I have been with my partner for 3 years, he has two great boys who are 7 and 5 who he sees 2/3 times a week. We took our time before I met them and didn't meet them until we had been together for 7/8 months. Everything we have done we have done quite slowly (me staying over when they were there, me meeting the ex etc) and over time I feel a lovely relationship has developed between myself and them.
The last two summers we have all been away in the summer holidays together, I have looked after them quite a few times for the day when my partner has had to work, don't get me wrong there are times when they drive me a little mad with their behavior (!) but in general I feel very lucky to have been accepted by them like I have.
I own my own place too but now tend to spend 6 nights a week at my partners, we have spoken about me moving in several times but sometimes I freak out its never actually going to happen. He says it will happen and its like I live there anyway already, he refers to it as my home, he's brought me new dressing table etc so why put pressure on myself worrying about it, but to me its an important thing the next step in our relationship and to feel its our proper home.
He is quite an independent type anyway so I know the reason for being slow with the moving in together is he feels he will have no time to himself (which I disagree I think he will have more as I will still be doing things with friends etc), he obviously has a bad experience living with his ex so why change things atm when things are good and he worries he won't get anytime alone with the boys (the night I don't stay in the week is the night they regularly stay over). I have tried to reassure him he will definitely still get time by himself with the boys as I know this is important, but its hard when a majority of the time its lovely us spending time as a 4 when they are over!
Should I be worried he isn't ready for me to officially move in? Is there anything I can do to put his mind at ease?
Funnily, my OH was feeling the same, but the roles were reversed in that it was me moving in with the children. Like your OH, he is a very independent person, and was used to his freedom. It came up at one stage of our relationship that I felt we were not seeing enough of eachother, ie. I felt that we should at least make the most of the one day I didn't have the children), whereas he felt that he still needed time for himself. I know that he worried then that it would get worse when we moved in together.
Thankfully he still went ahead with it and as I suspected, it went exactly the other way around. From my perspective, knowing that we would end up next to each other in bed each night, I felt much less the need to spend every spare minute with him, up the point where being myself a very independent person, I too welcome my own space and time. We've lived together for 6 years and it's never been an issue!
I hope your OH realises that it's actually being away from each other that makes you want to spend all the time together rather than the other way around!
Thats interesting swingofthings. I am really sure when we live together he will end up having more time alone and alone with the boys! As I am at his 6 nights a week maybe i should be doing more of my own things now anyway so he starts to know what I mean.
So you want to move in and he doesn't want you to? I'm not sure why you are asking us when is the best time to move in, or what it has to do with the children at all....surely that is all a moot point when he doesn't want you to move into his house?
I would also advise you to get your own place together. The house is his and you’ll feel like a guest. I speak from experience - my OH moved in with me (he has 2 kids) and he never quite treated the place as his own.
Since we’ve got our own place together it’s so different. Tasks are shared and it feels like ‘our’ home.
He doesn't want to live with you. And that's good, because you can do a lot better than some guy with all this baggage who's already whinging about how he won't get time to himself and waaaaa. Why are you chasing after him looking for ways to 'ease his mind' and accommodate him? You have your own place and no baggage, stop wasting your time chasing after him. If a live-in relationship is what you want, move on. It's not for him.