Monday, 30 May 2011

You say it's your birthday, September 2033

Round 31: September 2033 (Spring)

Now that Sarah has had a few months to get used to the idea of being pregnant again, she's finding herself getting quite excited about the prospect of another baby.

Sarah is still feeling good in her second trimester and has been able to continue working at Clarke & Associates Architecture. This month, she even earned the promotion she's been waiting for since eldest son Thomas was born.

Nick and Sarah's third child is due in February 2034.

A couple of blocks away, Nick's uncle Evan and his wife Ione are preparing for the birth of baby #5. At the same time, Ione is trying to find a new job after losing her position with the Sullivan Police a few months ago. So far, she's had little luck.

It's hard to look forward to a new baby with that sort of stress hanging over their heads but Evan and Ione are doing their best.

Ione's mother Araminta thought she might have to wait until Elspeth had children before she was blessed with another grandchild, so she's just a tiny bit thrilled with Ione's pregnancy.

Araminta also has some good news for her daughter. Araminta sold her house several months ago and has decided to split the proceeds between her three children, providing Evan and Ione with a whole $10,000! It might not last long with five children but it will buy Ione just a little bit more time in her job hunt.

Notes:
  • Nick already had the want for another baby; Sarah had rolled it when I loaded the lot to bump her up to the second trimester. So she's come to terms with this baby and is now just waiting for it to make its first appearance. ;)
  • When Araminta sold her house, I divided her cash into two. I kept one half for her and divided the remaining half into three for Ione, Finn and Elspeth, so they've all got a nice little nest egg in their bank accounts now.
  • Both Moretti babies are arriving in February. :D
  • And just a quick, completely unrelated note, I've updated the playable NPCs post to include Leslie Patrick, Dominic's girlfriend. I'll also add Susannah's boyfriend Sam Whitney soon. I have him all moved in to his apartment - I just forgot to take a picture!

27 comments:

  1. Aww, that picture of Evan and Ione at the computer is so sweet! Love it.

    How nice that Sarah got the promotion just before she'll have to go on maternity leave! Very lucky, and maybe now she won't feel so far behind.

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  2. Rachel, I'm glad you like that Evan and Ione pic. It didn't turn out quite the way I wanted but it's pretty cute anyway. ;)

    Getting that promotion was a huge load off Sarah's mind. She and Nick are still going to go ahead with their plan for Nick to take over the stay-at-home thing once Sarah wants to go back to worm but this just means she'll be a little bit ahead when she does go back.

    Thanks for reading!

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  3. Aw, that's very sweet from Araminta, and so welcome for Ione and her large family! *swoon*
    I'm always happy to see you have updated! I haven't subscribed, so I visit randomly to see if there's anything new, and I have always a "Yeaaah!" when you do! ;)

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  4. I'm sure the money will help Ione and Evan some. I hope she's able to find a job soon though.
    Can't wait to see the babies arrive!:)

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  5. I really love the picture at the computer. Even if it didn't come out the way you wanted it's gorgeous!

    I'm sure the money will help a lot, especially with a fifth little one on the way!

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  6. Sandy, Araminta was never really able to give her kids much in the way of material things when they were younger (especially Ione and Finn), so now that she can give them this money, she wants to do it.

    Aw, that makes me happy, Sandy! I'm glad you enjoy Sullivan so much. :)

    Thanks for reading!

    coolkat2, there aren't many of us who'd turn down $10,000 and it would be even more welcome with a fifth child on the way! More on Ione's job search in her next pregnancy update. :)

    Thanks for reading!

    Driftwood Valley, thank you. I still haven't found the pose I wanted to use for that one but it turned out well anyway. ;)

    The money will delay Evan and Ione having to dip into their savings. Hopefully, she'll get a job before that point comes.

    Thanks for reading!

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  7. That's a good idea, dividing up the money like that... hopefully Ione will find a job before the money runs out, although it might be easier to get one after the baby is born.

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  8. Blackcat, Sims so often end up with more money than they know what to do with, so why not divide it among the kids?

    Ione probably will want to stay home with the baby once it's born, so she's job searching now in the hopes she can pick up some work before she can't physically do it any more.

    Thanks for reading!

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  9. I enjoy Sullivan! I've been a lurker for a very long time (with hiatus, so there's plenty of events I have missed), but I think I enjoy it even more since I began to comment. It's like putting words on your Sims make them a bit more mine, than just reading about them. It's like if we were chatting about friends we share. :)

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  10. I hope Ione can find another job soon, but hopefully the cash will help alleviate some of her worries till then. Worry is definitely not good for the baby! And seeing Nick and Sarah always makes me smile :)

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  11. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Sarah and Nick will give you that all boy family you've been wanting for so long! But I have to admit that I would like to see a girl from these 2 as well :)

    A new baby and a new job, there will be some changes for Ione and Evan, but so much to look forward to!

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  12. Sandy, I know just what you mean! I feel the same way about the stories I comment on. It really does make you feel more invested in the Sims. :)

    mizzgin03, I've got an idea for Ione's next move, job-wise, so I'll talk about that in her next pregnancy update. I think it will work well for her, at least temporarily.

