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I know, I know.  This place is rundown and cobwebby.  No one hangs out here much anymore.

Hell, I barely pass as a “gamer” anymore.  But, as most of you know (if anyone is still out there, that is) I've been a bit preoccupied with my spawn-to-be.  She's due to be unleashed upon this world in about 3-4 weeks.  This might be the last warning you receive.  Best get your emergency kits together just in case!

Well, ok, so I doubt her entrance will be cataclysmic.  And hey, it's nice knowing it won't be coming out right around her projected birthday anymore.  Maybe she'll be sleeping (mostly) through the night by the time it is released?

Sideshow is getting a glimpse of Cata right now, which is nice.  (Recent beta invite)  I almost thought he might hijack the blog to talk about his adventures with Lord of the Rings Online (free to play now, I hear), Civ V, and Cata beta.  Then again, I think everyone is pretty beta'd out by now (at least in terms of info overload).

So even though I've been doing lots of other things the past several months… I can't help but wonder how much my gaming life has prepared me for what's to come.

I keep hearing how I'll hardly get any sleep and when I do, it'll be in short bursts.

I hear my life will change.

I hear I won't be able to function due to sleep deprivation.

Really every “warning” I receive revolves around sleep in some form or fashion.

I guess they don't know what it's like to play WoW into all hours of the night, try to get a few hours of sleep, and then go to work.  I've been there.  I've done that.  Sure, it was usually only for a stretch of a few days or maybe a week at a time.  But I have functioned on little sleep before.  Surely I can do it again.  Right?

Sideshow doesn't have quite as much experience with sleep deprivation, but we were never the early to bed type.  Well, I wasn't until I got pregnant.  He still really isn't.  (Although I suspect it gets boring without me around… I'm so entertaining, after all!)

I was never a morning person until I got pregnant either.  Now I actually consider sleeping until 8am sleeping in…. on the weekend.

Pfft, what?  I used to sleep til noon – EASY – until I got preggers.  Then again, I would be up til 1 or 2 in the morning – EASILY – playing WoW or Sims or something.

We'll have to see how it goes.  But I think I'm prepared.

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  • You’re also used to enduring unpleasant grinds for some eventual outcome. Just imagine that the diapers are a daily. Or better, convince Sideshow that they’re a daily.

  • We didn’t have a lot of problems with our baby not sleeping through the night. I can count on one hand the number of times she hasn’t since she broke 6 weeks old.

    I don’t know how old you two are, but around the time I turned 27 sleep started becoming more and more important to me. I get cranky when I don’t get enough sleep…

    But it might not be as bad as some have made out, and it might be just as bad.

    I hope everything goes smoothly with the final stages of your pregnancy 🙂

  • As a dad of two, girl now 8 and boy now 4, you’ll never know your sleep patterns. My daughter would wake up often, but would typically go back to her crib easily. Son would sleep better, but if he did wake up, he wouldn’t go back to bed. Rock him, he’d fall asleep, but wake up immediately upon touching the bed. The worst part was the first few months… 2 hour cycles of change diaper (5min), feed (25min), burp(5min), back in bed(90min).

    Good luck!

    Elkagorasa the Dad

  • Hi. While WoW wasn’t out when my daughter was born I certainly would not have been playing much if it was. I barely played any video games for at least the first year. I was starting to wonder if I outgrew them as I barely had time to miss them. It turns out I came back in full swing a few years later. Experiences vary of course.

  • Has the spawn arrived? Is she a gnome warlock specced in destruction like mine? I wish you well in the parenting world. As far as sleep goes, my spawn is 5.5 years old and I haven’t really slept since she was born. That being said…I wouldn’t trade her for one night of good sleep. Parenting is impossible to do right and imperative to do well. I have no doubt that you will succeed. Love your writing btw so keep it up when you can.


We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!