This was the first weekend that my ex has taken the kids for more than one night since June. In fact, over the past few months (years really) he often misses taking them all together even when he promised them he would come. That is just part of who he is. We are all used to it. To be honest, I have really enjoyed that about him. Sometimes when I think about the bad things in the marriage, I would at least be happy that he isn't a pushy dad. I like to think that I may have missed the mark when it came to him as a husband, but he is the kind of ex husband I prefer.
I always put my kids first. Maybe giving them a little more of their own time is a good thing, but I don’t like to. Family time is number one on my list. Other than school, they are RARELY in the care of someone else. I was even like that when I lived in California. I hardly ever left them with my mom. If there is a choice, I consistently choose to be with them. I just like it that way.
Needless to say, this was a very emotional weekend for me. I think I got a total of 3 hours of sleep last night. The rest of the time, I cried my eyes out. I went to church today very exhausted with puffy eyes. I felt overwhelmed by these emotions. Lots of concerned people asked me about the kids in a polite way. It was difficult to talk about them though. I am good at keeping it together in those situations, but on the inside I was dying. I think it is even worse that their dad has them again next weekend and for Christmas. Fortunately (for me), my ex’s fiance will be out of town, so he’ll probably bring them over for a bike ride or something on the weekend. He already said he would like to be over here for Christmas Eve & Christmas day, which is a huge relief for me. I am also thrilled that he doesn't have any vacation time or he would have them all week. If we played by the book, he could have them from the 21st to the 28th without me seeing them even once. Typing that makes me feel like I have a hole in my heart and knots in my stomach.
For these reasons, I hope that when he gets married and moves across town, he’ll go back to his usual ways. I know that isn't nice and it is better for them to have an involved father, but it makes me happier. If he doesn't, I’m sure I’ll start thinking about moving far away again. Yes, I am a bit selfish like that, but notice I said start thinking about moving away. I don’t have the money and I love living here. I’ll also be dreaming about how nice it would be if he moved away. His fiance has lots of family here and her own little business, so I doubt that will happen.
In the last post, I wrote that I am feeling positive about the future. I am also feeling deeply saddened about the possibility of spending less time with my kids. No matter what, divorce is awful especially when you have kids. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I can only imagine how bad it is when exes can’t stand each other.