Last Sunday, the hubs had asked me if I was feeling left out because he’s doing things on Saturday with the kiddo when I’m in class. His question led to a great conversation how I am feeling left out, how I feel that he makes times for the things that he wants to do, but doesn’t make time for us as a couple. It was hard for me to say to him, but it’s how I’ve been feeling lately. He was really supportive and gentle with me on Sunday. That’s why I was so confused about tonight’s exchange.
He comes back from picking up dinner for us, and is telling me about a conversation with a supplier. He’s going on and on, and I’m frustrated. He was gone for an event, which was in town but required him to stay at a hotel, so I was managing the household. And the kiddo was up for over an hour in the middle of the night. Every. Fucking. Night. pretty much for weeks. I’m exhausted, anxious, worried, and in general, not in very good spirits these days. So as he continues to tell me about this convo, I get pissed. And he asks me what is wrong…and I tell him, that I feel like everyone else gets billing with him but me. And that I get what is typically left over, which is not much, if anything.
His reply to me? I’m blaming him for everything since I’m not happy right now. I told him that I didn’t think I was blaming him, as this has been a consistent issue for me. He tells me, through pursed lips, that he doesn’t know what to say. And then followed with ice cold silence for the rest of dinner. I’m so hurt, and I’m mad, and I’m at my wits end at being ignored or iced out.
I didn’t feel like I was attacking him, I really didn’t. I didn’t name call him – I didn’t say “YOU are not doing this…” or “YOU are not doing that…” I used “I” language to try to express myself like an adult. And for what? A deflection that somehow having needs is “blame” and then feeling this ever growing sense of loneliness enveloping me. I’m going through this HUGE life change, where I’m trying to figure out a new career/job, while not trying to take things personally about being laid off, and I don’t even feel as though my husband has my back. I don’t feel like he understands (or cares to understand) what a big emotional deal this is for me. It’s the first time in my life I’ve NOT worked (besides maternity leave….but that had a definitive start and end).
He checked out for the rest of the evening. He didn’t speak to me. In fact, he went to bed at the same time our 15 month old daughter did. It just makes my heart hurt, because the distance between us grows each time he chooses silence over discussion. Another wall goes up every time he chooses to not talk about the very real issues that are happening in our marriage.
I’m left here, alone, on the couch wondering, what can I really do? What options do I have if someone doesn’t want to engage? What can I do if someone would rather check out than recognize their partner is going through a very difficult time and they don’t even bother to try to comfort them?
We are totally at an impasse. And I have no fucking clue what to do. I’m heartbroken, and so tired of crying. And tired of being alone.