A new phase of life

A big event occurred in my life a few days ago. No, I have not decided to go freelance, switch jobs, give up blogging, or move to Greenland.

What happened was that my first child was born. I now have a teeny-tiny female human being to take care of, which is… overwhelming. I expect being a parent will be rather time consuming, so there will be less activity here for a while.

I will be on a combination of parental leave and vacation for a few weeks. I expect to be spending most of that time gardening, reading books, fishing, playing video games, and recharging in general changing nappies (eeew!), not getting enough sleep, learning about babies, and learning how to be a dad.

Regular posting should resume in August, but until then I will be posting a few articles that are ready for publishing, and possibly write one or two pointers to interesting reading elsewhere. You know, just to make sure you remember me :-).

Until I’m back in full force, feel free to browse the 456 Berea Street archives or check out Best of 456 Berea Street for a list of popular articles.

Posted on June 26, 2007 in Life


  1. Well, that’ll do you something good - leaving the net behind, concentrating on real life ;)

    good luck then, have a good time, see ya later, cu, w0lf.

  2. wah, congratulation on your new princess, Roger! :)

    take your most precious time with your daughter. enjoy the first two or three months - as you will often woke up by your daughter.

    i can wait till august come :D

  3. Congratulations! I assure you it’s the best job in the whole world.

    P.S.: yes, changing nappies sucks big time.

  4. Congratulations, Roger!

    Being a dad is the most rewarding job ever.

  5. Many congratulations to you and the new mommy!

  6. Congratulations Roger! :)

  7. Congratulations, Roger - you’ll not find anything else in the world quite as rewarding, and fun, as parenthood. :)

  8. Congratulations, and welcome to the club.

  9. June 26, 2007 by Alejandro Moreno


    You won’t ever sleep the same way you used to, but you’re going to love being a dad.

  10. Congratulations!

  11. Big congrats on your first baby from a three times dad!

  12. Welcome to the club. :)

  13. Good luck! .. and Contragts!!!!!

  14. June 26, 2007 by Christian

    Praise God for the new life He has entrusted to you! Raise her in the right way. Children are the joy of life (especially when they start sleeping through the night) ;)

  15. Congrats, Roger!!

    Cheers, Michel

  16. Ha ha! Another one finally succumbs…!

    Say hello to a fantastic new MASSIVE part of your life; smiles; gurgles; kisses; screams; tantrums, bed-wetting and so on. The baby will probably doing many of these also.

    As a father of two, the only advice I can give you is that it’s harder work than you expect, but also more rewarding than you expect.

    Oh, and good luck - you’ll need it, mate!

  17. Congratulations! (from a father of 2)

  18. Congratulations and the best of luck!

  19. You already have my congrats. Just so you know, you have now officially been renamed to “Pappa Roger” on my contact list (“Daddy Roger” for people not understanding swedish). =)

  20. This is one post I will chime in and repeat what others have said - Congrats!

    I just became a father myself 5 months ago - it is absolutely incredible. Scary at times, but overall incredible.

  21. Congratulations!

  22. Congratz Roger!

  23. Congratulations!!!!! I have found parenthood to be quite awesome!!! Ben arrived to our lives 4 months ago, and it has been an awesome experience!!!

    Hope all is well.

    The best thing you can do is look after your new baby and your baby’s mamma… they both need all the caring you can provide…

    And you should be nice and post some photos!! =)

  24. Stort grattis till dottern! :)

  25. Hi Roger, I believe (although I don’t know you at all) you’ll be a good father. Have a lot of fun with your daughter, best wishes to you.

    But, I hope I am not the only one who is curious about her name? What is it? Jasmine? I am just shooting :o)

  26. I guess you’ll get tired of all the congratulations people will be giving to you but, congratulations! I’m not a father yet but do think is really one of the, if not THE, greatest things in the world.

    So take your time and enjoy your little girl. They grow up really quick, you know?

  27. Congrats, Roger!

  28. Wow - this is BIG news Roger! Congratulations mate!! Congratulations to your partner too. :)

    Has she got a name yet - or is that still being decided?

    Excellent news - best thing I’ve read on the web in a long time!

  29. Congratulations and Enjoy this new experience.

  30. Congratulations Roger!

  31. Congrats, Roger- make sure you slow down enjoy the experience. :)

  32. June 26, 2007 by DougWig

    Roger, Congratulations!

