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What do I do?(43 Posts)
My first post here, hoping for some advice.
I’ve been with my partner for just over 2 years. He is 35, I am 33. He has a 6 year old daughter from a previous relationship. He’s been separated from the mother for about 5 years. We see his daughter every other weekend.
We have always discussed having a child together and thought about trying next year. Within the last 3 months he’s decided he doesn’t want one and says he’s adamant that’s his decision. I really do want one.
I just dont know how to move forwards. Do I stay with him and continue as we are? Do I leave with no guarantee of ever meeting anyone new or having a baby?
Other than this baby issue, our relationship is fantastic and I love our life.
I feel so torn. Either way I lose something.
What everyone else said, basically
We see his daughter every other weekend.
He's got it made, hasn't he? Disney dad and lives with the girlfriend. But doesn't want the commitment of kids with you, oh no. sheshootssheimplores
I'd be out the door, op.
‘The hard part of parenting’? He sees his daughter eow! He is allowed to change his mind but his behaviour and argument, suggests that he thinks that you’ve reached a point in your relationship where you are less likely if he reveals his true feelings.
As great as your relationship is, it doesn’t change the fact that you have a fundamental difference of opinion of which there is no compromise.
Thanks all for the advice.
Going back to some of the questions -
She lives just over an hours drive from us. It’s every other weekend because my partner works evenings so couldnt have her in the week after school etc.
I think he’s an excellent father but also think he has the best of both worlds. Whilst he doesnt see her all the time they speak on the phone/facetime regularly.
I do think his reasons for not wanting one with me aren’t great..
I know I have to leave.
@swer987 A painful choice, but I do think you are making the right one.
You are making the right choice OP. Who knows in a few years you might part ways anyway so you have no guarantee but a child is forever. His reasons are not great. Best of luck.
Don't be my friend, she left it too late with the wrong man. Your thirties pass at lightening speed.
Swer987 my ex had two children, a very demanding ex and when we got together I was 34 and honestly didn’t think I wanted children. Unfortunately I changed my mind and bless him he really tried to get onboard but he knew he didn’t want any more children. We went back and forth on it for nearly a year and eventually he told me categorically he didn’t want any more. I walked away.
(Less than a year later I met my now fiancé and we have two kids. We’ve been together eight years now abd I’m very happy).
Really sad but yes of kids are def your priority, leave now. A friend of mine reluctantly stayed with a man who wanted kids pre marriage, then decided 'too old' after he lead her down the garden path a few years with a number of Wet reasons to hold off trying for a kid. Wasted most of her fertile years then lo and behold, she found out he'd cheated and left for that reason.
Thankfully she met someone else late 30s when she was ready to give up on the idea of kids and did conceive pretty quickly. The relationship isn't great however. She settled as he wanted kids and so she quickly went for it. Don't be in her shoes. Leave now while you have the chance to meet someone who deserves you and who you can have a great relationship and kids with.
Be kind to yourself as walking away will be hard, but practically there is no way forward.
Staying means he has his cake and eats it, with an option for children with someone else in the future. Meanwhile you help him raise his child and can be left with none.
OP loads of women I know met their partner older than you and had a child/children if they wanted them. (I met mine at 40.)
Hell some of my friends' - both male and female - were still in their first marriages at 33. However within 5 years they had divorced, met their current partner and now have children.
If you definitely want a child listen to what he says and how he acts as he is telling you his truth. He does not want children with you Move on if you want children as he won't be the father of yours.
"BWAHAHA in the “hard part of parenting”. Wait until his daughter is a teen!" Teen years ARE bloody tough but everyone finds different ages and stages difficult BUT this guy only sees her 2 days per fortnight! He knows fuck all about real parenting!
"I think he’s an excellent father" why? He does bugger all!
"Whilst he doesnt see her all the time they speak on the phone/facetime regularly." This is NOT parenting! I know grandparents and aunts/uncles more involved than he is!
I think it's also possibly telling you've not answered about cm!
You don't have to of course but it certainly makes me think he's likely at best paying the minimum
That's meaningless without knowing his income, if he's on good money that could still be the minimum required.
Also, sounds a lot, but quite honestly isn't, not when you know how much kids cost!
I'm a single mum and have never had a lot of money to budget for our household, I do spreadsheets and tend to keep (just by not getting around to deleting) old info.
I've just looked at what dd was costing me around that age (which was 12 years ago!
Dd costs aged 6 per month
Portion of rent due to needing 2 bed - around £100
1/3 of utilities = £40
1/3 groceries = £40
Clothes/shoes (they grow a lot at this stage AND wear stuff through) = £50
Transport = £30
School materials = £15
School lunches = £20
Activities = £25
Childcare = £400
With inflation that's around £990
now and we live/lived pretty frugally! Even though I was working then as I was still on a tight budget.
So I very much doubt £400 a month even comes close to half the costs for the child.
I dread to think what childcare costs are now for starters!!
The financial situation is really relevant to my original post. I don’t know much about it either. But what I do know is he has an excellent relationship with the mother of his child and will always contribute extra towards anything else she needs.
Everyones situation is different and the set up of him seeing his daughter when he does works for them as a family. I’ve spoken to his ex about it in the past and she’s always been happy with it (and would 100% say if she wasnt).
Thanks everyone for the comments and advice.
I don't believe he really feels too old at 35!
He just might. My personal cut off even before having kids was 35. I was not going to have anymore after that age regardless if I had any before or not.
I did not want to have the worst of the teen years in my 50s, but that's a personal choice. So maybe having done the whole kid thing and now 35 he may not want to go back to the baby years. I had my last at 32 and I even regret that choice. My patience wasn't what it was in my 20s and if I could have my time again I definitely wouldn't have done it.
Whatever the reason I don't think anyone else can decide that he doesn't feel too old for it at 35 because I'm with him! And I think for the OP if he's saying it, believe it because he really might never change his mind.
Maybe he does feel too old but I am honestly highly sceptical as I said in my first post I've seen so often in real life and on here men giving excuses like this to the woman they're with at that time only to go on and perfectly happily become fathers with someone else in their 40's, 50's even 60's.
Op regarding ex being happy with the current arrangements I suspect that's likely to be because she knows him well and knows what she can realistically expect, you don't know what went on in the 3 years before you got together other than what you've been told, and that may not be reliable.
Either way he is telling you he doesn't want the same as you so yes in your position I would move on ASAP to give yourself the best chance of meeting someone else.
Your never to old to have a child, my mother in law had two at 40
Your never to old to have a child, my mother in law had two at 40
You're not too old to BEAR children at that age but feeling too old to have more is completely different. I am almost 40, my friends are having their first now. I could think of nothing worse. Each to their own but people can feel too old to have more kids even though they could physically have them.
Just because someone else did it at 40 doesn't mean everyone wants to and is kind of irrelevant to what someone else wants or feels ready for.
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