How gaming friendly have you all found motherhood?
I personally stopped playing whilst pregnant as was too tired to work all day then raid in the evening. It was fairly easy to play when she was little and breastfeeding/sleeping on my knee....all be it one handed. Now she is a little older I can't do anything more than the cooking daily unless she is asleep in bed and even then I'm watching the monitor as I dont want to be involved in something that I will have to leave to go to her.
Pregnancy for me wasnt gaming friendly at all! I was too knackered to do anything, let alone sit and concentrate on WoW so when my sub ended, I never renewed it.
Motherhood at first took up every spare minute but once Evie was in a more established "routine", in that she was going down to sleep at a similar time every night, I thought I'd renew my sub for 3 months. That's nearly at an end now and I'll be renewing again
Evie goes to bed at around 8pm and gets up at 6.30ish so I usually get her down to sleep, get her bottles washed, sterilised and ready for the next day, then I switch on WoW and play till about 11.30pm. Works great for me now I'm on a PVE server, I'm not spending my 2.5 hours running away from being ganked!
I didn't play so much when LO was smaller. Once she hit about 5 or 6 months, and her bedtime was much earlier, I've had the chance to play more.
These days she is down sometime between 6 and 7, and (generally) sleeps through till 7.30 ish, so I have the evenings to play if I want I only tend to raid once a week, and I only do PUGs if I'm certain that's she's settled.
I remember when LO was a bit younger, I occasionally played Zelda (Twilight Princess) while she bounced in her Jumperoo It was hilarious, she'd be jumping about shrieking as I whacked the bad guys
and I only do PUGs if I'm certain that's she's settled.
The WoW LFG system makes me feel pretty ok about leaving if she wakes up. She tends to wake up slowly so I have about 5 mins from stiring until screaming to finish killing whatever is being killed. I think the excuse of "got to go, baby needs me" beats a lot of the excuses..... and definitely beats those who join a group and then leave as soon as the boss they want drops/doesn't drop their loot without even a word.
I do tend to join as DPS rather than healer if I think there's a chance of her waking.
I never had trouble gaming while pregnant and the early weeks, where he basically slept and ate were fine, but now he needs a lot more attention and I don't get a chance to do much. Mostly just easy quests or cooking/fishing dailies. I've never really done many instances, so that hasn't really changed. I'm at work all day and he doesn't sleep until 9:30 at night, so I generally only get to play for a short time after he's asleep before I need to sleep as well or risk being a zombie the next day.
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