Monday, 25 January 2010

Knocked up

Round 24: Autumn 2020

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Araminta Romilly is 57, Henry is 55 and Elspeth is 6.
(Trent Kirby is 50, Megan is 48, Ione is 24 and Finn and Victoria are both 19)

Narrated by Araminta Romilly

Once Finn went off to college and it was just Henry, Elspeth and me in the house, I thought things would be much quieter around here but it really hasn't worked out that way at all.

Finn called us from his dorm and told us there was something he needed to talk about with us and that it was probably better that he did it in person. I started worrying right away - you don't say something like that if you're expecting the other person to be pleased. Anyway, he said he'd come down with Victoria that weekend.

Finn sounded nervous on the phone and when he and Victoria arrived, they looked even more nervous. Of course, then I really started feeling anxious.

Finally, Finn said, "I'm not sure how to start with this, so I'm just going to say it. Victoria's pregnant".

I think Henry and I both needed some time to take that in. When Finn said he'd be bringing Victoria with him, her being pregnant briefly crossed my mind. I put it out of my mind almost immediately though. Finn is just so sensible, and I guess you don't normally think of things like this happening to kids like him. Or Victoria. They both insisted they were using birth control and it was just one of those things. It's not 100%, I know.

They're committed to each other, at least, so that's something. Even before Victoria's pregnancy, they talked about things they'd do when they get married, as opposed to 'if'.

Finn's been saving his money for a good while but Henry and I are both a little concerned that it will dry up. Babies can be expensive and Finn and Victoria had to pay a considerable amount for the family housing on campus.

We both thought it might be a good idea for Finn and Victoria to move back here with the baby, once they graduate. It's not ideal but Finn's old bedroom has an en suite and it would be big enough for them and the baby, at least for a little while. They wouldn't have to worry about money, especially seeing I just got promoted and am bringing a little more cash in now.

I had a feeling they might both be too independent to accept that and I was right. They want a place of their own once they graduate, which I can understand.

Victoria especially really appreciated the offer though. Apparently, her mother hadn't taken the news quite as well as we did.

Finn and Victoria were both more uneasy about telling her parents than about telling us. I couldn't imagine either of them being any more nervous than they were when they arrived at our house but I had to take their word for it.

Victoria's parents were shocked, like we were. Henry and I were not so naive to think that Finn and Victoria were still virgins though and Victoria thinks maybe Megan was. It just all seemed to come as such an incredible shock to her.

Megan was very angry and she even wanted Victoria to drop out of university and come home. Trent talked her down from that craziness but Finn told us she's still quite upset about the whole thing. I hope she comes around before the baby is born. I'm happy to offer all the support I can but Victoria is going to want her own mother there for her.

I've been thinking of little else except my impending grandparenthood lately. I want grandchildren but I never expected Finn to be the first to make me one! I was sure that would be Ione.

I try to be calm when I talk to Finn about it but I've shared some of my nerves about Victoria's pregnancy with Ione. I'm so worried about how they'll cope. Henry and I were in our 30s, married and living in our own home when Ione was born and we still found adjusting to parenthood difficult. And we weren't college students at the time.

Since we told Elspeth that she was going to be an aunt, she's been asking a lot of awkward questions. Where is Victoria's baby? How did it get in there? How is it going to get out? Just the sort of conversation that's perfect for dinner time.

Luckily, Elspeth was satisfied with the age appropriate answers we gave her and Ione distracted her with more wedding talk. Elspeth is going to be a flower girl and she's very excited.

I'm not in the bridal party but Olivia offered to make me a dress anyway. I didn't want to accept the offer but she insisted. I haven't bought a formal dress in several years, so it's nice to have something brand new.

She's making Elspeth's dress too, as well as her own bridemaid's dress and the dresses for everyone else in the bridal party, including Ione. I can't wait to see Ione on her big day but at the same time, I'm a little wistful about it. My kids are growing up so fast - Ione's getting married and Finn will be a father, come this summer.

