I did it. I finally broke down and bought a new car. A 2011 Subaru Outback.
It was time to really start my life a new, time to hand the Jetta keys over to my 21 year old brother (to be fair, he did buy it from me) and get a full on Mommy-Mobile. I just couldn't keep driving First Mate around in the Jetta - it was too small, too unreliable (it's one thing to have a problem when it's just me in the car - it's a total other thing when the wee-one is with me). So, I went into Subaru and made them find one of only TWO navy blue, stick shift, moon-roofed Outbacks in the country (it came to Cherry Hill from SYRACUSE!!!).
I have to admit - it's a sweet ride. Sometimes, I get silly and call it my "new whip"! LOL! It drives very well and is better on gas than the Jetta (well, relative to the size). I am excited about it! Yay for Mommy Cars!