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ILINIA
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Exclaimation  Posted: 9:22 PM, November 19th (Tuesday)

It’s long, I know, but if you help me, I will forever be grateful. I am desperate to figure out if my WH behavior is "normal" or a "special kind of evil". We are 5 months from dday and I have a remorseful spouse who is doing everything he can to help me heal, but THIS is what I talk/yell/cry/obsess about 24/7.

======== Time Line ==========
March 20
H starts fantasizing about a coworker whom he mentors

May
H & OW - Due to joint projects spend more time in each other’s offices.

Late May
H buys a ton of new clothes and tells me it is what all the young kids wear. Later that night, I ask him while we are in bed, who is trying impress and is he having a mid-life crisis? He denies both. I tell him that I am concerned.
A week later he sends his first text to her congratulating her on how well she ran the meeting. (Obviously, fishing to see how she responds.) She responds with “I guess we have advanced to texting now!”

June 5
H said we were like roommates, I freeze. I asked him what was he doing to help our marriage? He shrugs and storms off. I know that isn’t good, so I called my mom and told her my H is stressed and we really need a weekend off from the kids. She agrees to watch them and I make massage appointments and get tickets for a show in town.

June 7
H & OW have what he calls the first personal conversation. He tells her that this weekend, I have made plans to help us reconnect, but he isn’t excited about it. She responds with “Well, let me know if you need someone to talk to, as my parents are divorced and I can give you my experience.”

June 8
We get massages, we have a nice dinner, & we go the show. That night I directly tell him, “I think you have a workplace crush, tell me about it.” He denies. I ask him “What is going on with you?” He answers that he is just stressed. I tell him that “I want to fight for our marriage and not let it fizzle. I am not afraid of divorce, but do not invite a third person into it. Do not make it messy. We have kids, I want to be able to sit next to you at their games and marriages. Talk to me.” I reword these phrases several times trying to get him to talk. Finally, he rambles on about work and that he just really busy. We attempt to have sex, but end up fighting. We end up having a really good sex.

June 9
At lunch, I ask him if he feels like fighting for us or not, he responds with “Yes, I want to fight for us.” HOURS LATER he sends a text to the OW, saying “Yeah, if it isn’t to strange, I would like to talk to you.” They text back and forth. In the texts, he basically calls the weekend a bust and that I am talking about a divorce and that we had really bad sex.

June 10
More texting about how checked out of the marriage he is. They feed each other’s egos and tell each other how hot they are and how much alike they are and basically, start talking about an affair. She wished that I approved of an open marriage, so no one would get hurt

June 11
She invites him to her apartment, he goes. He continues to talk bad about me and our marriage. They kiss and they determine that they are going to proceed and she wants to be his mistress.

June 12, 13
He heads out of town for work, they google chat each night. She invites him to her apartment for a quickie during their lunch on Friday. He accepts.

June 14 He flies home that morning to see us, to shower, and grab Viagra. They sleep together at lunch while I am buying his father’s day gift. I see the phone bill online that morning and wonder about the phone number. That night I notice a Viagra pill is missing and when I see his phone, oddly all texts from that number have been deleted. I realize have a WH, fear is all I can feel.

June 15
I confront and DDay happens. He immediately decides he is going to fight for our marriage and hands over emails and their chats. I restore all deleted text messages and know just about everything. He researches MC and writes me the first letter.
============End of Time Line ========

What I cannot let go is that I asked him BEFORE they even decided to pursue an affair. He told me that he was going to FIGHT. He KNEW that I was onto him and he still WENT FORWARD! I TOLD him not to bring a third person into the marriage. HE STILL DID IT?!!?!

I cannot let this go.....we had a CONVERSATION about this, he KNEW where I stood.

I feel like I was reaching out to him, trying to save our marriage before the affair, and he pushed me out of the way to get to her. He says that he was just so wrapped up in her because “she was willing to sleep with him” that he didn't want me to ruin it. He felt that he would resent it if he did not sleep with her. He said he was obsessed and had a one-track mind. He realizes now that was the wrong thing to do and feels remorseful. BUT HE STILL DID IT?!!?

Please help me understand. Did he do it out of selfishness, knowing he was stabbing me in the back? Was he already in the fog and it would not have mattered what I had said? Could he have been that obsessed? Or is this a special kind of evil?

Maybe if I hear it from someone different or if someone did the exact same thing it would help.

Please help me with this.

[This message edited by ILINIA at 10:30 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)]


Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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Blobette
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Default  Posted: 9:44 PM, November 19th (Tuesday)

God, it is SOOOOOOO infuriating. You know them so well. And this is part of what they are struggling against. The point is that you have to accept that this is their process, and you're only a bit player. You are not their everything. They are going through something internal that has very little to do with you.

