I love my stroller. And it's not that I love all strollers, or even strollers in general, I just love my stroller. I agonized over choosing a stroller when we found out we were having not one more baby (as planned) but two. All of a sudden, my thoughts of just slinging the baby and strolling the toddler went out the window and I knew I'd have to have seats for at least two precious little bottoms.
I read comparisons of side-by-side versus tandem seating, watched video clips on ease of fold up, measured the trunk and thought long and hard about grocery shopping and the room needed for a double stroller. My husband wanted real tires (I agreed) and I wanted something the babies could ride in before they could sit up (I wasn't interested in carting bucket seats around--I had a snap'n'go for that). We both wanted something rugged and durable. We chose a Bumbleride Indie Twin after months of poking around and seeing what was out there.
We brought the stroller home when the twins were three months old, and never looked back. That stroller has been a part of more adventures and family pictures than I can count. When our oldest was involved in home preschool I loved to call the littles our "stroller brigade" as we wheeled through museums, hiked trails, and spent time at the park. I'm almost embarrassed to say my girls were late walkers (15 and 17 months respectively) because the stroller was so darn easy to use for me and comfortable for them.
But. They did learn to walk and I started to let them. The beginning of the end for my lovely Bumbleride was the purchase of a "light-weight" (heh) double umbrella for "quick trips". And then forgetting to put the big stroller back in the car, and then, just, walking or using a shopping cart to contain the madness. Last year I tried to bring the stroller back and walk with two 3-year-olds in the stroller and my 5 year-old along side to school. A short lived plan as everyone kind of hated it.
And so now my lovely double stroller sits in the garage. My little girls are not that little anymore. We manage all day trips to Gilroy Gardens with nothing more than a backpack and 3 pairs of good walking shoes. We had a wonderful vacation over the summer where the trunk was not filled to the brink with the double wide bulk and no one missed it. I will always love the freedom it gave me in those first crazy years, but I think it's time to pass it on to another family, who are ready to stroll.
Speaking of passing your stuff on, don't forget that the annual Gemini Cricket Garage sale is coming up on September 15. Members, if you want to sell please check out Big Tent for contact details. Shoppers, we will be posting details closer to the date. And yeah, my double stroller might be making an appearance on the sales floor!