That, my friends, was my husband's first thought after we found out we were expecting baby number three. Okay, that's probably a lie. I'd like to think that his first thought was, "my wife is so amazing, she's carrying our third baby and there's nothing more sexy in the entire universe" or something along those lines.
It was his second thought though, I am sure, a thought that he very audibly shared with me, the minute we climbed back into the car after that life-changing doctor's appointment.
"We're going to need a bigger car."
He's right. And quite practical. We do need a bigger car and I can feel myself practically teetering on the verge of minivan-dom. Not exactly somewhere I thought I would see myself at just thirty years old.
You see, when you become a Mom, you're quick to embrace all things Mom-like. Whether you like it or not, you're more often than not sporting the Mom-Hair while dressed in your Mom-iform with that look of sheer exhaustion on your face, signaling that you are, in fact, a Mombie (mom + zombie).
At the same time, however, you find yourself clinging formidably to bits and pieces of your hip, trendy, former well-rested, better dressed, kid-less self. For me, part of that former self is trying to cling, albeit with white knuckles, to driving around in a "cool car."
Now, don't get me wrong, there are some pretty bad-ass minivans out there. They're just not for me and I know it's only a matter of months before I find myself walking into MINI of Baltimore ready to make a deal.
Speaking of "mini," how adorably hip and trendy is this 2013 MINI Countryman, the brand's very first entry into the small-crossover industry? I know. It isn't going to accommodate my crazy bunch but if I was a brand new mom looking for my very first entry-level SUV? This would be it. More than enough room for a family and all of their family accouterments but still hip, trendy and full of style.
So, Moms of Three Or More, tell me.. What do you drive? What do you love or hate about it? I think it's time I start doing my research. Am I destined for Minivan-dom? Should I just accept it and move on? Or is there hope of something else just as convenient?