Your DH has to figure out what he was trying to avoid through his little flirtation, or what boundaries he needs to set up. He was clealry open to this... Why? Why did he not turn to you? I'm glad he's agreed to MC, and don't let him shift blame to you. This is all on hm.


BS (me): 50
WS: 50
Married: 26 yrs
Kids: 2
OW: Co-worker, 7 yr LTA
DD 8/1/2012, Working on R

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LifeIsBroken
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Default  Posted: 9:49 PM, November 19th (Tuesday)

Wow. No matter what you did or said BEFORE the A actually happened had any effect on your WS's thinking because he had already made up his mind what he was going to do. He was going to do what he had already told himself he deserved. It didn't make any difference whether it was the right thing to do. It was what he wanted. The head games waywards play with themselves in order to cheat are beyond me. Their reasons don't have to make sense to YOU. They only have to make sense to the waywards. Personally, I'll never understand the thought process that goes into a cheater's ability to justify risking everything he/she professes to love. Maybe they don't really know what love is about ? Maybe some people don't have the capacity for an honest relationship ? The fact they can look you straight in the eyes and lie about something so important - while professing their undying love for the very person to whom they're lying - is a heartbreaker. I don't know that it's possible to decode any of this.


BW: 59
XH: 60
Married 34 yrs, LIBerated: 2/17/11
MOW: 50 (she said she wanted a sugar daddy; xh said, "I'M HIM!")
Actions ALWAYS have consequences. Too bad cheaters don't consider the consequences BEFORE they create so much damage.

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Scubachick
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Default  Posted: 10:02 PM, November 19th (Tuesday)

I wish I had something to say to make you feel better...I don't but I wanted to tell you that I'm in awe of the awareness you had and the way you communicate your fears and concern to your husband. You couldn't have made it any easier for him to come clean. So sorry you are hurting.

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ILINIA
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Default  Posted: 10:49 PM, November 19th (Tuesday)

(((((Blobette, Lifeisbroken, and scubachick)))))

After I submitted this I walked away in tears to talk to WH. Last night and tonight I have decided to sleep in the guest room, so we chatted and I tried to keep it civil. I have been in a rage for a week, so we both need a break.

Infuriating is a good word. Tonight asked him again to tell me what was going through his head. He said that he thought there was a good chance that he would be rebuffed, so he sent the text on June 9th so he could supposedly put the obsession to rest. So when she encouraged the relationship he lost his head and delved in. God, I hate all of this.

I was hoping anyone would have responded and you guys did. My tears started again when I read your posts....thank you.



Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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stillprettyupset
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Default  Posted: 3:36 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I'm sorry that this happened to you and I'm sorry that the only thing I have to say is, it takes a special kind of cold to do that to you.


Me: 42
WW: 36
Latest D-day: Sept 2013
Reconciling? Limbo?

Posts: 96 | Registered: Nov 2013 | From: NE Ohio
Ostrich80
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Default  Posted: 4:01 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

You did all you could, its him, not you. I wish I had an answer. Your post kind of gives rekeive to my constant thoughts of, why didn't I see it, could I.have stopped. It's a big fat NO.


BS..me
WS..him
Been with him over half my life
4kid
DD1 10-01-09 DD2 02-12-12 discovered it never ended
OW..nothing special. Just your average skank
Status..#$%@????

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sinsof thefather
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Default  Posted: 4:03 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

ILINIA, first let me give you this ((((hugs)))) because I can feel your pain.

Ilinia, only you can only figure out what happened not why it did. Only your husband can decode himself. As your time line already spells out exactly what happened, what you now have to do is accept what you already know happened and that is what is hurting you so badly. You have to try to accept that he wanted to do it enough that nothing you could have said or done was going to stop him. I think what your husband told you in the first place was the 100% unvarnished truth (of that time).


He says that he was just so wrapped up in her because “she was willing to sleep with him” that he didn't want me to ruin it. He felt that he would resent it if he did not sleep with her. He said he was obsessed and had a one-track mind.


I think you have all of the what happened right there. He did it in spite of what you said. At the time, he was selfish enough that he didn't want you to ruin it for him no matter the cost to either of you. In his own words he said he 'knew that she was willing to sleep with him' and it appears that what you said actually helped him lay more groundwork to do that. He used what you said so he could say to her 'my wife actually wants a divorce anyway' and justify it all to her and himself. To me he has been very honest in admitting this to you and I do think it speaks of his genuine remorse for it, in that he was being honest with you now.