Elspeth is only 6, so we'll have her with us for a while yet.

Already though, she's at the stage where Mum coming home from work is nowhere near as thrilling as it once was!

  • Title is from Knocked Up by Kings of Leon.
  • So the parents (or, future grandparents, I guess!) now know! It was kind of funny when I had Finn and Victoria at the Kirby house. Obviously, none of these Sims are at all worried about Victoria's pregnancy, because that's not programmed into the game. But this was just one of those times when the Sims start acting like the characters you've built for them in your head. Victoria kept closing her eyes like she was steeling herself to say something and Finn's legs were very jittery and he kept drumming his fingers against his knees, like he was nervous. But nobody would say anything for ages - they all just sat there!
  • In my head, I was thinking Megan would probably take the news the worst, because she strikes me as kind of stuffy and a bit prudish. She started doing all that angry shrugging that Sims do when they talk all on her own though, so I just went with it! She was so much more upset than Trent! Which, again, fits because I see Trent as the more laid back one.
  • You might have seen me cursing the grid lines on Twitter yesterday - that was for the first picture of Araminta and company around the table outside. I shouldn't have gone back to look at the first one after I reshot it, because now I keep thinking how much better it is because Victoria has her head turned towards Finn in that one! I'm a bit nitpicky!
  • I can't believe Araminta finally got promoted. I think she's been stuck at Level 2 of that career for about 25 years now! She's at Level 3 now and I expect her to be there until retirement, LOL!
  • I've been playing a little bit with the allmenus on cheat and it is awesome (just like you said it was, Laura)! I haven't really played with many of the new interactions yet but I used the cheat in both of the pictures of Olivia. She's grooming Araminta, which is normally a family only interaction and she's doing the Sales.../Dazzle interaction on Elspeth, which you can obviously normally only do on business lots. I'll have to experiment with this more to see what else I can do! I definitely recommend that you all give it a try! Even if you don't blog, it's fun just to check out all the hidden stuff Maxis never enabled, for whatever reason.


  1. Awww, my heart breaks for poor Victoria! I hope Megan comes around for her. I know there's nobody you want more than your mom when you're about to become a mother yourself, and it sucks not to have that! But I'm glad Finn's parents took the news a little better. At least they're not completely without help.

    Wow, all this wedding planning, and I'm really excited to see Ione get married :)

    Ah-ha, I thought I saw some interesting interactions in there! Isn't it the best?!? There's so much useful stuff to look through though, it'll be ages before I figure it all out :)

  2. Aw, that's got to be hard for Victoria, always such a responsible girl. I hope her mom comes around before the little one arrives. I'm glad Finn's parents seemed to come around pretty quickly.

    Ione's wedding is just around the color, and the all menus seems pretty cool!

  3. Wow, Finn's parents took the news very well, so helpful. I wonder if they were actually upset-but I guess that they know that their son is a very sensible young man and so is Victoria, so they don't really have to worry too much. Wow, maybe Finn can take out a loan for the baby (hopefully it's only one baby since Victoria is a twin herself-yikes!).

  4. I didn't even think about twins!! Is it twins? LOL

    Man, that'd definitely make college classes even more difficult!

  5. Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    Laura, I always feel awful when I manufacture this stuff for my Sims! Victoria just looks so extra sad when she's upset. But even if Megan doesn't come around, Araminta will totally step up in that capacity.

    I am almost completely ready for Ione's wedding. I have a few more details to decide on and then it'll all be ready for the spring.

    Allmenus is the best but I was making heavy use of Decorgal's Talk Sitting painting too, in this session. Victoria twiddling her thumbs and biting her nails and Finn rubbing his neck were all from that painting.

    Maisie, I hope Megan comes around too but at least Finn and Victoria aren't totally unsupported.

    Ione's wedding has totally snuck up on me!

    No, it's not twins! I've actually had twins in college before - James and Naomi were born while their parents were in college. Funnily enough, Abigail and Caleb had a much more difficult time with Nick. I think that was mostly because Caleb was working full-time and was constantly job-searching to arrange his work around Abigail's classes. And I was using Bigger Bills then, which I think makes bills much too high for college Sims.

