My Minivan Made Me Cry

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I knew that I would never drive one – I would never cave. I would never, ever become a mini-van mom.

And then somehow, I ended up pregnant with my third child in just three years. And there was no way that a third car seat was going to fit in our mid-size SUV. I drove to the nearest fire station and begged them to find a way to cram that third seat into my car.

But there was nothing the fireman could do. He suggested I buy a minivan.

I had to try really hard not to slap him across the face.

My husband tried to console me. He talked about the entertainment system. He mentioned all of the space for kids and bikes and dogs. He offered to buy me some mom jeans to go with my minivan.

I had to try really hard not to slap him across the face.

And as we drove home from the dealership in our brand, new minivan – I cried. I had become old. I had become a mom. I could feel the younger girls laughing at me as they passed us on the highway.

And then we got home, and I installed the car seats – it took just a few minutes. It was so easy – I didn’t even break a sweat. I took the kids for a ride – they were able to climb into the car themselves. I could easily get them buckled in (again without breaking a sweat.) We picked up friends (we actually had seats available for passengers!) There was even room for our big hairy dog.

And now I can’t imagine life without my mini. It’s one of my all-time favorite purchases. And as I strive to do everything I can possibly do to make my life easier as a mom – nothing has made my life easier than this van.

My husband wants to lay all the seats down to move some furniture? No big deal! It takes just a few minutes to uninstall and re-install the seats when he’s finished.

We have to make a 2-hour drive for his family reunion? Who cares? We just pop in a video for the kids, and we can pretend we’re alone in the car.

I ran out of time to flat-iron my hair before dropping my son off at preschool? No biggie – I can just plug my flat-iron into the dashboard and do it on the way. Well – I’ve never actually done that – and I wouldn’t. But it’s fun to know that I could.

End up pregnant with a fourth child before my oldest has graduated to a booster seat? NOT A CHANCE!

So – to all you mini-van moms out there – I’m sorry that I judged you so harshly. And I’m beyond thrilled to join your club.

Do you love your mini? Or do you dream of having one?

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  1. The Tall Chick

    August 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    We are trying so hard not to buy a mini. For the same reasons you were hesitant. We have even been to look at them on the lot. But we're still resisting. If I end up preggers with #2, I think we'll reconsider. Just curious, though, did you need the mini with 2 or could you have made it? Was three the mini breaking point? 🙂

  2. Captian Something or Other

    August 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I had a minivan and sold it but have missed it on several occasions. If they were remartketed to point out that they can haul all your crap without feeling like they were full of crap, they would be much more appealing.

  3. Beth

    August 10, 2011 at 2:06 am

    FELLOW mini-van lover here! We liked ours so much we fully copied yours! Tall Chick….you can totally handle a regular car/SUV with two kiddos! It's that 3rd…wehn they're all still in carseats that REALLY gets ya!

  4. Anonymous

    August 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Um, I do not. But I asked my 4-year-old niece what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said, "A person and I'd like a binivan." Must be the fad….Magz

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