Hi Everyone Iím new to this and not sure where to begin. My husband and I have been married for 4 Ĺ years. When we met, we dated for a brief period and broke up. He claimed because I mentioned wanting kids and he didnít. Well low and behold a couple months later I had to have a surgical procedure and when it came time for my recovery, I couldnít get rid of him. A few months later, I found out I was pregnant with our first child. When we found out, I told him that I didnít want to get married only because of the baby. He could walk away if he wanted or he could stay, the decision was up to him. We got married six months before our first child was born. While pregnant I did find out that he had been texting a female and asking to meet up with him at a friendís house. He claims he was just joking, but I know he meant it. I was totally pissed to find out that he was contacting someone else and trying to meet up with them only 2-3 months after marrying me and I was pregnant with his child. We were able to move on past this (I thought). So our baby was born and fast forward to motherís day. While Iím taking care of our baby upstairs, I find out he was downstairs texting another female. She sent him a picture of her getting ready to go out on the town. Now why would a random female text you a picture of herself going out unless sheís trying to get at you? I felt so betrayed. I had him go get tested because I didnít believe that the texts were harmless. We got past this. (So I thought) I started noticing that our sex life was slacking off. We went from having sex 4-5 times a week to 4-5 times a month. During this time I also discovered that I had been molested as a very young child (2-4 yrs old) and had issues with having sex because my mind would go back to those early years and I would panic. I went to counseling and it was determined that when I married my husband I became vulnerable which means I let me guard down. When he betrayed me by having those emotional affairs, it opened the door for those repressed memories to come back. Now here we are 3 Ĺ yrs later and Iím in a sexless marriage. We may have sex once every couple of months. Last year I was determined to have another baby because I wanted our 3 year old to have a sibling. I donít know what came over me, but for an entire week, I could not get enough of him. We had very passionate sex, like we did when we first met, and conceived another baby. During the whole time I was pregnant we had sex only 3 times. Iím to the point where I could never have sex with him again and I would be fine. Donít get me wrong, he is the best sex I have ever had, but Iím not physically or emotionally attracted to him anymore. I feel like heís another kid instead of my husband. He is very supportive at times. I had a bad accident and couldnít walk for 3 months so he stepped up and took care of me and our child. If I need him to do something he does it without hesitation. If Iím not feeling well, he does get me medicine and let me rest. But with all that being said, he is not what I expected my husband to be. He doesnít make that much money. I know I shouldnít let that be a big factor, but it is when I make close to $60,000 a yr and he makes $25,000 and is perfectly fine with it. Why? Because I take care of all the bills. He convinced me to sign for him a car that carries a monthly payment of over $600. We were supposed to split it down the middle, but he only contributed once and weíve had the car for over a yr. Heís supposed to pay all the utility bills and daycare while I pay the rent, purchase items for the children, groceries, car insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc. but he only pays daycare and I still end up giving him gas money. Mind you I'm not working because I just had a baby so I haven't had a check since February. I feel as though Iím starting to resent him and I feel that if I am to carry the weight of the family, I should not have to give him to his sexual desires if Iím not ďin the moodĒ. I know Iím not supposed to deprive my husband of sex, but how can I go there if Iím not into him like that anymore. We donít communicate. The only way I can have a decent conversation with him is to pretend that Iím interested in his video games or in cars. We donít spend quality time together and when we do, itís because Iíve initiated the whole thing. I just feel like giving up. As I stated I just gave birth to our second child 3 months ago and I really want to walk away, but I donít want my children to grow up without their father in the house. I also donít want to stick around for the next 18 years only because of the kids and set a bad example by not showing them what a happy marriage looks like. Iím so confused. Iím an adult trying to cope with being molested as a child. In an unfulfilled marriage with someone whom I care very much about, just donít think he is the right one for me or maybe I"m not the right one for him. I think we both rushed into this marriage and now weíre stuck. Iíve asked him to go to counseling before and he refused. I just donít know what to do. Iím in school trying to create a better future for our family and I canít even get him to commit to getting his GED. He has been on his job for over 12 yrs, but clearly he doesnít make enough to provide for his family. He lack motivation and ambition and this is not acceptable for me. WE have simply grown apart or I have outgrown himÖ.
Sorry this is so long, but as you can see, I need help figuring everything out. I'm sure I've left a lot out, but this is just a synopsis.
Thanks for your response. I try talking to him, but it seems as though it falls on deaf ears. When I try to express what I'm feeling, he brings up the point of us not having sex. To him if we are having a regular sex life, all is well, but it's not. We have come close to divorcing before, but decided to work things out. He keeps bringing up the fact of how things used to be before we got married (sex) and he want that side of me back. I can't help that I was molested as a child. I've gone through counseling for this and I'm trying to move on, but it's very hard. I might go back. It is hard with two small children and I could still be hormonal, but I know when I'm not happy and I know I deserve better. I don't look forward to him coming home anymore. Quite frankly he doesn't appear to be happy to be here either. He finds any excuse to get out of here and to be honest, I feel relieved. It feels like I carry the weight of the family on my shoulders. I work full time, go to school full time, cook at least 5 days out the week, fix and serve his plate, wash, dry, fold, put up all the laundry, care for the children, give baths, homework (I was surprised 3 yr olds have homework), I do it all. He comes home and he just has to sit back and wait to be served. When he's off, you would think he would do a load of laundry or vacuum the house. NOpe. He don't even fix him nothing to eat. He just wait on me to get home. Some days I want out, some days I can't imagine him not being here. I have boys and it would hurt me to my core to take them away from their father. I don't know what to do.
I really do think a MC would help, but he won't go. I've asked time and time again and nothing. Divorce was never supposed to be an option for us, but right about now I just feel like we are roommates that sleep in the same bed.
it's a crap situation to be in - and it was the total death knell for our relationship. There's nothing worse than being lonely when you're married to someone who was your lover and your best friend
I found when he left that it didn't hit me that hard - he wasn't here in body or spirit for the last two years anyway and I'd essentially been living as a single woman but still having to do his laundry and listen to him go on about his day (never once asked me how my day had been) and pay for everything
I could never tell you to leave him or not leave him - that's your choice. But from the sound of it your relationship was very like mine (bar the two kids - he was my D's stepdad) and it hasn't been as hard as I thought
in fact I got over it pretty quickly and now when he exhibits his selfish behaviour I wonder how the hell I stayed married to him for so long (and what I ever saw in him in the first place - I'm currently going through the 'anger' stage, but angry at myself for suppressing my personality to suit him)
good luck with whatever you decide - you're stronger than you think x
Thank you all for your responses. I don't have anyone to go to because my mom just went through a divorce and chemo/radiation for breast cancer all within the same year and I don't want to stress her out. I could talk to my cousins who I'm extremely close with, but I would hate to bring them into this and then we work it out because they would never forgive him.
I do feel lonely in this marriage and I'm sure he does too. He's not getting what he needs sexually and I'm not getting what I need financially and emotionally.
I don't know what I will end up doing, but I think I'm going to seek counseling tomorrow. Thankfully we have an EPA office at work that we can go to and have confidential counseling.
Thanks again for your feedback. I really do appreciate it.