Since he was a little boy my OH has been mad on cars. Kind of unusual considering his parents don’t drive and never owned a car. He seems to have this innate car sense, like we’ll be driving down the motorway, having a good conversation, yet there is another part of his brain busily clocking every single car he sees on either side of the carriageway, both make and model, and every so often he’ll come out with a “oh my goodness did you see that XYZ…”. I like cars, I will notice some makes/models on my side of the carriageway, but more often than not all I’m clocking as I drive is the red car coming up behind me, the black one on my side and the blue one I’m thinking of overtaking etc.. Anyways, since he was younger OH’s dream was always to own a sports car. But the thing is it was always a dream, he never really thought it would ever happen, and no one ever encouraged him to try.
When we first got together we were discussing our hopes and dreams quite early on, as I wanted to be sure we were aligned on wanting kids and getting married (if things continued well between us). Having split with my ex because whilst not being broody I knew I did want to at least try for a child (which he didnt), I didn’t want to “waste” time on a relationship if at the end of the day we had different end goals in mind. It was then I learned of this dream of his, and my view of these things is you have to try for your dreams. Half the enjoyment can be in the trying, and if you don’t try you’ll never know if you could achieve it or not. Sure some dreams (winning the lottery for example!) may not be likely (but if you don’t ever buy a ticket then you don’t even stand a chance)!
So when OH was made redundant for the company where we met, most of that money started his super car saving pot. He has been saving hard for years since then and I’ve been happy to support that by paying more than half on the mortgage etc. (because I knew once I was pregnant and on maternity leave it will be him looking after me and paying out more). He’s been keeping spreadsheets tracking possible car options (all second hand I hasten to add!), noting all costs and pros and cons, and earlier this summer he reached his target saving amount to start looking for real! You might think it is an odd point for this to be happening, whilst we are going through IVF, and he really only could have achieved this with our parents help to fund our 2nd IVF cycle as otherwise that’s where his savings would have needed to be diverted to. It might seem off to have parents help us when in theory the money was there. The thing is timing is key for him, this isn’t something he could realistically put off until later in life, because with his Multiple Sclerosis and how it affects his legs we know it is highly likely that at some point he won’t be able to drive unless it’s a modified car where he doesn’t have to use the pedals. We don’t know if that could hit next year or in 10 years, but we know it’s likely at some point, so to have his sports car dream it needed to come true sooner rather than later, otherwise there was a risk it could be too late.
So, the same day as our 12 week scan we welcomed a 2007 reg Aston Martin DB9 “izzy” to our family (OH always names his cars);) OH is over the moon and sometimes still can’t believe he has achieved this. She’ll be with us for 2-3 years is the plan. Whilst she does have tiny tiny bucket seats in the back, baby seats are not really recommended in them, and to be honest we probably don’t want to risk baby puke in an Aston anyway! But that’s ok, as it was never intended as the family car, it’s OH’s dream car. It looks a bit out of place in our drive, and certainly gives the impression we are far more well off than we actually are, but it is very exciting to own! I’m insured to drive her, although haven’t as yet. I’ve been more than happy to enjoy being passenger, but I’ll take her for a spin soon as the bigger bump I get I’m sure I won’t want to be driving her.