Gavigan, Schehl

baby makes three

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Isaac (31 years), Lauren (28 years), Cade (2 weeks)

narrated by: Isaac

Cade came home from the hospital, feisty and pink, his little fists banging angrily at the air as we drove him home. However, once he got home, he seemed much happier. I could see Lauren tense on the drive, thinking we were in for a rough ride. She doesn’t realize how ‘in’ I am for this parenthood gig.

I’d been afraid to have a second son, thinking a daughter might be easier. No one in my life knows Nolan is my son, even Lauren believes my adolescent lies. Julia had urged me to be brave, to tell the truth, but I’d been terrified. Even still, I had wanted my parents to know, they always seemed to know when I was lying, how could I have known they’d never figure it out.

Everything had spiraled. Julia had wanted to try and make a go of it, me, her, and Nolan. Perhaps everything would have been better for all of us if we had, but holding Cade now, I can’t wish my choices away. In college, I’d confessed to my girlfriend, Lainey how I wanted to be involved with Nolan, but I was not welcome in the Millett home.

I can’t change things from my past, but I can be there for Cade now. I don’t want him to be in my predicament and have no one supporting him.

Lauren is ready for this too, even if she doesn’t believe in herself. We aren’t the poster parents, but we are gonna be a helluva lot better than most.

Everyone wants to meet Cade, so we spend our weekends hopping from one parents’ house to another. My parents were first. My Dad has become a big softy in his elder years. He dotes on Margot and now Cade, if he’d been more gentle when I was a teen, I might have felt safer confessing everything.

He never was the one to run the household though, Mom’s always been the tyrant.

She loves the grandkids as well. Perhaps in her older age, she’s found a way to harness calmness. She doesn’t seem as angry as she did when I was growing up. Because she never admitted Nolan as being my kid, Ezra doesn’t have to deal with my past mistakes being held over him.

He dotes on his girlfriend, and they make out in plain sight, and neither of our parents say a word.

I feel bad, noticing him shield himself from the football, realizing Isaiah and myself have dropped the ball with our baby brother. One of us should have came around more, teach him how to throw some pigskin.

Isaiah and Maeve are still trying for a baby, she’s the perkiest person I know. Months into their attempts, and she still feels this is the month. It’s exhausting being around someone always so perky.

Neither of us are ready for another baby, Cade was just born, but I like the spacing of Margot and Cade’s age. I think we could handle it, if we can get our finances in order. We rented our apartment with hopes of it being a great place to have a baby, but the neighbors are loud all hours, which is disruptive to all of us, plus Cade doesn’t have a window in his room. We didn’t think it’d matter, but we really feel it does now that’s he’s here.

Lauren’s parents are amazing. They come by during the week, Lauren still laid off from her cocktail position, and they bring groceries. Jared is happy to hold Cade while Lauren showers and I clean things up a bit.

Delaney preps two weeks worth of dinners for us, something she’s done for her other kids as well. There is a perk to having a celebrity chef for a mother-in-law. She makes all of Lauren’s favorite dishes, and I can’t complain, she’s always had good taste in food.

Jared is happy to occupy Cade until he dirties his diaper. He says with his four kids, he’s done enough diaper-duty to last a lifetime. Surprisingly, I don’t mind changing his diaper, I really thought I might, but it’s no big deal.

When her parents leave, both of us feel refreshed. I’m hoping the job thing works itself out, Lauren is positive she’ll have her position back once she’s passed maternity leave. She’d like to save up and buy the nightclub one day, and I really think she could rock it.

While I was beginning to regret quitting the grocery store position, I found an ad for ‘coffee courier’ at Larch Publishing & Broadcasting which houses several different businesses. It paid less than the party mascot gig, but it’s a real job.

I’ve been mildly interested in business, especially for the money that can be made, I’m hoping I can work my way up the corporate ladder. Be a real average joe with a nice house one day with a yard for Cade and maybe a little sister as well.

Notes: I placed the Flamingo Nightclub back in my game, so Lauren can begin working again once it becomes an owned lot. In the meantime, I’ve placed her as a cocktail waitress in the slacker field and put the jobstopinator on her. Isaac matches well enough for business, paired with his fortune aspiration, I can see this new job being a risk he’d be willing to take. He also has the want to own a business, which in my mind, is for Lauren and her nightclub.

