I think back to the day when we found out we were having the quintuplets. My first thoughts when the sonogram technician pointed out "number five" on the screen were: 1. Lord, please, no. I can't handle this! 2. We need a new house! (in PNG) 3. We need a new car! Yep, I'm a man. That's where my thoughts went-- straight to the practical.
Since then, there have been many emotional adjustments, of course, but there still remains the practical. What kind of stroller do we get (yes, there are quintuplet strollers out there), what kind of car seat, how many swings, cribs, bottles, etc., etc.! We've never had quints before, so a lot of these questions will be answered by experience and by talking with those few, those proud, who have walked our road before.
My big question of late, though, is about a vehicle. Currently we're driving a Chrysler 7 seater minivan, which has been wonderful for our family of three and our belongings as we have traveled around (thank you, Nortons!). Eventually, we are going to need a vehicle with 8 seats. I know that I could buy another bench seat for our current van and fit it in place of the two "captain" seats in the middle row, but that would leave us with having to access the rear row over the middle row or through the rear lift gate. Hence the questions:
- How soon will that be?
- Will we take all five babies and Isaac anywhere without an additional vehicle and help in the months between the babies' homecoming and our departure to PNG?
- How long until we depart for PNG?
- What vehicles are out there now that have eight seats AND are practical for getting five car seats into?