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to leave my partner because he doesn't want anymore children?

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CharlMascaras Mon 23-Sep-13 19:29:44

I love my partner and he really is my world.

We have been together for two years and I am getting to the stage where I would like to have a baby. My DP already has a child, well to be fair she isn't a child as she's actually almost 18.

We had the chat about marriage about 6 months ago and he said he never wants to get married again and that it's not really important these days and if it's failed the first time why would it work the second time?

Ok I don't agree but I accepted that.

Now he has told me that he doesn't want anymore children. He and his daughter are like best friends and she lived with him when the divorce was happening (and still does live with us). I am really jealous of their relationship just because I feel like I am never going to experience something like that.

I feel his attitude is - been there and done that and he had the marriage and baby with someone and I will have to miss out on those wonderful experiences because of it.

His mind seems set and I would never consider getting pregnant by "accident" - aibu to call this whole thing off even though I love him?

specialsubject Mon 23-Sep-13 20:23:18

this is so sad, but there is clearly no compromise.

be aware that there is a chance that you may not be able to have children.

you have a tough decision to make. He has told you how it is.

ChasedByBees Mon 23-Sep-13 20:26:56

I think I would leave. It might depend on age (if I could wait to see if he would change his mind) but I think I'd have to be / he'd have to be early 20's for that decision. If he has an 18 yr old I'm guessing he's not.

TiggyD Mon 23-Sep-13 20:30:30


Leave the nice man who wants a different future.

You're just not compatable and you can't really comprimise on a baby. Sometimes it's nobodys fault.

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 20:34:19

You want marriage. He doesn't.

You want kids. He doesn't.

Don't waste the best years of your life with this man.

expatinscotland Mon 23-Sep-13 20:35:37

He's telling you who he is. Listen to him. Move on.

hermioneweasley Mon 23-Sep-13 20:36:38

What mortified and expat say

Halfbaked Mon 23-Sep-13 20:37:30

I was in a similar position to you. It took all my courage but I left, we split fairly amicably because we both knew we wanted different things and that wasn't going to change.
18 months later he changed his mind, he is now my DH and we have a DD with DC2 on the way.
I know he was worried how he would feel about DD as he loves his son so much. Ultimately it brought us and our future into focus for him.
I know this was an unusual outcome and some friends were wary about us getting back together. However I never regretted leaving, I would have regretted not having children though.

theneedajobname Mon 23-Sep-13 20:38:15

That is a terrifically sad situation, OP, and I'm sorry you're in it.

But consider this: You stay with him until it's too late to have children, and he leaves you for some reason. Or you decide that you want to leave him, but you have so much invested in this relationship - after all, it's the reason you never had children - that you cannot bring yourself to leave even though you want to. I've seen friends in both situations in their mid-40s and it's horrible.

Don't threaten him with leaving. Just leave. It's not his fault he doesn't want children any more than it's yours for wanting them.

flipchart Mon 23-Sep-13 20:42:26

I disagree with northernlurker
I think he has been very fair. He has laid his cards in the table. It's up to the OP what she does with them. He hasn't led her on with any'we'll see' or ' not yet' lines. He has been very straight.

marriedinwhiteisback Mon 23-Sep-13 20:43:13

I think if you loved him enough to marry him you would be able to accept what he wants on the baby front. Sorry OP - he's the wrong one for you.

TodaysAGoodDay Mon 23-Sep-13 20:44:44

This is one of those rare things where there is no compromise at all, either you have children or you don't. There is no middle ground. If you feel determined to have children and he is so obviously determined not to have them, then there really is only one way out IMO. If you stay with him you will come to resent him, if you get pregnant by 'accident' then he will probably resent you. No winners there. I'd get out if I was you.

JoinYourPlayfellows Mon 23-Sep-13 20:45:05

"I think if you loved him enough to marry him you would be able to accept what he wants on the baby front."

That would be true for him too.

He doesn't want to marry her and he's not interested in doing what she wants on the baby front.

Chesntoots Mon 23-Sep-13 21:00:56

It was the other way round for me. I didn't want children and my ex did. It did drive a wedge - he would drop not very subtle hints and it wore me down. In the end we split up. It wasn't the main reason, but it was a major part.
He has since gone on and had a baby girl and I am still happily childfree.
Please don't waste your life waiting for him to change his mind. If he is like me, he won't, and he will resent you as much as you will resent him.
My thoughts are with you for this difficult decision.

