On her way to work the next day, Laurel started to feel unwell.
It was, of course, morning sickness. Arjan gave her some coupons to spend at the spa to help her feel more comfortable.
With a baby on the way, it seemed like a good time for Laurel to get to know Arjan’s family better. Nico, Anika, and Faye joined them for dinner at the house.
I’d invited his dad too, but he’s an elder now and has decided to start walking everywhere, which means he never shows up on time.
Early the following morning, Elisabeth Archibilt-Grisby was born at the hospital. The skills I’ve rolled for generation two are logic, athletic, and painting (another three fun ones!), so I’ve given her the genius and artistic traits.
After they’d all had a little rest, Arjan and Laurel took Elisabeth out to the winter festival.
During Laurel’s pregnancy, Arjan and she each had rolled two wishes to marry one another, so I went ahead and got them engaged. I haven’t decided what I want to do for the ceremony yet. Laurel’s ‘hates the outdoors’ trait is a tricky one.
They went straight back to work the following afternoon, but soon snow flake day arrived, giving the whole town the day off. Our house doesn’t have enough open space to host a gift giving part, so I was hoping my sims would be asked to one elsewhere. When no invite arrived, I sent them all over to the Archibilt-Patel house. It so happened that it was Elisabeth’s birthday that day too, which she was able to celebrate surrounded by family.
Everyone watched a movie together.
Back at home, Elisabeth had her first taste of her favourite food, veggie rolls.
Over the next few days, her parents continued to build up their careers and skills. I had Laurel start tinkering with the sinks about the house. When she got to handiness level three, I could have started making things self-cleaning, but I preferred to have her continue tinkering for two reasons: firstly, because there was a chance she’d manage to install a higher level upgrade; secondly, because any breakages she made along the way would actually good for us, as they’d give Arjan something to repair and so help him complete the ‘plumber’ handiness challenge.
Arjan himself had become obsessed with crafting a masterpiece potty for Elisabeth. Well, okay, I had become obsessed. I think he probably would rather have been able to spend time with his girlfriend and daughter. There’s no good reason for becoming so fixated on this, no special moodlets or anything, only my own perfectionism. I guess I like to have masterpieces to pass down as family heirlooms. Anyway, we failed. Four days and twelve potties later, we had one that was brilliant, and a couple of normals, and a whole bunch of goods.
On Elisabeth’s last day as a toddler, I made myself take a break and let her parents take her to the library to read some skill books. They were able to get her through all the painting and logic ones in a matter of hours. I hadn’t realized before how significant the boost to reading speed at the library is.
Elisabeth had her birthday party at home. I gave her the athletic trait.
This kid didn’t look too happy for her.
Fortunately, he wasn’t the only one there. I’d pulled my usual trick of using the Master Controller filters to invite all the children in town to the party. Elisabeth got on best with fellow genius Roosevelt Shelley–Dean, the son of the guy who gave us that bugged sculpting challenge. They played a bit of chess together.
Elisabeth enjoyed the game, but I decided to have her focus on her painting skill first. I’m looking forward to being to decorate the house with her creations.
Her parents have to work at the weekends, and I didn’t want her to be alone at home all evening, so the Saturday after her birthday I had them drop her off with the Newbies. Bob and Betty have three kids now – Staci, Rosa, and their little brother Quentin.
I think Staci is insane.
Elisabeth and Rosa quickly bonded over their shared interest in art.
The next day, her parents left her with Anika and Faye, who had moved out in their own place. Unlike her sporty cousin, Faye is a couch potato, but the girls found common ground playing a football console game.
With no toddler in the house, Arjan could take a break from his potty crafting mania to focus on completing the ‘ice personality’ sculpting challenge. Once he’s created twenty-five ice sculptures, new ones will no longer melt. The ice sculptures are relatively fast to make, so this is also an okay way of unlocking new designs. Among the best ones Arjan discovered were a nectar rack, display pedestal and dining chair…so now we have more pieces of furniture for me to obsess over turning into masterpieces.