He's doing some major cake-eating.
Why are you allowing yourself to be an option? There are two people in a M. Not one, not three. If he's created that dynamic then there is no M.
You can't be afraid of him leaving, he's already gone. If he comes back after his vacation from the M, you will have all that time to haunt you as you try to heal and repair the M. Think he'll want to do the hard work or sweep it under the rug? I would bet my house he'll say something like "Let it go already, I chose to come back to you."
No, in years of reading SI cheaters that leave don't come back until the bakery is closed and reality smacks them in the head. As my pastor informed me- if they are going to wake up, it's usually when the BS has had enough and files for D. The problem is, you have to be ready to file, which means if he does wake up you might not want his cheating, cake-eating craziness by then.
Try the 180. It's in the Healing Library on the left BS FAQs #11. Do this to close the bakery and begin to concentrate on who you are. Stick to it as much as you can and reevaluate where you are in a few weeks.
❣I hope my issues don't discourage ur healing. I've buried a lot & my WH hasn't done his part in R❣
Do you really want to share your WH? Stop. Get a vibrator if you don't already have one. You are used to frequent sex with your WH, make sure you continue to take care of that need without him. I say this because sometimes it's the little things that drive us nuts and make us do things we don't want to do.
Get STD testing done. Do a 180 now. The 180 is a series of actions that will empower you and help you take care of yourself while you recover from this. Your WH is doing what SI calls "cake eating". he is still in the "fog" of his A. Since, as I'm sure you've figured out by now, you can't control him, all you can do is take care of yourself in the best possible way right now.
Get lots of support IRL and here. Get into IC immediately. Unfortunately none of us have a crystal ball to predict the future or a magic wand to make your WH stop, but by applying the
180 to your actions starting today, in time things will become clearer, and you'll know what you want for your life, with or without your WH. If he's a reader, he should read 1 book now, since he says he "doesn't know what he wants", it's called "When Good People Have Affairs" by Mira Kirshenbaum. It's a helpful, practical & non-judgemental guide for the confused WS.
If you don't know what the 180 is, you can read it here: http://www.survivinginfidelity.com/faq_bs.asp#FAQ11
We are in R.
I know you love him but trust me when I tell you this kind of love is killing you. You cannot love them back. Remember, this is not about you. It is him being a selfish ass. Why should he change his behavior. You are both telling him you don't mind sharing!
I tried to nice my WH back but he wouldn't stop contacting her. I couldn't take it. I would rather lose the marriage then have to share him with her.
Don't wait until July. Tell him this weekend that you are DONE. That you can no longer pretend to be married while he is living the free bird single life. Tell him that you will see an attorney this coming week to draw up divorce papers. Then stop taking his calls. Don't let him come by. Change the lock on the doors.
Hard 180 him.
Really, what do you have to lose by doing this? Your husband is already gone and has a GIRLFRIEND. Put your bitch boots on and see if this makes a difference.
Read my profile and you will see that until I decided to let him go, nothing changed.
We have a saying around here "this changes when you decide it does". Don't accept this behavior anymore.
You can send me a personal message if you need to. We are all behind you.
Read about the 180 in the Healing Library (link in yellow box, upper left of SI pages) and execute it.
I know you're afraid you'll lose him, but he's already lost to you and to himself.
WH has been living with OW for over a year, and going back and forth the entire time
And for a while I was ok with that because I was showing him, in my messed up thoughts, that I could be still with him despite what hes done, show him what hes missing, show him that i still love him
But I felt guilty, used and abused afterwards and felt so out of control, but now "the bakery is closed"
Told him the last time he was here that I dont want to see him anymore until she is out of his life (that was 5 weeks ago) and now i have gone NC (2 weeks ago yesterday) Its tough but i need to focus on healing myself now.
My head is finally convincing my heart that despite loving this man who I have been with more than half my life, he is doing nothing to prove he wants to be with me. And all his words that he has been saying for over a year dont have the same power over me
You have to do this for yourself, because this is the ONLY thing you have control over. You cant make him come back, only he can choose that.
Its gonna be hard, you will miss him but you have to stop letting him use you. You are his spouse not the OW and by fence sitting and cake eating, he has made you both the BS and OW
Married men don't get to have girlfriends.
^^^^^^ It's one or the other. Agree with all the above comments. He is cake-eating.
Read my profile too. My WH & I were separated for several months while he was still having contact with OW---it didn't end until I went to the lawyer for D.
As long as you are willing to be in a three way relationship, he will continue to do so. Nothing will change until you say "I've had enough of this!"
Will he come to his senses?
I doubt it. You've not given him any reason to. You've made it possible for him to be married and have a girlfriend. Sounds like too good a deal for him to change it, honestly.
And you say he "can't" let go of the A yet. Not true. He can, he just won't.
I feel like you might want to post in "General" rather than in "Reconciliation" forum... There's nothing you written to suggest you are in Reconciliation.
Good luck, honey. This is so hard. You don't deserve what he is doing to you.
[This message edited by sudra at 9:57 AM, April 26th (Friday)]
Not an option.
This isn't love.
I know where he's been and who he's been with.
Guard your heart. Go NC except texts or emails. It will allow you to keep a record of communication. It will also allow you to take time to consider your responses. Only respond to two topics: the kids and money. Ignore everything else.
He'll have less power over you.
When all else fails, remind yourself about the person he is NOW. He's the kind of man who has chosen to abandon his family. To use the mother of his children for his sexual gratification while he's living with the women who helped tear their lives. If you talk to him and he tries to be persuasive, remind yourself of their tears as they cry for daddy.
After my husband flew to OW#4's city and finally consummated their 6mo EA lurve affair, I didn't let him cross the threshold of our front door anymore. My kids were ready and waiting. It got to the point where he didn't even get out of the car. We didn't speak on the phone. Only short texts and emails related to kids and finances. We would sit beside each other at the boys' sporting events and never speak. Just a quick Hi and Bye.
Once I let go, my craziness got better. My life settled into a routine. Only After I told him that I planned to file and that I was "done" did he break down and start to come out of his fog. There is no guarantee for any of us that the fog will lift though.
One thing to keep in mind, the 180 is for YOU to heal. Don't threaten a divorce just to make him snap out. You need to make sure You are ready to divorce if/when you have that discussion.
Bottom line: Close the bakery and let him go. You will feel better about yourself in the end, whether or not he ever wakes up.