Idean. And went back working for Bazooka, though not moving back to Stockholm, instead I’ve been working completely remote, partly to increase/maximize my time home with my family.

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Me and our bags at the Central station in Stockholm.

Because of me now working for a company based in another country, this has also ended up being one of my most traveled years. Just looking at my travel tickets for 2017, I’ve traveled at least 8 out of 12 months (this would be both personal and business trips), sometimes multiple trips in a single month.

A couple of the times that I’ve been to Stockholm, I’ve also brought with me Paulina and Freja, which was made possible because Paulina’s been on maternity leave for most of the year.

If I recall correctly, I think Freja was a mere three weeks old on her first trip, which was by train up to Vaasa. She ended up sleeping the whole way up.

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Skanstull, Södermalm, Stockholm.

Because our family had grown, and – mostly – because I had started working from home, we needed to find a bigger apartment. Although we loved living in Lauttasaari, the prices for larger apartments in that area was just too expensive for us. So we started looking at apartments a bit outside of Helsinki.

And after a bit of random chance, we ended up in Espoo, about 8 km from Helsinki city center, very much suburbia.

We had initially decided to not just jump on the first apartment, but instead take our time, and find something affordable, and more importantly, somewhere we wanted to live.

Yeah, that didn’t happen, we ended up getting the first apartment we looked at. Though in our defense, it is a nice apartment.

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Sunset outside of Iso Omena, Matinkylä, Espoo.

Most of my personal projects and hobbies have been on the back-burner for the last year, year and a half, this blog included.

During the last year, I’ve only taken about 3200 photographs with my main equipment, that’s down 5000 photographs from the year before, and I’d venture that 80% of all of those pictures are of Freja. I’ve also taken an additional ~1700 pictures with my phone, again, almost exclusively of Freja. I honestly think, at least subjectively, some of these pictures are probably the most important images I’ve ever, and will ever, capture.

Anyway, Freja has just started kindergarten, Paulina’s back at work, life is finding its routines again. Which means I’ll try and start up a few of my projects, the blog hopefully being one of them.

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From new born baby to full time toddler.

I’m not really sure where I want to take this blog, especially since most of my day-to-day life revolves around Freja, and I haven’t yet decided how much about her I want to publish, if anything at all. So the weekly update will probably not come back, not in the form that it used to be in anyway.

We’ll see, at this point I just wanted to drop in and say, I’m still alive, and life’s good.

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