The Scatterday Matriarchy 5.4: Secret Softie

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“Good job, Hector! You’re getting so big. Soon Mommy’s not going to be able to pick you up!”

“Noooooo!”

“Aww, relax buddy. That won’t be for a while!”

Welcome back to the Scatterday Matriarchy! It’s been far too long, but I’ve been planning this next series of updates for a while. Over at Boolprop, we started a month-long story writing contest dubbed SimNaWriMo – the gist of it is that you try to update your Sims story as many times as possible in October. I’m going for either the bronze prize (3 updates) or the silver prize (7 updates), as I have around 7-8 updates left before this generation is over! I figured this competition would be a good kick in the pants to get me updating again, and if it sounds like something you might be interested in, you can check it out over here.

Last time everyone partied, Heimrich got stuck with all the childcare despite disliking children, and Natalie and Puzzle had their second child, a daughter named Elaine.

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Puzzle made some wise use of her maternity leave, finishing up a novel about how the stigma associated with Woohooing Imaginary Friends is totally wack.

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False Accusations‘ best-seller status actually did help the stigma. Even Heimrich got in on the fun!

“Shh! Don’t, uh, let anyone know that I’m here. I’m really not in the mood to change diapers.”

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Heimrich was right about the young moms needing an extra pair of hands, though right now it’s feeding time and not diaper time.

“No want bowl! Want bottle!”

“No, Hector, we’ve been over this. You’re a big boy now, and your little sister needs all the bottles.”

“Well, she needs the bottle, but she certainly doesn’t seem toย want it. Come on, Elaine! Have some milk for Mama!”

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Natalie was right about Hector being a big boy – he’s due to become a child! No more diaper changes and mush in bowls for him! (Well, at least not until he’s elderly.)

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Hector even got a birthday cake and mini-party with his moms! I deserve a medal for remembering to do this! ย ๐Ÿ˜€

“Aww, ready for your birthday, Hector?”

“Hee, yeah!”

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Hector was a very cute toddler. One last moment of toddler giggliness, and then…

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“PFWEEEEEEEEEEET!”

Oh great – way to deafen your grandson, Heimrich. -_-

Hector’s new trait is Easily Impressed. At least he’ll appreciate his family’s antics? You know, if he’s able to hear them.

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After a quick makeover, it’s time for cake.

“….so I said to Rodriguez, ‘Sir, you promised me the money by Friday. I can tell you’re lying about Henry’s illness because of your eyes…’ and then he said…”

“WHAT? WHY WOULD HARRY BUY A PRIZE? DOES HE NEED A TROPHY? THIS IS A GREAT STORY, GRANDPA!”

I have a feeling Hector is going to make Heimrich’s dislike of children into a complete and utter hatred for them, based on volume alone.

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You know things are bad when one of your moms wants to send you to boarding school just for some peace and quiet.

(As a sidenote – is it cheaty to send children to boarding school in a legacy? Have I asked this before? I know some other legacy writers have done this to make room in the main house, but it feels wrong to me.)

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Uh, no thank you. I don’t even know where Callie went off to – she’s probably at work or being Insane somewhere around town.

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Yup, definitely off being Insane. Apparently the last five decades of living together don’t count. -_-

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Puzzle used her post-False Accusations notoriety to create a more practical guide to Woohooing with various occult life forms.

“Hmm, the vampires said that having a mirrored ceiling was useless, and the fairies warned that it’s impossible for a human to Woohoo inside a Fairy House…where can I squeeze that in?”

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Since Hector can now be left to his own devices, Natalie only had to wrangle Elaine.

“Whee! Whee! Flying baby!”

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Luckily, Puzzle was able to finish up her guide very quickly, and while it wasn’t nearly as popular asย False Accusations, it still gathered a decent following.

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“Mmmm…Nat, why are you kissing me like that?”

“What, can’t a gal kiss her wife however she wants?”

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“Well, I guess, but…”

“I was trying to kiss you like you described mermaid kissing in your Woohoo guide.”

“Oh! But I’m not a mermaid!”

“No, and I know you’re not a vampire or an alien or a fairy either, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun, can we? Follow me…”

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“Hector’s new treehouse?”

“Yeah, I figured it would be the closest thing we have to Woohooing in a Fairy House…”

“Oh, Nat, you’re so bad! Well, we better be gentle – I’d feel like stinky garbage if we wrecked our son’s treehouse through Woohoo…”

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Other than some brief levitation, the treehouse was unscathed…

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…but Nat was a bit worse for wear. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The moms snuck back into the house well before anyone else was awake, and Hector was too busy starving to death to suspect a thing.

“HELLO? CAN SOMEONE BRING ME A BOWL OF MUSH OR A CAKE? HELP!”

Aww, just like his Uncle Manfred. :’)

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It’s time for Elaine to age up too! I hope she’s got more interesting features than Hector – first I was getting sick of black hair, thanks to George and Zhan, and now I hate blonde hair thanks to Angelo, Callie, and Natalie.

