Granted, she is only months old and spent her only game fast asleep on her dad's chest on the sofa at home.
If missing the opening Edinburgh derby of the season through injury was not annoying enough for James McPake, then his frustration was compounded at Hibs losing a close contest at Tynecastle. "I got injured in the Malmo game and with it being my back there was nothing I could do," said the Hibernian captain. "My daughter had just been born as well. She watched it [with me] so unfortunately she's not got a very good derby record."
McPake - James that is - will be front and centre this evening for the season's second instalment of the age-old rivalry. The defender made his first start since that 7-0 Malmo debacle in the weekend's loss against Aberdeen and is expected to keep his place when Hearts travel to Easter Road for the League Cup quarter-final tie.
It is a match Hibs are widely expected to win. There is a school of thought that there has been a transfer of power in the city; so ravaged have Hearts become as a result of financial mismanagement and the subsequent descent into administration, it seems only natural to view Hibs as the dominant side in the capital these days.
Hearts, stuck firmly at the foot of the SPFL Premiership and without a win for two months, are a team without their troubles to seek. Admittedly Hibs have not hit the heights expected - they sit in seventh place after the first round of games - but their greater resources and home advantage should surely be enough to progress. McPake, though, issued a note of caution.
"Hearts have lost a lot of key players, a lot of good players," he acknowledged. "But no matter what situation the teams are in, whenever they meet, it's going to be feisty. It's going to be up and at them, both teams desperate to win. Hearts could be in the third division and us in the Premier League or vice versa and it would still be a hard game to pick. If Celtic played Rangers just now, Celtic have got a far superior squad but it would be hard to pick just because of the type of game the derby is. They are different atmospheres. It's a different game to watch. And I can tell you it's a completely different game to play in as well. It's about trying to relax and put all that out of your head and forget that it's Hearts, forget that it's a big massive game, forget that it means so much to so many people. Just go and try to play the game and not the occasion."
Billy Brown, the Hearts assistant manager and erstwhile Hibs coach, had claimed Pat Fenlon's side had underachieved in recent times. McPake took exception to that and pointed out the great strides Hibs had taken on and off the field since the Irishman took over. "I think the manager's done a great job," he said. "I've seen a dramatic change from the very first day I walked in. I saw a horrible dressing room on my first day. It was split and there were people not pulling the same way. After a week, I thought this club could be relegated and that's the truth. We managed to get out of it.
"The manager's job was to keep us in the SPL and he did that and reached the Scottish Cup final, although it ended terribly. The next season the aim was to finish in the top six. If the referee had seen the 'goal' in the derby Leigh Griffiths scored that was six yards over the line we would have finished in the top six. So we weren't that far away.
"Away from the football side of things, he's brought in his own people. We've two new physiotherapists who are top class, we've got a new masseur, we've got great facilities - everything is there. Everything has to be right at the club before the team can be good and it wasn't at the time. In my opinion that is the main reason for the team underachieving. It was all wrong. But the manager hasn't had the credit for what he's done. If we're underachieving he [Brown] can say that at the minute but judge the manager at the end of the season."