    Nick and Sarah are too cute. I spotted them at a park I took Dominic to yesterday, being all autonomously adorable. ;)

    Thanks for reading!

    Tanja, I'm curious about what a girl would look like for Sarah and Nick but not curious enough to hope for one, lol!

    Hopefully, everything will go smoothly for Ione and Evan. Life has thrown a lot at them and they've handled it all pretty well, so I'm confident.

    Thanks for reading!

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  13. What a wonderful shot of Ione and Evan, just adorable, how many times has hubby done the exact to me while I was typing away...*awww* LOL!
    Hope everything goes well!

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  14. Drew, LOL, maybe I should stop fussing about that photo seeing everyone seems to like it so much!

    I feel like I'm moving through this round pretty quickly, so we'll find out about these babies soon enough.

    Thanks for reading!

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  15. What cute pregnant ladies you have. I hope that the stress of 5 kids won't tear at Evan and Ione. I hope she finds a job soon. I'm still looking for one after a year so hopefully it'll be much easier for her. It usually is for the sims. =P

    Nick & Sarah are so cute. I hope they have a little girl this time.

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  16. Choco, I love pregnant Sims. I try to get them into as many photos as I can!

    I think 5 kids for Evan and Ione are going to end up being a little like Laura said. Sort of a "what's one more?" situation. The job situation will eventually work out too. If only it was as easy for us to find jobs as it is for Sims, huh?

    Oooh, don't say that, lol! I'm hoping for another boy for Nick and Sarah! I'd like Evan and Ione to have a girl though. :)

    Thanks for reading!

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  17. I really like that computer shot, too. I'm one of those people who would startle and probably NOT like it if someone did it to me, but it's sweet seeing it done to someone else LOL!

    Five kids. Wow. It's definitely good luck that Araminta is able to help out a little because what's one more can add up!

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  18. S.B., I didn't think about that but I probably would have been startled as well. I guess Ione isn't as jumpy as we are!

    A no-strings-attached gift of $10,000 is definitely welcome with a fifth child due! I think the money side of things would have been what Evan and Ione were most worried about, so Araminta has eased their minds a little bit.

    Thanks for reading!

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  19. Araminta is super sweet to share some of that money, I can completely see her doing that, and what great time for Ione. I hope she's able to find something so she can get some paid maternity after the new one arrives. I'm excited to see what they have and who they look like, this baby will make their family uneven now, they were so nicely paired 2boys/2girls.

    I'm excited for Sarah too, she's a little breeding machine! Glad she got the promotion though, she can rest a little easier that she isn't falling too far behind at work, she's clearly an important component to her team.

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  20. Maisie, Araminta was never able to give Ione or Finn much when they were younger, so she's as glad to hand over the money as Ione is to receive it!

    LOL, I'm a bit annoyed that this family will be uneven too! It would have been perfect if this pregnancy was boy/girl twins - but I'm not wishing twins on them. ;) They'd have to move for sure then.

    Nick and Sarah are very fertile! Thank goodness she can use BC, though I hope it's more successful in the future than it was this time. Sarah's a pretty ambitious woman, so getting the promotion pre-pregnancy is a huge load off her mind.

    Thanks for reading!

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  21. Good for Ione. That will be a great help the them.

    Congrats to Sarah and Nick.

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  22. HeredonCove, the money will be a huge help, at least until Ione has a job opportunity come along. And I'm glad Sarah finally got her promotion too.

    Thanks for reading!

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  23. I'm glad that Sarah has come to terms with her pregnancy. With that promotion she can hopefully go on maternity leave without further stress about work.

    Good timing for Araminta to give money to Ione and Evan. I hope it takes out some of the stress she's feeling because of her unemployment. I don't know why but it just dawned on me now that she's having her fifth child! Fingers crossed it's not twins :)

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  24. Can’t wait to see the babies! I’m another fan of that pic of Evan and Ione. And that’s great that Araminta was able to give so much money to the kids! I’m sure they all could use it. And I’m another fan of pregnant sims and love seeing them hobble around on lots when I’m not controlling them :). I’m glad Sarah got that promotion.

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  25. Sari, Nick and Sarah were always going to have a third but having one so soon wasn't quite in their plans. Now that Sarah is accustomed to the idea, they're both excited.

    It almost doesn't feel like Ione's fifth child because it's only her third pregnancy. But yeah, #5! I put up the December birthdays today, with Ione's pregnancy update, so when you get around to that, you'll find out what's up with her unemployment situation.

    Thanks for reading!

    Danielle, for me at least, the time until the babies is going to fly by. I'm really excited about the last two updates of the year and then we'll have January birthdays (which I always love). And then, it'll be hardly any time at all until February. Still, so exciting!

    Pregnant Sims are the cutest. It's part of the reason I find it so hard to say no when my Sims want yet another baby, lol!

    Thanks for reading!

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  26. Aw, that's sweet that Arminta is sharing to proceeds. That also feels very realistic. Some parents, seeing their children in need or uncomfortable, would so help out in this way.

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  27. Lunar, very true and Araminta is very much that kind of parent. She's finally in a position where she can help, so she naturally wants to. And it's very welcome for Ione - I'm sure Elspeth and Finn didn't mind getting an extra $10,000 either though!

    Thanks for reading!

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