So, I'm actually going to do a Part 2 post on the Surprises of Fatherhood. It's been almost 6 months since I wrote the original post and now my son is almost 1 year old. Amazing! It's been one crazy ride with this little fellow. I'm sure there will be many more fatherhood surprises but here are the new ones I've discovered so far.
Dude, I'm tired.
Okay, this sounds stupid. Wow, you're a parent and you're tired? Join the club. The surprise here isn't that I'm tired, it's that it's a different type of tired. This isn't hangover tired, or no sleep tired, or I just ran a marathon tired, it's something completely different. And here I am lucky; my son sleeps a pretty normal schedule, maybe wakes up once in the night, takes naps, and I get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night, sometimes 9. It's like a winning the Kiddo lottery! But I'm still tired. Taking care of someone wears you out and I do the least amount parenting work here. Thanks Wifey. But yeah, it's a different kind of tired, like a combo of sleeplessness and being stretched too thin.
Let me preface this post with a little bit about my gaming history. First, let's start with the phrase, 'gaming'. Up until about 8 years ago, the word 'gaming' meant dice, maps and dungeons and dragons to me. I had spent some of my youth playing video games: Star Wars, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Smurfs, The Legend of Zelda and the almighty Super Mario Bros. Then I kind of got out of it for awhile. In college, I got a Sega CD and started playing again, but very little and usually N.H.L. '93-96'. After that era, I got out of it. And while I was out of it, video games became 'gaming' and it got serious. Flash forward to 2009, where I get my first GM job in Long Beach, about 45 minutes from my hometown of Chino, CA. About 3 months into it, I moved myself to Long Beach. All of a sudden I was in a new city, with no friends and just work to keep me busy. Eventually, I got pretty lonely, which is hard for a loner. But all of my friends were playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare online. Hello XBox360! I bought myself one and Call of Duty and a new era of gaming was born for me. All of the sudden, I could stay up all night drinking and talking to my friends, whilst killing the crap out of other people I didn't know. It was great. It was a great game. It was so involving. I couldn't get enough. It was the only game I played. I was definitely not great at it but I didn't care, it was fun and the social aspect was just as engrossing as the gameplay. Soon, I was making friends all of the country and even Canada. I always had friends online to play with, so it was never ending. Most nights grew into the morning. I didn't get a lot of sleep.
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