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A couple days ago we got our new minivan. A Sienna SE. I was deathly against it at first, but I came around. The SE is the “sport” edition of the Sienna, if there is such a thing as a sporty minivan, so this was our compromise. And after crunching the numbers we decided to lease it, just in case I no longer want to be a minivan mommy after three years.

It’s not a luxury car by any means– I actually feel like it’s a slight downgrade from my fully loaded CRV EX-L with Navi (we opted out of the Toyota Nav), and it’s going to take a whole lot of getting used to driving the thing. For example, getting in and out of the garage will now be a carefully orchestrated ordeal. The few times I’ve done it so far I’ve  had to jump out of the car numerous times to see exactly where I am. I’m sure with time I will better be able to gauge the distances, but it’s probably never going to be zippy. I am also now sized out of some smaller parking spaces. With infant carseat carriers in tow, I better just resign myself to finding those faraway spots without any cars next to them.

Husband is losing his BMW. Two years ago, when Toddler was not yet one and there were no plans for another anytime soon, we made the decision to lease a nice car for him to drive to work. Since his commute was so long, I figured he might as well enjoy it as much as he could. Well, lo and behold, we now have twins. And since the CRV is paid for, we will be early-terminating our lease (anyone want a 335i with M Sport and Nav?) probably at a loss. Husband will now be driving the CRV. He told me I better loooooove this minivan.

The kids do love it (at least, I know the one who can talk does). Today, Toddler’s first time riding in the new car, she clapped her hands and exclaimed that she could see a whole bunch more. I guess the visibility is better from the back because of all the windows? And the space! Oh my, it is so spacious. No need for her to climb over this and that to get out through the front passenger door. The first thing I did was take out one of the bucket seats, so there’s plenty of room in there to even do a little jig.

The things we do for our children, and gladly. I’m sure this is just a small example of the sacrifices we as parents, especially parents of multiples, are making for our kids daily. Other than the obvious sleep, time, money, what are some sacrifices that you’ve made?

lunchldyd is mom to an almost 3 yr old daughter and 4 month old b/g twins. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, 3 children, and a new minivan.

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lunchldyd is mom to 3 year old boy/girl twins and their 5.5 year old sister. She is now teaches part-time to juggle the needs of her young children. When not at work and the kids are asleep, she is addicted to watching TV and sometimes sacrifices sleep to read in bed. She lives in the Los Angeles suburbs with her husband, three kids, and two dogs.

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  1. This was funny to read- because I think everybody starts out saying NO WAY to minivans. I would say very good thinking about the lease so if it turns out you just can’t keep doing the minivan thing, it will be easy to get out of it in a few short years. During the pregnancy, I got rid of my wonderful 2 seater sports car and got a Tahoe- which has worked great. Just this week, I parted ways with the Tahoe and got an Escalade- and I think I am hooked for life in terms of it being the kid car! It seems to be the ultimate road trip vehicle- and the boys (now 3 years old) love it- which is always the deal maker :) However, I always think when the boys get older- I am getting another 2 seater sports car because I still miss it…. a lot!

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