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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:12 am 
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congratulations, I wish you and your family all good things in life. I assume that soon you might be riding a little less but if that happens you are doing something that brings even more happiness.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:19 pm 
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Thanks all!

@donald, I have thought about that and bought a Tacx Neo a couple of months ago. Add a subscription to zwift and you are good to go!
The machine is so silent that you can practically ride next to a sleeping baby with it. :thumbup:

Do you guys have practical tips and hints for the coming period?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:27 am 
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Frankie - B wrote:

Do you guys have practical tips and hints for the coming period?


Congratulations ! :beerchug:

One thing I will say about babies....they are like mirrors.
If your calm they are usually calm

Good luck :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:43 am 
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Frankie - B wrote:
Do you guys have practical tips and hints for the coming period?


Meaning, the next 20 years?


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My tip? Don't have two at once. Humans are not meant to have litters. Found out the hard way.

It's simple - if the baby sleeps you can handle anything. If the baby doesn't sleep, you are f#*ked.

If you do end up seriously sleep deprived, an extra effort will be required to keep your emotions rational. Check yourself, check your behaviour, and make sure you are your wife's knight in shinning armor. She will be tested more then you.

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Congratulations. I think being a Dad is an awesome thing - awesomely rewarding and difficult at the same time.

You'll quickly be able to distinguish between various cries! Even when you're asleep.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:25 am 
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Be there. Raise your own children. Encourage them to be the best, don't push them.

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weekends: sleep while the baby sleeps.
weeks: ride to work once or twice.

about kids: all time with them is quality time. Don't stress it's quality time. The more time, the better. The first years are the most important. You maybe think a baby doesn't feel it if you are absent, but for sure they will have a thighter bond with you when you are present more.

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1] Patience with the spouse. 2] Patience with the kid.

Start saving money.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:54 pm 
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Frankie - B wrote:
Thanks all!

@donald, I have thought about that and bought a Tacx Neo a couple of months ago. Add a subscription to zwift and you are good to go!
The machine is so silent that you can practically ride next to a sleeping baby with it. :thumbup:

Do you guys have practical tips and hints for the coming period?


Regarding the silence of the trainer, don´t try to be quiet around the baby. The baby lives in amniotic fluid right now (and water transports sound very well) so babies are used to lots of noice. So keep making noice after the baby is born, we used to vacuum and listen to music when our daughter slept during the first year.
If you learn a baby that it needs to be quiet to sleep you´re just creating trouble. So go all in on that noisy turbo trainer...

And congrats of course!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:36 pm 
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Congratulations to you and your wife!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:26 pm 
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flying wrote:
Congratulations ! :beerchug:

One thing I will say about babies....they are like mirrors.
If your calm they are usually calm

Good luck :thumbup:


Thanks man! that is a great tip as well. thankfully I usually keep my cool.

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Meaning, the next 20 years?

Ah, thanks for reminding me that. I was more looking into info to survive the upcoming storm ;)

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My tip? Don't have two at once. Humans are not meant to have litters. Found out the hard way.

It's simple - if the baby sleeps you can handle anything. If the baby doesn't sleep, you are f#*ked.

If you do end up seriously sleep deprived, an extra effort will be required to keep your emotions rational. Check yourself, check your behaviour, and make sure you are your wife's knight in shinning armor. She will be tested more then you.


oh, I feel for you!
Misses B and I are usually on the same level so i hope that we both can keep our emotions rational. How are the twins doing?

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Congratulations. I think being a Dad is an awesome thing - awesomely rewarding and difficult at the same time.

You'll quickly be able to distinguish between various cries! Even when you're asleep.


Even when I sleep... that is not what i wanted to hear to be honest. :shock:

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Be there. Raise your own children. Encourage them to be the best, don't push them.


I need this one printed, on the wall. Great quote.

de zwarten wrote:
weekends: sleep while the baby sleeps.
weeks: ride to work once or twice.

about kids: all time with them is quality time. Don't stress it's quality time. The more time, the better. The first years are the most important. You maybe think a baby doesn't feel it if you are absent, but for sure they will have a thighter bond with you when you are present more.


This ride to work thing might be a hard one with my job. I'll try to be there for Baby B as much as I can.

ill principe wrote:
Regarding the silence of the trainer, don´t try to be quiet around the baby. The baby lives in amniotic fluid right now (and water transports sound very well) so babies are used to lots of noice. So keep making noice after the baby is born, we used to vacuum and listen to music when our daughter slept during the first year.
If you learn a baby that it needs to be quiet to sleep you´re just creating trouble. So go all in on that noisy turbo trainer...

And congrats of course!


I had never thought of that, but it is quite logical to be honest. My home office is in the room right next to Baby B. I'll crank up the volume when I'm listening to Moderat ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:23 am 
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Frankie - B wrote:

Mr.Gib wrote:
My tip? Don't have two at once. Humans are not meant to have litters. Found out the hard way.

It's simple - if the baby sleeps you can handle anything. If the baby doesn't sleep, you are f#*ked.

If you do end up seriously sleep deprived, an extra effort will be required to keep your emotions rational. Check yourself, check your behaviour, and make sure you are your wife's knight in shinning armor. She will be tested more then you.


oh, I feel for you!
Misses B and I are usually on the same level so i hope that we both can keep our emotions rational. How are the twins doing?



Haha, had them pretty young and got very lucky. Currently "killing it" at university. Neither will touch a bicycle. Despite both being gym rats, basketball players, skiers, etc., they think Mrs. Gib and I are insane when it comes to cycling. They can't understand why we would travel to the most mountainous parts of Europe every summer and spend 5 to 8 hours per day suffering. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:17 am 
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Start saving now, they cost a fortune. Don't get into the habit of letting the baby sleep in your bed, we did now my 4 year old daughter still sleeps in with the wife, yes I've been in my own bed that long.
Just started riding with my 7 year old daughter, so great times ahead.
It will be challenging, tiring and expensive, but there will also be some rewards.
Congrats, and hope all goes well for you both. !!!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:27 pm 
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maybe we should start a parenting thread on WW - you know just to keep up with board members' increasing age and all :mrgreen:

but to be serious and a bit on topic - which is bikes and riding them. I wish my dad took time to ride with me, or at least encourage me to try things out. he didn't so that's why I try to build this sort of a 'pal' relationship with my kid - taking her to concerts, riding bikes etc. kids do tend to follow their parents in their activities, but the key is not to force them. they need to take things in their own way, and we need to remember they're just kids, and they just wanna have fun

as for a parent's perspective on things, it changes a lot when the first one comes out. you suddenly start to worry - about yourself, the consequences of your actions. for instance - you probably won't ride without your helmet ever again, start picking 'safer' roads to ride, think twice before breaking speed limits in your car (at least that's how it was in my case) etc

the word is responsibility I believe but as long as you're in it for the long game (some asshole fathers quickly get bored and move on to their 'careers' or move out permanently) you and your 'manly' habits will do just fine. the money bit - that I wouldn't worry much about (most schools are free in EU after all, and kids bikes are pennies really :lol: ) but as guys above said - just be there, and you'll appreciate every single moment :thumbup:

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