Back before Allyn was born, Ben and I talked about how we would probably need a newer and bigger car. We purchased a Camry in 2007 for me to drive. And while I was totally fine with driving it into the ground, it would probably be a little on the smaller side for two above average size adults and two super protective bulky carseats carrying our precious babes. We decided we would probably wait until the summer after Allyn was born to buy a minivan. (Although Ben really, really, really wanted a Tahoe or Suburban or some other oversize and expensive vehicle....until he realized just how expensive they were). By that point she would be nearing the point of walking or wanting to walk and a bigger vehicle would make more sense. Plus, I was totally cool with not forking over a fortune on a new car for as long as possible.
Well, we finally bought a minivan this past January. Nolan loves it. And I have always driven cars close to the ground (Mercury Topaz, Honda Civic and the Camry), so the sitting higher up is a nice change for me. We ended up waiting beyond summer because Allyn doesn't walk. She doesn't crawl. She doesn't say anything. And she may have to be rear-facing in her car seat until she is three years old based on the suggested weight for turning her around.
You can plan and plan, but sometimes things change. I wouldn't trade this little dolly for anything or anyone IN. THE. WORLD! But looking back two years ago while I was pregnant and doing everything to give her the best chances of being healthy, I would have never imagined we would be here today.
And she is out of Cast #4. We'll know how well this one worked when we go back to get Cast #5. She is still so curvy, but her right rib hump is looking smaller. I think back to last year when we went to the beach right before we started casting and how bulging it was. It looks so much better now.