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Old 5th March 2018, 11:40 AM   #31
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Itís pretty clear that he hasnít been reassured by your response to his concerns. And given the history, I donít think thatís at all unreasonable. Normally someone who had been caught cheating would go out of their way to make sure their spouse knew that was something they donít need to worry about. You most certainly arenít doing that. Yes, lots of married people go out for drinks with friends. But most havenít been caught cheating, and are much more transparent with their spouse. It sounds to me like your party time and freedom are a bigger priority than your husbandís feelings. In fact I think most people who are actually having affairs show more respect to their spouses than you are.
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Old 5th March 2018, 11:53 AM   #32
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While I do not agree that married women should forgo a social life (my best friend is married with children and we get drinks about once a week too), I do agree that your behavior is very shady and I don’t blame your husband for being suspicious.

You are not a good wife. If you want your marriage to survive, you need to go totally clear with your husband. Stop deleting messages. Let him see your phone any time he wants. Let go of the drinks for a while and spend that time with him instead..you can start up again when you’ve repaired your marriage.

OR

Let your husband go.
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Old 5th March 2018, 11:57 AM   #33
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Yes, lots of married people go out for drinks with friends. But most havenít been caught cheating, and are much more transparent with their spouse.
This is good for you to read again, because it answers your question about girls night perfectly.

To use another analogy to help you to understand, a teenager who has earned her parents trust will have much more freedom to stay out with friends than one who has broken curfew and come home with the cops... The teenager who has abused her freedom, made poor choices, and shown a lack of consideration to her parents will find her privildges are revoked and more accountability is required. With all due respect, because you have been unfaithful in the past and you have failed to show the basic consideration of letting your husband know where you are going, with whom you are with, and when you will be home... You have lost the privilege to go to the clubs with your girlfriends or lunch with your ex-boss. Your husband does not trust you and he needs you to communicate and be accountable for your behavior. You have failed to do that. You really are a married woman, who is living like you are single and not accountable to anyone but yourself.

He is giving you every indication that he is leaving this marriage. I think the trip is his opportunity to clear his head and make his decision. I would not be surprised if he tells you it's over when he returns. I'm sorry.
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Old 5th March 2018, 11:59 AM   #34
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Is girls night out that much more important than your marriage?

Why aren't you willing to change if your husband doesn't like your sneaky behavior?

If these things are that important to you and it's ruining your marriage why did you get married?
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Old 5th March 2018, 12:05 PM   #35
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Is girls night out that much more important than your marriage?

Why aren't you willing to change if your husband doesn't like your sneaky behavior?

If these things are that important to you and it's ruining your marriage why did you get married?
Good questions. I'd be curious to hear the answers...
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Old 5th March 2018, 12:43 PM   #36
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Lose the girl's night out? Isn't it fairly common for girls to get together for a night out without their spouses? All my married friends do - of course, some of the girls who go are not in relationships.

I know the girls night out has been an issue for my husband in the past - he didn't understand why I went to clubs with the girls and I explained some of the girls are not in relationships and they wanted to go there. He was adamant that married women are free to have girls nights out but typically those would be at a female friends house drinking box wine and watching a movie or going to the movies or getting mani/pedis or something...not clubs or bars. Any married women agree/disagree? Yet guys apparently get a pass to go to the bar or hooters to watch the game...my husband always turns that down though.

Today wasn't a good day, I got up to start the day and found out my husband apparently showered and left before I even got up. No word, no notes, no nothing. I did notice his wedding band was sitting near the TV - I don't think he placed it there for me to see since clothes were on top of it but still. I don't get what he's up to.

You may not believe me but I didn't cheat on him again - he may be convinced of it but he's wrong. Obviously, I have no way to prove it.
You're just not getting it. It's not the girls nights out, it's not emails with your ex boss, it's not the occasional lunch with a male coworker. It's all of those things combined, but mainly it your total disregard for your husband's feelings. You act like you are the only person in your marriage and like your thoughts and feelings are the only ones that count.

Whenever your husband has tried to reach out to you and communicate his feelings you pretty much tell him that his feelings are wrong and that he just needs to suck it up. At this point your husband may not even think you're cheating he may just be fed up with being treated like an insignificant nobody in his own house. While your past infidelity has given him plenty of reason to distrust you, even if you hadn't cheated your total disregard for your husband is still appalling.

Being married is a partnership where both people's wishes and feelings count. If your partner says "If you are going out I would like you to let me know where you're going and when you're coming home" then that is what you do. It's just common decency and basic respect. If your husband tells you he is uncomfortable with girls night out at clubs then talk with him about that. Find out what you can do to reassure him. Maybe only go once a month or when you're out step outside a few times to give him a call or take a hiatus from girls night all together while you attend to your husbands obvious distress. Everytime your husband has tried to express his unhappiness to you, your response has pretty much been "sucks to be you" while you continue doing whatever you want as if you're single and only need to consider yourself.

