That was some break..

Let’s steal a phrase and say “You know nothing, CoffeeScamp!”.  Sleeping Through is still a go (go go!) but fixing the lack of time issue did not solve the lack of motivation problem.  I wanted to get things done, but lacked any ability to follow through with that.

In part, that was due to my medication.  I was convinced to try antidepressants.. and along with chopping off both lows and highs, they ate my motivation like nothing else.  The “I can’t be bothered with anything” attitude has hung around all year.

I played games, but couldn’t be bothered to write about them.  Press releases have appeared in my inbox and I’ve not got round to posting them, then forgotten.. no nagging voice in the back of my head pushing me to get on with things.  Oh, and I couldn’t count so well.  I had put that down to “baby brain”, but in the days after coming off the tablets, I noticed the difference.  Dizziness and a head full of brain zaps (thank you withdrawal discontinuation syndrome), but I could total up my shopping basket or figure out how much ‘something’ I’d need to make ‘whatever’.  I can enjoy Sudoku again too 😉

So.. I don’t have the time I used to, for playing or writing about games, but I at least have some motivation and interest again!

Sleeping Through Means Games

You might think the challenges of having a baby are greatest in those first few weeks, and that after you’ve figured out how to keep a small person alive, you’ll be able to go straight back to your previous routines.  Nope.  Do you hear that crazed laughter?  Yeah, that was me.

New challenges continually present themselves.  Keeping baby entertained, or calming him when he gets mad.. such as when his hardest efforts to crawl only result in him moving backwards across the carpet.   Keeping baby contained.. not only out of danger, but out of the cat food too!

I thought I would be back to the whole gaming and blogging thing fairly quickly.  I wasn’t prepared for how much of my world my little guy would take up, and continue to take up (though I wouldn’t have it any other way <3 ).  There’s also something about spending too much time on Facebook and Reddit.. easy to drop in and out of, especially towards the end of the day, but after a while the diminishing returns leave me even more drained.

However, there are two magical phrases that have relevance here: “getting in a routine” and “sleeping through”.

We’ve achieved the first in terms of bedtime, freeing up some time in the evenings, and had partial success with the second, which means I have a bit more energy and enthusiasm to do something instead of waiting till a socially acceptable time to go to bed!  Sleeping through means games 🙂

In the last week I’ve completed Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, run through some Adventure mode and Rifts with friends, and re-subbed to WoW ahead of the latest patch.  Oh, and started writing again.. we’ll see if I can keep it up, shall we?

The Blog of a Gaming Mummy!

It’s been a while since I updated anything on the site.. and that’s because I’m now the proud mummy of a lovely baby boy!

I had expected to take a few days away from the site, then getting back to posting and gaming again, but it didn’t quite work out that way.  I vastly underestimated the time needed to look after a newborn, and overestimated the amount of interest I’d have in anything else for a while too 🙂

Since I’m now a gaming mummy, the phrase “family-friendly” may appear more frequently.. though I’ll always have time for shooting a few zombies or exploring the world in whichever RPG appeals.  Just maybe a bit less time 😉

Never fear, May Contain Spoilers won’t turn into a blog about babies.. but I can’t resist adding one obligatory newborn picture here!

Our Little Newborn