All he can give you now is that genuine remorse because he's already done it. He can't change it and neither can you. All he can do is help you to heal, offer his remorse, and try to understand why he was prepared to betray you and risk everything to get what he wanted at the time. It is all on him to figure this out ILINIA - not you. In my opinion him now saying that;

he thought there was a good chance that he would be rebuffed, so he sent the text on June 9th so he could supposedly put the obsession to rest. So when she encouraged the relationship he lost his head and delved in.

...is damage control and his fear talking - and that, once again, is a sign that he now knows just how wrong what he did was. I really do think what he said first is probably more true of what happened. The fact that he knew she would was probably a big part of why he continued on despite all you said and why he couldn't resist it - and now he is the one that has to figure out why he prepared to risk everything for that. You can't do it ILINIA, only he can decode himself.


I really hope he's doing that work in IC and showing you that he's just as determined now to do right by you, as he was to do wrong in the past. If he is, try to focus on that if you can. (((hugs)))



...second star to the right and straight on till morning.

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vivere
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Default  Posted: 4:14 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

((ILINIA))

Your experience proves that wayward thinking defies all logic. I know I have driven myself crazy trying to make sense of the mess I find myself in! I'm trying to accept that I will never understand.

...he didn't want me to ruin it.

This speaks volumes to me. Just like my WH, I think your H had a sense of entitlement. He deserved this experience. It is totally an act of selfishness. They were not considering us at all, not listening to us.

See how easily your H rewrote your marital history. Just goes to show it didn't matter how invested you were, how fabulous you were. You were open, honest and accommodating. It really had nothing to do with you at all.


You are responsible for your own happiness :)

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Marathonwaseasy
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Default  Posted: 4:16 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

It's so infuriating but I'm trying not to play the could of/would of/should of game

Our OW is a total nut job and a good friend told me this when they realised we knew her and she was friendly with H. I told him. The opinion of someone he respects and he doesn't even remember the conversation. Why didn't he listen?

This affair fog is very powerful stuff even when your and my FWHs were just at the EA stage

We just have to hope they sort out their boundaries and their brokenness so any future opportunities are headed off at the pass. Because that's what has to happen. I've never been propositioned in 17 years of M. Not because I'm unattractive (which was my first thought) but because I am not giving out an available/vulnerable message.

Much love ILINIA


Me BS, 41
Him WS, 45
EA and PA (PA for 11 months)
DDay 13/9/13
3 children - 15,12,3
WS has bipolar, no excuse...

"We're not broken, just bent. We can learn to love again."


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catlover50
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Default  Posted: 4:29 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

(((iLINIA)))

I have read about what some call the "reptile brain", that part of our brain that operates at a very basic emotional and hormonal level. It appears to me your H was acting from that place. He got caught up in that hormonal place and all his higher instincts were drowned out. It's extremely immature and selfish, but not necessarily an indication of his true feelings or true self. In other words, he was behaving like a horny teenager--we all know how unreliable they are!

I also have observed that people have a very strong impulse to rationalize what they want at any given time. They lie to themselves more than anyone. However, if a person really does the work to become selfaware and honest with themselves I believe that they can change.

You showed amazing insight and nipped the A quickly in the bud. Frankly I don't think your H is any worse than any other WS because he went ahead after you spoke with him. People on here have WSs that met with their AP while they were in the hospital, having their baby, sick with cancer, in the other room. They all managed to justify outrageous behavior, while operating on their bases impulses.

People are flawed. Now, once they are forced to look at themselves, what do they do? That's the true measure of a person, IMHO.

Best of luck to you.



Dday -9/24/2012
Reconciling

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ILINIA
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Default  Posted: 6:25 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Thank you for the responses! Thank you for telling me there was nothing I could do. I was up again last night, trying to figure out if I married the most cold and evil man in the world, I mean who takes his wife's attempts of trying to save their marriage and turns it on her to get laid?!?

Your words have helped me tremendously. It was comforting because you knew my WH. Words like entitled, selfish, not having an honest relationship in his life were all true. I just don't know HOW to accept or get past this. My IC will ask, "But is he that guy now?" And I answer, "He has been that guy for 40 years. He's only shown me a few months that he COULD be someone different. How would you place your bet? Heck, isn't safer to take my cards off the table and be done."

Sinsofthefather & Catlover - I am trying to see it as "the past", but holy crap that is hard! He has let me in his head completely and honestly, which is good, but hard to hear. Even harder to accept. Thank you again for making me feel like there wasn't anything I could do and that his lies are on track with most WH and wasn't a "special kind of evil". I have the book about the reptile brain on my iPad. I think it is "Getting the love you want" I may have to read it more closely the second time.

I still hate all of this.