    As a parent of two tinies I can say:

    1) Early on, GIRLS can be easier and more standards compliant (more Mozilla than Explorer)

    2) Breast milk is a much more “Accessible” option in the wee hours and means more sleep for us guys.

    3) It could be 6 Mos before you get your groove back, but you will get it back.

  33. Congratulations and best wishes to you all!

  34. June 26, 2007 by tyGos

    Congratulations Roger, life such as it is, just got a little bit bigger & brighter at your place!

  35. June 26, 2007 by Inconnu

    And when the time is right, do educate your daughter on the importance of accessibiity and standards before the evils of table-based design, inconsistent navigation bars and such get to her.

    But then I figure if things go well, standards will be, well, the standard by the time she is old enough… so forget what I just said. :)

    Anyway, congratulations!

  36. Yep, congratulations Roger! Enjoy the time with your new daughter, life won’t be the same again, but in a very good way!


  37. Congratulations Roger!

  38. Congrats from Holland!

  39. June 26, 2007 by Sami Lavikko


  40. Congratulations to you and your family. Enjoy it for while, the internet won’t have changed much by the time you get back :)

  41. Congratulations and best of luck! Cherish every day because they grow up so quickly.

  42. June 26, 2007 by Fredrik Norlin

    Congratulations and good luck with your new boss :-D

  43. Congratulations and good luck with this new phase. I’m sure things will be quite hectic for you but I imagine it’ll all be worth it!

  44. June 26, 2007 by AdamA

    Congrats Roger! :D

  45. Congratulations! JackP’s comment says it all SO well.

  46. Congrats! Be sure to teach her not to use myspace too.

  47. congrats on the new life. fatherhood is glorious.

  48. Aw! Congratulations.

  49. Here, have a cigar.

  50. That is great news! Congratulations Roger!

  51. June 26, 2007 by Daniel


    As a father since less than three months I can tell you that the first few months nappy-changing is real quality time. (I guess that might change as the diet becomes more varied …)

  52. Congrats on your first born. I love how you crossed out the list of things you normally did. What a massive but rewarding step. I’m holding off a bit before I go to changing nappies. Glad the life changing event wasen’t you quitting blogging lol.

    Congrats, Rob

  53. May I echo the above sentiments and say congrats! Hang in there, I’m sure the next few weeks will be wild.

  54. Grattis! :-)

  55. Congratulations!

  56. Congratulations!

  57. Congratulations Roger! Being a dad is one of the greatest things in life. You’ll be surprised at what you can and will do for your children. Best wishes.

  58. Congratulations Roger!!!…We are expecting our first in three weeks so your reduced posting schedule will coincide nicely with my lack of time to read your articles……best of luck….and I have to agree, nappies….ewww, can’t say I’m looking forward to that particular treat!!

  59. Congrats!

  60. Congratulations!

  61. June 26, 2007 by Johan Sölve

    Congratulations and welcome to the club! ;-)

  62. Congratulations and Llongyfarchiadau!

    You’ll soon be wondering what you ever did in the evenings!

  63. Congratulations Roger!

    I’ll stay tuned and you enjoy your daughter meanwhile.

  64. Congrats. One piece of advice that hasn’t been mentioned, sleep when the baby sleeps, it will keep you refreshed when she doesn’t sleep through the night.

  65. Hey, congratulations …!

  66. Boy, first Robert Nyman, now you! Don’t you Swedish geeks make my RSS reader run out of articles! ;)

    Congratulations, Roger, have a good one!

  67. Congratulations Roger! Mine (a boy) is just 6 weeks old :-) Enjoy it and good luck in the nights ;-)

  68. Congratulations Roger!

    5 months to go before I join the club…

  69. Congratulations Roger !!!

    I hope you are as inspirational for your little one as you are for us.


  70. Congratulations Roger !!!

    I hope you are as inspirational for your little one as you are for us.


  71. hearty congratulations roger - as a first-time dad of 15 months (and first time webbie for exactly the same amount) it all takes some getting used to but is worth every pungent aroma that comes your way!