At the moment the best case scenario is that your husband isn't being unfaithful and isn't leaving you, but he's just giving you a taste of your own medicine. He's leaving you to stew in your bad feelings just like you have done to him. However it sounds like it's more serious than that. It seems that he has reached his limit and he is disconnecting from you. He is planning to leave you and I can totally understand why.
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Old 5th March 2018, 12:43 PM   #37
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Good questions. I'd be curious to hear the answers...
Is girls night out that much more important than your marriage?

I try to balance the needs of both - working 40-45 hours a week and coming home to kids and a husband can sometimes be tiring. Sometimes I just need space to decompress. Between the kids, and health issues/surgery I wasn't able to be very social. Now after the surgery, I feel great and want to spend some time with friends. It feels like my husband is simply content to be with his family and be a homebody.

Why aren't you willing to change if your husband doesn't like your sneaky behavior?

Because it feels controlling. It feels like since he doesn't have much of a social life I'm expected not to have one also. I also thought that the prior cheating issue was fully resolved. Am I expected for him to hang onto that for the rest of our lives?

If these things are that important to you and it's ruining your marriage why did you get married?

I was pregnant, he's a good provider (I also work) and a great dad. He's handsome and from a good family and has always been considerate of my feelings. At times I feel he doesn't do things simply because he wouldn't want me doing them (such as going to hooters to watch the game, he won't go unless I'm there).

On a side note, I texted him this morning asking how he's doing and no reply. Last night, I asked him via text if he wanted to talk....no reply. The only time I got any real communication from him is when I asked about the plans for the kids this week. No idea what's going on here.
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Old 5th March 2018, 12:56 PM   #38
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I doubt that a GNO, standing alone, would be a big problem for your H. It's all of this other apparent shiftiness that's caused him to believe that you're cheating again. He sounds totally disengaged at this point, and short of some Act of God I don't see this marriage lasting much longer.


Among your reasons for marrying him I can't help but notice that you don't mention that you love him. Do you? Your H apparently doesn't think so.
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Old 5th March 2018, 1:01 PM   #39
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At times I feel he doesn't do things simply because he wouldn't want me doing them (such as going to hooters to watch the game, he won't go unless I'm there).
Thatís how married people are supposed to act.
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Old 5th March 2018, 1:04 PM   #40
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I doubt that a GNO, standing alone, would be a big problem for your H. It's all of this other apparent shiftiness that's caused him to believe that you're cheating again. He sounds totally disengaged at this point, and short of some Act of God I don't see this marriage lasting much longer.


Among your reasons for marrying him I can't help but notice that you don't mention that you love him. Do you? Your H apparently doesn't think so.
I do love him, but feel its still controlling - that's just my feelings, my reality. In my past, I've had various folks be ultra controlling and I don't handle that well.

Why won't he simply reply to my texts, how can I engage with him if he won't communicate? Is it best I just back down and give him all the space he needs?
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Old 5th March 2018, 1:09 PM   #41
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Why won't he simply reply to my texts, how can I engage with him if he won't communicate? Is it best I just back down and give him all the space he needs?

Giving someone space is often the way to go, but I don't think it will necessarily help you out in this case. What may help is an offer to be 100% transparent with him, including access to your phone (and not deleting texts from the former boss) and letting him know where you're at and what you're doing. Or does that seem too controlling?
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Old 5th March 2018, 1:09 PM   #42
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What was the nature of your previous cheating? Was it a drawn out affair? One night stand? I know you think there should be a statute of limitations on this bothering him, but it doesnít really work that way. And if I were him, how you cheated previously would matter. If you exhibited similar behavior back then, Iíd be much more suspicious about you doing it now.
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Old 5th March 2018, 1:14 PM   #43
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When a person cheats - the one betrayed NEVER, EVER gets over it! Ever!

Your selfish attitude is showing you would be better off sungle.

And your husband isn't being "controlling" - he's expecting you to act like you love and honor him...but every time you choose to show him you prefer to be single.

You are the one who's controlling! Not telling where you are - who you're with - when you'll be home. That's controlling! That's mean! And that's the actions of a blatant cheater!

Expecting he is over this? Honey, you never hand him any peace of mind - he isn't over it and he will never be over it - but now you add fuel to that fire by the actions of any common cheater and he knows full well you've been cheating.

And you continue to lie and he knows that too.
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Old 5th March 2018, 1:19 PM   #44
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I was definitely starting to wonder if other relationships had been controlling in the past - parents, boyfriends... Because, what others see as basic consideration, you see as controlling behavior.

I agree, by withholding the truth from your husband and sneaking around... You are controlling the relationship. Not him. If you were transparent with your husband, you would have to be more vulnerable... And it doesn't sound like you are willing to do this.

I too noticed that in your description of why you married your husband, you didn't mention the word love. Do you think he feels this?

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Old 5th March 2018, 1:34 PM   #45
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Just wanted to say, because I have to leave for work now...

I'm rooting for you Steph. I hope that you consider the advice that has been shared and I hope that you have some kind of epiphany. Put yourself in his position, and imagine that he has done to you what you have done to him? How would you feel? I mean, he hasn't done half of what you have done and you are unhappy and ready to hire a PI.

If your marriage and keeping your family together is important to you, I hope your drop your pride and meet your husband at the door tonight with an apology and an invitation to go to marriage counseling. Good luck.
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