Maybe I should just say juggler? Every day is a balancing act for me to try to be a wife and mom while maintaining my inner gamer. Is it hard? Yes! Do I play as many games as I used to? Sadly no. Is it worth it? Every time I see that huge gummy smile, I know it definitely is. Even now, I am doing my best to type one handed while I feed my 5 month old daughter, who some of you might know as turn1p.
Oh yay! She just fell asleep, this will go much easier now that I can type with both hands. Luckily she falls asleep about 3 times a day for long enough that I can get some things done or play a game for a little while. When she was first born, I didn't think I was ever going to be able to play games again, but that's because she was extraordinarily fussy and wanted to be held pretty much all the time. I really had to get creative and figured out how to feed her on my lap and play games, or wait until she was asleep.
I got a bit frustrated and felt like I was losing my gamer identity, until I got myself into the right frame of mind. I now try to look at it as if I'm the leading lady in an RPG and I have to use different skill sets to complete certain tasks. Sometimes I even get to play mini-games on the computer or my DS! Quite frequently I find myself playing a very tasty and more rewarding version of Cooking Mama, mmm... yummy. Having the right frame of mind makes all the difference these days.
Well now you know a bit about who I am and how I spend most of my day. Whereas it used to be 50% gaming, 25% cooking, 25% cleaning, it is now 75% baby, 10% cooking, 10% cleaning, and 5% gaming. I greatly look forward to the days when I am able to include her in the gaming, so that I can adjust those percentages yet again. Until then, I do what I can, when I can and still consider myself a gamer. I hope to see all the rest of the Pretty Gamers out there at PAX; hot tip: kids get in free!