  72. Congratulations Roger!! After exactly three months today of such an experience, that’s what I call “The One True…Is Everything” :)

  73. Congratulations, man! Sleep is exchanged for something far greater! :-)

  74. June 26, 2007 by Monique

    Congratulations! That is so wonderful.

  75. here’s to more white hairs!


  76. June 26, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Thanks everybody! I’ll do my best to enjoy this ride :-).

  77. Congratulations to you and the family! Fantastic news.

  78. Congrats Roger. I’m in the same boat as you with the arrival of my first son two months ago.

  79. Congratulations Roger!

  80. June 27, 2007 by Mordechai Peller


    The secret to nappy changing is to keep in mind that your little girl is in need and this is something you can do to help her. Never think of it as a chore!

    Learning that leason didn’t make changing them enjoyable (they’re still discusting), but I no longer minded changing them.

  81. June 27, 2007 by Igor

    Congratulations! Best wishes! /Igor

  82. Congratulations, mate!

  83. Judging by the volume of comments, this is waaay more important than web-stuff :-)

    Gratulerer så mye!

  84. June 27, 2007 by Igor

    “My parents always told me they loved me every night, every time we said goodbye. That was just something that I was never afraid to go out there and push myself to the limit. And if I failed, so what? I always had them to pick me up. I think that’s something that not all people have, but I was lucky to have that my entire life.”

    Those are the words of Tiger Woods, reflecting becoming a father last week.

  85. Congratulations Roger! Blimey, seems like everyone is having children these days :-)

  86. Congratulations, Roger! My son just turned 3 and I know (at least somewhat) the excitement you’re feeling. And don’t worry, all us parents make things up as we go. ;)

  87. Congratulations to you & your partner!

    I just found out a friend of mine’s having a baby and found swissmiss’s top ten baby products really handy for getting her a cool present. See her recommendations here.

  88. June 27, 2007 by Eric TF Bat

    Well, you’re clearly not getting nearly enough congratulations so far…

    Let me just say: nappies aren’t all that bad. I expected them to be much worse! Mind you, I gather that formula-fed babies (as opposed to breast-fed ones) are a different story, but my daughter has never had a baby bottle in her life, so I wouldn’t know.

    Also, I recommend co-sleeping (put the baby between Mummy and Daddy and let her snuggle up). You might think it ruins your sleep, but try replacing the traditional process of [hear screaming, get up, find bottle, sterilise, warm formula, fill bottle, go to baby’s room, calm baby, give bottle, wait until finished, realise nappy is stinky, picj up baby, change nappy, calm baby again, go to bed] with one that works more like [hear vague murmur, Mum rolls over, baby latches on, go to sleep] or else [hear vague murmur, Dad rolls over, check nappy, pick up change mat from beside bed, change baby, drop mat, go to sleep]. Far superior!

    The one thing nobody told me is: it’s worth it! The lack of sleep? Doesn’t matter. The nappies? Irrelevant. But the smiles, the love and the opportunity to discover that a baby can communicate clearly with you, in her own sign-language/sound-effect/gurgling language from birth — that’s priceless!

  89. Congratulations on your first! The sleepless and tiring nights will all wash away with the first smiles, coo’s, roll-overs on the floor and naps on your chest. It is all worth it from the father of two little girls, so enjoy the time you have and cherish every moment!

    Trust me, it goes really quick!

    Best wishes!

  90. I expect to see a different selection of “Recommended Music” and “Books”, then.

    And, what wonders an infant does for insomnia. Happy New Family!

  91. Congrats Roger! :D

  92. June 27, 2007 by Marco

    Congratulations Roger, all the best, a new phase in your life begins, one that is very rewarding and very special.

    Again, all the best in the world, have a good vacation and good time with the family, see you when you come back :)

  93. w00t. Ring a bell another geek is born.


  94. Many congratulations! And happy nappy changing!! :) It can be quite therapeutic at times. hahaha

  95. Congrats!

  96. We just had our first child less than two months ago — you have got your list of activities right! I have never slept so little, but never been so happy. I am sure that you are finding it the same. Congratulations.

  97. Congratulations. It’s hard to believe that all the extra work is worth it - but there’s just nothing that comes close to being a father.

  98. A few seem to be having babies at the moment, must be the weather :lol:

  99. Congrates Roger!

    Keep the spirit of Love and dedication alive.

