(Closed) Friend asked me if her reaction was normal–but I have no idea!

posted 8 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I think moving in together is a really big deal.  Sometimes even bigger than an engagement (it’s easier to break off an engagement than to move out of your home).  If she has this many doubts I think it’s too soon.  She will resent him if he pushes it and then she’s unhappy.  Not being ready to move in with someone doesn’t mean that you don’t love them.. you’re just not ready.  Make sure she explains that to her Boyfriend or Best Friend so he understands her side and his feelings aren’t too hurt!

Post # 4
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it is a big deal, especially if you aren’t engaged yet.  By sharing a place, you are intertwining your lives together and if something were to happen, it would be more difficult to break up than if you didn’t live together.

Post # 5
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends on the person. My Fiance asked me to move in with him about a year into the relationship. I got really upset and told him that the only way I would ever move in with him is when I was MARRIED to him. He thought I was old fashioned lol but now that we are engaged he says it was the best decision NOT to move in back then because we weren’t ready to commit and it might have ended in us breaking up. He also says that if we had been living together getting married would have been less exciting.

Post # 6
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

It is a big decision but one you should be excited about.  FH and I talked about it for a few months before it happened.  We were both excited about it and calm.  Neither one of us had doubts because by that time we both knew that we were on the road to marriage.  It just seemed natural.  Plus he was already spending most of his time at my house anyways so he was practically living there as it was.

Post # 7
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think I was a lot more excited than nervous or uncertain.  We had been dating 2.5 years and we had been planning on moving in for a while before it happened (wasn’t a sudden spur of the moment thing).

If she’s really unsure, it might not be the right time, in my opinion.

If she hasn’t already had a frank discussion with him about “what this means,” then that’s probably something she’ll want to do before moving forward with it.  It means whatever the 2 of them agree it means.  It doesn’t have to mean you are “practically engaged” unless both people want it to mean that. 


Post # 8
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve never been stressed about moving in with someone, but it does make breaking up REALLY hard, since you’ve combined your posessions, your finances (to a degree), and your social life.  I completely understand where she’s coming from, I think her reaction is not only normal, but healthy!  Good for her for thinking ahead!

Post # 9
1103 posts
Bumble bee

It sounds like she’s not ready. Not everyone considers moving in together a big deal (we did it after 2 months, I was 21 and marriage wasn’t a consideration at all, it just seemed like a good idea) but obviously your friend does. They just need to talk it out I think. It will always be a bit scary but I think she should take her time to decide if it’s scary because it’s the wrong decision, or scary because it’s a big deal. They aren’t the same thing 🙂

Post # 10
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree with the other posters.  Moving in together is a big deal, but it shouldn’t feel like a huge decision.  It seems like things work best when they happen organically, rather than forcing it. 

Of course, if she is just scared, that is something she should think about and talk about with her boyfriend.  There is nothing wrong with saying, “This is a big thing.  I am concerned about what would happen if it doesn’t work out (or if it does work out!).  What does this signify to you, if anything?”

Hope it works out.  🙂

Post # 11
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I also agree, I think that it should feel like a natural progression rather than a scary huge decision. I think that she should just discuss her feelings with her boyfriend. Talking through the possible situations that are bothering her might calm her down, and wouldn’t it be better to talk about it now rather than when all the furnature is moved in?

My boyfriend and I just moved in with each other last week after two years of dating. It just felt calm and right, it was exactly what we wanted. The only negative emotion I have is guilt; I feel like this will turn me into a “grown up” and I don’t want to stop being my parents little girl. I know that kind of sounds crazy, but I don’t want them to feel like I don’t need them anymore (even though they always tell me they ust want me to be happy). We aren’t engaged yet, and although it’s a big committment, I don’t think anyone expects us to be engaged because of it. I think they’d more expect it becuase of how close we are and how long we’ve been dating. It just seems like the next logical step.

Post # 12
946 posts
Busy bee

I don’t want to live with my SO because I’m really excited about merging our lives after we get married.  I’m a traditionalist in the whole “him carrying me through the doorway for the first time”  blah blah blah bit.  I currently own my own condo, and I’m not willing to share right now either.  haha Maybe that’s selfish. 

Not to mention our southern conservative families wouldn’t be totally on board with the whole “living in sin” (their words, not mine!). 

Post # 13
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

We talked about it a year before we ended up moving in together, and I think we had enough anxiety about it (for various reasons) that we decided not to.  By the following year, we were quite ready and very excited to move in together.  It is a big step, especially if you aren’t engaged/married yet – so I think its better to be cautious then to jump in if you have reservations.  If they move in together and break up that is SO hard and if they wait and end up getting engaged later – well they have their whole lives to live together!

Post # 14
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think it is a big deal. It obviously seems like she has worries, so she needs to identify exactly what they are; maybe she is afraid he will never propose if they live together, maybe she isnt ready for this guys to be ‘the one’ yet… either way she needs to think hard before allowing him to move in

Post # 15
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Moving in was very natural and easy for me.  I didn’t have any doubts about it.  I knew we were headed toward engagement/marriage eventually.  I wouldn’t marry someone without living with them first, but I also wouldn’t move in with someone that I didn’t feel sure about…if that makes sense.

It’s hard to say what is “normal,” but I think if your friend is having these types of doubts/anxieties it might mean that she is not ready to move in with him yet. 

Post # 16
1106 posts
Bumble bee

Honestly I think it depends on the person. i lived with my ex for almost 3 years and when we broke up it was rough.. thank goodness I own my house myself and his name was nowhere on it. With my current SO we thought about me moving to Pittsburgh with him, but I told him I wasnt comfortable with it until we are engaged atleast and he totally understood.

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