Recently, Jayson and I have been discussing how we are going to transport the quints after they are born. As we started looking around at the options, we realized that the decision was not going to be easy. We had to start considering things like: How much cargo space we will need? Is it worth it to upgrade the tires? Is it important for the seats to recline? Will we need the weather protectent shield? Are tinted side windows necessary? Should we pay extra for decorative trim? Do we need a sunroof? How many cup holders are there? With all these important decisions to make, you would think that we were buying a new van. Instead, what we were looking for is a quint stroller! Of course quint strollers are not in very high demand, so the choices are few. In fact, we found only one manufacturer, Runabout, who sells one. Maybe that is why they offer so many accessories---so that at least you have something to make a decision about. Or maybe it is to help you feel a little better about the $1185 (plus shipping) base price. Whatever the case, I have to admit that I actually laughed out loud the first time I saw a picture of one. This stroller is more like a bus, or a train. In fact, it is so large, that it doesn't fit in a car or van---a special custom hitch carrier has to be installed behind the vehicle to transport it (an additional $130). I guess I am out of luck if it is a rainy day and I want to get out of the house. It is a good thing we don't live in Seattle! Despite the downsides to this stroller, I think it is something MasterCard could make a commercial about......"Quint stroller...$1185, Sun Canopy....$96, flat-free airless tires...$90, being able to get out of the house every once in a while without an entire crew of volunteer helpers....PRICELESS!!!"
This weekend, Jayson and my almost 7-year old son Riley came for a visit. It was the first time our whole family had been together in 6 1/2 weeks. It was so great to have them all here! After not seeing Riley for a while, I started to miss even the slightly annoying things that he does---like the incessant talking and endless knock-knock jokes. Riley and Kaiya were really happy to see each other too, although it didn't take them long to slip back into the typical brother/sister routine. At the end of the weekend, Jayson took both kids back with him to Texas. They will be there for a week and then they will go to Grandma and Grandpa's (Jayson's parents) house for a couple of weeks. The house has been so quiet with everyone gone.
Despite all the changes in my normal routine, I have continued to do well. No signs of pre-term labor yet. The babies are moving all the time now. I am feeling huge, but I know that my size now won't even compare to my size in a couple of months. I have another doctor's appointment on Friday, so we will see what I find out from that. Right now I just feel very blessed to be doing as well as I am and to be able to be home at my aunt's house instead of at the hospital.
Pictured below is the Runabout Quint Stroller----also known as the Silver Bullet.