It's official. I'm full blown MOM status now. Baby #3 has finally pushed us over the edge...and I'm a van mom now. Something about this purchase made everything seem really real....like we'll be having THREE KIDS in a few months. Yikes!
We've only had the van for a few days, so it' hasn't quite sunk in yet.....but yeah. And you know what? I kind of love it. I knew if I wrote a "to van or not to van" blog post that EVERY mom with a van would leave a comment about how much you LOVE your van. And it's true. This baby was built for a mom with young kids.
The sliding doors are hands down my favorite...and surprisingly Hudson's favorite too! No more wide load doors open on both sides while I try to buckle these two crazies in to their car seats. I was driving a Toyota Highlander and I LOVED it...and the whole reason we got it a few years ago was because there was a third row if we ever decided to have more than two kids. But such silly young parents we were. There was NO WAY that third row could help. Hudson isn't able to buckle/unbuckle himself in to his car seat (and I kind of want to keep him like that).....so he would need help each time he got in his seat. And with two car seats in the middle row there was no way for me to climb to the third row to help him. Plus with the third row up there was zero trunk space....aka no room for our double stroller (#momlife). It's really a better design for older kids. But the van? I can walk through that baby. And it's awesome.
Plus it has a built in DVD player...which Hudson is ALL ABOUT. And poor Sadie is still rear facing so she has no clue what's going on.....but she likes the van anyway. All weekend Hudson was begging to play in the van and go for a ride. We definitely sat in the van in our driveway and watched a little Finding Nemo and ate snacks while I poked around with all the features. And Jon? He was very anti-van....for the longest time. But my mom helped me sell him on it...especially when we talked about how when I'm out and about it was safer for me to get all the kids in the van and lock the door while I strap them in, instead of being so exposed while I got each one it and had all the doors open. But guess who jumped at the chance to drive the van all weekend? Jon secretly loves that van and all the features....just don't tell him I said that.
And for anyone curious, we got a Toyota Sienna. Because of where we live, we really needed a 4 wheel drive van for me to feel safe driving it in the winter. And Toyota is the only one who makes a van with all wheel drive....so our choice was made for us!
So yeah.....I'm a van driving mom and I am not ashamed. I am in LOVE.