Would you think I was crazy if I told you I cried over a stroller?
It’s ok. I did.
For the last year, my Olivia has been way too big for our BOB double stroller. She sat patiently through many a soccer game with her knees at her chin and never complained once. But I knew it was time. Time to let the BOB go. I was just waiting for Matthew to learn to ride his bike. We’re a long walk kind of a family and you can’t go for a long walk without either a stroller or a bike. So I waited. When Matthew learned to ride his bike this summer, I knew it was time.
Short break for a complaint: Did you know that “special needs equipment” businesses make you take it up the ass? You didn’t know that? Well they do. Anything labeled “special needs” is mucho expensive. Ridiculously so. Just go google “special needs stroller/wheelchair” and then pass out from the prices. I did.
I began researching strollers for Olivia. There weren’t many that fit the bill like my good old BOB did. If you have a BOB yourself, then you know what I’m talking about. They are the perfect stroller. Worth every penny. I loved my bright orange BOB. It went everywhere with us. It was, it turns out, hard to find a replacement. This new stroller had to be able to handle different terrains, a pre-teen who is still growing, had to have a “hood” for when she needs to escape, good straps for her to play with and needed swivel wheels in the front. Oh and less than $1000. (See, you didn’t know this stuff was so expensive, did you?)
I found one. One stroller that fit that bill. Even though it only came in blue (bo-ring!), I bought it. After a week of waiting, it finally came. Olivia was so excited. I set it up and she quickly came right down and had a seat. She declared it more than satisfactory and was very excited to give it a whirl. I declared it easy to push, easy to collapse and it fit in my trunk. The best part is Olivia has plenty of leg room and extra room to grow. Success!
It was then time to put good-old-BOB out to pasture on Craig’s list. A new double-BOB will cost you $800 so I figured he would go quickly. He made it one day. They snatched that thing up faster than a kid in a candy store. When they came to get it, and I saw them putting it in their trunk, I cried. They didn’t see me. But I did. Because I was sad to see BOB go.
Am I crazy or what?
I guess it’s because he went everywhere with us. We got him when Matthew was born. He represented me having babies and little ones and *newsflash*, I don’t have babies or little ones anymore. While I’m so glad that they’re growing and thriving and that I get to experience all of this with them, I was a little sad that part of my life was over. No more double stroller. I’ve had a double for 10 years now. I was back to a single. Olivia’s new ride looks like an adult stroller too; no more baby stuff here.
It was my very last (besides the freaking diapers that I swear I’m never going to be done with) baby item. Gone. It’s weird. Very strange. But Olivia declares her new ride is “soooo comfy Mom!” that I am happy she’s moved on. But a little freaked out by the fact that I am the mother of big kids now.