Greetings From the Other Side, a.k.a Fatherhood

I know it’s been an awfully long time, far longer than it should have been.  For that I do apologize.  I have not, however, been nearly as lazy as I have been busy.  Also, I clearly still have a pulse, though exercising that pulse to write hasn’t happened. What did happen, you ask?  Well…

Not too long after my last post, my wife, who was 8 months pregnant at the time, was put on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy.  about a month after that, I was at work when my phone rang, and she told me that they would induce her that day.  That actually didn’t happen until the next day, and several hours and a C-section later:

 Ava was born.  As advertised, it was one of the greatest moments of my life.  I thought the expression “you can’t understand until you have kids” was pretty trite but it really is true.  I’m looking forward to (and dreading, in some cases) finding out what that expression will mean to me in about 20 years.
Anyway.  I knew that raising my little girl was going to take a lot of my time.  Although I wasn’t too far off on how much time it would take, I didn’t take into account how much sleep I’d be losing.  I don’t think that I’ve slept in once in the last few months, and I think the opportunity to do so isn’t going to present itself any time soon.
What all of this means is that I barely have enough time currently to play WoW, much less write about it, though I’m certainly not complaining.  I would say that I went from playing 15-25 hours a week to 3-6 hours a week, and that’s more out of necessity than dislike of the current content.  On that note, in Cataclysm, I would say that being a much more casual player really limits what you can get out of the game, and that’s quickly draining my interest, a.k.a,  I can only level a toon so many more times before I go insane.
So with all of that, I’m not sure where WoW is heading in general, or for me.  I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon, but I’d be lying if I said that I still have the same drive to log on that I once did.  I will be taking an official break from writing about it, partly because I never considered myself an expert on being a Rogue and I’m certainly much farther from being one now than I ever was.  Also, I really just don’t have enough time.  I’ve written this whole post with my daughter asleep in my lap, so I had to multitask just to get this out there.  I’ll leave you with this for now:
I’ll get her trained up, and Ava can game herself soon enough.  For now, I bid you farewell and hope that , time permitting, I’ll be able to write again soon.  It’s been fun.
- Sam

14 Responses to Greetings From the Other Side, a.k.a Fatherhood

  1. Youshouldrun says:

    Huge gratz man :)) to your daugter.

  2. Zinn says:

    Aww, that is the cutest ever :D I totally have to convince my bf to get a kid soon. Or maybe he doesn’t have to know about it >:)

  3. Zelmaru says:

    It does seem crazy now, but it will definitely be possible (at some point in the future) to start raiding. 3-6 hours a week is probably all you can squeeze in right now. I don’t think I have (or would want to) play 25 hours a week, but I can definitely cram in about 10, and that’s enough to be a normal raider. Hang in there!

  4. Charity says:

    Congratulations!

    We did the same thing. My husband and I did the Wrath content a year after everyone else because our first was born soon after it was released. We’ve barely touched the Cataclysm content because our next batch were born a couple months before release. We figure we’ll get to it about a year after, same as we did with Wrath. It does change how you play the game.

  5. repgrind says:

    Awww, grats Sam! She’s pretty cute.

  6. Windsoar says:

    Congratulations! A beautiful reason to take a break. Hope to hear from you once you get your baby-legs ^^

  7. Stubborn says:

    Congratulations! I’ve always enjoyed your posts and was saddened when they stopped, but knowing why certainly explains it. Enjoy the wonderful time you have, and hopefully we’ll all still be around to check back in 20 years to see what you’ve found.

  8. Kit says:

    Wubby Sam! And gj on the breeder thing ;)

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  10. Adam says:

    Grats Sam, really happy for you. And glad to see you back.

  11. wraithstrike says:

    Congratulations Sam. I had thought you honestly left the game. Good to know you have such a wonderful reason for being away. I can say I will miss your posts, so few good bloggers left in the WoW community …so many have left. In any event grats on your epic loot, looks like RNG favors gnome rogues.

  12. Christian Carpenter says:

    My wife is due in 6 weeks and reading your blog and seeing those pics of your beautiful girl touched my heart! Now I know what I’m in for…thanks for the insight!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Congragulations :) How sweet is she :)

    I certaily got fed up with WoW. Me and my wife now play LOTRO. A more mature playerbase helps a lot. And in the game system, another guy in your party is definitely an asset, not a liability.

    Cheers ;)

  14. Holywarrior says:

    Congratulations man. Similar thing happened over here. Waters broke at 28 weeks, 6 weeks bed rest, induced 6 weeks early = 5lb baby and no more sleep!

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