So this will be a pretty quick post – seeing my 9 week old cutie is still only cat napping and at the moment is sitting next to me in her baby bouncer wide awake refusing to get even remotely sleepy.
Now that Caitlin is getting a bit older I’m finding that I have a spare hour generally at some stage in the afternoon where I can log into WoW. When I first realized this I was really quite excited I’ve missed having some “me” time and I’ve really missed my guild and friends online. This excitement unfortunately didn’t last very long when I realised that:
- I have no idea how to play a resto druid anymore
- None of my online friends appear to play in the middle of the day
- My entire guild seems to have turned over since Cataclysm came out and I feel like a complete stranger
I was lucky enough that I leveled to 85 and had the chance to run a few normal dungeons before I went into labor. This wasn’t enough however to ingrain in me the new way of healing pre baby break. Since I leveled Lath I played her in order to raid as a healer. Shes always been raid ready and spent all of Wrath running the latest content on heroic level. To now find myself coming back into the game at the end of the first tier of raiding content in leveling blues and greens, no spec (they must have all reset since boxing day) and no clue what I’m doing… its all been very daunting.
How Am I Getting Back Into The Swing of Druiding
I’ve decided I’m not logging back in until I’ve had a chance to do some research.
I do need a game plan on how to get the best possible gear I can through quests, rep and normal dungeons as heroics through the LFD tool may be a bit longer than I’ve got time for. Just thinking about aiming for gear at that level hurts me a little bit, I’m so used to aiming at the top of end of gear rewards its really quite a big adjustment moving back down the spectrum aimed at casual play.
In the end trying to read guides off my iPhone while breastfeeding was getting a little too much. I’m shelving Lath for the time being and have decided to level my priest from 80 – 85. Questing is something I can do for 5 mins or 1 hour so I don’t have to worry about neglecting Caitlin should see wake or need a feed etc.
The priest leveling idea is also helping me with my main dilemma – the part that has probably kept me not interested in WoW the most over the last 9 weeks. My guild. I’ve been in Vitare for just under 2 years and have had a blast with a splash of drama added into the mix. The problem is that I’m no longer a raider which is what the guild revolves around, and I’m no longer really free to play at night time (hoping this will eventually change!) and I’m feeling pretty much like an outsider. So many new raiders have joined and so many of the players I journeyed through Wrath with have left, that I almost feel like I’m in a new guild.
Part of me is wondering whether I would be better off moving away from an Oceanic server and joining a US timezone server where my daytime play is evening time for most players. If I want to get back into raiding it would also give me more opportunity to find a family friendly guild that has short raid times but still maintains quality and progression – this just doesn’t seem to exist on the Oceanic servers.
Suggestions/Ideas Are Welcome!
For those mothers who breastfeed and managed to play shortly after birth how did you manage it? I know some people have said breastfeed at the computer…. I just don’t think I have a set up that will work with that not to mention that Caitlin is a squirmer, I think she would bump her head a million times if I even tried.
Do you think its worth considering a move or should I wait it out for when night time feeds are less frequent and her sleep patterns more regular?
Lath (Still here albeit in a much less regular capacity!)
PS – This post ended up taking me 4 days to write /sigh.
PPS – Cass still has no study from the floods!