It’s a…

I am very happy to announce the birth of Little Invader Sophie. She arrived in the world just a few days ago and has already made both her parents extremely happy. I myself am extra happy with this of course because it fulfills stage two of my invasion plans: introduce an undercover sleeper agent in to Dutch society.

I’ve experienced this whole childhood thing before from the point of view of the kid. Now it’s time to experience it from the point of view of the parent.

My blogging schedule is bound to be in flux for a little while (you might have already noticed) as we adjust to our new family life. Those nappies won’t change themselves. This means there might be the occasional gap and some posts might be shorter than normal for a little while but fear not, this blog is not going anywhere. I enjoy writing for it way too much. Plus, I still have those exciting new plans I keep on teasing about (which are in motion).

This blog will not suddenly turn into a Daddy blog either. There might be the occasional Daddy post but for the most part I don’t think Sophie will be very happy with me if twenty years from now a potential boss googles her just before job interview and finds a story about her first bath or the time she decided to decorate the living room walls with crayon and called everything Elmo.

Our lives have changed forever. It’s going to be scary. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a great adventure.

And now, a very Dutch tradition, Alex eating a beschuit met muisjes:

29 responses to “It’s a…”

  1. Laura says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife, Stuart! I’ve been wondering about the baby for a few weeks now (no kidding, just last night I figured that the baby must be born by now).

    I love her name :-) Sophie is one of my favourites, so it’s a perfect pick if you ask me.

    I wish you and your family happiness, health, and joy. And a lot of beschuit met muisjes, of course.

  2. Wezz6400 says:

    Congratulations, all the best to you and your family.

    “[..] a story about her first bath or the time she decided to decorate the living room walls with crayon and called everything Elmo.”
    She’s not a pokémon you know. ;-)

  3. Alison says:

    Congrats on the heir to your throne!

  4. Sarah Turley (@Bookguide_nl) says:

    Congratulations to you and the missus. Now you have to decide whether to pronounce the name op z’n Engels or op z’n Nederlands. Sooo-fie or Su-fiiiiieeee. Or both.

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  6. Likeahike says:

    Congratulations. The invasion has really taken off now! And of course, in a couple of years she’ll be able to teach you Dutch, won’t she ;-) But seriously, I wish you all happiness and joy together!

  7. Lopa says:

    Many Congratulation to both of you !
    As you know, I was wondering when we are going to hear about this news !

    I don’t know whether you are planning to share a bit more details, but it’s just that’s what comes in mind when hear about a new baby on board… when, how much weight, how tall ? :D

    I hope all went smooth for you guys and all of you are doing great with adjusting in new routine.

    Welcome to this crazy world dear Sophie :)

  8. VallyP says:

    We, that is Koos and I, are very very very happy for you both! I can predict that with parents like you, Sophie is going to be one very happy little invader. By the way, she won’t be much of a sleeper agent for long, no will she remain undercover(s)! Enjoy it while it lasts :)

  9. VallyP says:

    no = nor …pshhhh

  10. Congratulations! Have fun with your baby girls!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Congratulations to you both! Parenthood is a wild and amazing ride! We can put all the expat blogger babies together and create an army of 1/2 Dutch sleeper agents :)

  12. AQK1982 says:

    Congratulations!!!! Did you give Sophie her first sleeper mission het ;-)?

    Enjoy your little bundel of surprises.

  13. Yorrick says:

    Congratulations to the both of you!!!

  14. Deepa says:

    Congratulations! Best of luck training your little sleeper :)

  15. Fabio says:

    congrats Stu!!!

  16. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! Mes félicitations! :D Little Sophie is lucky to have such awesome and creative parents like you two!

    (I also seriously hope those biscuits aren’t covered in mouse bits.)

  17. Sandra says:

    Congratulations Stu!!! To you and your family! Sophie is too one of my favorite names! I wish you all the best in this new adventure! Enjoy it to the fullest!

  18. Stace says:

    Congratulations! I’ve become a mother myself,just a month ago and I can say that this adventure is indeed very scary and hard, but what you get in return is totally worth it. I would not trade it for anything:) Happiness to the three of you!

  19. Yvette says:


    Curious to see if cartoon baby Sophie is going to be a redhead like her parents ;) and don’t tell her too early on that she’s a princess cause her dad is the King of Holland, it might go to her head.

  20. Amanda says:

    Congratulations. Enjoy the adventure together :)

  21. Jules says:


    I’m due in a few weeks myself…and we decided that we’ll mess with tradition and serve cupcakes with muisjes, rather than beschuit.

  22. Invader_Stu says:

    Thank you so much for all the amazing messages of congratulations everyone. I’m really touched. It’s been almost two weeks now and we are enjoying parenthood a lot. We’ve not slept much but every time we look at her we know it is worth it.

    Oh… and I forgot to mention something. She’s ginger too! :D

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  24. Terri says:

    Oh, wonderful news!! Not only a beautiful baby girl invader, but a ginger one at that!! ;D

    Congratulations to you both, and welcome to the world Sophie…

  25. Amsterdamian says:

    Congrats! May you have many happy moments together!

  26. suus says:

    Aww, congratulations mom and dad!

  27. Cris says:

    So sweet! Welcome Sophie & congratulations mom and dad!

  28. Congratulations!

    Awesome news this, as it means that at least one European country is becoming saner by virtue of invasion.

    Question for you: How much of a “sleeper” agent is she?

  29. Sorana says:

    Tardy… Late,.. I know and I’ m so sorry.. But still, WELCOME TO THE WORLD, SOPHIE, SOPHIETJE, have a life as sweet as cotton candy, smooth as silk, and happy as it will be filled only with Saturdays.. :)) What i can quarantee is that, your life WILL BE FILLED OF LAUGHTER AND COUNTLESS ‘LOLS’, knowing your parents… :))) You are a lucky little girl! And, coming from another Sophie (I), you must take it AS A FACT, as i am older then you, being five, also bilingual, and loving your papa’s blog because my mother is always laughing in tears… Goed gedaan, Sophitje, met een ritje, op een Amsterdam terras.. :))

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