Friday, 30 January 2009

The denial twist

Round 12: Days 56-60

Almost as soon as Stan, Xanthia and Araminta had moved into their new home, Xanthia was ready to give birth to the newest little Benton.

She was in Araminta's bedroom when she went into labour. Araminta didn't know how to help and called out for her father, but he didn't come.

Thankfully, Xanthia had done it all before and Zelda Sapphira Benton's birth went off without a hitch. Where was Stan though?

Apparently, it had been too long since Stan had cared for a baby because hearing Xanthia's screams had triggered a nervous breakdown.

Xanthia told Stan the only cure was knowledge, so they both made sure they read up on all the latest parenting techniques.

Araminta was enjoying her new neighbours. Unlike the rampant boozing in the townhouses, Aphrodite Harper enjoyed a much more wholesome past time.

Zelda was growing up fast and Xanthia enjoyed motherhood even more the second time around. She was much less anxious about things than she was with Araminta.

She only wished she could stay home with her daughter all the time. Money was tight though and the family really needed Xanthia's salary, so they had to keep the nanny on.

Xanthia enjoyed bonding with her eldest daughter too. One of Araminta's favourite activities was dancing in the living room with her mother. Xanthia figured she'd enjoy it while it lasted. Once Araminta entered the teen years, she'd probably be more interested in dancing with boys than with her mum.

Career wise, Xanthia was doing well. She was now a Master Architect and not far away from being a City Planner like her father. She wasn't sure about the co-worker she brought home though. She seemed...familiar somehow. Xanthia could have sworn she'd seen her lurking around her neighbours' homes at night.

Time flies when you're having fun! Zelda grew into a beautiful little toddler.

Stan tried to get her to try out a few different hobbies but she was more interested in chewing the xylophone mallet than actually making any music with it.

Araminta grew into a teen on the same day. Everyone had expected her to be very academic, given her interest in Science. She took after her mother though and just wanted to have a family. She had absolutely zero interest in college, though she was qualified for a few scholarships.

Having a sister so much younger than her was certainly good practice for when she had her own children.

She didn't babysit Zelda all the time though.

Araminta and Magdalena were as close as ever.

Magdalena was at the Bentons' house almost every day after school and stayed until quite late at night. Xanthia or Stan usually had to push her out of the door!

  • I love playing this triplex, because it now has only my own Sims living in it. Charlton and Aphrodite are in one unit and Julian is in the other.
  • WTF is with a family Sim with only one child having a nervous breakdown over a baby? I've only had that happen when the family has had 3 children or more.
  • The burglar really did come home from work with Xanthia. You would think that a) she'd wear something a little less conspicuous to work and b) she wouldn't need to burgle homes on an architect's salary!


  1. LOL, Stan is funny! Is he getting old? Even family Sims fear having a baby when they're getting older, though they usually want it at the same time. Weird Sims! :)

    Both girls are so pretty! I love Araminta's eyecolor!

    And LOL, what's with Xanthia bringing home a burglar??? Too funny!

  2. Family sims are such strange things. Poor Stan, LOL. "I'm too old for babies!"

    Bringing home the burglar? uuh, what exactly is she building? LOL

    Araminta turned out quite lovely. :)

  3. I've never had that happen to a family sim either. What's his sub-aspiration? That could explain it. Both of their daughters are very pretty..they're going to have their hands full!

    Question for ya: what hacks do you use to get your pregnant sims to show a baby bump no matter what clothes they wear? I have Squinge's old hack and it doesn't work in my game.

  4. I think Stan is 47 by my aging system. I'll have to start noting it at the beginning of my updates, because I always forget it when I'm out of the game! So yeah, he's getting old, Sim-wise.

    Stan's profile says he doesn't have a secondary aspiration but I'm fairly sure that's not right. I believe he's Family/Knowledge.

    I'm very pleased with Araminta. I thought she look kind of boring as a child.

  5. Oops, sorry, forgot to answer Mandie's question.

    I use the Wardrobe Adjuster thingy of InSim to dress pregnant Sims in regular clothes. It won't do it automatically like the Squinge hack and it only works on clothing with a pregnancy morph (by no means universal, unfortunately). You have to redress them every time they get back into their everyday clothes and when they pop, because they'll default to their Maxis maternity then. But it works for my purposes well enough.

  6. Awesome! Thanks for the info. I'll give it a shot!

  7. LOL, poor Stan! I haven't had a family Sim actually break down and go crazy from having a baby, but I have seen some of my older ones have it as a fear at the same time that they have it as a want.

    Wow, I didn't realize the burglar had a day job too! ;) LOL, yeah, you would think she wouldn't need to steal other Sims' stuff if she's working as an architect!

  8. It makes perfect sense that the burglar works as an architect. She knows the blueprints to all the houses so it's easy to rob them!

    Poor Stan! He is one weird Family sim. Vicki Marlowe also has mixed feelings about having a child. I wish she'd make up her mind already!

    I use Squinge's hack (AL version) for the pregnancy outfit and it works perfectly in my game.

  9. Ah, good thinking, Cissie! I think you may be on to something.