Category Archives: Parenthood

How To Fit 3 Car Seats In 1 Car

You know the saying: “Two minds are better than one”? Well did you know 35 minds (because that’s how many views I had of my post about carseats yesterday) are way better than two? Hubby and I have been debating how to get three kids into our vehicles ever since he waved that magic stick with a “+” on it 16 weeks ago. Yes – I said “he” because he was the one who dipped the stick into a cup. I really couldn’t tell you how many hours hubby’s spent analyzing our finances, budgets and researching various makes and models of 7-seater SUV’s* to solve our dilemma.

Anyways, Liz @ Loving Mom of Two Boys responded to me came to my rescue and said she was looking into getting Sunshine Kids Seats when her newest addition joins her family (Congrats Liz!).

Look at this pic! These car seats have a narrow base and can fit three across a mid-sized sedan (I’d consider my Santa Fe & hubby’s Mazda 6 both to be mid-sized).

3 car seats in one car!

My kids are small, I hate to admit this but 5 year old, Sierra, weighs 34lbs and my almost 3 year old, Brooke, weighs a whopping 25lbs. So this is the perfect solution for us. I considered having both girls in boosters, but because we do long car trips to visit family frequently, and both girls fall asleep in their seats a seat that will hold them upright is a better match for us. $900 in car seats vs 5 yrs of $400 +/month in car payments…. This is a no-brainer to me! And look how cute the fabric is:

I’ll probably get the grey because I’m conservative like that even though the pink is so adorable (and my girls would love it). Actually the pink is so cute I’m almost tempted to find out the sex of this baby at my 20 week anatomy scan ultrasound tomorrow, even though I PROMISED my hubby Mr. Old School I wouldn’t find out. Gosh it’s killing me not to know who’s hiccupping in there!

Anyways – thanks again Liz for your awesome suggestion! I’ve researched and have found that the Bay Department Store across from my work carries these so I can scout them out now (or maybe if I’m lucky Sunshine Kids will send me one to review and therefore ease some of the expense of expanding our family…).

PS – Special thanks to Emma and Marisa for their suggestion to check out where I learned that I only need 2 Sunshine Kids car seats and can use my existing Graco in the center rear-facing for the baby.

* I am not a mini-van kind of gal – I may be a washed up former cutie now that I’m gonna have three kids, but I will never ever drive a Caravan, Sedona etc… Yes, you can call me a snob ‘cause it really doesn’t bother me at all.

Oh hey. Remember me?

I used to blog here… Almost daily. I haven't written here in two months which is like two decades in internet years. This used to be my place to talk about being preggo, and running, and having babies and sleep deprivation. Do you remember that? There are no more babies here, at least that's what my youngest keeps telling me. The only thing that's the same now is the running, and even that has morphed into swimming, cycling and running. Oh and the sleep deprivation, but that's much more self inflicted than it used to be (6am swim or bike anyone?).

(I'm not a baby anymore, mommy, I'm Katy Perry)

My motto used to be “Speeding through life with a toddler in tow”. Well that toddler is now 8. Eight freaking years have gone by since I started this blog! Where does the time go?!?

My preemie, colicky baby is now a bright, sassy eight year old hockey star:

And her baby sister that used to wake up every two hours all.night.long. is a spunky running buddy:

Time. Fighting it is like fighting a losing battle. So I give up. I'm embracing my age and enjoying a whole new set of personal bests, trying new things – like triathlons, obstacle races (not the Lego on the floor kind – though that happens too), and family Color Runs.

And I'm ready to be back. Back to sharing the ups and downs of being a mom on the run 'cause I missed you, did you miss me?