[This message edited by ILINIA at 6:28 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)]


Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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catlover50
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Default  Posted: 8:46 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Of course you hate it! We all do. Would that there was no betrayal in the world, or hunger or poverty or child abuse or war! Real life can really let you down sometimes.

One of the hardest things to accept for me is just how totally unfair this is and how I had absolutely no control over it. In some ways it would be easier if I could look and say--there, if I had done this or not done that it would have been different. But no. I did all I could. Nothing mattered until HE was ready to look deep inside and do the work. And to do that he first had to destroy part of me and see the results.

I am further out and for me, 14 months is much better than 5. Hang in there!



Dday -9/24/2012
Reconciling

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brokendancer7
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Default  Posted: 10:02 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I identify with your frustration and pain, in seeing what was about to happen and trying to prevent it, to no avail. I told my H it was like he drove the car onto the train tracks. I saw the train coming and was trying my hardest to push the car off, but ended up being the one who got flattened by the train.

After DD, I found out all those things that gave me a gut feeling over the years, things that H dismissed, actually WERE dangers to our marriage. I don't have good advice, but maybe it helps to know others are struggling with the same frustrations. I don't think there's any way to explain how people can be so selfish. It almost seems like in order to successfully R, the BS has to have a measure of maturity and generousity that is equal to the amount of immaturity and selfishness the WS had. There is no fairness in the equation at all.


Me: BS - 58
Him: WS - 56
Married 34 yrs

Latest DD - April 2013, PA


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cantaccept
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Default  Posted: 10:03 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

It is so hard to know that they chose this behavior while know how much it would hurt. Well, maybe not knowing but not even caring.

My h was having an ea, I found out, begged him to please, let's go for counseling.

He was telling me how terrible he had always been and how I deserved more. I pleaded with him, don't you see, now that you are acknowledging the need for change it is our chance to get it right? To get real help?

No, he was already gone, only admitting to his bad behavior a a justification for leaving me. He was doing me a favor by leaving in his mind.

He didn't leave me because he cared about me, he left because he wanted to f her and i was irrelevant.

He was only trying to ease his guilt.

Sorry for th t/j tough morning...


"So often times it happens, that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key"

I would now like to be known as Can!

dday October 21,2012
dday December 20, 2013
wh boots5050
attempted R, it was all a lie

Divor


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sailorgirl
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Default  Posted: 10:26 AM, November 20th (Wednesday)

This is why crap like, "Affair-proof your marriage" is so maddening. Each spouse has to affair-proof their own fracking self. Each spouse only has control over themselves.

Ilinia, I don't think your H is evil. He just showed strong powers of denial and justification. Does he have a history of twisting the facts to make himself look good, refusing to face unpleasant things, or being stubborn when he's wrong? He's willing to work on being brutally honest with himself, right? It's like learning to give yourself two-by-fours.

My situation is different, but I also could tell something was wrong right away. From the moment he crossed the EA line with OW, my H became angry, blaming and incapable of rational thought. In the real world, he's brilliant and emotionally insightful, but in affair-land, he's dumb as mud.

For three months between their first kiss and sex, I repeatedly asked him what was wrong and he told me it was me. He said we weren't having as much sex as he wanted. I discussed this with him openly--how we could make more time, what would put me in the mood, etc. I proceeded to work on it (initiate every other day, focus on him, new lingerie etc.). He was still miserable and now blamed it on me being too critical. I worked on more affection, more compliments. He continued to either withdraw or lash out.

I got him a recommendation for a counselor, who he didn't call (until d-day). I suggested he see his doctor about potential depression. I checked out books about "Irritable Male Syndrome" and mid-life-crisis. At one point, he told me, "We fight all the time." I said, "We aren't fighting. You are venting about my faults and dumping on the marriage. I am trying to help you. That's not a fight."

I asked him whether he was cheating, he said no. I was available, understanding--everything. He could have just told me that he had kissed this COW and now she was pressuring him for sex. He did not admit the stress he was under at work at that time or the panic he was feeling due to a FOO situation. Instead, he had to make it all my fault. He couldn't stand to admit that he was being a jerk so it had to be me. He wouldn't have gotten into this A unless our marriage was awful etc.

For three months of scrambled thinking and blame shifting, I tried my damnedest to pull H's head out of his ass and failed. He went and had sex with OW anyway.

Your spouse's infidelity: You didn't cause it, you can't prevent it, you can't fix it. The wayward has all the responsibility.


