I wasn't sure where to post this.
DH, baby girl and I have been living with my parents for 5 years. We first moved in after we were married since we had just moved to the area and were looking for work. I had no idea we would still be here after all this time. DH works full time, I recently stopped working when baby girl came and I plan to work just a few hours a week from home. We get along really well, of course we have arguments and there are some things that drive me nuts, but it has been a good situation for us all. We pay rent, so we're also helping out my parents with their finances. They absolutely love being close by to babysit and see our baby every evening. They both work so I usually have most of the day by myself with baby girl so it's not like they are always around.
I'm torn about whether this is weird and should we really be doing more to look for our own place? Sometimes I'm embarrassed to admit to new friends that we live with my parents. We don't have any debt. We have a lot of savings and we pay rent, so we're not freeloading. It's just more convenient. We only need to have 1 car, since I can borrow a parent's car or just go to the store with them if I can't use DH's car. I like being really frugal, so when I see the amount we pay in rent, which is smaller than anything we'd pay anywhere because of additional expenses, I just can't stomach buying a house or getting a really small apartment, which is what we'd have to do for the same amount.
Things that annoy me are that they have way too much stuff! They are basically pack rats and I dream of the day when I can organize my own kitchen. I also eat very healthfully and they always buy so much food that the whole kitchen is packed with stuff I won't eat. Also, whenever I make dinner, I have to make a huge dinner, I can't ever just cook for us two. These are such dumb things to be annoyed about, but I'm sometimes almost sad when I think about others who have their own kitchens and only need to buy food for 2 people. So dumb, just wondering if anyone else does this. I don't know ANYONE who lives with their parents, so I feel strange about it sometimes.
My parents are wonderful grandparents so I think it will only benefit our baby to be around them, so I'm happy about that aspect. Does anyone have any experience with living with parents for a long time, like with kids growing up, etc? I don't know how long we'll keep doing it.