For those who missed it, there's a new addition to the webchick family coming soon. This of course is a time of incredible excitement and incredible terror and all of those things that I believe are natural when one crosses this threshold. :)
But something I've been spending a lot of time pondering about is what my Drupal life looks like post-webchicklet, and how other parents (particularly moms) have handled this.
Let me paint a picture for you.
Right now, my position within the Drupal community can probably best be described as the "Drupal community data bank." :) For just about any Drupal community-related question one might have, I usually know who to talk to, and often also know that that person's having a bad day today because of a specific home life issue, so try not to bug them too much. I also know they have a Drupal core patch that was RTBCed exactly 48 seconds ago, but in all likelihood still needs work because the person who RTBCed it has a tendency to let their enthusiasm get the better of them, so I'll need to do some extra manual testing. I can tell you about key community decisions we've made in the past, the entire history leading up to them, which concerns each key member in the discussion had, and what new things are coming down the pipe to address them.
I can do all this because I am on Drupal.org about 12-18 hours a day, and can get by with very little sleep (a superpower I understand will serve me well in motherhood ;)). Obviously, though, this isn't going to be sustainable at all with a little one underfoot. So I'm pondering a bit on what my role in the Drupal community in the New World Order™ looks like. Hm.
I would love to hear from other parents (especially moms) on how you coped with the inevitable loss of free time that accompanies a new life in your life. How did you set boundaries? How do you ensure that you are present as a parent, even when there is work to do and fires to be put out? Did you need to change your career life entirely, or were you able to make adjustments and if so, how?
Sorry about all the questions, but I'm very curious to hear how others have handled this. :)