Married 14 years, three amazing kids
H had 17 month EA/PA
D-day 1/5/13
Reconcilling

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cancuncrushed
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Default  Posted: 12:02 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Your story gave me chills. It is much like mine and our age is similiar.I Just posted on What if topic, about being a fly on the wall... I too saw the signs, then I saw OW try to kiss my H at company BBQ. I truly believe things were just about to happen. If I was not there, it would have been that night. We came home from the BBQ and had that talk. I asked him if he was having an affair, he said no, he didnt know anything, didnt understand her, he was scared. BLAH BLAH. He then traveled with her and lied to me everyday for 8 months. He also bought her a birthday card And who knows what else. My H refuses to confess anything. My point is, he could have stopped. We had the conversation about her. He knew I was suspcious already. WE started the 1000 questions aday, and he continued on. He says it never got physical. Who knows. Again, he could have stopped. I think once they get permission from OW, the temptation overwhelms them. THe days between the go ahead signal and the actual sex, its volcanic. And realty is, having sex with one person for 25 yrs gets dull. ANd they have this opportunity, this offer. They cant seem to stop. They dont seem to really want to stop. This is worth it. This breaks my heart. I remember and experienced it with my H when we met. ANd dated. We were both free and uncommitted. It was beautiful. Now that I have seen him interested in someone else, and see him flirting, I see he has the exact same moves he used on me. 30 yrs ago. Its heart breaking. ANd not so special anymore. I believe what you described in excellent detail is a typical A. There are many kinds, but this one is typical. Not all of us find out just before.


a trigger yesterday

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plainpain
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Default  Posted: 12:58 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I asked my H flat out if he had someone else, he said 'no'. Then he later confessed a two week EA and an 'almost' one night stand. We talked a lot about that, I forgave him, but I went through all the scenarios with him... based on what he had told me. I told him she was a gold digger, I told him what she would say to him if she ever came back, I read to him from the 'mistress playbook', I flat out told him that what she wanted from him was a BABY. Almost a year later, that is exactly what she got.

He walked into it wide-eyed. He is deeply remorseful now, but he was definitely in that crazy fog. He told me he was absolutely selfish, that he felt entitled, blah blah, and that there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that I could have done to prevent the A from happening. It was not because I neglected him, or that I was a bad wife. It was because he was a bad husband.

What I was realizing last night is that the A for him was about validation... classic MLC. But it was not because I didn't validate him as a man. I adored him and I told him so every day. I told everyone we knew how he was the greatest man who ever lived. I was devoted to him. I knew something was 'off', but I trusted him, because I believed he was trustworthy.

What he wanted validated was that part of him that was tired of living up to what everyone expected him to be. He wanted to be free of responsibility, free of obligation, free of promises, free of having to think of anyone but himself. The OW puffed up and validated all of those feelings in him, and told him they were GOOD. She drew out the very worst parts of him - a cheater, a liar, a person who would humiliate the woman who trusted and loved him and would put his wife's life in danger, a person who would jeopardize his children's security and stability - and then told him he was amazing.

I think when they get to the point that they are able to see what they have done, they are often dreadfully sorry. But they go into it because they want to, and they don't tell us because they don't want to be stopped. It is a special kind of cruelty, that is for sure.


Me: Believer; 40s
Him: Liar; 40s
Married 19 years
1 year EA/2 month PA/incidental infidelities I can't begin to process
OC born 2014
OW:21
In successful R, but still in just plain pain.

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ILINIA
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Default  Posted: 1:20 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I am going to respond more when I actually have a keyboard. But Thank you! I cannot tell you how reassuring it feels that others were in my exact same shoes and confronted them BEFORE.

Question:
It makes R hard, because I feel like I communicated the deal breaker and drew the line in the sand BEFORE he did this. He knew where the line was and crossed it, so is that it? If I say, "Oops, you were in a fog, let's redraw the line and give you a second chance." Am I being weak and being taken advantage of?

[This message edited by ILINIA at 1:22 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)]


Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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devasted30
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Default  Posted: 1:34 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Oops, you were in a fog, let's redraw the line and give you a second chance." Am I being weak and being taken advantage of?

I grapple with this on a daily basis. Sometimes I think I need to grow legs and walk away because anything less than that means that I've given him a pass. He cheated on me - 2 affairs and a couple of ONS. WHF. How on earth can I live with a man who would do that?
I wish I could just find the strength to leave.
I told him I would try for a year - that year is up on January 1st. At this point I still don't know what I will do. 50% of the time it's stay - 50% of the time it's leave. I planned my whole life with this man - I spent 30 years thinking even though we weren't always happy, I knew we had each others back. Yeah, right. What kind of a fool was I?


And remember Murphy is right. Nothing is so bad that it can't get worse!!!

