Metamorphosis of a Minivan Mom

The change was so insidious.  It didn’t happen overnight.  Before kids, I had always zipped around town in cool, two-door sedans like my Acura Integra.  Then I had a baby and before I knew it, I had become a minivan mom wearing mommy jeans.  I thought I should explain how this all came down.

My cool Acura Integra looked like this except it was silver

You see, when David and I came home from the maternity ward, we found that the little baby car seat carrier fit snugly into the middle back seat of our sedan, and it was just fine.  Of course, we always wanted to keep an eye on the little guy, so one of us would drive and the other would sit in the back with Josh.  This was all fine until we started going places with our new baby.  Besides the diaper bag, we needed to throw the stroller in the trunk, which quickly filled up with other baby things — portable crib, baby saucer, baby swing, balls, stuffed animals, and an inflatable pool.  You know, just in case.

Last stop before a minivan -- Toyota 4Runner SUV

When our car began to resemble a trunk show for Toys ‘R Us, we decided we really needed to move up, so we got a Toyota 4Runner.  It’s an SUV.  It’s still cool…enough.  Hey, my husband was still okay being seen in it.  As our baby got bigger and heavier, it was easier on our backs to step up to buckle in the car seat.  Also, when Josh was big enough to face forward during our drives, he got a better view from his seat and fussed a little less. We loved that little SUV, even if it did drive like a pickup truck.

David sold the car he had to a friend and drove my Integra around until I bashed into it with my 4Runner (see my other post about sleep deprivation).  Actually, we got it fixed after that, but the final straw was when David was pulled over by an officer whom we suspect thought that David was an Asian gangster.  The officer stated that the Integra’s windows were tinted too dark, but after realizing that he was talking to a straight-laced physician, the officer gave him a fix-it ticket to remove the tinting and let him go.

When our second baby arrived, it was getting increasing crowded in our Toyota SUV.  Double the car seats, double the baby junk in the trunk.  So that’s when it finally happened: our first minivan.  David decided to sell the Integra and got me a Mazda MPV so he could drive the 4Runner.

And then it happened...a Mazda MPV minivan.

I had to admit — I loved that minivan!  Our kids could actually stand up and play baseball inside that thing.  I could haul two strollers plus all the other baby accoutrements and not feel crowded.  We could even give our babysitter rides home.  No, it’s not exactly sexy but can we agree that no car is more practical for young families than a minivan?

My current mom-mobile: Honda Odyssey

We’ve since moved onward and upward to the Honda Odyssey, probably the best minivans around, even better than any swagger wagons.  Strollers, bikes, furniture, pools — we can throw them all in there!  It’s ideal for carpooling, because you can seat about 100 people.  You almost need a Class B license to drive it.  And the stereo!  I could out-thump any sub-woofers around town.  And I do.

Now, our kids are getting to the ages when some parents consider moving back down towards a sedan or an SUV.  But I love my minivan so much that I think I’ll keep driving it until the day it dies or I die, whichever comes first.

So, are you a minivan parent?  How did you get here and do you intend to stay?  Let me know!

4 thoughts on “Metamorphosis of a Minivan Mom

  1. My parents never had a mini van…they always drove sedans. However, I kinda wish we had a mini van or SUV…but now I’m glad we drive sedans because of gas prices!

    My friends had 3 kids so obviously they needed a van. Eventually, the kids learned how to drive in the minivan and eventually drove it to school (my friend has a t-shirt that says “Mini Van, Mega Fun”. Maybe one day Josh can learn how to drive in the mini van and then he can drive it to school =)

  2. I need to get that t-shirt made! Our whole swagger family should wear it. If Josh and Meg can learn to drive this behemoth, they can drive anything!

  3. We just got the “new” Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. I can’t even begin to tell you how luxurious it is (especially with a toddler!), however, I was almost depressed when I first got it. “I’m not even 30, and I have to drive a mini van?! A Pilot, I think we should get a Pilot.” Then my hubs rationalized ALL the reasons why we were getting the van…and here we are today, almost two years later and I couldn’t possibly LOVE my van more!! =) I’m not a very “techy” person so I don’t even use most of the super awesome functions…like the dual screen tv that I don’t think we’ve even tried! You can even hook up your gaming systems! It’s amazing and such a wonderful blessing.

    • I know what you mean, Denise! An SUV is our last bit of rebellion before we come to our senses. Glad you’re a fellow minivan mom!