Saturday, March 12, 2016


I drove a Subaru Impreza Outback until the day my girls were born. On that day I rear ended someone, breaking my water and totaling the car I loved so much. 

We were planning to get me a new car to accommodate our growing family, but the accident sped things up. My husband wanted a mini van, I wanted a Honda Pilot or Totota Highlander, and my FiL thought we should get an SUV with third row seating. We decided shortly after on the Mazda CX-9. 

While there were things I really liked about that car we ultimately decided to sell it about 14 months later because it was so large and I didn't feel like I could see well out of it. In the fall of 2014 I traded in my Mazda for a Subaru Outback. 

3 1/2 short months later we found out I was pregnant with baby #3. In an attempt to not get a new car right away we got Diono car seats that fit three across for L &C. 

Although it's a tight squeeze we mostly make it work. We couldn't afford another car right away so we were determined to make it work. 

The thing is, it's tough. When we travel long distances even the passenger can barely reach the girls. They fight because they're so close to each other, and recently L & C have given Stella food on a few occasions. Before it wasn't a big deal, but now she's super into it and will try to put anything in her mouth. The other day I arrived home to discover her munching happily on a cereal bar. 

We've started talking about and looking at vans but I'm not totally sold. I'm not convinced climbing into the third row will be any easier and I'm not sure how to configure three rear facing car seats. Another option would be to transition Stella to a convertible Dionk seat and keep the Subaru. 

What do you drive?


  1. We have a Honda Odyssey and it's fantastic. Tons of room and I'm really glad we got it. I was totally against minivans before but it is just so practical that I don't care. Plus now with a second kid on the way the van will be big enough for two car seats and our 100 lb dog.

  2. We're in the same boat. I refuse a mini van, but really need something to accommodate thre convertible car seats! Ugh.

  3. We have a Honda ossuary and I love it. We have 3 under 5 years old. What I did was put the 2 big kids in the way back and then put the baby behind the passenger and took the seat behind the driver out and the middle seat/console as well. This way it gives is a huge space to put everyone in and take coats on and off and even change a diaper. I would totally get the van if you can swing it. Good luck.