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Sims Sunday: Baby Time!

Jayden and Logan were married in a lovely little ceremony in their living room.

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It took a while to actually get them married, because every time I left them alone for a second, they canceled whatever action I had assigned them, and started slow dancing instead.

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The first thing I did was update Jayden’s outfit. Those capri pants with the suspenders had to go! And once I took off his sunglasses (all the Sims in this town wear sunglasses 24/7) he looked pretty cute.

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And then it was time!

Baby Time!

A NOTE BEFORE WE CONTINUE

My Sims Sunday posts typically have a flippant, light-hearted tone. Thus, I want to make it clear up front that I don’t take transgender rights and issues lightly. I don’t want anyone to get the impression that I’m making fun of transgender people, or the difficulties that trans folk face in day-to-day life or society at large.

For the most part, the internet doesn’t “do” transgender stuff well. But you are all very awesome, and I have faith in you!

I ask that we keep the discussion respectful. Imagine that a transgender person will be reading your comment. Which I expect, statistically speaking, is probably true.

Finally, I know that many people are unaware that the “tranny” is often considered a slur these days. Even though the person using it may not have meant it as such.

I will be keeping an unusually tight rein on the comments. Instances of the word “tranny” will be edited to a more contextually-appropriate term.

We now return to your regularly scheduled Sims Sunday update.

In real life, gender reassignment requires many hours of therapy (specific requirements vary), a letter of recommendation from a qualified mental health professional, months of unpleasant hormone therapy, and a series of astoundingly expensive and physically demanding surgical procedures.

In The Sims 3, you just use testingcheatsenabled true, shift-click your Sim, choose “Edit Sim in Create-A-Sim,” and click the gender button. (Thanks to navkat for the idea!)

I decided that Logan should be the one to make the change, since he is the heir.

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Presto Change-o!

Part of the reason I chose this route is because I’m a big fan of Iain M. Banks’ earlier science fiction books (though not the later ones so much). And I remembered that in the Culture, couples will often swap genders over the course of their marriage so that each partner could have the experience of childbirth.

I didn’t get snaps, but Jayden did not bat an eye at Logan’s transition. You’d think that even a Sim would notice if their partner went into the bathroom male and came out female. But you would be wrong.

First thing’s first: let’s make a baby in the igloo!

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(Not the most culturally-sensitive object in the game. But some other Sim built it in the yard during the wedding, and I thought it looked pretty out there.)

Jayden’s Lifetime Wish is to max out the Physical and Logic traits.

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I sent them both to the gym, thinking that it would probably do Logan some good to get a few pounds off her frame before the baby weight set in.

She started on the treadmill.

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And ten minutes later, was looking pretty trim! (Another way in which real life falls short of Sims 3.)

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Next I sent them to the winter festival, where they skated together.

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And fell!

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Logan took a turn snowboarding. It seemed to me like a pretty good pastime for a pregnant lady.

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I was surprised to discover that in winter in Sims 3 Seasons, the sun sets at 4PM – just like it does in the real world. And so beautiful!

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Back at home, Logan explained the birds and the bees to Jayden.

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“Good job.” They never seem very thrilled about the pregnancy.

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“I have a feeling I’m going to end up bottle feeding the baby.”

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Soon it was That Time. Sorry, Logan, you can’t run away from it!

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Baby boy Miles was born, and I switched Logan back to male. He returned with a weird-ass outfit, having apparently lost all the outfits I had carefully selected for him before. SIGH.

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By the way, you can’t see it, but that tuxedo-with-cummerbund is paired with riding pants.

It was spring by this time. I sent Logan, Jayden, and little Miles to the spring festival to hunt for eggs. They plopped the baby on the ground and went hunting.

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I guess it’s partly my fault for not having bought them a stroller. Still, though.

Later, Logan left the baby in the men’s bathroom. DUDE COME ON.

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Parent of the Year, coming through!

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RAARRR BABY GNAR CHOMP.

20 comments to Sims Sunday: Baby Time!

  • gabes

    Awesome!!! So glad u did that.

  • Slager

    So, does the game list Logan’s relationship with the baby as “father” or “mother”? I’m guessing the former.

