Hi all, I haven't posted for some time, but here I am.
Me/wife/baby currently live about 2 mins drive away from wife's parents' house. Wife's sister lives there also. We are also the same distance away from wife's brother's house (along with his wife and baby).
They dont visit often, but visit often enough (take from that what you will). And they phone too. ALL THE BLOODY TIME.
I don't like it, but I learnt to live with it (for 8 years). Now it's time for us (me, wife, baby) to start looking for a new house. So I'm thinking of moving further away. Wife however wants to continue living right next door (figuratively speaking) to her family.
Being close to the family has many advantages (they help out a lot with child care, help out with house stuff like DIY, shopping, groceries, etc) and also has disavantages (they come round when *they* like). So, what is your advice?
Ps: this is unrelated but you may find a connection with the above text: a typical day for my wife is: wake up, call parents, several times during the morning. Then go to parents house, drop off baby, go out with sister on various errands, go back to parents house, talk and stuff, then in evening bring baby back. Then, go back on the phone to parents again. No, I am *NOT* exagerating, I am not lying, this is the truth, really. On weekends when I'm home, it's similar but instead of going out with siter, she goes out with me. And guess who she's on the phone to. And a typcial vacation would be to wake up in hotel room (depending on time zone), call parents, go out and do vacation-like things, back in the evening, call parents, sleep. In takes all the vacation vibes away. (Good thing I have plenty of business-away trips!)
Is this normal? I dont think it is, but before this, I've never been married before so not entirely sure (who am I kidding, this is absolutely not normal). Anyway, thanks for any opinions about where next house should be and/or what you think. And I would make sacrifices of myself to ensure my baby is properly looked after (I have long hours office job, wife will possibly go back to work soon).
BTW, the phone rang just a few minutes ago, it's almost 8pm, it was her family, see, I'm not exagerating. All the time! ARGH!
EDIT (10 Jan): Hello everyone, thanks very very much for all your constructive replies. I thought some of you might joke about this but I really appreciate your comments. I will update this thread soon with comments regarding some of your questions. For now, I'm glad I'm not alone.