Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Room for Five

Soccer moms of the world, look out. I have arrived.

This morning I sat in a small office at Hope Auto and forced my pen to write a check. A check that combined tax refund money from the past two years, savings since late 2011, and the sale of Jonathan's big ol' truck.

"Adults," I kept telling myself. "We're adults. We saved this money for a reason and here we are. It's time to spend it."

And boy, did we spend it.

It's not a new car, but it's new to me, and very much an upgrade from my first mom mobile. It's a 2010 Yukon XL with leather interior and bells and whistles I know nothing about. So far I can get it to drive, set the cruise, and change the radio stations. I have some studying to do.

Yes, we now have more than enough room for our soon-to-be family of five. This is the vehicle that will be waiting for me at the hospital, as I'm wheeled out into the hot July sun with my baby girl in my lap. This will be the car that takes Owen to his first day of kindergarten. The one that carries us on family vacations and trips to Walmart. I am pumped. :)

On that note, holding my pregnant belly while standing next to my new vehicle brought back the same image from February 2007, when I traded my Jeep Wrangler for mom mobile number one. I was preparing for a major life change, and here I am, getting ready to do it again. I think the best part about this purchase, though, is that the car that carried my first two bundles home from the hospital will remain in my driveway for Jonathan. I won't get into details, but it was hard not to cry when I thanked him for choosing to sell his truck and drive my ride instead.

Six years of memories would have been much harder to leave at the dealership than that aforementioned check.

As for my present-day kids, they're stoked.

Owen's first reaction was "Elmo!" when he noticed the DVD screen above his head. He already knows how it works from his Nana's car, but was disappointed to learn that it didn't come stocked with movies. It was a nice, smooth, whiny ride to Nashville.

In the car line, I waved at Nathan until he realized this gigantic black vehicle was waiting for him. He climbed into his booster and the first thing he said was, "Whoa! This isn't like a van or a bus at all. Is this like a limousine??"

So there we have it, folks. The first official purchase the Bauer family has made in preparation for little sister. Not to say we want to her to come any time soon, but whenever she does, we have the means to carry her home.

Have a happy Tuesday, everyone!

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