In our pre-baby days, Mr. AP and I tooled around town in style. Each with our sporty sedans, we had plenty of style and leg room to spare as we drove to and from happy hours to fine dinners galore.
Now, I can't remember the last time we drove to a happy hour and our vehicular needs have changed greatly over the years to accommodate our growing family. Actually, scratch that. As the primary chauffeur of the tiny humans, my vehicular needs have changed greatly and with the impending arrival of baby number three in the Spring, they're about to change once again.
I briefly mentioned here our need for a bigger car and I'm so grateful for the many of you who chimed in with what has worked and didn't necessarily work for your larger families. What I'm realizing more and more is that I have a lot more research to do and this isn't going to be the easy decision I had envisioned it being.
Some days I wish it was just as easy as walking into a dealership, say BMW of Rockville, and choosing one of their mid-size SUVs like the BMW X5 that didn't sacrifice style for the growing needs of a family. They even have a great selection of certified pre-owned vehicles which makes owning a family BMW that much more affordable.
Right now my thoughts are occupied by things like captains chairs or a bench seat? Third row or not? Minivan or extra large SUV? Hybrid or gas-guzzler?
The truth is, I just don't know. Just when I think I have it all figured out, someone somewhere tells me their story of what worked and didn't work for them and it completely throws me for a loop.
I want to love the next car that I drive and not only that but I want to feel safe driving it with my precious cargo in tow while still maintaining some semblance of style.
I don't think that's too much to ask, right? Back to the drawing board, I go!