updates from the bradfields

03 Jul 08 …And Baby Makes Five!

Dave and I are proud to announce that we are expecting our third baby girl in December. Merry Christmas!

Marley and Nicole are looking forward to having a baby sister and we’re thrilled our family is growing.

The thought of being outnumbered by kids is a little daunting for me and Dave, though. Once we started thinking about it (yes, I know, it’s too late for thinking now…), we realized that becoming a family of five sure changes a lot of things.

Here are a couple of examples:

Travel – with three kids in car seats, we will now have to use two cabs to get us to and from the airport, unless we’re lucky enough to find one of the elusive NYC yellowcab minivans.

This brings me to a car of our own. When we move back to Toronto, we’ll need to buy a car. When I was twentysomething and carefree, I swore I’d never own a “dad car” or minivan. Those days are over, my friends. All I can say is that I’m glad we’ve done our part for the environment these past couple of years by not owning a car, because we’re heading down the road to gas-guzzling, carbon footprint town. We are looking at all hybrid options and hope the car companies will be offering more choices soon.

Another reality with having three girls is the need for washroom space. We’re planning to renovate our Toronto house and my first words to Dave when we found out we’re having a girl were “Now we definitely need a master bath.” My mom will tell you stories of how she grew up near the Danforth with her sister and 4 brothers and they only had one tiny washroom. I believe her it works, but I’m not up for finding out for myself. My mom didn’t live with a clothes-horse husband or a four-year-old who’s already obsessed with dresses, ponytails and lip balm. One or two extra washrooms will add years to my life.

Of course, these are all minor, logistical issues that I’m sure we’ll tackle effectively. A growing family is a wonderful thing. We can’t wait!