Wednesday, February 23, 2011


We have to buy a car. Soon. Technically, my due date is a week from tomorrow. We have no plans on this baby arriving until 3 weeks from tomorrow. Hopefully she'll cooperate.

In the mean time, our solitary vehicle (yes, until now the job/living situation has been such that we have been able to get by with only one car and a couple of much abused but surprisingly resilient strollers) is already stuffed to the gills with children, and there's no way that we can fit another kid in our car unless we trade in one of the children we already have (which is an increasingly tempting thought the longer I'm pregnant, actually). I have offered to have Dylan ride in the trunk a few times, but since he shares my claustrophobia gene, he does not find that to be an amusing joke at all. So we have to find a vehicle that will accommodate at least 6 people, and hopefully more like 7-8. And we have to do so in the next 2ish weeks. For under the max amount of money we've set aside for obtaining said vehicle.

You know what I've discovered? I feel exactly the same way about car shopping as I do about cooking: with a more or less unlimited budget, all the time in the world, and no children, it has the potential to be a lot of fun. But when you've got a very set, limited budget, a definite timeline, and lots of little people, its mostly just a headache.


Wish us luck.

(And if you happen to know of anyone looking to get rid of a 2005 or newer Caravan at a decent price [or any other decent minivan or SUV], let me know).


Laura Neill said...

good luck! That does sound like quite the headache.

Becky said...

this does not sound like a fun problem. Best of luck, it'll all come together for you.