How Buying a Minivan Changed My Life

I love being a minivan momma and couldn’t imagine a life without my minivan. Flashback a couple of decades, and 16 year old me swore to anyone who would listen that I would never be caught dead driving a minivan. A couple of rear facing car seats and a hatchback later, here I am, alive and well, happily driving my minivan. While I knew purchasing a minivan would give us much needed space, I didn’t expect it to have such an impact on my life.  

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The baby that filled the 3rd car seat in the minivan.

When we first purchased our minivan we were the parents of two boys ages 3 and 1 and weren’t planning on another baby. Then the salesman, showed us how the middle row of seats could expand to fit 3 car seats. One year later, we made good use of that feature when our daughter was born. Can I say for certain that we wouldn’t have expanded our family without a minivan? No, but it sure was an easier knowing where a 3rd car seat would fit.

About 4 months after the birth of my daughter, my husband convinced me another family road trip was in order. We had been forced to take one two years earlier for a wedding of a close family member and I wouldn’t classify it as an enjoyable experience. Thank to my minivan, this time around was awesome!

Kids need snacks? No problem, I will walk down the main aisle like an airplane stewardess. Baby needs to nurse? Just pull into that parking lot. I can nurse her in the back and lay her across the empty middle row to change her diaper. We’ve been on 3 long road trips and many short road trips since purchasing our minivan. I don’t think I would have agreed to many of them with any other vehicle.

One of the best things about owning a minivan, is that it’s allowed me to become a momma who can help out other mommas. When a momma friend needs a hand getting a kid to practice or has a sitter cancel for the day last minute, I am able to say yes even if it means having to squeeze an extra car seat in. There’s no way I could provide my momma friends that kind of help with a hatchback.

16 year old me thought owning a minivan would mean my life was over. In reality, purchasing a minivan has given me the opportunity make wonderful memories with my family.  I wouldn’t want to drive anything else at this point in my life.

Still on the fence about buying a minivan after reading this? Check this out and trust me every word is true. 



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