La Luna

La Luna
Playing Mommy

Kimberley Ann Sparks | 2 Sep 2008 13:04
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After the last 48 hours, I was overwhelmed with exhaustion and euphoria. I opted not to get the TV service in my room. They want me to pay how much for it? No thanks! I had my games, which was really all I needed.

I found it difficult to sleep because of the very uncomfortable bed, the pain from my incision, and the frequent feedings. The videogames were great, helping me keep my mind off of those discomforts. My only regret was that I didn't bring enough of them.

My New Life
I was released four days later, and was beyond ecstatic to get back to my own bed and all the creature comforts of home. I found that I couldn't sit at the computer, so I played games on my Xbox 360 in between resting and breastfeeding.

While breastfeeding, there are two things I've found invaluable and I would highly recommend adding them to any baby registry: my DS and my Chumby.

The middle-of-the-night feedings made me exhausted, and the DS was great to keep me awake. Though somewhat difficult to nurse and play at the same time, I found that casual games were the best to play one-handed. I worked my way through Cake Mania and Jewel Quest: Expeditions, and looked forward to the release of Cake Mania 2.

My Chumby helped keep me up to date with what was going on in the world. It's about the size of a grapefruit with a wireless internet connection, and you personalize it by choosing from hundreds of widgets. I signed up for local and world news feeds as well as gaming and tech-related news. It helped me feel connected with the world around me at a time when I couldn't actually participate. Though my baby sleeps through the night now (fingers crossed that that continues), I still use the Chumby and DS while breastfeeding during the day.

I've also been using my Wii a lot to help in my recovery. Wii Fit has been great to help me get back in shape, and Claire likes to participate as well. I'll put her in her baby carrier sometimes while I do a few rounds of step aerobics.

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I'm definitely glad I had my games to play during childbirth, and I've found that even though I'm a new mom and so many aspects of my life have changed, gaming is still a major part of it.

I want to foster a love of gaming in Claire, sort of like what my mom did for me, unbeknownst to her, when I was growing up. She was the Pac-Man champ on our block. Kids would come over all the time to play her, and they rarely ever won.

I have a couple of friends who are newly pregnant, and I will most certainly share my experience with them. I also know what I'll be buying them for a shower present!

Kimberley Ann Sparks is a freelance writer working in video games, TV, and film. She can't wait to have a multi-generational tournament with her mother and daughter, though it will have to be Pac-Man.

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