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Ever said 'I don't love you anymore'?(40 Posts)
<Big sigh> That's it really. We've been together 8yrs got two children (one on the way) he's a very good dad, very good partner, everyone who meets him says what a kind, caring person he seems (I agree) but more and more I'm realising that the spark just isn't there for me anymore and I feel bad about it.
Bad for the future, bad for him as he deserves someone who will love him properly and bad for our children. I have conversations in my head with him about what I feel I'm going to have to say at some point and on one hand I feel a bit liberated and on the other I'm terrified of everything that comes after I've said 'I don't love you anymore'.
Would welcome any thoughts on the matter.
How long have you been feeling this way? If you considered being with him for the rest of your life vs being single for the rest of your life which would you rather?
You have my full sympathy for being in this position, I've been there myself and even with no DC's it was hard enough
I'd guess since our 1st child was born. The love I had for our child (and subsequent children) just eclipsed the love I had/have for him and it's never recovered.
When I think of being single I feel free but I'm also not naïve I know that that would soon wear off when the reality of raising 3 children mostly by myself kicked in. So fearful too.
Will you share your experience Big?
I think that phrase is a bit harsh.
I have said: This isn't working for me I'm afraid.
Or something to that effect.
I don't think you should say it unless you have a plan in place - that is, either working at it together or leaving etc. Otherwise its a bit like...oh and...?
What do you hope will happen?
Please don't say this unless you are ending the relationship
There is no coming back from it, IMO
No, but I had it said to me just over a month ago and it's soul-destroying to be on the receiving end of that.
Please try and find another way to put it.
Well if you've been feeling that way since your first DC I think it's safe to say that this isn't a whim or a ML crisis and as such you do need to give it some serious thought.
I'm happy to share my experience, my ExH was probably one of the nicest people I have ever met. Kind, caring, real family man etc, and DC's we would have had would have been extremely lucky to have had him as a Dad. However like you I started to feel like the spark wasn't there, initially I thought it was just something that happened in relationships as time went on, but I started to feel suffocated. I knew I didn't love him in the 'right' way, it was more of a brother/sister thing. I did try for a year or so but I realised that it wasn't fair on either of us so I finished things. I honestly haven't looked back. When I first did it I had a wobble and a good friend of mine asked me the question I asked you and my answer was that I'd rather be single for the rest of my life than stay with him. The force of my conviction surprised me to be honest!
Six years on I saw him not too long ago and he is really happy, he actually said to me that whilst he couldn't see it at the time, it was definitely the best thing for both of us.
I think that you can only try for so long but ultimately if you know in your heart that something isn't right then you should probably walk away.
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Why do you think the love you had for him was replaced by the love you have for your child?
Do you think it could be something you could work on? Allow more time for both of you and your relationship?
Love for our children can be overwhelming, but it should be different from what we feel about our partners. And you have loved all your children, not replaced one with the other.
Did something happen?
Don't say it...those words you can never take back...
I said it once, and have regretted it every day since...and that was 10 yrs ago...
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Big- thankyou for sharing I can empathise with your story. You were honest with yourself and him and ultimately it's the only way to be.
Broken- it may be a case of been overwhelmed by motherhood. How will I know?
Lweji- nothings happened but in my heart right now I don't want to 'make it work'. I have no desire for another man. I don't want sex anymore, I don't want contact. I don't understand myself to be honest.
Mother- what happened?
You said the spark isn't there anymore - did you have it once? If you could get it back would you be happy? The fact you aren't interested in another relationship or don't want sex at all may mean that you find things could change again for the better once you're out of the small child exhaustion times.
I am going to put forward some scenarios.
Some might be true, some may be rubbish.
Do you think being pregnant has anything to do with it? Either hormones overwhelming you, or pregnant with the third, and perhaps subconciously thinking, no way do I want any more children.
Are you imagining a lovely life with your 3 children, and mentally pushing your husband out of the way.
Have you gone off sex, and think,I cant see that I shall want that ever again.
Do you think you just love him a bit less than you did, say 7/10 instead of perhaps the 10/10 that you used to feel - nothing much wrong with that btw, I think everyone's love for their partners ebbs and flows somewhat.
I think I have other suggestions, but they will do for now.
