So this is the thing that I was so excited about:
We’ve been a one car family for the last 5 years. It’s been fine. Kate can take the T to work (or work from home). But we knew that once we had a baby, we’d probably need a second car. I travel a decent amount for work and often take the car, and didn’t want to leave Kate and the baby without a car. So then it came time to decide what to get. It took me a while to come around to the idea of a minivan, but that was really the most practical thing for us. We drive most places, and we don’t pack lightly. With our giant dog, a child, and all the stuff that comes with the 4 four us, a minivan was really the most practical option. Plus, I cram our other car (a Mazda 3 wagon) with gear for my shoots, so full that I cannot see anything or fit anyone, so the idea of a bigger car for my job seemed very exciting. We thought of some of the compact SUVs but they aren’t that much bigger than our Mazda and I think having the third row of seats is great if we want to transport a few other people.
Fortunately some of the newer minivans are pretty slick, and a lot “cooler” (I say this mostly for self-assurance) than the minivans I remembered growing up. In fact, the Toyota Sienna that we decided on is quite luxurious. I LOVE the dual sliding doors for loading in gear, and the way the seats move and can fold into the floor is awesome. When we test drove it, Kate said we could move out of our house and move into the car! Toyota did a great job with their marketing on this car, because Kate and I kept saying “Mommy Like” and “Daddy Like” as we were on our test drive. So I am proud and happy to be a minivan family now. (I don’t care what all my friends think… I think they’re just jealous!)