When I wrote my car sharing story, I didn't mention how it works to use a Modo car when it's just me & Sprout because we hadn't actually done that yet. Transit, cycling or walking are nearly always our best options. This week, I got the chance to try out driving solo.
Tuesday I got an email from my mom saying she was meeting my cousin & her new baby at Brentwood Mall. My sister heard about it & my other cousin & my aunt... it ended up being a small family reunion. Sprout saw four of his cousins, two grandparents, a great aunt & three aunts & uncles. Brentwood works because it's more or less the mid-point between where we all live: North Van, Coquitlam, Burnaby & Vancouver.
The catch was that they were meeting at 10am & I got the email at 9:45. I thought about taking transit, but it would mean about 30 minutes of walking all together. Normally, I'd be game, but I'm trying to avoid being on my feet too much as I injured my knee on Sunday. I decided to take a Modo car.
Modo vehicle without another adult around. Normally, Oli goes & picks up the car, brings it home, then we load car seat, baby & whatever gear we're toting. But with just me, I had to find a solution to the trick of getting baby & car seat to the car--kind of like the one with the cat, mouse & cheese crossing the river by boat. So I tried what I've been thinking of for a while: strapping the car seat onto the umbrella stroller & putting Sprout in on top, then going to the car. Other than the fact that the car seat makes it a bit top-heavy, it worked fine.
Not sure if it was any faster than transit to drive, because the Skytrain isn't constrained by the traffic along the way, but I ended up doing less walking to give my knee a break. Plus, now I know my crazy car seat solution works: I can just take off in a car if I need to on short notice.
If you were wondering, it's an Avalon stroller (my review with more details here) & a Cosco car seat.
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