Shawn (father/young adult)
Alisa (mother/young adult)
Philomena “Mena” (girl #8/teen/pink) – bad apple
Nicodemus (boy #6/child/sea foam)
Elias (boy #7/toddler/grey)
Toby (boy #8/infant/lime)
To check up on those who’ve already moved out, you can view the Murdle family tree.
Last time, I moved out what had been my favorite mini-Murdle so far.. Fee. As Nicodemus has been my favorite boy thus far, I’m managing to cope, but I still foresee visits with Fee in our future. Also, baby #16 was born, a third boy in a row, thus tying up our girl-to-boy ratio for the first time in a while (since back when we were still living on the lawn, I think.)
Mena: “Am I gonna get on the school bus? Or am I gonna eat this plate of waffles in my hand? Who knows? It could be either one and there’s nothing you could do about it, Watcher. I’m the bad apple and therefore UNTOUCHABLE.”
Seriously, I sat there and freaked out while she walked out to the bus with the waffle plate in her hand (grinning and side-eyeing at me the whole time). Then I sighed with relief as she disappeared as they normally do to get onto the bus… only to freak out when she poofed back onto the sidewalk with those damn waffles. The bus started to turn and I’m all “Noooo, she’s gonna miss her first day of high school BECAUSE WAFFLES!!” but then as the back end of the bus smashed through her, she disappeared again. Onto her bike this time, sans waffles, to ride to school. (I assume. I didn’t follow because it would have driven me bonkers if she didn’t go there and I still couldn’t change it. LOL)
Meanwhile in the house while I’m busy biting my nails over bad apples & waffles, Elias is screaming his lungs out for some food. Someone get in there and feed that baby.
Nicodemus brought home one of his nieces from school that day. LOL This is.. Karie? I think? I believe she’s one of Briar’s kiddos. (Fathered by the fairy that left Briar for some elder. Story Progression keeps giving me pop-ups that those two – cheating ex and random elder – can’t find a suitable house together and I keep saying “Aw, isn’t that a shame?” while not really thinking that it’s a shame at all.)
Mena has kind of taken over all interaction with Toby. Toby’s portrait turns yellow, I select Alisa and send her his way, and Mena is already on it.
And a random zoom in to show the difference in their hair color. Alisa’s hair is true black. At least half of the dark-headed kiddos have this other warm black/super dark brown hair like Mena has. I thought maybe it just looked that way because of different lighting or because it was a different hairstyle. But these two are in the same room (so same lighting) and have the same hairstyle. The difference is slight, but there.
I took a peek at the updated rules for the challenge, and there is now no line about not being able to age up a child early. I will still not be aging them any sooner than their actual birth day, but it does mean I can have a cake & celebration now and not feel like I’m cheating by not waiting until it happens on its own late that evening.
Which means I’ll definitely be caking up toddlers, because they’re flipping adorable on their birthdays.
Elias is giddy with all the attention focused on him
And *shingsparklesparkle*.. we have a child! Elias rolls Heavy Sleeper for his trait.
He’s pretty cute.. and yep, definitely dad’s nose. 🙂
He heads off to work out (because I finally got an Athletic sim so it only seems fitting, even if it doesn’t raise their skill as children.)
Alisa picks up Toby (mainly so I can move his crib from Fee’s old room into the nursery now that Elias won’t be in the nursery). She gives him a quick snuggle but he’s laid back down quickly so that she can pop into some maternity gear and measure how far she’s going to let her belly expand this time.
Opal had a baby boy – Josef – and Luca’s wife had a baby girl – Salina. And she is purple! The first berry Murdle. Gonna have to see what she looks like as she ages.
Looks like that was the only thing of note that happened because here we are at delivery time for the new baby!
Dad & his favorite don’t notice because they’re out on the front porch on their tablets. LOL
Alisa delivers Murdle #17 and.. it’s a girl!
A girl who she carries outside to set down on the ground right by the front porch because she’s still in labor and surely Shawn will have to notice then, right? Right?! Spoiler: He does not.
And Murdle #18 is.. a boy! Long live the equally-balanced ratio! LOL
In honor of Fee and her love of blue, these twins are named Indigo (girl) and Navy (boy). Indie is an Artistic Genius. Navy is Clumsy and Absent-Minded. It’s okay, little dude, so am I. Indigo loves purple, Navy loves spice brown. I am too lazy to switch them from their pastel burrito wraps though, so that’ll show up when they’re tots.
The next few hours pass by in a blur of baby-caretaking since there were three of them. Thankfully Toby breaks that streak by aging up to toddler.
Okay so this picture is a little Children-of-the-Corn-esque.. LOL Lemme try to find a better angle.
Daddy swoops in for a Claw Attack before I can. Toby seems to be much more alarmed that his dad is losing his marbles freaking out over a hand.
Ah, there we go. Much better lighting in this picture. Isn’t he just a dollface? Gah, I love him. 🙂 And because I forgot his traits last time.. they are Clumsy and Genius. Apparently he’s splitting the difference between his younger siblings’ traits.
Nicodemus finishes up this gorgeous portrait of purpleness. It’s like he painted it specially for his new baby sister (even though he started it before she was born and thus couldn’t have known her color. Details, details.)
And this.. this is how I almost always find child-Elias. He doesn’t seem to lean too much towards his athletic trait just yet anyway.
Alisa’s face cracked me up here. It looks like she’s glaring at him.
Alisa finishes up a painting. Venus de Murdle?
Best bad apple ever. Even though she’s hungry, Mena autonomously goes to help mom with the twins.
Then she started walking off with her and I was afraid that she’d sit in the rocking chair and totally throw off the synced schedule that Indie & Navy have. Not to worry though, instead Mena just stood in the middle of the living room so she could zone into the TV for a while.
Eventually she realized that she was hungry and so she walked the baby back to bed. Mena is also the only person in the house who seems to get the babies in their proper cribs when left to their own devices.
And I think we’ll wrap it there for now. Next time we’ll get a few more birthdays, a couple more tots.. fun times. 🙂