There are few moments as exciting in the life of a person as the one that I am about to share with you all. If you’ve read my Twitter feed then you would know that my husband and I are expecting our first child in December. This past week we got to meet our little peanut for the first time via the ultrasound screen. We watched as the tech pointed out its head, two arms, two legs, and it’s fluttering heart. She also said that it was wiggling around during the entire scan.
The moment I found out that I pregnant my entire world changed both inside and outside of Azeroth. For years many parents have been struggling to find the balance between gaming and parenthood. Even though my little one isn’t here yet I am still fighting that constant battle of balance. I have seen myself go from a progression raider to a casual one. I’ve gone days without logging in and heaven forbid, I’ve even missed a couple raids.
My reasons have been pretty simple. I am just too damn tired some nights when I get home from work to log in and play WoW. Fatigue is a common symptom of pregnancy and I’ve been fighting that boss since conception. I’ve also struggled with morning sickness which for some reason likes to effect me at night or pretty much all day. Thankfully I was up front and completely 100% honest with my guild leader, raid leader, and fellow members about my absences.
I think that some people are nervous to share their true reason for not logging on or being late for raid or even in my case, falling asleep during the boss encounter. But I would challenge to be honest and to not be afraid to have that talk with your raid leader or even the GM about it. They were great in my case and were totally understanding.
This week I am going to attempt to make it for at least one full raid night. Mostly Harmless is kicking some serious ToT ass and nailing bosses left and right. I am so proud to be a member of a guild that fully supports parents who play WoW. I want to thank them in advance for the many times I’m sure that I will be late, absent, or have to leave raid early due to my pregnancy and soon to be future gamer.
I also ask you dear reader for patience as I make this transition into motherhood. I will try and share my experiences with you because I know that there are parents and future parents out there who are curious how others are finding the balance. I encourage you to share your stories because honestly we all could use a little advice from time to time.
And now because I’m sure everyone is curious, a picture of our future gamer who is now the size of a peanut.