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I think Elaine’s birthday will be pretty low-key, given that Nat’s splinter got infected, and now she’s running a fever.

What? That’s totally the unknown cause of her nausea, right?

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He claims to Dislike Children, but this isn’t the first time I’ve caught Heimrich wandering around the house while randomly holding a baby. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

“Uh, now see here Elaine? That man has to hit the ball with the bat, and if he does he might be able to score a run! …wait, no, now he’s out. Let’s watch something else.”

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I don’t know why it amuses me so much when Celebrity kids get discounts. I don’t even remember what I told Hector to buy!

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Soon enough, little Elaine will be a baby no more! Nat is stunned.

“I might barf all over this cake.”

Better get on with the sparkling and twirling, then.

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All the usual suspects showed up to the birthday, except for Callie.

“FWEEEET!”

“Aww, I can’t wait to see little Elaine get bigger! Maybe she can, uh, watch more baseball with me. From another room. Because I can’t stand kids, right?”

Heimrich is such a softie.

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Seriously, how can anyone claim to dislike kids and be this happy at their granddaughter’s birthday?

“YAY ELAINE!”

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Oh my gawd.

SHE HAS HEIMRICH’S HAIR! No wonder he loves her so much!

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Here’s Elaine, all made over. She’s adorable! In addition to Heimrich’s hair, it looks like she got Nat’s purple eyes (another genetic trait I’m coming toย hate, thanks Angelo), Nat’s skin tone, and a lovely blend of Nat and Puzzle’s faces. I *think* that’s the start of Natalie’s jawline, and Puzzle’s lips, but it’s hard to tell in toddlers.

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Callie missed Elaine’s birthday party because she was out on the town! She rolled the wish to go to a bar, so after her shift she hit up The Grind for some dancing.

“Woo! My hips haven’t felt this loose in years!”

Please don’t break anything, Callie. ย :/

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And look who else showed up! Frankie! I haven’t seen her in person for so long! I should make her over to get her crazy pigtail hair back, but I’m lazy.

“Hmm, this bar seems acceptable for a night of dancing and overthrowing the nanobot revolution…”

Never change, Frankie. Also, I’d swear that was Auden tending bar in the background if I didn’t see her die in-game with my own eyes.

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Callie had to use her massive Celebrity powers for cheap drinks. Nothing like a bunch of weird cocktails for catching up with your sister!

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“It’s been so long since I’ve seen you or danced like this! This takes me back! Remember when Josie used to ruin all our fun?”

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“Do I! I’m glad we never see her around town. Do you think the nanobots got to her?”

“I sure hope so, Frankie!”

I tried to film these two ~breaking it down~, but I didn’t fiddle with my video capture settings and the video came out tiny and awful-looking. ย ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Back at the house, Elaine is living it up by playing the xylophone all night.

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I think Elaine’s adorable, but poor Hector can’t get a wink of sleep.

“THAT’S IT! No more xylophone! …hey, why does my treehouse smell weird?”

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AW CRAP not this again! Natalie is too dignified to pee her pants. (Well, probably – she is a Sim, after all!)

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However, with this little nugget on the way, the chances of pee are far greater!

“Another one? All right! Wait till Puzzle hears about this!”

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GODDAMNIT PUZZLE

This is not the reaction I wanted! ย ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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After feeding Elaine, Heimrich demonstrates my new favourite idle animation: air-punching!

“Deke to the left! Now to the right! Left hook! Up! Down! Block!”

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I do love how Heimrich tries to be a tough guy, but then thirty seconds later he’s teaching Elaine to walk.

“Aww, good job, Little Lainey! We’ll have you running around in, uh, no time.”

I SEE THROUGH YOUR FACADE, SIR.

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Puzzle’s maternity leave is finally over, and now she’s pissed off that she wasn’t instantly promoted upon setting foot in the Journalism Factory.

“But I’m a working mother! It’s literally the hardest thing anyone has ever done or ever will do!”

I hope Puzzle doesn’t go full Sanctimommy on us. Gross.

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Well, Natalie did just lose $655 in court, fighting her public urination case, so I guess I understand Puzzle’s desire for more money.

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In Nat’s defense, she did immediately try to recoup her losses.

“I didn’t pee my pants in public,
But hey! The paps don’t care!
They only want to sell tabloids,
And steal my old underwear!”

I don’t think she made a single tip.

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Puzzle got an opportunity to read the paper for help with her job performance, so naturally Miss Sanctimommy jumped at the chance to do anything that might lead to a promotion.

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Only two gems from this time around – the rest of the articles were repeats, except for one which I’ll get to in a bit. Dang these spoiled Sims, with their inheritance money and their lack of a housing bubble! *cries at Toronto real estate prices*

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Anyway, Puzzle used those newspaper articles as inspiration, and she wrote an even better article in hopes that it would help her get promoted.

