Hi I was doing the DC1 bath and juggling breastfeeding the DC2. I was shocked that DP hasn't taken it upon himself to get DC1 out of bath and dressed for bed. It meant he was waiting for me to do it so I voiced my opinion that I felt I was doing it all. He said he didn't understand and I got cross and was telling him surely to understand. I sometimes want him to just think of me and get stuck in putting the kids to bed. He said "stop waving your fat arms at me" u said don't ever say. That. He quickly said say what?. Then after I got them to bed he kept saying he didn't understand why I was so cross. He says I must be making it up in my head! Ts made me feel really crap as im trying to lose weight and he changed the course of the discussion away from him to my arms!
Sorry I'm not sure what my question is, probably, is this really bad behaviour? I'm feeling very down. I said don't call me that and so he's denying that he called me anything. He's always saying don't wave your arms at me, he's not denying that. But he's denying that he called me fat. I'm sat upstairs and he's downstairs. I can't leave though as I have no where to go and I can't claim housing benefit.
Its quite a common tactic to divert the argument from whatever is being said eg "I am pissed off that you are leaving all the work for me instead of helping out" become him having a go at you for being mad/ranting/whatever, so the initial problem if him being lazy and selfish is suddenly him having a go at you..........
Not good if this happens every time you try and bring something up with him.
You don't need a better relationship. You just need not to be in a bad one. The point is you are meant to be in a partnership with someone yet he can't get one child out of the bath whilst you breastfeed the other. Then when you get cross about it he (a) claims he can't understand why you would be cross about it and (b) denies having called you fat as a way to turn the argument from being about his failures as a parent and partner to a pointless discussion about whether or not he said a particular word.
Use that money as an investment in your own happiness and your freedom.
By calmly disagreeing this is now your fault? Per-lease.
You are right to think it is more important to focus on how to end the situation than it is on how you got there, but I think if you admit fault in your mind he will exploit that and convince you if you just try harder (to obey and not question him) it can be made right.
No he reacts to the fact that you speak to him about something he doesnt want to hear.
He knows that you are right, he could have taken the eldest out of the bath as you were busy with the little one, but he couldnt be arsed. By calling him on that you have put his laziness into sharp focus and he didnt like it. So instead of admitting it and doing better in future, he went on the attack.