Yesterday was the 6 year anniversary of our us becoming home-owners, and as I woke up yesterday and saw this on my Facebook memories, it gave me a sense of how far we have come in the last 6 years, but also how hard the struggle has been.
|Always decorating, eh, Doll?|
We have battled against so much to barely keep our heads above water, and here we are this weekend, on the 6-year-versary basically starting all over again. Except maybe perhaps, with the heating finally going in, on slightly better footing.
At least this year we won't be sleeping with our hats on and in sleeping bags under our duvets.
It also struck home with me this weekend, just how much we have had to do alone.
I have written before about looking for that village when it comes to parenting, and the ever-changing scenery surrounding modern parenthood which sees a dearth of support in today's busy world.
Well, we moved to a literal village and our already-wee world has shrunk considerably.
In 6 years we haven't had any child-free overnight time, and I can probably count on two hands the amount of child-free time we have had. And probably on one hand how many of those times were actually date nights just for us and not fulfilling social commitments like work-related dinners or wedding invites.
We have to have a really good excuse to get a babysitter.
|"Date" hour. Lunch hour.|
Our own "date" nights have lost all real purpose and meaning - they are usually snatched bits of time which have a lot of pressure attached to them to be back quickly or be on call for any complications.
At least working from home has meant that we have managed to catch up on that - though there's nothing magical about watching each other do Zoom calls all day.
I guess it just makes me feel a bit sad sometimes that we are missing that support.
Instead we have had to power on and find ways to get through it, and it hasn't always been pretty.
There have been many times we have totally lost our shit with each other, and sometimes the screaming loneliness that comes with the territory at times can be all-consuming.
Not having another adult (who isn't Dave) there to help break up the day-to-day, not having someone else to take on the load of loving these kids is hard. It's really tough to stretch ourselves between all three sometimes, and once you have, there isn't much time for much else, especially if you have a lot to do, like, say, a house renovation!
It's counter-productive too - we live in a perpetual mess, so you feel constantly ashamed of the state of your house. We rarely have visitors. And when we do, it is a massive operation to get things looking semi-normal(ish).
We. Are. Shattered.
Factor in job changes, home working and Covid, and we are basically a self-supporting commune of 5.
Looking back on the last 6 years this weekend has just made me feel shit.
And really beat up.
I worry constantly about this whole thing - we live in a constant state of flux and the kids have had to come along for the ride, because mum and dad are so fucking stretched, they have no choice. We have had to be their everything to them all the time; is it enough?
And that's the real middle-of-the-night stuff, isn't it? That's the stuff that keeps you up and makes you panic.
Our house is crazy. It's set to get crazier in the next few weeks. We have so much decorating, structural work and sorting to do.
Man, I am so tired.