Three and half weeks inliving with my in-laws and we are settling in to a new normal. I’m not sure how “normal” it is … but it’s how life is for us now. After a few days of initial anxiety, my nerves calmed down and I realized I had to separate reality from my worst fears. It really hasn’t been that bad at all…. Here are the Pros and Cons to date:
- My father in law has been making a majority of the dinners during the weeknights. Home cooked meal when you get home? BONUS! Saves me time and mental energy.
- Mother in law can entertain my toddler (Arya) for periods of time. Gives me a little break although I am still cautious about them having items out that she could get into (like prescriptions etc).
- Its nice spending time with family and watching everyone interact. Especially watching my daughter interact and entertain her grandparents.
- There is always someone available to meet the repair man/delivery girl etc.
- Small things like the kind of dish soap you use or the brand water you like to drink may not be the same. Don’t you know Aquafina has a high PH level!!!
- Lack of privacy…did they just walk into our bathroom? And NO you cannot fold our laundry aka MY underwear! I draw a hard line there.
- After, I told my mother in law no more food she snuck food to my daughter Arya. Seriously? Behind my back? I’m on to you!
- My in laws speaking Korean constantly. However, I do not. I usually don’t mind but sometimes I would like to know what the dinner conversation is. It’s especially puzzling when my mother in law speaks directly to me in Korean like I know whats she is saying…. surprisingly sometimes I do understand. Not her words but her intent.
I will leave this at an even score for now. So far, we are pretty happy and enjoying our new lifestyle of living in the suburbs with family. We have our moments of “Did that seriously juts happen?” but that was to be expected to a degree. We also have our moments of “We made the right decision”. We still have plenty to iron out and more boxes to unpack. Have you had any similar experiences with family? Comment below!