• Caitlin Kennedy

Sprog Season Round 4

Notes from the Nursery Slope as Al and Abi Nasmyth navigate season life with a wee one.

Al: Free time, I mean real free time (not just time when you’re not working or looking after your child; that’s called sleep) is precious as a parent. So when Abi went home to see her parents recently I thought this was my chance to enjoy some of the fun bits that living in a ski resort has to offer.

Firstly, take advantage of the amazing snow we had at the start of the month: tick! Secondly, stay up late getting smashed. This I found much harder. I’m not sure whether it’s a result of age or being a dad, but after a couple of pints followed by some stubbies whilst making dinner, I’m finding myself waking up at 8 in the morning on the couch fully dressed. You may be thinking: mission accomplished, but it’s less impressive when you passed out at 8pm. One of the tips annoyingly smug parent botherers on the TV are always banging on about is setting up a routine for your child. It seems the devious infant has done it again and turned the tables imprinting a routine on me! Stewie Griffin eat your heart out (interestingly he also doesn’t like broccoli).

It’s good to have the wee man back in town though as I now have someone willing to (or at least unable to) complain about watching sport down the pub. As Angus doesn’t have any siblings, I can justify this as socialising practice. Admittedly his interpretation of socialising often involves just staring at people with his mouth open (which is unerringly similar to my pulling technique as a young man) but people still find it quite cute and talk to him until I bore them to death telling them clichéd boring parenting stories that usually start, “Well he may look cute but…”. One demographic who seem to be quite taken by his baby charms are young women. Twice in the past week I’ve had complete strangers come up to me (him) and start talking to me (him) telling us (him) how cute we are. The last time that happened to me I ended giving monthly donations to Marie Curie, twice! Turns out having a baby is t