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advice need re dp

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missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 19:57:17

I am in need some advice from any one my dp and i have long distance relationship and we see each other at least once a month (he lives 400 miles away ) my dd 5 is going in for an operation next friday and my dp was going to come down and stay for nearly 3 weeks . He has just phoned me and said that he has 2 go back 3 days after her operation as his ex has said he can have his daughter 3 for a week ( he hasnt seen her until 2day for nearly a year as his ex stopped contact ) i know i should be really pleased that he is seeing his daughter again but im sitting here in tears as i feel he is letting my dd and my ds 13 ( who has special needs down ) as he has broken a promise 2 them

pictish Thu 21-Jul-11 20:01:34

Suck it up Buttercup...he's gonna relish the opportunity to get to know his child again, and he'd be a fool not to jump at the chance to do it.

Would you really have him not?

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Thu 21-Jul-11 20:02:16

Yes, he has. And that's unfortunate.

But this is his child. His child that he hasn't SEEN for nearly a year.

You cannot expect him to pass that up in order to not let your children down. I'm sure he thinks the world of them and he is going to come down for a couple of days to be there, which is good.

But if I hadn't seen my child for a year, and then I was told I would actually be able to have them for a whole week, well! no promise to anyone else would mean a damn against seeing my precious child.

What do you expect him to do? Turn down the week with the child he hasn't seen for a year so that he can spend 3 weeks with your daughter?

I know your child means as much to you as his does to him, so of course you feel this way, of course you do. Apart from anything else, your child is going to have an operation and you are bound to be feeling awful about it.

But turn it around.

Your own child. You've not seen her for a year. You were going to spend time with someone else's child but you get that phone call - you can see your child.

What do you do?

Say no? Say well, that's great but can we possibly rearrange, only I'm going away for a few weeks?

Hell no you wouldn't!

SingOut Thu 21-Jul-11 20:11:50

He hasn't broken a promise to them - he's broken a promise to you. And it's okay to feel sad and disappointed that you'll be seeing him for much less time. But his child comes first - you must have known that when you got involved.

On an egocentric level, I know just how you feel and really feel for you. I was with a bloke in a long distance relationship for almost a year, and we both had kids. Similar distance apart, too. I didn't realize when I got involved that his ex was going to be obstructive and change plans in a way that would impact the plans we made together as a couple. In the end it all got too much and we split up, he had MH issues too which didn't help. As far as I know she is still messing him around, making him have the kids much more frequently than her and at short notice. He was good at hiding the situation from me and masking it but it soon became obvious what the score was.

How long have you two been together? Have your kids met each other, would it ever be an option for him to visit with his offspring if he gets more time with them in the future from now on?
I don't think telling you to 'suck it up' is particularly fair. You have a right to feel hurt. You don't have a right to tell him of this in a way that makes him feel guilted into doing things differently, or the right to ask him to change his plans.
Perhaps you could rearrange his visit for another time, and that would give you something to plan towards together. Are you planning to move nearer to each other at any point?

I think long distance when both people have kids has the potential to be heartbreaking, so I take my hat off to you. Good luck.

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 20:18:05

we have been together nearly a year and we where friends for 2 before that ( he spilt up with his ex wile she was pg ) my kids have never met his daughter i dont want 2 make him feel guilty and im thrilled that he is finally seeing his daughter again but his ex new that he was going down here for 2 weeks and she has played silly gits before with the contact before she stopped it and the main thing im worried about is that when ever he says i cant see her because im going to see missy10 that she will start stopping contact again yes we have been talking about moving in together and my dp was looking for a job down here

ineedabodytransplant Thu 21-Jul-11 20:22:30

bloody hell. try punctuating your posts because it makes it really difficult to read, and therefore difficult to be sympathetic.

ineedabodytransplant Thu 21-Jul-11 20:24:54

missy10, sorry if that sounded harsh. But if you want people to be sympathetic you need them to be able to read your posts. I think you are being a bit unfair. Your DP is having the chance to see his child, how would you feel in his position?

SingOut Thu 21-Jul-11 21:20:48

missy, I had exactly the same problem with my ex and his ex that you are having now. Sadly her machinations succeeded and she more or less managed to split us up by using the kids and childcare provision against him, because we hardly ever saw each other because of her obstructive and sabotaging attitude. He could have dealt with the situation different though and I wish he had stood up to her.

There's not much advice I can give, except you should watch carefully to see how your DP deals with this and any other situations. Otherwise, his ex has you both over a barrel and she knows it, and if she's the type she could make your lives hell. Tread carefully and watchfully.
Sadly this is one of the pitfalls of dating someone who has split up recently-ish and still not finalized custody arrangements - it means the situation is fluid, liable to change and any such change could bite you in the bum.

And yes, punctuation and line breaks are your friend, you will get more replies if you use these.

thesunshinesbrightly Thu 21-Jul-11 21:26:23

you are being selfish.

she is his daughter. Tough if you don't like it.