  100. Congratulations! And good luck with everything!

  101. Congratulations Roger. :-)

  102. Congratulations, Roger!

    I am very happy for you.

  103. Congratulations once again! Have a great summer!

  104. Congratulations Roger!!!

  105. June 27, 2007 by Bobby Ong Wannelind

    Congratulations, Roger, It´s great to have baby.

    Have a great summer!

  106. Man, that’s awesome news. Congratulations to you and your family! Have a nice summer! :)

  107. Grattis Roger, ett tips: byt så mkt blöjor du kan innan tösen börjar äta fast föda!

    Det är mkt trevligare när det luktar filmjölk än det som kommer sen å då har “du gjort din del”.

    Gratta “frugan” oxå.

  108. Congratulations to you and your missus, Roger. Does the little Johansson have a name yet? Or are you just going to use a descendant selector?

  109. What!? I thought i was a regular here, but i must have missed the “What will her name be?” -poll post.

    Eeenyways, congratulations Roger! I went through this transformation of life about a year and a half ago - Clear like it was just last week, but at the same time, you feel time fly like never before.

    Good luck!

  110. June 27, 2007 by Ronnie Johansson

    Grattis brorsan! Hon är världens finaste!! //R

  111. Grattis Roger! Ha en trevlig sommar.

  112. And now the real work begins…!


    Congrats from a father of 3. Best things thats ever happened to me. Enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast.

  113. Congratulations to you and the family! :) i think this is your best news

  114. Congratulations Roger! Now I guess that you will have more need for my site ;) Mail me and I will give you some nice discount on our products (you will sure need it) ;)

    Once again, congratulations!

  115. PS I forgot to mention before, a friend of mine once asked me how I coped ‘with milk puked on my shirt’.

    Easy, mate. You change your shirt if you’re about to go out to work. If you’re in the house, you sit in a milky shirt for the rest of the evening.

    And besides, once you’ve been up to the elbows in shit a few times, you’re a lot less concerned about a little bit of regurgitated milk.

    If you’re after ideas for names, mine would be ‘Johansson 2.0’. It’s nice and straightforward: demonstrated it’s the next version, it’s understandable across many languages - it’s surely the most accessible and standards-compliant name?

  116. Congratulations!!

  117. Congrats, dude!

  118. Maybe your daughter will continue writing posts sometime in the future.. so it’s worth investing time in looking after her! :)

  119. Congratulations for your best project ever! In order to pay you back all your tech knowledge that I use, let me offer you one advise: sign for www.babycenter.com newsletter - powered by an awesome group of professionals. Good and contextualized content. Although in Portugal with all this ocean in between, these guys helped me quite a lot.

  120. June 27, 2007 by Martin

    Congratulations Roger!

  121. Good luck!

  122. Congrats, mate.

    Nappy changing tip: they don’t smell so bad if you hold a glass of whiskey to your mouth while you’re doing it.

  123. Congratulations!

  124. Congrats! Love reading your blog. :)

  125. That is fantastic Roger. It is the best experience a man can have (just remember that during those middle of the night feedings). And enjoy every moment because it all goes by so fast!


  126. Congratulations and best wishes!

  127. Congrats!!!

    I can honestly say the first year of my child’s life was the hardest year of my life! But well worth it.

    Hope your wife and child are doing fine.

  128. Congratulations! Good health and good sleep to you all.

  129. Congrats. I’m 6 months ahead of you and I can say it is well worth it. Weird thing is, it really is everything everyone says (nappies, sleepless night, puke all over etc) but it is ok…it is YOUR kid…you sort of know what went in there so you sort of know what comes out…:)

    Please do me a favour and use that Swedish paternity leave to its fullest though. It is a privilege us swedes forget we have…until we move out from Sweden (I’m in the UK…I had 10 days…in total…).

  130. Grattis Roger, lykke til med det lille vidunderet - selv har jeg tre gutter, mye å styre med, men det er og blir helt fantastisk å være pappa ;-)

  131. Congratulations Roger! Becoming a parent really changes what’s important to you. It has ups and downs, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking it’s contiguous bliss, but it’s worth it.

  132. STORT grattis, mannen. (Men lite ledsen att du inte bestämt dig för att byta jobb också, erbjudandet kvarstår ;)

    KRAMA mamma och dotter!

