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Long story short (because Gaby has just woken up and will need a bottle soon)
Stu just came over to watch Gaby while I was at the doctors. I get home, potter around (read: avoid him) for awhile, doing the housework & the sort.
He says "can we talk"
I say "okay"
he walks over to me & gets down on one knee, produces a ring & says "Emma ______ I want you to be with me, I want you, me & Gaby to be a family"... then states it isn't a marriage proposal, but he wants us to be a family.
I kinda sit there with a mixture of these looks on my face:
.... and kinda just don't say anything (ie sit there looking dumbfounded)
I don't know what to do. I don't know what I want.
A bit of background for those of you who don't know it well
We have been together & broken up three times.
We decided (mutually) in 2005 that we wanted to TTC
Got pregnant Nov 2005 - he broke up with me - I m/c
Got back together
Pregnant January 2006 - he broke up with me
Not together during my pregnancy, but sleeping together all the same
Gaby is born
Get back together (Jan 2007)
Good for a month
He breaks up with me again (late Feb 2007)
Early April 2007 I meet & start a relationship with Jeremy
Last week - Stu tells me he loves me
Ladies what do I do? PLEASE be as honest as you can/want to be. I think I know what I'm going to do, I just need confirmation that it is what other people would do in my situation
ok i am being honest so if it sounds harsh sorry in advance...
NO FREAKING WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He knows about the new guy I take it and just like last week I think, you were gushing about your new man...so don't let him mess with your head!
He can still be in your life and gaby's and be a "family" maybe not a traditional family but as long as he is playing an active roll as her father that is all he needs to be. He is her father and frankly after all the crap he put your through, why take a 4th 5th or even 6th chance of getting hurt again.
It is better in the long run for gaby to have a happy mother and father who are seperate then to have them together in a rocking relationship.
I would say stick with your new man as long as he is making you happy and treats gaby well.
I also agree he is only doing this because he knows about the new guy, but he is going to have to deal with that.
Ok enough ranting, I hope that helps and makes sense.
Did you read the bit of history? I am being quite honest and I don't post here much (just read a lot). If you got back together, breaking up (AGAIN) is bound to happen. When? When Gaby is old enough to realize it. When she is old enough to be impacted. No way. Let him be a dad... but leave it at that. My 2 cents.
thanks ladies! You've all echoed my thoughts..... I think i decided pretty much straight away that I would be saying no, but i just needed to hear my reasons repeated, to realise that it was infact the right decision...
Emma, please try to remember that a volatile relationship, although hard on you, is even harder on kids. As much as I am sure these ladies understand, he is the father of your child, and there will always be a place in your heart for him, there may not be a place in your house for him without some serious couple councelling. The last thing you want to do is add more stress to your life, to your baby's life, or ruin the relationship you've just started.
If this is something you are considering, please make sure you go through some coucelling, on both your parts, it's not that he is horrible I'm sure, I mean after all this is the man you have chosen to be the father of your child - at the same time, it's not worth screwing with your child's psyche.
Make sure your bean comes first, try to be objective, as difficult as that is, and do what you feel is best - if that is to answer no, than make sure that's a decision you can live with - if that is to answer, not right now/not yet, I'm sure you are well aware of your feelings, your wants, your needs.
As well remember being a single mom isn't as difficult as some would have you believe (as I am sure you already have experience with), however not pleasant all the time either. Is he prepared to be an active part of the household and family, or his he just wanting to be close to what he is viewing as "his" family - or is he jealous? These are all questions you should ask him.
i don't know much of your history with him but im gonna go with my gut feeling, and by the other ladies' reactions and say it doesn't seem to be the best thing for you to take him back. Good luck with everything though
I said no as well. I would think if he has broken up with you that many times he really doesn't know what he wants. For get him and get on with your new realtionship.
Wishing you all the best hun!!
Wife to Brian since October 2004, Mama too:
Jakob (May 12th 2004- Feb. 24th 2009 Had Joubert Syndrome RIP)
2 Baby beans lost
Ava Sept 14th 2007, Beaux Oct 3rd 2012
* Tubal reversal December 17th 2010
Fist of all.. I had to chuckle a bit when I saw your three options - two/thirds of them are "NO!" so obviously you were already thinking that way when you posted the poll.
And ITA with the rest of the responses - he's proven himself to just be the type to do this to you again and again and again. He's probably just wanting to get Jeremy OUT of the picture. Let him be a dad to Gaby - that's what he is. But leave it at that.