By the time she was 5 months old, that wasn't quite as simple:
Now that she's 7 months old and over 60 pounds, it's getting downright impossible to stuff her in the back seat with the kids (she's long outgrown the front seat).
Since the lease is coming up on my Civic, The Bean and I started discussing about possibly trading it in for something that would still be in our price range, but actually fit everyone comfortably.
And that's when we discovered that finding a car we both agreed on was going to be much more difficult than we originally anticipated.
"What about the Mazda 5?"
"Bean, we've been through this a million times. Yes, it's got great seating. Yes, it's affordable. Yes, Artemis will fit nicely, which solves the problem we have with the Civic. It's perfect in every way except one....."
"Becky, you're being ridiculous. It's not a minivan."
"Dude. It's a minivan."
"It is NOT a minivan."
"Well, look at this! My friend Google seems to disagree with you. It's known as 'Mazda's Mini-Minivan'."
"It's not a minivan. In fact, back when they first released it they used to have trouble with them catching on fire. When they looked into why that was, it was because people were souping them up and using them for street racing. Would people soup up and try to street race a minivan? I don't think so."
"It has a sliding door, Bean."
"It's not a minivan! It's a very cool little car!"
"Excellent. Then I think you should get it. I'm sure all the ladies will be checking you out, in your totally sexy not-minivan."
"You're trying to joke, but it really is a sexy little car. You'd look great it in it. I think it suits you."
"Stop trying to sell me on it, Mr. I-Used-To-Sell-Cars. I'll consider it, okay? I do like the price and the seating. It's perfect... it's just.... I just always promised myself I'd never drive a minivan, and I don't care what you say. It's a minivan. Just... let me think about it."
***later that day***
"So, have you thought about that one car? That great looking 6 seater?"
"You mean the minivan?"
"It's not a minivan."
"Yes, it is. Actually, I did think about it, but then I got distracted by the Nissan Cube. HOW AWESOME IS THIS THING? Look at it! Look at all the window space!"
"You can't be serious."
"Well, actually, they don't have a good lease on it, but I wish they did."
"You're kidding, right? It's hideous. Nobody in their right mind could like that thing."
"But it comes with a shag carpet toupee! I'm dead serious - look! For twenty-five dollars extra, you get a shag toupee to put on your dashboard."
"You're kidding. Please tell me you're joking, Becky."
"No! I mean, who wouldn't want that?"
"....... This is what happens when you let women design cars. You get asymmetrical toasters with shag toupees."
"I swear, one of these days I'm gonna hit you with a rock. It's not a gender thing - it's an awesome thing. You're just not awesome enough to appreciate it."
"Yes. I'm sure that's what it is."
"OMG, BEAN! BEAN, LOOK! IT COMES IN ORANGE! I COULD HAVE AN ORANGE TOUPEE-WEARING SUV."
"...... You know, I always wondered who the heck actually bought cars like that. Now I know. And I'm married to one of them."
"Whatever. You spend all your time daydreaming about Porsches. Will your Porsche come with a shag toupee? No? Well, then I pity you."
****the next day****
"Hi, Bean. Whatcha calling for?"
"Gooooood afternoon, Becky! This is a complimentary call from the Mazda 5 Owners Association. You have been pre-selected from a pool of applicants to be one of the lucky people who can drive the Mazda 5! All you need to do is come down to your local Mazda dealership and fill out the paperwork on this sexy, zippy car with wonderful cargo space, and it'll be yours!"
"Oh, well, lovely. Does it come complimentary with a piece of shag carpeting for my dashboard?"
"Uh... no, but it does come with available seating for six, and it is available in a variety of beautiful colors."
"What kind of minivan doesn't come with shag carpeting? What kind of ragtag organization is this?"
"Ah, well, that's the beauty of it. It's not a minivan."
"It's a minivan, Bean."
"This isn't the Bean - this is the Mazda 5 Owners Association. And while your sexy new Mazda 5 doesn't come with shag carpeting, we are offering a special, just for you - your new Mazda 5 will come pre-financed and will be paid for completely by the Bank of Bean - you won't have to put down a penny. Now tell me, can you beat a deal like that?"
"Well, no.... but on the other hand, I found another vehicle I really like - the Kia Soul? DUDE. HAVE YOU SEEN IT? ITS AWESOME. IT COMES IN 'ALIEN GREEN'. WHO DOESN'T WANT AN ALIEN GREEN SUV?!"
"Their ad campaign seems to be focused on giant dancing ghetto gangster hamsters. It's surreal. Bean, I want to be a part of this lifestyle. I'm ready. Let's do this thing."
He didn't have anything to say to that - I'm thinking he was overwhelmed by how awesome and right this would be for our family.
In other news, The Bean has boring taste in cars.