Jess asks, “I am a lurker with a question that I’m hoping you won’t mind answering: What car do you drive? I have one year old twins and another on the way (after IF, and this one is a surprise BFP!) and we are trying to decide on a car. I have a Cr-V and we are thinking minivan. Any thoughts would be helpful, or perhaps you could answer on an Ask Jamie post?”
I drive a 2008 GMC Acadia. We bought this vehicle when Bo was a baby with the intention of trying for another child. In my opinion, the Acadia would be my ideal car for 2 children. Three children, not so much! If I would have known that we were going to have 3 children, I most likely would have gone with a mini-van, despite the obvious stereotypes that come with such a vehicle. A mini-van would just be easier to load and unload 3 little ones and would have more cargo space for the massive strollers, etc.
If I was buying a new car today, I’d purchase a Toyota Sienna with a bench seat in the middle. I would put all three carseats across the middle to maximize carrying capacity when we go on trips. When we aren’t traveling, I think I would put all three seats across the back and take out the middle seat (if that is possible) to easily load and unload with lots of room inside the vehicle.
I won’t be purchasing a mini-van anytime soon. Both of our cars are paid for and even though I do think a mini-van would be ideal right now, it isn’t worth the cost for us as this point.
What kind of car do you drive? Would it work well for twins plus 1?
Lea asks, “We are planning to wean at one year. Did you use formula? Introduce cow’s milk early? Pump & store like crazy?”
I weaned all of my children at one year. They all nursed for the last time on the morning of their 1st birthday. I did not use any formula for any of my kiddos. As I started to wean, I had massive supplies of pumped milk in the freezer. For feedings I was dropping, I would give them sippy cups with the pumped milk. I never ran out of pumped milk before their birthdays (I actually ended up throwing some milk away) but I wouldn’t be afraid to try cow’s milk after 11 months if you run out of pumped milk. At a year, we switched to cow’s milk exclusively.
The milk I had pumped was from my nightly pumping session. I pumped every night before bed to store milk for nearly the entire first year.
Do you have any suggestions for Lea regarding the weaning process?
Feel free to email me or leave a comment with any question you would like for me to answer. Anything is fair game!