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My SS contacted me and apparently I'm on the naughty list. My SS gift from last year languishes unplayed and that does not please the jolly fat man. Here is a GL in ways of an explanation.
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1. Board Game: New Kids On The Block Game [Average Rating:2.81 Unranked]
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In February of 2008 we welcomed into our family a baby girl. Lily Anna Kollross. She was a bit of a "surprise" as we had decided to stop having kids as my wife's pregnancies are very difficult and quite painful. But as fate would have it complications with my "operation" and drug interactions with my wifes pill had us staring at a positive pregnancy test.
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2. Board Game: 5 Alive [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:9549]
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For five minutes we stared at the "+" sign for some time muttering. "But, but... ". Surprise turned to shock and for 5 minutes we thought we can't. We just can't have another. It would be 10 months of pain for Pam and with the increased risk of Diabetes she would almost certainly be back on insulin and with her pubic bone seperating should would certainly be in pain for the majority of the pregancy and unable to walk for the last trimester. Then it was like a timer went off and all fear and doubt disappeared. (stress still remained but he stuck around for the birth of our other two kids so this was nothing new).

We were having another baby!
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3. Board Game: Family Tree [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The fun part was telling our parents that they would once again be grand parents. This came as quite a shock as on both sides Pam and I were the last who could have anymore and we had announced we were done at two. Everyone was thrilled we might have a chance at a girl after our two lovely boys.
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4. Board Game: Reality [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Reality did eventually sink in. We had some rather large hurdles we needed to clear before the baby arrived. Her due date was February 29th, 2008. It was a leap year. First on the list was baby stuff. We had given most if not all of ours away as we were done having babies. Luckily we still had the crib and we were able to get stuff back from people once their kids had out grown it.
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5. Board Game: Stack 'Em Up [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Next on the list was bedrooms. We only have room for two kids rooms and both boys were currently occupying one each. Off to buy bunk beds. Luckily both boys latched on to the idea of a "ladder bed" as they call it right from day on.
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6. Board Game: Caravan [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Next on the list was a vehicle for 5. Our two little sedans were not going to cut it. We traded in the Saturn for a used Pontiac Montanna. Good shape, cheap amd the seats came pre-stained with purple juice. perfect.
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7. Board Game: Hard Times: The Money Management Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The last item but certainly not the least was $$. Cash. Moolah. Of which we don't have enough. We had just barely recovered from Mat leave from our second child, Matthew. We decided that we would have Pam stay home for a year after the birth as we had with our first two. The Canadian government helps with this so we had 50% of Pams wage. The challenge was we had two kids under the age of 5 and Pam would be unable to be pregnant and chase after two boys. The solution was to keep the boys in daycare 3 days a week to give Pam time to recover as well as plan visits with family during the on the other days of the week to ease the burden on Pam. The problem was the $$ for that put the budget at zero dollars extra. After the bills were paid and food bought there was no money. No money for oil cjanges, haircuts, clothes, entertainment, travel, gifts, medication, hobbies. Nadda. Changes in lifestyle were made and a realization that at some point, probably around Christmas we would have to go into debt to some degree. Things could be worse.
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8. Board Game: Duel in the Dark: Baby Blitz [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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Pams pregnancy was as difficult as we feared but free from any serious complications. Her pubic bone began seperating early on and it became very painful to wallk and towards the end just to stand or even sit. The worry was that the bone would fully seperate during the delivery (apparently with an audible snap) and Pam would be in a wheel chair for 3 months. Ouch. More worry.
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9. Board Game: Throw Up [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Pam's morning sickness was as bad as the first two pregancies. All 9 months. It made eating enough to keep up her strength hard. She developed cravings for Rootbeer and could not drink enough. Odd since she despises the smell normally. At least she was getting enough liquids. She managed to control her diet and did not get gestational diabetes. Yeah! One huge worry gone.
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10. Board Game: 9 Treasures [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Nine months later while completing the paperwork on a new car (my car was totalled in an accident. More worry, less $$) Pam went into labour. Speed records were broken and we made it to the hospital. A scant three hours later (I say scant as it was 46 1/2 hours with our first), Lily was born. No problems. She was perfect. Pam's pubic bone didn't seperate and the constant pain disappeared almost instantly after the birth.
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11. Board Game: Photo Finish [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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We made it. We had our baby girl and despite our worries everything worked it self out. Family and friends spoil her horribly and everything she owns is pink. It was explained to me by my wife that the color blue actually burns her skin.
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12. Board Game: Sleep Walker [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Nine months later and we are finally getting a decent amount of sleep. I can usually count on 6 hours although usually interrupted as my yougest son has developed seperation anxiety as of late and won't sleep alone. This means that I usually end up bunking in with him at some point in the night. He flails around so much its like sleeping with a berzerking orangutan.
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13. Board Game: Excuses, Excuses [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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Anyway, that my excuse for being on the naughty list. We just don't have time for games. I manage the odd all day session but so far I haven't been able to get Thebes to the table.

Thanks SS 2007 for the gift. It will get played. We have just been too busy playing with our other gift.
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