I just need to vent. I've mentioned some of my situation with my sister previously and there has been some further frustrations with her and her situation affecting my family's life.
A little back story: My husband and I moved into the duplex my parents were renting. We shared the space from April until, well, still are sharing it part time. We officially took over the lease July 1. So, while it was my parents' place, we understood we were guests still. My parents had my sister and her family (boyfriend, daughter, and stepson) over frequently. It was super tight as it is a "cozy" 2 bedroom duplex. After we took over the lease, my parents stayed with us until my dad retired and they got their new retirement home finished. They are currently still staying with us during the week to help out with DD as I start my job as a teacher. Once Sept. 1 hits, they will only be staying over Sunday nights. We just set up the crib so they will either be sharing a room with DD or sleeping out in the small iving room.
My sister and her boyfriend are living with his dad. Apparently it is a "dump" (in my sister's words) and over the last 7 years they have been together, we have never been invited over and it has been made clear we won't be invited over. Her boyfriend doesn't have a job and she is going to school part time. She had a baby last June and she just had another baby last week. They just purchased a trailer but it needs to be fixed up and they still have to purchase the piece of land and put in everything (sewer, electric, etc), so needless to say, it won't be ready until next summer, at least.
I asked my parents if they wanted to be with DD any of the days during the week instead of her going to daycare and they jumped at that chance and said Mondays would be great. So, I was all excited about DD being with them. When my sister started saying she wanted DD1 to go to daycare to give boyfriend a break and have DD1 be around other kids, she started calling around and realized she can't afford it. So, my mom suggested having DD1 come over to our place on Mondays. Then it turned into DD1 and DD2 coming over so boyfriend would have some kid-free time totally. My sister asked me and I was put in such an awkward position. Do I say no and be the witch sister? Now my DD is going to have to split time between a one year old who needs constant supervision and a newborn (and newborns want/need to be held all the time). I've always felt I got the short end of the stick, in some ways, when it comes to my siblings, and my DD may experience that. I'm irritated at my mom for suggesting that. It is our place and she had no right to say that. And I'm irritated at my sister for just expecting us to play host every time. We don't have a big place and DH and I have not even had the chance to get used to being a family of 3 since DD was born. I know it is once a week but the expectation is that they can come over. I also had issues with when they came over, they'd sit arond for hours and just stay. Unless my sister and her family goes up to my parent's house, which is a 2.5 hour drive away, everyone comes to our place. There is no other gathering place where everyone can meet unless it is our duplex. And it is wearing very thin that everyone just thinks they can come over. They do give us notice and it isn't like they drop by every day but with how much we've had going on over the last 3 months, I'm ready for some DH, DD, and me time.
We are looking at buying a house next year and will be the only family to have adequate space to have visitors. We don't now but the expectation is still there. With buying a house, I can see that notion staying and expecting to host all the holidays and celebrations, or when my parents visit as we are central to siblings, grandparent, aunts/uncles.