Gamers With Jobs --- With Kids
So many new dads to be, including myself this October. Gonna have to rename the site Gamers With Babies.
Here's a question for those of you who have already crossed over to the sleep-deprived lifestyle of parenthood:
Does it get any better?
Just kidding. The single most important accomplishment of my life has been having a son. Absolutely miraculous... I'm still in awe of him. Born last August, the Little Wumpus is six months old, full of curiousity and requires our full attention.
Mrs. Wumpus and I have always enjoyed gaming... my wife even spent her early hours of labor at home playing Tie Fighter. Since the little guy's arrival, it's been difficult to find time to even leave the house together much less find time to game.
But the time has been flying by, and we've been able to sneak in illicit games of Spider Solitaire here and there. Having LW has been wonderful... but it has also been rough. The lack of sleep, lack of money and the new strain it inevitably puts on your relationship all takes a toll. Buying the latest game or upgrading the computer doesn't come close to making your list of priorities.
Don't get me wrong, it's all worth it... (if you aren't already a parent) more than you can possibly imagine. But gone are the days of gaming into the wee hours of the night. With only a job and spouse to worry about, you could get away with gaming the entire weekend away (at the risk of neglecting your spouse and suffering their much deserved wrath). Now, a 10 minute session on the X-box while the little one starts to fuss feels like full blown child neglect. To make things worse, I just took out a Splinter Cell baddy with a shot to the head from the shadows and caught the Little Wumpus watching --- at six months old, how much of that registered with him? What kind of games am I going to be able to play around the house?
For all of you Gamers with Jobs with Kids, what has your experience been? And to Elysium and Certis, thanks so much for this wonderful place to visit and remain connected to gaming.