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StillLivin
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Default  Posted: 1:49 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I had dreams of him cheating...closest I can guess was right about when he met her. I put a lot, and I mean a lot in my dreams. I've always had those premonition/warning type dreams. Saved my life several times because I paid heed to them. I told him about the dreams. They have been so spot on so many times during our marriage that usually, he didn't blow me off with my warnings of things to come.
He blew me off. Told me stupid crap like, nobody wants an old man like me. He was 42 and still a very good looking man.
I left HI and moved to AZ 6 months ahead of him and DSS. Started having the dreams more fequently, even dreamed that she was a fat blond, but never saw her face dead on in the dreams.
I described her to him and warned him not to cheat on me.
After he was in the A, he started treating me pretty bad, passive aggressively abusing me.
I did everything I could think of to get him back in the marriage.
When I finally found out about the LTA I offered him the gift of R, but there were some stipulations.
Long story short had true R for about 4-6 weeks. Then he broke NC. You can guess the rest.
There is nothing we can do to prevent anything they do. We have absolutely no control. The WS has to want to do the right thing. There is no magick formula of words to say or actions to take to pull their head out of their fourth point of contact (for all you non military folks it begins with an "A" and ends with two "SSs")
Only you can decide if he is worth all othe hard work of R. Even though he committed the offenses, you will have to put in just as much work with him to have true R.
I can say this, love yourself most. Take care of you first. Don't second guess yourself, your gut is usually pretty on target.


I don't need further confirmation of what a fuckwit he is. I already have plenty, thanks very much. -SBB
D: 7/2/2014

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plainpain
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Default  Posted: 3:51 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I feel like I communicated the deal breaker and drew the line in the sand BEFORE he did this. He knew where the line was and crossed it, so is that it? If I say, "Oops, you were in a fog, let's redraw the line and give you a second chance." Am I being weak and being taken advantage of?

This is me, exactly. It is so, so hard not to scream, 'I TOLD you!' I told him it would KILL me - and he did it anyway. And then after, he said to me, 'I thought with 18 years together, our marriage would be strong enough to survive this' - not as a justification for the A, but to make me feel guilty for thinking about leaving. It's all kinds of mind f-ing.

All I can say is that now that he is fully out of that fog, my H is not that same man anymore. He just isn't. He has done a complete 180 - he is not even the man I knew for my whole marriage. So many things in him have been broken, have been faced, have been confessed and healed. I feel like I DID divorce my old H, and I got a new one. But I have zero love left for that old husband, and if he ever comes back I will leave. It is just too much. I am being forced to live with too much, with or without him. This is about me, now, and what is good for me. It is not about a 'pass'... it is not about him. It is about what I want, what is good for me, what is in my best interest. I want him. Don't know if that makes sense.


Me: Believer; 40s
Him: Liar; 40s
Married 19 years
1 year EA/2 month PA/incidental infidelities I can't begin to process
OC born 2014
OW:21
In successful R, but still in just plain pain.

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idkam
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Default  Posted: 4:09 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

The bottom line is our WH's knew exactly what they were doing and what the end result would be.. When u said to your WH that you thought he had a work crush, he knew then that it was true... He didnt want you to "ruin" him getting a piece of cheap pussy so he lied and decieved you (although you were on to him)..... Now,after he's satisfied his selfish needs he is soooo sorry and remorseful.. Well of course he's all of that now, but whats going to happen the nxt time he has a work place crush?

He didnt love or respect you enough to back away from what he knew was dangerous...

Sorry, If i offended you...


People come into your life for a Reason, Season or a Lifetime..
Divorced

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womaninflux
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Default  Posted: 4:21 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Wow…you know so much in detail about their conversations. That cannot be fun for you.

I confronted my husband about 1 year into his affair - asking him if he was having one. I just knew something was off. He denied. I was hugely distracted by a lot of things so I stupidly continued to trust him and pushed it out of my mind. My husband now admits that he has a habit of often telling people what they want to hear v. the truth. Buys him time, he doesn't have to be the bad guy, etc.

So possibly this is the reason he wasn't honest with himself and with you? He was just saying what he wanted to hear and what you wanted to hear vs. what the devil inside of him was planning. He went into this most likely only thinking of himself, never planning to get involved in an affair and then it just kind of happened and before he knew it he was in it and did not know how to get out. It's exciting, fun being secretive, etc. I'm not excusing it, just trying to explain based on what people who have had affairs have told me. Also a friend of mine was an OW for a year when she was single so I do have some insight into how it happens. Believe me, the OW is not saying "But you are married…" The guy is usually saying "my wife and I are roommates, etc. " My SAWH said the OW did not ever want to know anything about me or our marriage so who knows what she was told or what she believed.

