Tag: Family

Sunday Column (16)

This week was a week of waiting. And it was worth waiting for!

My patience was stretched, far too stretched for my liking. But with the tube strike there were no more interviews this week and with the imminent arrival of our son, there was little scope to commit to any either. So they have been re-scheduled for next week, fingers crossed!

So this week was focused on one thing – BABY πŸ™‚

And, he arrived, much much quicker than anticipated. On Friday, just after 3 pm in the afternoon, Colin Ballueder arrived. 3.7 kg heavy and 53 cm long – nothing compared to his dad who was 3.9 kg and 57 cm but that is a few years ago :-). He big shoes to fill, although his feet are rather out of proportion already (which of course he got from his mum).

To have a baby is difficult to describe. It still feels unreal although my wife is sitting over at the couch now and trying to feed him. It is overwhelming, nothing like you ever thought how it would happen. It all went very quick at the end and we didn’t expect him until earliest 6 pm but then he decided to come out much quicker. That was a relief for his mother. In total we “only” spend a little less than 19 hours prior to the birth in hospital – not too bad actually πŸ˜‰ And, the “act of him coming out” was only around 30-45 minutes. The waiting is really the hardest part.

Colin has spent his first night at home and settled quite well. Some people call it attachment parenting, I call it comforting, and touching your baby. He wants to be held and hear you breathe, he wants to hear your heart beat.

So many people have emailed and called and send text messages. We are so grateful and thankful for his arrival and the amount of positive wishes for him, his mother and me.

If we look into history, then Colin was born on the same day as:

– John A. Roebling, bridge engineer (1806)
– Chick Corea, jazz pianist (1941)
– Egon Schiele, painter (1890)
– Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon, British statesman (1897)
– George H. W. Bush, president (1924)
– Harriet Martineau, writer and social crusader (1802)

Going by those people he could either be an engineer, artist, or politician. I still hope for basketball or rugby, but we shall see. It will be his decision one day to make up his mind what he wants to do.

Other things that happened on this day in time can be found at MSN Encarta. He is a Gemini as a star sign:

Geminis are thought to be quick-witted, intellectual, talkative, and mischievous. They value learning and may bore easily.

Oh dear, just the dad: talkative and mischievous πŸ˜‰ and intellectual as well (of course).

Being rather exhausted, I leave it with this update for today. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I will have some interesting posts coming up next week about brain power and also about twitter. So stay tuned.

If you wish to see more pictures of Colin, please email us as we will have more personal ones protected in private album.

Thanks again for this great event, the wishes and the love.

Wish you all a nice week and myself a successful week.

Volker and family

New blog … new life?


Thanks for all the feedback so far on my blog.

Yes, I have moved my blog to my own domain, following the example of several of my friend. This way I have more control about widgets, add-ons and can add projects like cb consulting to this site also.

I assume that I will move balamadana to wordpress too.

However, it will be a learning process of how to use WordPress as a CMS, how to use Google Analytics, how to use Adsense properly and so on. Twitter is now integrated and you should be able to tweet this post and to see what I am up to as well. Please follow me.

Also, I might delete my old blogs on wordpress.com and blogger to avoid duplicate content and anyone not finding me. I should soon rank highest for “volker ballueder”, once Google has indexed my site
πŸ™‚ Ok, not that difficult.

New Life? Not really. Some things are in constant change, the baby is growing and the kittens are growing up too. I am desperate for spring to get some warmer weather, start planting my vegetables and enjoy a nice wheat beer in the sun. I am still in London, assuming for another 2-3 years for sure. But, you will never know.

Other than that, I started my first Tai Chi class last week. It helps me to relax and focus. Like a slow meditation. I will post about it some other time.

Thanks again for visiting and watch this space!

2008 review

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. So I sent some emails, some Christmas cards, made a few phone calls etc. but also, I wanted to write on my blog about the last year.

Looking back, now it being December, the year started off quiet-ish. Volker just started a new job which he absolutely enjoys and really settled into. His work has been both challenging and rewarding. He will definitely enjoy some quiet time over Christmas this year.

Jenny didn’t like the job she was in a year ago but changed to a much better job this March. She now works in a private hospital with very nice people. I have met them at a Christmas do – very nice and funny people.

What else happened? We had been together for 4 years in March, engaged for 2 and married today for 14 months. Time has flown past. Volker has been travelling a lot whilst Jenny found us a nice home and we moved into our own house in June. That was a big step and got completed just before the credit crisis. Not sure if that is good or bad, but generally speaking, we are very very happy here.

In September we got 2 kittens, Hansel and Gretel, who just as I write this entry get their cat flap installed. They are 5 months today and really need to go outside.

Then, for the last 16 weeks we know that our baby is on its way. S/He is supposed to arrive early June 2009.

So, overall a very busy year but a year full of happiness and togetherness. We are greatful to have our own place, kittens and a baby on the way. We both enjoy our jobs and there is nothing more to wish for – is there?

There always will be. A dog for instance (Wolfgang :-)) or a lottery win. We are grateful for what we have and hope to continue doing well for 2009. With the arrival of another Ballueder we are all very excited.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas, a good time with your friends and family. Stay healthy and have a great 2009.

We will surely place some pictures here over the next few days, so watch out!


Volker & Jen, Hansel and Gretel, and bump πŸ˜‰

Buddhist Thoughts

Buddhist Thoughts for the 23rd of September:

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden. – Buddha

Our family is growing – update 1

After all the technical hype of last week, I am back at home for the weekend and keep busy with my family. As you know I am married, and as married life is, you start thinking about growing the family.

Update 1 I want to call this….

No, no kiddies yet but “kitties”. My wife and I decided, in order to get used to getting up at night, feeding at certain times of the day and to take on responsibility for small creatures, to grow the family by 1 or even 2 kittens. Latter depends on what we can find πŸ™‚

So, yesterday we started with the essentials and went to Pets at Home.

What we got – and please let us know what we might still need. This is a first one for us:

And, what we are hoping to get are similar ones to those, as kittens of course:


I keep you posted. Hopefully we have them by next weekend!