Breastmilk - I could have written your OP. Long story short, I am still working out what is going on. I'm having counselling and it turns out my self esteem is shot. I haven't been expressing emotions, needs, wants, etc, which has contributed to my lack of self worth, the enormous distance between me and DP (because I've never spoken up about some of the hurts he's caused me in our long relationship - nothing really major, but would have led us down different paths, perhaps). So our relationship is essentially stuck in the past because I can't get past the hurts I didn't express; I just thought I could cover things up and they'd go away. Turns out they don't, and now we've got 3 DCs together and I can't really believe I've let this happen. Trying to go for relationship counselling but the childcare is a major hurdle. I don't know what I feel for him.
I agree with others that saying those words would close the door. I have stopped saying ILY to DP automatically because I don't feel it but I feel we have to try and sort us out before we call it a day. REally don't know what's going to happen, but wanted to let you know you're not alone.
Have you been reading the has parenting affected your mental health thread? It's been giving me some solace.
ILike- I can say yes to the last 3 scenarios. The 1st scenario doesn't really apply as I was feeling like this before the pregnancy, well since dc1 really.
Issy- bless you. Yes I've read the thread about parenting and mental health and felt goosebumps. I couldn't stop reading it. It was so validating and refreshing to hear so many other women being brutally honest and brave and admitting what so many women/the media/family/friends deny. Its fucking hard and life changing, not always for the better either. It's one of my favourite threads on mumsnet to date and one i'll keep coming back to, thanks for suggesting it. How old are your children now?
So you are partly saying that you had loads of love for your husband, but now you have less. Because if that is the case, that is a whole lot different from "I dont love you anymore".
You strike me, again rightly or wrongly, as quite an emotional person.
Personally I wouldnt over worry about the lack of spark currently.
btw, I would like to ask, does it bother you specifically, the lack of feeling a spark?
My ex frequently used "I don't love you any more" as a weapon against me when we were in the heat of an argument (9 times out of 10 instigated by him). He would always backtrack and say he didn't mean it really. It got to the point where his words were meaningless to me. One thing I was sure of though was that if I ever uttered those words it would be because I truly meant them.
Four years down the line I was struggling with a horrendous pregnancy and he was being as inconsistent, flighty and mentally abusive as ever. Something just clicked inside me and out the words came: I DON'T LOVE YOU ANY MORE. WE'RE OVER.
It was such a release and I've never looked back. Of course he tried to milk the sympathy vote from people, what I bitch I was, callously telling him I didn't love him (conveniently forgetting all the times he had said it).
Looking back, two years into a wonderful relationship with someone who's right for me on every level, I realise that what I had with my ex was an antagonistic "brother sister" relationship - I'm an only child, so never recgonised that for myself at the time.
Obviously your partner is not emotionally abusive like mine was, so your situation is different from mine, but the point I'm trying to convey is: only say "I don't love you any more" if you are truly sure that is is the end and that you won't be swayed.
What can anyone really reply to "I don't love you any more" ?
If my husband said that to me, I would tell him to go then immediately. I wouldn't dream of doing it myself if I was equivocal, undecided or wanted things to change in some way.
I also wouldn't do it in the midst of young dc and pregnancy unless there was abuse. There is still so much potential for things to get better.
AF - do you really believe there is any coming back from that? (Sorry to hijack OP). As far as my STBEx is concerned he doesn't feel the same and that's that. I'm devastated. We have three dc, all in primary school, the youngest almost 5. I've asked him what needs to change and why he doesn't want to work on things and we just go round in circles of tears and upset.
I personally feel that there's still life in our relationship, but he's depressed beyond belief through long working hours and stupid male pride (being the bread winner and all that shite) and honestly can't see any light.
I don't know what's harder - thinking that he truly doesn't love me (although he can't pinpoint reasons for this) or kidding myself that we may have a chance.
Not wanting to 'suck up' or anything, AF, but I always keep an eye out for your advice because it's so bloody solid and reasonable. Yours is one of the names where I think 'this will be worth reading'.
I don't think so, HBM, sorry
I think he is being very cruel to you. Don't subjugate yourself to him, please don't
Tell him to go and work on himself but you might not welcome him back when he decides he does want his family after all
Don't change yourself into a Stepford wife thinking it will make him stay, he will despise you
make him leave and work it out. These vacillators are motivated by loss ...and he needs to feel how it is without the soft landing of you and the kids
OP, there is a message here for you too. Be very sure of what you are proposing.
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