    Apple Valley, Finn's parents are both more worried about how Finn and Victoria will cope with a baby than they are angry with him. There wasn't much point being angry, seeing it's done now and Finn and Victoria had clearly decided to keep the baby. The Romillies need to have a talk with Megan, probably!

    And I just ducked into Victoria and Finn's house last night to advance her pregnancy (birthdays tomorrow!) and she is NOT having twins. Thank goodness! It's a really tight squeeze in those houses for twins!

  6. Really loved the pictures for this one! They all really are so nice.

    Poor Victoria. I sure hope her mother comes around. She definitely needs the support. But I'm glad her and Finn are set on having their own place when they graduate. It shows their commitment to each other and starting a new family.

    And I love your notes; it's great when things work out like that. You sit them down and they just act exactly like what you imagined in your head.

  7. I LOL'ed at Megan's reaction, because I thought exatally what you did... she's totally proper and prudish! HA!

    I always feel bad for people who have unexpected pregnancies that scew up their plans (just ask Mariah Buchanan... lol!) but at least Finn and Victoria are legal adults and will get help from Araminta and Henry, I assume.

    And Elspeth, you may want to wait a couple years before you ask some of those questions!

    I liked your mannequins and Olivia making the dress. So realistic and the screenies were great.

  8. I'm glad that they're getting support from Finn's parents. I hope Trent will be able to talk some sense into Megan. Her daughter needs her now!

    Good to know it's just one baby. It's hard enought for Finn and Victoria without having TWO babies at once.

  9. I'm really looking forward to seeing the family housing and what you do with their uni updates now.

    The allmenus on looks like so much fun. I'd love to have my lazy sims nod off on the sofa! But I'm scared of editing the registry on my game. You haven't had any problem with it?

  10. Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    Lunar, thank you! I spent a lot of time on the pictures for this update, so I appreciate you saying that.

    Victoria will definitely need all the support she can get. Finn, his parents, her dad and sister will help her but a time like this, a girl wants her mum, you know?

    It's never been much of a question for Finn and Victoria as to whether they'd get married or start a family, so that's just happening a little bit sooner than they'd planned!

    bbop, yeah, Megan's always been a little stuffy, though she hasn't had much of an opportunity to show her prudishness before now. She'd do well to remember that she and Trent didn't wait until they got married, so this could have easily been her. Though Trent was out of college by the time he met Megan.

    Henry and Araminta will definitely help Finn and Victoria out, and I expect Trent and Claudia will lend a hand when they can too.

    As for Elspeth, well, I was an astoundingly uncurious child, so I never asked those kinds of things but as a teacher, I can tell you that other kids do! Everyone around her is talking about nothing but Victoria and Finn's baby and she naturally wants to be included in that.

    Glad you liked the pictures!

    Cissie, Trent is a good balance for Megan, so hopefully he'll bring her around. We'll have to wait and see.

    Twins would have been doable but not desirable in this situation!

    Francesca, I was thinking about that last night and I'll probably write Finn and Victoria's update more like a regular family update, as opposed to how I normally do the uni updates. Claudia's household is much smaller now too, so I'll probably do the same there too. She's got Amar and Jacob with her, but they're all involved in the same plot line. First person is generally too hard with a HUGE household of singles.

    No, I haven't any problems at all with allmenus on. You only need to make one very small change and you can prepare for any problems you might get by just backing up the file you change. If you completely screw up, just replace the file with the back-up. You only have to do it once and then that's it. You'll be able to use it every time you load the game from then on. Try it!

  11. I back up (to a new file) almost every time I play, but I was thinking since its the registry file, maybe it changed the program files as opposed to the game files.

  12. Ah, well, the file you'd be editing is in Program Files but as long as you back up that particular file, it would be a simple matter of putting your back-up back in if anything went wrong. :)