  • ErinLindsey

    Does this only work with Sims Seasons?

  • two silver cats

    I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, gushing at how you approached this whole issue with sensitivity and respect and tact. My sister-in-law is gender fluid, as well as some of my closest friends. I quietly advocate for them, knowing that they live in a world that does not treat them (or me, for supporting them!) with sensitivity and respect and tact! So thank you thank you THANK YOU for this post! The more folks can hear the mantra “GENDER IS NOT BINARY” the better this world will be!

    And PS, this Sims family is JUST AS dysfunctional and realistic as many families are. “You should take a few pounds off before the baby comes.” “Well YOU shouldn’t be walking around in your UNDERWEAR!” “Aw, forget it, let’s go skating!” :)

  • Erika

    Oh, thanks! And we all would have had this conversation a lot sooner if Sims 3 took my suggestion to unlock the gender restriction on clothing items. Maybe some day!

  • Ginny

    Thanks for the Sims Update. It is the best part of my morning so far. I’m thinking now that I really need to join the collective and buy myself a SIMS starter pack.

    Pardon me, I am off to make myself a “Gender is NOT Binary” t-shirt. Thanks, Two Silver Cats!

  • Erika

    If you’re interested, there’s a 40% off sale at Origin, including the base game – which is only $14,99! This stuff never goes on sale, I would snap it up!

    http://store.origin.com/store/ea/en_US/custom/pbPage.FP_Sims3_en_NA#all

  • two silver cats

    Ginny– there are t-shirts already out there you can buy. These are from cafe press:

    http://www.cafepress.com/mf/46147168/gender-is-not-binary_tshirt

    Now if only toy manufacturers would get that message through their thick heads and stop making “pink aisles” and “boy aisles”…

  • Ginny

    I’m going to check at Origin. Merry Christmas to me. As for pink aisles and boy aisle…I think the toys ought to be sorted by the amount of noise they make! My family would live at the end of the row!

  • Doodledog

    This is very off topic, but I need some sims EP advice. I received two versions of supernatural for Christmas (yay!), and I’m going to exchange one of them for either seasons or generations. I’m not sure which one to go with-what’s your advice, Erika?

  • Erika

    Between Seasons and Generations, I would definitely pick Seasons, no question about it!

  • Doodledog

    Thank you so much, I think that’s what I’ll go with!

  • gabes

    Have decided to try and read the first culture novel since your references are intriguing me…

  • ErinLindsey

    Weirdest thing just happened. There was a raccoon in the bedroom of my sims house…it was sleeping on the floor.

    I had one of my sims go over and wake it up and try to pet it, then I decided to have the sim shoo the raccoon away. Next thing I knew, the raccoon was teleporting itself out of the house! Before my sim could shoo it.

    The sim ended up walking outside, got into the car and drove to the other side of town, where it shooed the raccoon out of someone’s yard. Then the sim came home and ate grilled cheese.

    It was weird.

  • Erika

    If I went halfway across town to shoo a raccoon, I would definitely celebrate with a grilled cheese when I got home!

  • ErinLindsey

    I wondered how the raccoon got into the house. I guess it teleported there.

    Maybe that’s how my dogs keep getting stuck in the horse stables. But they’re not able to get out of the horse stables on their own like the raccoon did.

  • Erika

    The stables really annoyed me! They are kind of like horse traps. I got tired of constantly having to let the horses out, and finally just went with a free-range arrangement. But maybe the stables are more necessary now that Seasons has brought weather? I would feel bad for a horse standing out in the rain.

  • ErinLindsey

    I wonder if it’s possible to build a barn that the horses could go into. The stables dont seem to have roofs, so I’m not sure how much protection they are. Guess I’ll find out when I eventually get Seasons bought and installed.

    Since I have too many sims and sim animals for anyone to reproduce, I might just send the horses away, then my Sims would have room to expand the house so someone can have a kid or a puppy. (I’ll have to temporarily change the sex of one of my sims. I dont feel like adopting this time around)

  • navkat

    This whole post gives me the warm-fuzzies.

    GLBT equality in 2013! I know loving gay couples YEARNING to adopt and Eris knows there are plenty of children who need them.

    Love you guys!