ETA - temporarily forgot about this. I don't yet know the whole story of their affair timeline (supposedly he is going to have a disclosure prepared in the next couple of weeks) but there was a night he spent all night out and did not come home til mid morning with a weird explanation. I told him if he ever did that again I would change the locks. I now know he was with her that night but I don't know how long they had been seeing each other/courting each other before that. I know…I was very stupid. But it happens. We're married to them…aren't we supposed to trust them?

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BS - mid-40's
SAWH - mid 40's
Kids - 2 elementary school aged
Getting tons of therapy and trying to "work it out"

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anewday78
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Default  Posted: 4:27 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

It's kind of unfair for you to take on the impossible task of "decoding" somebody else's thoughts/actions/motives. You've been betrayed so very badly and you need to be focusing on healing, not moving mountains in your H's mind. If I were in your situation I'd feel compelled to dump the heavy mental lifting on him by turning this around on him:

"So you didn't want to experience resentment if you were to be kept from sleeping with her? How do you think I should proceed now that I resent that you DID sleep with her? If you were me, honestly, what would you need to do to no longer feel resentment? Start thinking - I want answers because I am feeling resentful."


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ILINIA
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Default  Posted: 4:32 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I feel like I communicated the deal breaker and drew the line in the sand BEFORE he did this. He knew where the line was and crossed it, so is that it? If I say, "Oops, you were in a fog, let's redraw the line and give you a second chance." Am I being weak and being taken advantage of?

^^^^They really mess with our heads don't they!

I will forever be eternally grateful for all of you that read the timeline and commented. Today I actually felt lighter, which is huge. I have been in a ferocious rage stage and getting opinions on "deal breakers". Maybe I will put that on the back burner for now.

As for details, WH handed over the emails and chat logs. We were able to restore almost all of the text messages. It was only a 6 day affair, but I have everything verbatim. That is HUGE, because I know what they both said and felt. Plus, they are stored safely, in case of an emergency!

Catlover50 - I sent WH a snippet of your second entry about him having to destroy something before he could wake up. It helped me to better to understand that he had to "go big" if he was ever going to wake up.

Brokendancer7, cantaccept, sailorgirl, cancuncrushed, stilliving - Knowing that you were trying to get them to wake up BEFORE as well, truly made me feel not alone.

Plainpain & devasted30 - I remember us all joining SI about the same time with bionicgal and I admit I get a little jealous, because I feel like I am the unstable one and you guys have it together. Devasted30 you can always ask for an extension, as I would freak out with a timeline. I wouldn't be able to focus on what i want with a clock ticking.

idkam - Go ahead and bring it, I need all the cards and opinions on the table. I have pretty much used those same words during my anger releases, so I don't tiptoe either. Affairs are never right and they know that. So even if they are in a "fog", they sure remember how to lie and hide things from us.

anewday78 - I think that will be my topic for tonight, I am going to try and memorize the lines...thanks!

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Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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soconfusednow
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Default  Posted: 4:51 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

wow my story is similar. a month before the A started I asked my H to go to M counseling & he refused.

Wish I had time to read all the responses now, but I don't. Definitely will revisit this post later.


D-Day January 2013
prior EA in the 90's
me 50
WH 52
NC-several
last broken NC 7/2013 (hopefully)
Married 29 years
2 kids
Want to believe it's over, but is it really? Will I ever trust again?

Posts: 317 | Registered: Jul 2013 | From: USA
scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 4:56 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Wow. I think if any of us knew the skanky OW in your situation we'd seriously like to kick her butt. And that's coming from an avowed pacifist.

I truly think your WH, and mine, and dozens of others, cease to think. Their brains disconnect, to be surplanted by their lower instincts. They become totally self centered, unwilling to consider the effect their actions will have on others. This is not an excuse. I know my FWH also would have taken my words and done the deed out of spite once I armed him, because of his own sick, twisted displaced FOO issues. I think sometimes a WS is stuck in an infantile state of mind that has nothing to do with the BS.


Me-BS-60
HIM-SAFWH-63
Damn autocorrect is responsible for the silly errors, sorry!

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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 5:02 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I think he needs to do the hard work to figure out why he blatantly decided to run that train of the track, refused to see that black pit in front of him. It's on HIM to find out why he threw away your gift.


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Damn autocorrect is responsible for the silly errors, sorry!

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ILINIA
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Default  Posted: 5:15 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Oh my, don't get me started about her! I may start another post someday peoples thoughts.

She's 23 and her father cheated on her mom with several people and then left them, he doesn't want to have contact with the old family. When I was reading the chat logs and she was talking about her dad, I stopped and said "She has serious father issues! She's f'ed up, what are you thinking! You are 17 years older and have the same name as her dad She is damaged and you are creepy."

