25 May 2009

Unexpected

We've known for a bit, but it seemed weird not to post something so major here...

About three weeks ago Global Baby's birth mother contacted us. She is pregnant and would like us to adopt this baby as well. The baby is due in October.

For reasons I won't go into involving legal complications, this adoption is even less of a certainty than when we adopted Global Baby. Likely I won't mention the adoption process unless it comes to pass.

But we are preparing in case we may have a second baby this Fall.

Preparations include car shopping. Over the weekend we purchased a minivan. The back seat of our car was crowded with just one car seat. We get visitors on a regular basis and were already considering the purchase of a larger vehicle. The thought of squeezing 2 car seats plus all the various baby accoutrements (times 2!) pushed it over the edge. Extra passengers would have been impossible.

We pick up our new Chrysler Grand Voyager on Friday afternoon.

10 comments:

Yelli said...

Best wishes to you with whatever happens and whatever you decide. Good luck on finding a new car. I didn't know they made big cars here in Europe though!

Global Librarian said...

They do make big cars here. We bought one. It's a Chrysler minivan made in Austria for the European market. Room for 7 passengers & cargo!

Pointless Drivel said...

Excellent! I think you will find it a very nice acquisition.

G in Berlin said...

We miss our Sienna minivan tremendously. With two car seats and a Passat, we never have room for visitors (although there is cargo room). We also thought about the VW Multivan and the Renault Espace. I have had terrible experiences with Chryslers- tell us how it works out (car wise).

Global Librarian said...

We looked at the VW Multivan and the Renault Espace Grand as well. Decided against the VW because it's quite a bit taller than the other vans. Too tall to fit into the parking garage at GH's work and many other parking garages!

And the Renault felt less like a car and more like a retro space set from the 60's! It also felt very plastic-y and, well, cheap.

We did check out a Toyota Sienna as well. There is a car dealership in Zurich that imports them from the US. That was our favorite vehicle, but we were concerned about maintenance & repairs on a car made for the US market, and not generally sold in Europe.

Neither of us has ever had a Chrysler, but the reviews on its reliability seemed good. Fingers crossed!

Pointless Drivel said...

The Ways and Means Committee's family are Chrysler/Dodge people. Every car they have ever owned is a Dodge or Jeep (until the Saturn we sold them when we bought the minivan). They have had wonderful luck with the quality, and have always been happy with them.

I think Chrysler got a bad rap back when they made the K car -- the first disposable American car -- but their cars made since the early 90s have had pretty good records.

I did much research on this before deciding to buy the Charger. Of course, that was made when Chrysler was still owned by Daimler-Benz, so it is basically a Mercedes with more cup holders.

Regardless, we have the US version of your van, and we have really enjoyed it so far.

Jennifer said...

I can't believe that I now have more siblings that drive minivans than don't.

What a sad, sad day.

Dr Spouse said...

Wow. That is sudden news - sounds complicated though.

Pumpkin said...

I really hope it all works out and this new baby can be with his big brother and have two loving parents. It would be sad if the siblings couldn't stay together when you both clearly want this new baby too.

Susie Vereker said...

Good luck - GB2 sounds a big step so soon, but I can see the relationship would be excellent. Rather more important than cars!