"No, but could you hold him while I go?"
To have a (smallish) baby to amuse for a few minutes.
1. It takes a few tries but eventually I get Alec to drop "Happy birthday dear Alec" in favour of "Happy birthday dear Daddy". Next on the agenda is a chat about who is giving presents to whom.
"...a norglet who lived in a treehouse with his parents and a pet monkey called-"
This cheers me up enormously.
3. Nick says, when I tell him the highlights of our day: "I like being a daddy."
*A norglet is the word we use to describe Alec when he is being particularly Alec-ish.