She was competing with me and had HUGE validation and abandonment issues, she would say stuff like "Go F your wife tonight." and in the next sentence tell him that she wanted to be on top when they did it the first time. Within 48 hours of their kiss, she had a theme song for them (how cute!), officially labeled herself the mistress, and sent him a picture saying something like "i am miles from home and I miss my mistress more than my wife."

I go between feeling pity and sorry for her, as I don't think my WH was the first nor will be the last and realizing she is going to have a sad life. To sending her a letter, tell her that she needs to examine herself and that she is worth more than being a OW that invites married men to her apartment so she can spread her legs for them.

These dang A have so many facets to them!

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Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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LeopoldB
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Default  Posted: 8:16 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

Your H felt that he had already betrayed you and was going to pay the price either way. While you see his final act as crossing a huge line, he thinks that it was just a small incremental step. His biggest concern was that if he was going to have to do the time, he wanted to actually commit the crime first.

All he could think about was getting some strange. Everything else could be dealt with somehow. It's why people rob banks even though they know they won't get away with it.


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JustWow
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Default  Posted: 9:37 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

How firm do you believe he is on the March date as the beginning of fanasizing? What flipped that switch? Why her? Why then?

My ruminating brain finds that too clean a start wiith no real reason....

Is he in IC working on any of this?

Hugs and kudos to you. You had darn good radar, just tough to get accurate readings from a WS in stealth mode...


BW - Reconciling

edited for typos (I always have to!)


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ILINIA
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Default  Posted: 10:22 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

They traveled together for the first time AND it was his 40th birthday. He told me that he fantasized that she knocked on his hotel room and asked to come in to help him celebrate. He remembers it vividly. That is why he's confident in the date.

Leopold - oddly, what you said is very similar to what he has said. He felt like he had already lied to me by that point, so he didn't see it as any different. I may have to ponder this...do you think they are manipulative or just not really thinking?

He's the model WH and is completely transparent. He's in IC. We are in MC. He's grown. He realizes he was an egotistical, selfish, and entitled man. And a jackass during our marriage

Me. I'm stuck and can't move. I fight with how rational was he during these conversations, because the line was drawn before they slept together. Is there really a fog? Is that an excuse or explanation? Or is it just selfishness and screw everybody else?

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Entering R slowly and cautiously...

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sailorgirl
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Default  Posted: 10:35 PM, November 20th (Wednesday)

I fight with how rational was he during these conversations, because the line was drawn before the slept together.

Me, too. I ask H about it because he was so insistent in those conversations. Logical, confident. He didn't sound foggy, emotional, or stupid.

He says that while he sounded rational, his thinking was totally disordered. His favorite phrase is, "I wasn't thinking straight." But he had to keep up appearances, even to himself, so he was like a drunk man very carefully acting sober while convincing himself he wasn't impaired in any way.


Married 14 years, three amazing kids
H had 17 month EA/PA
D-day 1/5/13
Reconcilling

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plainpain
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Default  Posted: 6:33 PM, November 21st (Thursday)

Your H felt that he had already betrayed you and was going to pay the price either way. While you see his final act as crossing a huge line, he thinks that it was just a small incremental step. His biggest concern was that if he was going to have to do the time, he wanted to actually commit the crime first.
All he could think about was getting some strange. Everything else could be dealt with somehow. It's why people rob banks even though they know they won't get away with it.

Yes! I believe this to be absolutely true.

ILINIA, believe me, I do not have it all together. I think about killing myself at least once a week. Yesterday I walked out the door on my children, and told them I didn't know if I was coming back. I still don't know how I'll be able to forgive my husband if the baby turns out to be his. I don't know how I'll be able to look at his face again. I am medicated, and am riding the waves, up and down, up and down. Some days I feel like our M is better than it's ever been, I have more respect for my H than I ever have - then the rage takes over, like, 'No! You do not get to f**k another woman and then end up with a better marriage.'


Me: Believer; 40s
Him: Liar; 40s
Married 19 years
1 year EA/2 month PA/incidental infidelities I can't begin to process
OC born 2014
OW:21
In successful R, but still in just plain pain.

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Ostrich80
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Default  Posted: 3:32 AM, November 22nd (Friday)

I warned ws about.ow the first time I met her. I could see exactly what she was made of. We had more than a few discusions about her. She was best friends with ws best friends who the two were having an A. We both agreed that what his friend was doing was wrong and how he had such a good wife, why would he do that He still dove right in. Even after.I said, please don't ever do what your friend is doing, to me. Of course his response was, I would never...


BS..me
WS..him
Been with him over half my life
4kid
DD1 10-01-09 DD2 02-12-12 discovered it never ended
OW..nothing special. Just your average skank
Status..#$%@????

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