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Old 08-07-2009, 05:19 PM
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Hi mark, glad to know you are still with us.

I haven't read this thread before and it has left me a tad fearful of my future.

Last night I had a talk with both my men about the possibility of some day living together. I am very much on a "comfy plateau" as my husband puts it, but the two men are not... especially my husband. He is happy with our progress and is excited about us all being together in the same abode some day, but he is a slower mover than us... so we wait. Moving at the speed of his concerns.

How did you eventually deal with the sleeping situation?
Do you have your own room and your own time to sleep in it?
Do you get the time on your own that you need?

I would want my own room for sure! Right now my husband and I and our son live in 1200 square feet. The older our boy gets the more room he seems to need. We have a large yard that he plays in, the whole reason we got this place, but in the winter he takes over the whole house with his energy. We have an apartment below that is the same size as our place which was intended for us both to inhabit one day. When we got married we never expected to share our living space. We ended up like that because of circumstance really. We could take that space over, but it isn't suitable for our situation.... we would have to move if Mono lived with us and us with him.

My husband worries about my not taking time for me and that it would be worse if we all lived together. I can't see that happening as right now I spend time traveling back and forth between my worlds. I expend a lot of energy hiding our lives from my parents, who live five houses down too and they would have to be told. Also I would have my own room to hide in and practice being alone (something I struggle with and mean to conquer).

Any ideas on what you would of done differently or what has worked? Any strategical planning I should think about or guidelines that have worked?

I am so sorry to hear of your troubles.... keep at it. We are all rooting for you!!
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:48 PM
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How did you eventually deal with the sleeping situation?
Do you have your own room and your own time to sleep in it?
Do you get the time on your own that you need?

I would want my own room for sure! Right now my husband and I and our son live in 1200 square feet. The older our boy gets the more room he seems to need. We have a large yard that he plays in, the whole reason we got this place, but in the winter he takes over the whole house with his energy. We have an apartment below that is the same size as our place which was intended for us both to inhabit one day. When we got married we never expected to share our living space. We ended up like that because of circumstance really. We could take that space over, but it isn't suitable for our situation.... we would have to move if Mono lived with us and us with him.

I'm taking the liberty of responding to this because I brought up the same thing to Mark either earlier in this thread or in another thread about how his wife gets "angry" the morning after he has slept with #3.

I suggested that everyone have their "own" room because that way, it's not like he's "absent" from "their" room and the wives could "visit" him in his room and it would level the field somewhat. Mark shared that they don't have the space for everyone to have their own room unless he slept on the pool table (which stirs the imagination, don't you think?).

At my place, steve and I have been sleeping in separate rooms for the better part of a year. This has come about serendipitously. Initially he would just crash in my mother's old room (which is a lovely feminine shade of pink, I might add) when he came in late, but it didn't take long for us to realize we were both getting better quality of rest without me being woken up by his snoring and him being woken up by his allergies.

I am a big proponent of everyone having their own room, even if you do sleep together occasionally or all the time.
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:16 AM
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Hi Redpepper, nice to hear from you! I'll try to answer as many of your questions as possible.

I think maybe you're moving at the speed your husband is comfy, would be a nice way to do it. We had planned to integrate my other love into our lives slowly over about a year, however significant life circumstances intervened, a quickie divorce for our 3rd, an even quicker sale of their home, a bad economy and virtually no financial support for her to live on, necessitated us moving her in with us, which provided her with the emotional and physical support her broken soul, sorely needed. We and she simply had no option to proceed slowly. Luckily, my sons had recently gone away to college so we had plenty of space upstairs to renovate for her to make her own little abode. One of the stress points for my wife in all this, in addition to being told she was married to a poly man (after 27 years), was that she wasn't able to "transition" slowly enough for her own comfort. My fault and life's fault, too. But we really didn't have any other choice.

I should also mention that my elderly mother lives upstairs with us also! And, because my other love's house sold so fast, her daughter had to move into our game room for a couple of months, so my sleeping on the pool table, wasn't an option, all to YGirl's chagrin, I'm sure! Living with her father was not an option. She leaves for college next week! Anybody got a headache yet?

My wife and I have the bedroom downstairs and when my other loves daughter leaves next week, I'll resume sleeping upstairs with her 1 night and then downstairs with my wife the next or vice versa, even I'm confused! My mother knows nothing of this, she's old, hard of hearing and easy to work the logistics around.

I don't really need my own room. I'm comfy with either of them at anytime and can nap on the sofa or by the pool if necessary! My wife however has remarked that it's really not a fair arrangement, since I never have to sleep alone, while they each do every other night. I see her point, but until the time my mom is no longer with us, we have no other room for me to move into. I guess she probably could have progressed into this poly life and developed the necessary compersion more quickly if we had all been on equal ground from the start.

I can understand you husband's worries about living together. My wife had some of the same concerns, even though we've known our 3rd for 20 years and they're best friends (but not intimate with eachother, strictly hetero). As close as you 3 are in your life, your husband hasn't had 20 years to live with Mono, eat, laugh, camp, swim, cry or travel on vacation with him, etc. On the other hand, he did know you were poly and you two have lived the life for quite some time it seems, so that part should be easier.

From my side of it, I feel it is easier for all of us to live under the same roof. Shared chores like laundry or cooking make it easier on everyone and the mutual support during life's daily struggles amongst friends and loves is needed, IMO. The travelling logistics would be a hassle and one of my loves would be completely alone in their house every other night, which would pain me more than separate rooms does now. I would have liked a king bed in one of the rooms so all 3 of us could sleep together on those nights we aren't intimate. One of the things I know troubles my 2 loves, is the fact that they would love to have a warm body alongside them every night. It's not all about the sex, it is about the security, warmth, companionship and snuggling with your loved one. I should mention, we are polyfidelitous and they have no plans to add to our "V". We do not particpate sexually as a threesome. They are both hopelessly monogomous, ala Mono, I am the poly one. I feel a king size bed is in the offing, but really don't want to push my wife any further, any faster than I already have. Time will sway her, I'm sure. I can wait for that. She's given me so much already.

What would I do differently? I guess given my wife more time to digest and come to compersion with what I've asked her to do. Logistically? One more bedroom! We've come thru last weekend's trauma, a little stronger, more committed and my wife thinks maybe she's done being jealous. Life is too short. We are all best friends and can easily co-exist with eachother, and love eachother. It would be a grand thing for all of us to grow old together, support eachother in our later years and experience all that life has to offer with eachother.

I hope I touched on most of your questions.....Thanks for the good thoughts and for the support on your end, Redpepper. It is appreciated. Let me know if I can help you any further from my end.
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:35 AM
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Thanks Mark! I am feeling far more reassured about our future. You have been very helpful in that I am even more patient with our progress and ability to be supportive to my wonderful men. All good advice!
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:57 AM
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He is happy with our progress and is excited about us all being together in the same abode some day, but he is a slower mover than us... so we wait. Moving at the speed of his concerns.
I don't think your husband is moving slower than me, Lilo. I am excited about moving closer to you in the relatively near future but I do have substantial fears with actually living with you both. We both know what these are and the better things are between us, the more I fear doing things to change what I think you like about our current situation. Everything will come in time. I just don't want to do anything that I think leads to "us" changing. Patience Love!
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