Going Big

Since we discovered Baby C #3 is on the way, things have been getting bigger. Not only is my belly growing, but so is my list of to-dos and things to figure out before baby arrives! Yeah, yeah, I know I still have lots of time, but I am what you call a *planner*, and my darling husband is not. We have some logistics to figure out, a few select things to buy, and some decisions to make. You would think by #3 there would not be much left to decide, but apparently there is!

It seems to me that having 1 or 2 kids is the norm for much of America, as the world seems to be designed for families of 4-ish people. When you add 1, 2, 3, or more to the bunch, things start to get a little more complicated. No longer does a 5 person car do the trick. No longer does a 3 bedroom house mean no kids have to share sleeping quarters. No longer will family 4-pack deals work for tickets. And no longer do I have just the average one boy and one girl.

So, being the planner that I am, I/we have been thinking BIG. We want/need a bigger home. Right now with Jeremiah starting a new job soon and all of the other changes going on, that is probably not going to become a reality for a little while. G and L are going to share one room which has always been the ‘nursery’, and Baby C#3 will move into G’s room which is much smaller than the others. We have an extra twin bed and bed set, so it will all work out. My main concern is how much talking and playing the kids are going to do at night after bedtime!

We originally thought we would be able to get away with using the vehicles that we have, even after Baby C #3 arrives. G was 6 months old when we bought my car, and adding L to it was no big deal, just moved G over. Jeremiah’s vehicles have always seated the 2 kids comfortably. However, tonight I wanted to test out the car seat hypothesis. After trying to fit 2 front facing carseats and 1 infant carrier into the backseat of my car, we are re-thinking this idea.

TIGHT fit.

L tries to figure out which of the 3 seats is hers. TIGHT fit.

So we are accepting the fact that we may actually need TWO different new (to us) cars. After all, I can’t allow my husband to do this much longer…

Lumber strapped to the top of the 'burb. In the words of my dad: "Sarah, the guy really needs a TRUCK"

Lumber strapped to the top of the ‘burb. In the words of my dad: “Sarah, the guy really needs a real TRUCK”

So we have been trying to decide what we want to test drive and compare. I would like something like this:

Ford Flex

GMC Acadia

Ford Expedition

J thinks we need something like this:

Ford 12 passenger Econoline

Ford Excursion

Nope. Not kidding. J thinks a 12 passenger van is the answer. I’m not so sure I agree with that. Cruising around in that would feel like I’m driving a school bus. Not a fan. Whatever we end up with, we need something with a 3rd row and ability to seat more than 5. We frequently have extra people riding with us and the extra seats would be a great addition. Not to mention that child car seats are anything but small.

I guess we won’t be reaching any conclusions overnight. If you have a brood of kids and a vehicle you love, we are open to suggestions! In the meantime, I’ll keep on growing that baby belly. 🙂

Last weekend at 12 wks!

Last weekend at 12 wks!

Have a great week!

-The {growing} Costello’s

 

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3 thoughts on “Going Big

  1. you have such a cute family sara 🙂 love reading your posts.
    i have been searching vehicles, unplanned..no more kids yet but trying to plan ahead. ive done a lot of research and reads on consumer reports on vehicles w a 3rd row seat. chevy traverse has really good reviews on consumer report all around w gas mileage 17-21. i liked the acadia too but the years that have good reviews are 2012-2013 and not exactly cost effective ranging 40,000+. suburbans are great for room and seat 7 too. gas mileage is around 14/m, so do tahoe but the suburban was a lot like u said driving bus :/ but very nice. u can get a used one for decent price. ford flex had great reviews. never test drove one thoigh. buick enclave seats 7 too and drive very nice. and the new fod exploree

    • ford explorer as well. but if u get the ecoboost engine be careful..supposedly gets 28 mi/gallon but u have to use premium gas. hope that helps 🙂 and good luck w your growing brood 🙂

  2. Yay! Congrats you guys! Not that we’re “planning” a #3, but with a host of friends having cute, adorable bundles of joy the past month or so (and who are expecting this fall), the thought has crossed our minds…but the logistics for us would be tricky as well. Then, we have a chaotic dinner like we did last night, and think to ourselves, “Selves, we’re fine with just two for now 😉 Unless God makes it happen otherwise… ;)”

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