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Woke up at 6am to screaming 14 mo, H & his 11 yo son didn't wake til 9am

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Bungeeee Sun 01-Sep-13 22:01:49

My marriage is over, so am staying in the spare room (we have 3br house), baby in one room and H in main room. Last night his 11 yo son from a previous marriage stayed over. They slept in the main room. This morning our baby woke up at 6am, then became really hysterical, screaming, thrashing around. I tried to calm him, cuddles, lying down with him, carrying, walking, water, milk, etc. Anyway, this lasted about 45 mins. He's teething with molars coming through, so figured that was the problem. Someone went to the toilet twice whilst this was going on, but no one can in to see how he (we) were. H & his son then slept in and woke after 9am, are going away for a couple of nights, so left just after 10am.

I just asked my H if he heard our baby crying, he said he did hear something but thought it was a dream . H does take medication that knocks him out, but every weekday can wake up to his alarm and get to work. I said someone woke up and didn't care to come in. I said I'm not sure what is worse 1) H not being able to wake to screaming baby or 2) choosing to ignore him, either way it goes to show you don't care about your baby who was clearly unhappy. He then walked off and said Im not going to listen to you having a go at me.

I know I've got to get out of this living situation - but he is the father and not waking up to check on us, plus sleeping in til past 9am is unreasonable? (I didn't say this to H, cant even be bothered).

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 22:05:21

When my DH was seeing to the kids crying, I wouldn't go and join him either because I knew he could cope.

If he needed help, I knew he'd call me.

Is that not how your DH might have felt?

And if it turned out to be the 11yr old who went to the loo, would you expect him to help with the baby at 6am?

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 22:06:19

Regarding the 9am lie in

We used to take it in turns to lie in on a Sat/Sun morning, until about 10 or 11am.

Bungeeee Sun 01-Sep-13 22:07:27

He wasn't just crying, it was hysterical (honestly screaming the house down) and it went on for 40 odd minutes.

waltzingmathilda Sun 01-Sep-13 22:07:59

Mass of contradictions in your OP.

You said he was medicated and is knocked out? So focusing your anger on him not being fully alert to check whether you are capable of dealing with a crying baby is somewhat OTT.

What did you expect the 11yo to do, as you were quite obviously moving round the house

BikeRunSki Sun 01-Sep-13 22:10:40

It sounds like you are in a crappy living situation, but you know that.

If it is any "comfort" though, DH has never woken you to a screaming baby. DS is 5 next week, DD is nearly 2 and still wakes up several times a night and needs someone to go to her at least once a night. And that person is always me. I have tried leaving DH to go, but he doesn't wake up. If I have to wake him up, then I am awake and cross anyway. And he always sleeps past 9am on a weekend, because he doesn't hear the DC wake up.

hettienne Sun 01-Sep-13 22:10:44

If you were dealing with the baby, what did you want him to do?

My DP rarely wakes when DS cries tbh, but if I need help I would wake him.

The 9am thing - I don't know. What is your agreement/normal routine for weekend mornings? If you are separated then maybe you need clear rules for who is "on duty" when. He may have felt if he was with the 11 year old, you could look after the baby.

Lweji Sun 01-Sep-13 22:10:44

Where were you sleeping initially?

I understand you are upset, but there's no case to end a marriage over this.

Are there other issues?

Floralnomad Sun 01-Sep-13 22:10:49

There has got to be more to it than this . if you wanted your Oh to help then why not just go and wake him up ?

MistressDeeCee Sun 01-Sep-13 22:13:06

I think he could have at least stuck his head in the door to see if baby was ok, tho. Unless he really didn't hear, of course. He hears his work alarm as that's more of a priority for him.

CaptainSweatPants Sun 01-Sep-13 22:13:13

There's obviously other issues or she wouldn't be sleeping in a different room

insanityscratching Sun 01-Sep-13 22:13:30

Dh wouldn't come through if I was seeing to a crying baby because he would know I would call if he needed any help so I don't think it's unreasonable tbh. Dh got up at 11am today and I got up at 6am, he likes to sleep in I like early mornings so not a problem here.
It sounds difficult though living like you are is there any end in sight? Try and enjoy the next few days having the house to yourself

hettienne Sun 01-Sep-13 22:13:37

We always take turns having a lie-in on the weekend - I just kick DP to go and get up with DS.