Tortington Thu 21-Jul-11 21:27:47

put yourself in his shoes - simples really

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 21:30:22

thank you sing im sorry about the punctuation as i was posting on my phone . I want to do every thing i possibly can to help my dp build a relationship with his dd , but yes i am very very worried about his ex being difficult like she has done in the past . I will admit that i didn't make my first post as clear as i wanted it to . My dp and i do love easch other to bits and it both took us along time to decide to have a relationship as we had both been hurt in the past .

Bogeyface Thu 21-Jul-11 21:30:44

It does sound like she has only offered him access to his daughter because he is coming to see you for 3 weeks. I cant help wondering whether she would suddenly withdraw the offer if he said he had cancelled seeing you at all.

Sadly though, she is his dd and as hurt as I would be if it were me, I would accept it and wish him a nice time. I can totally understand why you feel as you do, as it does sound like sabotage on the part of his ex, but from your DPs pov, he must see his child when he can. She must come first.

thisisyesterday Thu 21-Jul-11 21:30:56

you know you're being unreasonable about the first thing

as for his ex playing games... that's something they need to sort out between the 2 of them.
if he wants a relationship with his daughter then moving 400 miles away to be with you isn't going to help either, so it's a difficult situation all round i think sad

he could go to court to get access to his daughter couldn't he? that way she can't go around playing silly beggars just to try and hurt him?

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 21:33:53

He was about to go to court thisisyesterday and then she has decided that he can see is daughter , and yes i do know i am being selfish i just dont want his ex playing silly games like she has done before

Bogeyface Thu 21-Jul-11 21:34:36

She could thisis but ime that is no guarantee that the ex will stick to it, and she sounds the type that wouldnt. An ex friend of my sisters did this which is why she became an ex friend. She played nice in court, made all the right noises and then when her ex came to pick up the kids they would be out, or she would cancel when he was already on his way etc. She even agreed to him having them for a week in the school holidays and when he arrived to collect them, having driven for 2 hours, he found out from a neighbour that they had gone on holiday for a fortnight.

Sadly, if she is determined to play silly bitches then a little thing like a court order wont stop her sad

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 21:35:05

I have also been looking in to moving myself this evening as well and i would do that in a heartbeat if it helps him

mumsamilitant Thu 21-Jul-11 21:42:11

Hi Missy... Im also in the middle of this sort of stuff, and I get a bit pissed off with it all. But at the end of the day, we have to take a great big gulp and know that its not the childs fault and he has to do right by that. Would you really want him if it was any other way? YES we say, but its not right is it?

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 21:45:49

Hi mum yes i know its not his dd fault and i want to do every thing i can to help and support my dp and i have been saying to him that he needs to sort out a way to see his dd. I think my inital post this evening is not helped by the fact that im worried about my dd op and very bad pmt ,i came on her to talk rather than say something to my dp that i would regret feeling the way i am

mumsamilitant Thu 21-Jul-11 21:53:55

Oh sweetheart! him being so far away doesnt help does it, and very bad PMT... blimey, arent we similar, I have this too!!!! If it helps again, you did the right thing rather than scream at him. I SCREAMED last night to my DP! lol.... its very very frustrating isnt it!

shesgotherlipstickon Thu 21-Jul-11 21:53:59

I have also been looking in to moving myself this evening as well and i would do that in a heartbeat if it helps him


You have been with him a year, slow down, think of your children first, not what helps him. Like he is doing with his DD, rightly so.

You have 2 ds, one having an op, one at a very difficult age, hormones/schooling ESPECIALLY with SN. You are thinking about uprooting all of you in a heartbeat for him.

Sorry your priorities are all wrong, I'd be giving everything a wide berth and see how it goes until he has more stability, or the ground becomes clearer wrt his ex/dd.

mumsamilitant Thu 21-Jul-11 21:58:04

Doesnt it make you want to spit at him at times because you know she's playing him and you get the crap! Then you have to remember there's a child involved and become a semi adult again!

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 21:59:33

she my dp was looking at getting a job down here as he wants to be here for me and my kids , it would be easier for us to move up where he is as both my kids adore him and there is more help up where he is for my ds . My dp works for the nhs and he is disgusted with the lack of help that we get here

missy10 Thu 21-Jul-11 22:02:53

Yes mum but i dont want to say any thing negative to my dp as i know how much he has missed his dd . Like i said before my post makes makes me sounds awful and i didnt ,ean to make it sound that way honest , just very hormonal and worried about my dd but i love kids and would welcome his dd as my own as he knows , i just neede to vent and it came out all wrong

mumsamilitant Thu 21-Jul-11 22:03:32

I would however say more gently than some... Take your time sweetheart. Rome wasnt built in a day was it. Stay where you are and dont do anything yet. x

mumsamilitant Thu 21-Jul-11 22:06:41

He needs to sort a few things out doent he? Im so glad your kids really like him. This is very positive. Just give it another few months for everything to calm down.

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