OccamsRaiser Mon 23-Sep-13 22:01:27

I was in a similar situation - my DP of 3 years was 12 years older, with an 10yo DS (who I absolutely loved to bits) We'd been talking about the future and marriage and kids, but as it came closer (and as I turned 30 and started to think about it in the near/er future) he decided that he really didn't want the disruption to what was a very nice "comfortable" life.

It broke my heart, as I really did love him and see a future together, but I had to appreciate his honesty. And while we broke up but drifted along in a limbo-state of still-loving-each-other but not being in a relationship, I realized after a few months that it wasn't ever going to bring me the happiness that I wanted. So, like ripping off a bandaid, we stopped contact and moved on.

As it turned out, I met my DH a few months later, and we're happy together with one DS and another baby on the way. He ended up meeting someone with a child almost the same age as his DS and having a baby with her. So go figure! But I really believe that you can't go along living as though you're waiting/hoping for things to change. If it's 'meant to be', one or the other may use the time apart to think about priorities and whether the relationship outweighs the preference for/not for children. But I suspect you'll realise that it's better to find someone who does want the same things out of life, and you can't really compromise on children!

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Mon 23-Sep-13 22:47:41

Yanbu. He is not the right person for you. Move on.

FatPenguin Mon 23-Sep-13 22:56:39

I agree with flipchart - he has been honest with you. Be thankful that you have found this out before it is too late for you to have a child of your own.
This must be such a difficult decision for you to make but I really don't think you could 'switch off' your want for a baby. I know I couldn't.

Yakky Mon 23-Sep-13 23:05:26

Surely if you have been together for 2 years this conversation must have occurred before?
Did you not know his views on marraige and kids a long time ago?
And he may not want to have any more kids because he knows how bloody hard work they are, especially babies and night feeds and lack of sleep, etc because he's already been through it.

passedgo Mon 23-Sep-13 23:11:46

YANBU, he is showing little regard for your wishes. It is a very sad situation for both of you, but I'm sure it will be for the best if you separate.

WhereYouLeftIt Mon 23-Sep-13 23:12:13

In your position I would leave the relationship sad. You are looking for different things from the rest of your lives, it's a really fundemental incompatibility. So sorry sad.

Scholes34 Mon 23-Sep-13 23:13:14

Get yourself to Ambridge. This is exactly the reason Tom and Brenda split up, but it was Tom who wanted children, not Brenda, and she decided to split with him. Meanwhile, Tom's sister, Helen, desperately wanted a baby and, with no man on the scene, decided to go it alone and had a baby through donor insemination.

Kewcumber Mon 23-Sep-13 23:13:51

I was in a similar position (though slightly different)

I left

I eventually became a single parent to a now 7 year old.

Never regretted a day of it - would rather have DS in my life a million times over than exP

Kewcumber Mon 23-Sep-13 23:14:38

Scholes - I adopted (rather than DI)... I am an Ambridge plot!

Scholes34 Mon 23-Sep-13 23:19:39

Kew - well done to you. No doubt a very difficult decision, but pleased to hear how much happiness your DS brings to you. Ultimately, Brenda's decision was a very loving one.

MrsKoala Mon 23-Sep-13 23:19:40

I divorced my exH because he didn't want dc (well he said he'd think about them when he was 37 - it would have made me 40 and then if he decided no i would have been screwed and wasn't prepared to take that risk). It was heart breaking but i now have a DS and am planning on more. I'm so glad i made the tough decision. I would have resented him forever.

My friend was with a man with 2 grown up dc and he didn't want anymore children. She couldn't fathom it, as he loved them and had a great relationship with them. But that isn't the point really is it? No matter how much you love your children, there is a point when you don't want anymore. (i adore DS but wouldn't want more than 3 of him) and that is quite okay to feel that way.

I think you need to move on. It will hurt tho. Sorry.

Kewcumber Mon 23-Sep-13 23:22:54

Ironically the ex and I met up recently and he now has a child with his current wife.

I made the right decision because it transpired that he did eventually decide he wanted children - he didn't want them with me.

Or at least not enough to stop me leaving.

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