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View Poll Results: Who requisitioned 7 years worth of maternity leave?
Tom? 13 81.25%
B'Elanna? 3 18.75%
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Old May 20 2013, 05:40 PM   #31
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

I love how so many people chose Tom, including me.
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Old May 20 2013, 05:47 PM   #32
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

nobody. They would arrange their shifts and there is always Neelix (who knows if he didnt return 2 episodes later in the unaltered timeline lol)
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Old May 20 2013, 10:35 PM   #33
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

She's chief engineer, and he's chief helmsman.

On top of actually piloting and tinkering, there's twice that much time out of every day where they're supposed to administrate and fill out paperwork. Crew evaluations, citations, demotions, constructing duty shifts. Stuff. Is Tom's job to plot the course as much as remark on how shitty the course they have followed has been? It seems like it should have been Toms job but somehow I feel that Harry did it, even though there was a stellar cartography division on Voyager in the earlier seasons before it was made redundant by astrometrics and Seven started being responsible for the course.

They can be a helmsman or an engineer with reduced hours, but they can't be chief.

Of course they could just put the baby in stasis when they're at work? It could take 40 years for the kid to turn 3.

That has to be child abuse.
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Old May 21 2013, 02:40 AM   #34
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

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I love how so many people chose Tom, including me.
I was the only one who didn't!
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Old May 21 2013, 02:54 AM   #35
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

It's not like Carey was sneaking into the Paris quarters at night, then poking holes in their condoms so that he could get Engineering back because she's a dead certain to stay on maternity leave forever... Oh? Isn't that a truly sexist idea for a sitcom?

"Maternity Leave Forever."
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Old May 21 2013, 09:22 AM   #36
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I love how so many people chose Tom, including me.
I'm seeing a lot of Tom Paris with screaming wet baby and poo jokes in the future of this show.
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Old May 21 2013, 11:31 AM   #37
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

He'd actually have more of valid claim to keep out in the work force if he was primarily the ships medic/nurse than just the helmboy.

Besides the ship didn't suffer at all when he was busted down to Ensign.

I remember a novel where Sulu was trying to figure out his future "Sure if Kirk's captain, I feel that I want to pilot his Enterprise, but Kirk's going to move on eventually and then I'm going to be 40 and steering the ship for some punk 20 year old telling me what to do. The only way I'm going to be happy is if I'm the punk in charge telling people what to do."
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Old May 21 2013, 06:08 PM   #38
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

R. Star wrote: View Post
Or Naomi could make a good babysitter while the parents are at work. Or those Borg kids.
By this time, Icheb is the only Borg kid left, and he's busy studying for Starfleet entrance exams.

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I was always surprised there weren't more babies being born on Voyager. I guess 24th century contraception is fail-proof, but I would think in that timeline at least a few more people would decide to procreate, which would necessitate a 1701-D-style daycare/school eventually.

In the mean time, leave the baby with Samantha. She's had practice, and she's never at work anyway.
Not to mention, Sam probably owes a ton of babysitting favors to a lot of people.

A lot of fanfic has Tal Celes as the person chosen to be the nanny for whichever couple ends up being parents (Tom & B'Elanna, Janeway & Chakotay, Seven & Chakotay, etc.). The Doctor can always add a nanny/Early Childhood subroutine to his programming, and I could see Janeway allowing B'Elanna to keep a crib tucked away in a corner of the Ready Room if they have to be on duty for long stretches. The question is really what would happen if there was a terrible emergency of some kind - would the parents be able to keep their minds on their duties and not automatically rush off to look after the kid. That's why it would be critical to choose someone level-headed to be the babysitter/nanny.

Why Tuvok didn't point out early on how logical it would be for the crew to start having children is beyond me. It's as if Janeway actually expected to still be able to function as Captain 70 years later and not need a new generation of crew to help out...

Actually, they should get Chakotay to babysit. It's not like he does anything useful around there anyway.
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Old May 21 2013, 06:30 PM   #39
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

Okay, here's a solution. Promote Harry to Lieutenant and have Janeway assign him as Chief Babysitting Officer.
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Old May 21 2013, 10:08 PM   #40
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Ok, so The Doctor isn't made of flesh and blood but he is still just as much part of the crew as anyone. As long as the child knows who her parents are, I see no problem with a holographic nanny - imagine the fun you could have with the doctor if he didn't have his duties.
I'm sure loads of other crew members would happily look after the baby whilst her parents were at work.
Naomi Wildman? She'd have made an amazing babysitter - she did quite well helping Seven rediscover humanity. How did Sam Wildman cope? Others must have helped.......
Seven of Nine? ok, so she's not the perfect choice, but it'd help develop nurturing - not sure B'Elanna would trust her with the baby, as they were at each others throats when Seven came aboard... but maybe she and someone else could watch the baby.
Surely when the child was older, she could start helping basically - Dad could teach her how to fly the ship, Mum to teach all the technobabble.
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Old May 22 2013, 03:37 PM   #41
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Re: Who would have had to quit their job to look after baby Miral?

The more I think about it, the more I like the Doctor as the nanny. I can picture him slipping in little digs against Tom at every chance. And even a "I'm a doctor, not a diaper changer," line here and there.
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Old May 22 2013, 03:51 PM   #42
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Actually, who better to change diapers than someone with no sense of smell?
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Old May 22 2013, 06:49 PM   #43
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I'm sure 24th century diapers change themselves.
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Old May 22 2013, 08:57 PM   #44
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Something like a butplug that instantly decompiles shit on contact?
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Old May 22 2013, 09:13 PM   #45
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^Just don't use it in spacedock.
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