Isaac and Lauren both have an IFS of 2, so I imagine we will see another one from them in the future. I think one of each would be pretty cute for them, but we will see.

Gavigan family, 2031

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10 thoughts on “baby makes three”

  1. What a mess with Isaac and Nolan and everyone involved, but what an adorable little boy. From your note it sounds like Lauren will begin putting their finances back together pretty soon, and now Isaac is motivated and sees a hopeful future.

    Ezra will probably manage just fine without being able to throw a football but it’s kind of a rite of passage so it’s understandable that Isaac have regrets about not being there for him.

    1. Julia and Isaac made a big mess with Nolan, and I think the parents really failed with him. I think Lauren will start getting things back in order with their finances for sure, which will help with their moods. I think they will have to move too, which depending where they go, that might save them money too. Owning will save over renting long term although it’s a bigger financial lump. I could see their parents helping both of them with a house though especially Jared (Lauren’s Dad) who has been giving her cash on the side her entire life.

      I agree, Ezra will be fine without throwing a ball, plus he could always pick it up later if it really matters to him. He was raised like a mostly only child. His brothers were teens when he was born, so he didn’t really grow up with anyone.

      Thanks for commenting skyburned!

  2. It’s nice hearing Isaac so hopeful, with the birth of Cade. He doesn’t sound like he’s letting regret impact him negatively, but positively instead. It makes me look forward to their next update!

    What a great idea having Delaney come over to cook!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed Isaac’s point of view. I was really excited to play this update, see how he adapted to parenthood. Lauren has always been the narrator, and before that it was Julia. The only time we glimpsed his heart in this was when he dated Lainey, and she was going to help him see Nolan. He had some wants then that led me to believe he’d had some regrets. Like I was saying below, I don’t think Isaac would reach out to Nolan now, believing it was best to leave him be, that he was likely happy in the family he had.

      I always have Delaney come over to cook, she also comes to cook when they get sick. She wasn’t a very attentive mother (working second shift in the cooking career), but she’s happy to share her talents in the kitchen with her family.

      Thanks for commenting Shannon!

  3. The family looks so cute together in that last picture!

    It’s good that Isaac is happy to be a father and to take care of his kids, and not be afraid of actually being a dad now. It would be nice if he could get involved with his other son’s life, but it seems that he’s not ready to admit that part of his life.

    1. I think for Isaac after all this time, and when in college, he wanted to be part of his life (but he wasn’t welcome), I think he’d leave Nolan be, believing Nolan was better off without him. So at this point, Nolan would have to reach out, which I’m not sure what he will do yet. Both of his biological parents having babies right now is upsetting, and I think he’d feel like he was a nuisance. He’s sleuthed around, following his Dad, and spying from the ground up to his apartment, but actually making contact might be a bit much for him. I’m always excited to play him though and see.

      Thanks for commenting Shana!

  4. Yikes, I don’t think I realised (or remembered) that Lauren doesn’t know about Isaac being Nolan’s dad. Given Nolan’s recent interest in his parentage, this could go badly. It’s nice to see he seems genuine in his feelings about Cade though.

    Isaac and Lauren are both taking to parenthood better than I thought they would, actually! I’m impressed. I’m very glad they’ve got all that grandparental support available to them as well.

    The family portrait is adorable! I kind of love it when I have a smallish family for my “big” portraits. The huge ones are fun but there’s a nice intimacy with the smaller ones (and they’re a lot easier to pose, from a practical standpoint).

    1. I was reading through my old updates for these two, and I was pretty sure others didn’t realize Lauren lived in denial. There’s a time when Lauren visits Meg at the dorms, and Meg suggests it is Isaac’s baby, and Lauren is adamant that it isn’t. I think the reception of Nolan will depend on Lauren’s current mood. She bounces from green to red pretty quickly, being a fortune sim who isn’t loaded makes her a bit more red than most of my couples. I think she’s mostly forgotten about Nolan, as she’s lived all these years without much mentioning of him.

      I’m really impressed with how well they’ve adapted to parenthood. Isaac is adorable and rolls wants for Cade, and he hasn’t rolled any fears of diaper changing, which I really thought he would.

      I’m with you, I love the intimate family portraits, while they are easier to take photos of, they look nicer imo in frames. The McCarthy family is too huge for small framed photos in houses.

      Thanks for commenting Carla!

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