WorraLiberty Sun 01-Sep-13 22:15:54

He wasn't just crying, it was hysterical (honestly screaming the house down) and it went on for 40 odd minutes.

It's awful when that happens so you have my sympathy.

But still I wouldn't have gone to my DH because I know he can cope...and if for any reason he couldn't, he would come and get me.

bemybebe Sun 01-Sep-13 22:16:48

With the marriage being over there would be very little desire to help you out with a teething baby. I assume he knows about the teeth and did not think the baby was in any danger.

As for 11 yo not helping. Well, my dh adult kids never check on me and my baby at night/early morning even with v loud crying. And we have great relationship... I would be v pleasantly surprised if a 11 yo would be checking on you.

And sorry about your breakup. It sucks.

Bungeeee Sun 01-Sep-13 22:17:08

Our marriage is over. Has been since start of July, so I'm now sleeping in the spare room. Of course, I could have gone in there and passed over a screaming baby, but that wouldn't have done any good to anyone. I just know if H was up and couldn't calm the baby down after 40 odd mins, then I would go in to see if it wasn't any serious, to see if I could help. But he just 'acts' like he sleeps through it and says it his tablets. He uses them a wild card, he picks and chooses when he is too tired to get up. There is no way they could have slept through the commotion this morning and I thought they would actually pop their head in to see how things are, somehow I am being unreasonable to think that H would have done that.

hettienne Sun 01-Sep-13 22:18:46

I'm not surprised he didn't tbh, especially as you are separated.

Whereisegg Sun 01-Sep-13 22:21:57

Perhaps as you are separated, he doesn't feel comfortable coming into your bedroom.
You could have been naked for all he knew.

sameoldIggi Sun 01-Sep-13 22:23:00

Take comfort if you can from the fact that he will not be your problem for much longer. It is worse knowing someone is there who doesn't help, then being on your own, I would imagine.

insanityscratching Sun 01-Sep-13 22:25:09

How would he know you needed help though if you didn't ask? If the atmosphere is tense he might be giving you a wide berth to avoid any conflict especially when his ds is about.

Bungeeee Sun 01-Sep-13 22:25:38

We are separated, so as a result I now do mornings on weekends (I always did them anyway!) because he says he just sleeps through it. We both work full time, have never had a schedule as to who get to 'sleep in'. So, why would I expect a self centred H (who I'm separated from) actually care to come in and check on us, or try and help calm our son down. I know I would have, but maybe that's because I'm his mother? I just guessed he was teething this morning. So, H didn't know.

Xmasbaby11 Sun 01-Sep-13 22:27:11

I think you need to agree between you who is doing what. As others have said, often you don't disturb the one comforting the crying baby, as it doesn't help - there's nothing you can do, as long as that person is coping. Likewise, most couples alternate the lie in. But these situations need to be discussed so you both know what to do when x and y happens. I know if must be very difficult in your situation, but you need to communicate and come to an arrangement you're both happy with.

I'm sorry about the break up.

KissMeHardy Sun 01-Sep-13 22:27:58

I think there was a recent survey/experiment done on men hearing babies cry - apparently they just don't. They are not attuned to a baby crying.

SeaSickSal Sun 01-Sep-13 22:31:20

You sound like you're really tired. Rather than expecting him to to mind read you need to sit him down and tell him that you need him to take a fair turn when the baby won't settle.

I understand that you have to BF (if you're doing it) but he can take care of the baby at other times, especially at the weekend when he could give you a lie in.

It would be best to approach him calmly about this, it sounds like a situation which can be resolved if you talk.

ReallyTired Sun 01-Sep-13 22:33:24

I am sorry that your marriage has broken down. Marriage breakdown brings out the worse in people. I think your husband is being mean not coming in the help after a baby has been crying for 40 minutes.

I feel you are being unreasonable to expect any help or support from an eleven year old. Your step son is too young to take responsiblity for a baby. I imagine your stepson must find it hard stay with you and your husband now that your marriage has broken down. Maybe he is scared that his father will be angry with him if he is nice to you. Prehaps your stepson feels caught in the middle of a complex sitution that is beyond his maturity to understand.

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