It's been a while since I posted on TalkBass -- in fact it's been a while since I've done anything with the bass, because in September I became a dad for the first time. My wife and I travelled to China to adopt our daughter, who turns 1 year old on January 12. She is an absolute blessing and I love being a dad. HOWEVER... finding time for bass has been really difficult. Having an infant around the house is a full-time undertaking. Every moment I'm home, I am watching her or I am doing stuff around the house that needs to get done because my wife is watching her. Practice time has been almost non-existent, and my skills are starting to slip. I'm also in a band, and even though we took three months for a hiatus before and after the trip to China to allow me to get my legs underneath me, I'm still having finding it hard to make scheduled rehearsals, and basically forget about gigging. Being a dad to my daughter is infinitely more important than being a bass player, since bass is just an avocation for me. However, playing bass is part of who I am, and I miss it. I'd like to find some balance of giving an appropriate amount of time to family and find time to at least maintain myself on the instrument, if not perform every now and then. Even just finding a half an hour every other day to practice would be nice. I'm wondering if the parents in the crowd out there can offer some advice. How did you do it? Did you just have to give up playing for a few years until your kid(s) got to the point where they didn't need constant attention? Did you manage to squirrel away some time for playing? Or what? EDIT: I should mention too that practicing while she naps isn't an option, since I'm at work during her nap times. Practicing after she goes to sleep is possible but not likely since after she turns in, I usually go to bed an hour later and there's lots of stuff to catch up on in that hour.