One Game Dad 6: Setting Up Successors
After a week's hiatus One Game Dad returns, and so does the podcast with associated videos!
I was in London last week. I wasn't there for business or really pleasure since I was there to take care of the Kid. But that doesn't mean we didn't have fun. After all we did get to the London Zoo and it was probably the most active I've ever seen animals in the afternoon at any zoo. The tigers were prowling, the gorillas playing and meerkats and coatis were interested in the Kid. They came up to the windows to sniff at her.
What's more, she was interested in them. So it was definitely a good place to take her given she's only eight and a half months. The same can't be said for the museums as their activities and exhibits were geared towards older children. The school groups and massive amount of tourists didn't help. Comparatively, the zoo was empty.
Traveling with a baby isn't impossible. But it does throw any schedule you have into disarray. Then again so do babies. The thing is, and other parents will agree, anything you do is for the kid. Or at least you start doing more for the kid than yourself. Not out of any martyr-complex, rather because what's good for the kid may be the easiest thing.
For example, the Kid doesn't nap. She won't fall asleep during the day unless she's strapped to me. Then maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to move her to the stroller and keep her asleep. But that requires I walk. Sometimes those walks are two hours long. Why? Because she needs to sleep. It means I don't get to do anything else, other than listen to podcasts. Yet what more would I really accomplish during that time?
I could nap. I could write. I could clean, cook, play video games, produce a podcast. But all of that's for me. If the Kid isn't sleeping then neither is the wife or I during the night. It's counter-intuitive but when she's fussy it carries over. So for the sake of all, we walk... a lot. And that's the gist of today's episode available as always on Twitch, Youtube and iTunes.