  133. I congratulated you already, but wanted to do this again here on the blog and shout to you CONGRATULATIONS! :) I’m so happy for you :)

  134. June 27, 2007 by Doug


    All the best to you and your family.

  135. Roger, huge congratulations to you and Pernilla all the way from the other side of the village.

    Who knows? In a couple of years from now our girls might be stealing boy-friends from each others ;)

    // ; ) Kalle

  136. Congratulations and good luck! I will certainly be staying subscribed to your feed and don’t mind if there isn’t much to read for a few months - I know it will be worth the wait.

  137. #johansson>div:last-child { display:block; visibility:visible; width:0.06em; height:0.3em; font-size:x-small; voice-family:inherit; }

    #johansson>div:last-child p { color:yellow; }

    Absolutely wonderful. :-) All the best!

  138. Congratulations! Will miss your regular posts but our second daughter was born last Sunday (june 24th) so I am in the same boat. Let me know if you want tips on how to post one handed while letting the little one suck on a finger.

  139. Congrats, Roger!

  140. Congratulations Roger!

  141. June 28, 2007 by Kuba Bogaczewicz

    I belive it is my first comment here, although I’ve been reading the blog for some time now… but this time I just have to post it: Congratulations and good luck mr. Dad

  142. Congrats Roger… for all the good karma you have been doing here in this blog, you will have less troubles from the little one and very less sleepless nights!

  143. Congratulations!

    I’ll be in the same boat in few weeks. A lot of new stuff awaits then.

  144. Congratulations to you and the mother! They say it’s the best part of your life, so make sure you enjoy it as much as possible :)

  145. June 28, 2007 by Wunki

    Congratulations, all the best to you all.

  146. Congratulations!

  147. Stort grattis!

  148. June 28, 2007 by Kevin M

    Congrats! Enjoy. They are so much fun and when they hit 1, oh the stupid pet tricks… errr cute things they do ;P

  149. Congratulations! All the best to your new little family! :-)

  150. June 29, 2007 by Tom Thekathyil

    I started visiting Eric Meyer’s site to learn css but stayed to read about his daughter. I hope to do the same here. Congratulations.

  151. Grattis!

    Suddenly web standards seems so trivial, doesn’t it? ;-)

  152. Congrats on being a new dad. It’s life changing - in a good way!

  153. June 29, 2007 by Quetzal A.

    Quit whining about it. Take it like a man. Just kidding. Congratulations.

  154. June 30, 2007 by Anders Tornblad

    Grattis och lycka till!

    You have your work cut out for you now. =)

  155. Congratulations - my first daughter was born just 12 days ago too, an absolutely amazing experience.

    Blog, work, everything just seems to go out the window!

    Best of luck with it all.

  156. Roger, BIG congratulations on the birth of your daughter! I have two children - a daughter and a son - although they’re young adults now. But it seems like yesterday when my daughter was born, also my first child like you.

    And yes, it’s truly a life-changing event, but one I’ve always been thrilled to have in my life. As the years go by, their needs for you will change from diapers to rides to school to asking you for money to go out to helping them move to their own place… well, you get the idea. ;-)

    These days it’s wonderful to be close friends with my kids and enjoy them as young adults. (Seems like I was their age yesterday!) I know that concept must seem like forever away for you, but believe me - the time passes incredibly fast.

    Treasure each and every moment. Take lots of photos, videos, and keep a journal to look back on it all.

    All the best, Roger. I’m thrilled for you. :-)

  157. Congratulations! :-)

  158. July 1, 2007 by Wulf

    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your break and I look forward to your return. :)

  159. Congratulations! Looking forward to a more fatherly perspective on your blogs in the future.

  160. July 2, 2007 by Mårten

    Congratulations and welcome to “the other side”. Changing nappies (belive me, I have three kids) is a quite pleasant thing to do if you compare with other tasks (for example getting the baby to sleep).

  161. Congratulations that was be the greatest experience in life, we know that u gonna be a great father.

  162. A bit late on this one I know, but congratulations guys.

  163. July 9, 2007 by Jussi

    Congratulations! With 11 days experience as a proud father for baby boy, I can agree that this is a life-changing experience!

  164. Wow. Congratulation Roger! That’s amazing. Here’s to many years of happy parenting.


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