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Okay, so I’m very biased, but I think Elaine is aย superย cute toddler. Let us now gaze upon the obligatory toddler-at-the-block-table pictures.

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“BOCKS!”

Aww, look at that smile! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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Speaking of blocks…

“…and those are the building blocks of life, and how babies are made! Of course, it was a bit different with me and your Mama. Would you like to hear about your conception, Hector?”

“Uh…no thanks.”

Poor Hector looks so haunted. D:

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Potty training duty has started, yet again.

“Come on, Elaine! Mama can potty like this. Can you do it too?”

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Nat has excused herself from the potty, because it’s terrible pop music time!

“Cause I may be bad
But I’m perfectly good at it
Sex in the air
I don’t care
I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But chains and whips
Excite me…”

Hector’s treehouse has been ruined forever, hasn’t it?

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Perhaps Heimrich will have more luck with potty training than Puzzle?

“Come on, can you go for Grandpa?”

“No!”

“No? But…oh, you just don’t know any other words.”

“No!”

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If Nat’s knocked up again, it means it’s time for some cheesy mac!

“Oh, this baby better appreciate this cheesy goodness!”

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I’m not sure if the baby appreciated it, or wanted to get the hell away from the cheese.

“Oh frig! Mom, baby is on the way!”

“WELL GREAT! Now I can’t enjoy my shawarma, and now I have to go to bed!”

Great help you are, Callie. ย -_- ย She really did throw her shawarma on the ground as soon as Natalie went into labour.

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It seems like Elaine has a sixth sense for shit-losing – she promptly started losing her shit as soon as Nat’s labour started. Someone put that spawn in a crib!

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…I swear some sort of psychic is following my Sims around. I don’t foresee this bladder situation ending well.

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Natalie did make it to the hospital, eventually. She did drive, but this picture makes it look like she walked clear across Bridgeport while trying to hold the baby in.

“…just a few….more…hundred….metres…”

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Puzzle eventually made an appearance, as did their third child, another daughter!

Baby #3 is named Mabel! Mabel is Athletic, like many other Scatterdays including Grandpa Heimrich, and Neurotic. She likes Cheese Tofu Steak, kids music, and the colour turquoise – like Great-Grandpa Angelo! She’s a Virgo, and she also inherited Puzzle’s Imaginary Friend status, according to MasterController. somebodysangel was asking about the kids’ IF status – I think Hector may also be an IF, but I’m not sure about Elaine.

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Time to get our second potential heiress settled in!

“Don’t worry dear, Mommy will be back soon. She just has to take care of something quickly…”

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“OH GODDAMNIT!”

Crap! I knew that bladder bar was an omen! At least Nat didn’t piss her pants in public. ย :/

Before we call it quits, here are a few updates on the spares around Bridgeport:

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All Josie ever does is fight with her vampire boyfriend. No wonder Callie and Frankie aren’t her biggest fans.

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Mitchell is STILL pumping out the spawn! At least he got a promotion, and his very edgily-named daughter Christopher is apparently famous enough to warrant her own newspaper article.

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YOU ARE STILL DEAD TO ME, GO AWAY

That’s it for this update of the Scatterday Matriarchy! Thanks for reading, happy Simming, and good luck to my fellow SimNaWriMo participants! ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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9 thoughts on “The Scatterday Matriarchy 5.4: Secret Softie

  1. Elaine was my favourite (that hair colour!) until you named baby three MABEL. I was a huge gravity falls fan, so that decided that. I do hope somebody gets Puzzles hair though!

    • I LOVE MABEL SO MUCH. Mabel in her top hate as a congressman has been my desktop background since…well, pretty much since that episode came out. Not gonna lie, Mabel Scatterday is totally named after Mabel Pines. Hopefully you like Mabel as she grows up, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Also, if you’re posting stats in the updates thread (I haven’t been there yet), this post is 69 pictures according to the wordpress reader page – so it’s three updates already!

    • I am posting my stats in the thread. I’m only counting this as one update, since it’s actually on the small side for my updates – mine average about 75-90 images, and counting something as more than one post when it’s only one post seems a bit cheaty to me. I’m weird about this though, and I’ve had these updates spaced out the way they are for ages, so I don’t want to mess with that! ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I just signed up to SimNaWriMo, fun! And I saw that you’ve started reading, yay, love new readers! Good idea to check out the list and see if I can find anything new I want to read ๐Ÿ™‚

    OMG, Elaine is just adorable! Instant fave already. Mabel is going to have to be really interesting to beat Elaine out for heir. Ginger ftw!

    • Yeah – gotta actually read and participate in the community! We’re all in this weirdness together.

      Elaine is such a cutie, but I hope you’ll also like Mabel as she grows up. They both become pretty great Sims as they grow up! I do love the ginger hair though, one of my favourite things about Elaine! ๐Ÿ˜€

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