Ouch. Advice for: ‘My Ex-Husband is Having a Baby With His Girlfriend’


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By Jackie Pilossoph, Divorced Girl Smiling Editor-in-Chief

I found out my ex-husband is having a baby with his girlfriend, an affair that carried on for a long time, even during my marriage.  I am probably most mad myself on how I could have been so blind. It makes me wonder if he ever loved me at all.

 

“Ouch” is the first word that came into my mind when I read this woman’s e-mail to DGS. It’s kind of ironic. My novel, “Divorced Girl Smiling,” has a storyline in it with this component. So, although I’ve never actually experienced this situation personally, I’ve written about it as if I have.

 

Here is what my character, “Missy” was thinking and saying when she found out her ex husband was having a baby with his girlfriend:

 

(Quotes from my novel, “Divorced Girl Smiling.”)

 

“All I could do was think about the baby who was growing inside of my husband’s fiancé’s belly. Paul was going to be married and he was going to be a dad.”

 

“I burned with anger and pain and envy. It could have been me, had I not turned off like a water faucet somewhere in the middle of our marriage. Right now, I could be having Paul Benson’s baby. I could still be Paul Benson’s wife. The reason we weren’t together was because of me. That was becoming more and more clear with each passing day.”

 

“Paul is having the life he wants. The best thing he ever did was leave me. Now he’s got a young, perfect wife and he’s going to have a baby. The baby I failed to give him. He’s getting everything he wants.”

 

Again, I didn’t experience this scenario in my real life, but I have to believe the feelings this woman is experiencing are: shock, anger, jealousy, regret, isolation, loneliness, sadness, and the feeling that it isn’t fair. In other words, why does a cheater get to end up with a new wife, a baby and happily ever after? Also, when you find out someone has cheated, it makes you feel stupid, naïve, and like this woman expressed, angry at yourself for not knowing.

 

 

The best advice I can offer to someone whose ex-husband is having a baby with his girlfriend (or new wife) is 10 things to think about:

1. Although this is very hurtful right now, you won’t always feel this way. Time always heals us.

2. One thing I did personally experience was my ex-husband getting remarried. It was very upsetting to me, not because I wanted to get back together with him, but because it made me feel the true finality of the divorce. It also made me feel very very alone, like he got his happily ever after and I didn’t. It made me feel like a loser—which looking back is crazy.

3. Ask yourself, “If someone could wave a magic wand that causes the two of you to get back together, would you want that?” Of course not. Don’t forget about all the issues the two of you had. There is a reason you aren’t together anymore, regardless of who left.

4. How can you be upset about the miracle of life? A baby being born is beautiful. Let it make you smile.

 

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5. Your ex and his new girlfriend aren’t as blissful as you think. Just as you did, there are issues in their relationship. In other words, life isn’t all rainbows for them all the time.

6. Remember that their relationship started off with cheating, lies and deceit. That sounds kind of icky to me. When you find love, yours won’t have that attached to it. It will be pure.

7. To answer this woman’s question, yes, he did love you. Don’t convince yourself otherwise. People change. It’s sad, but if he asked you to marry him once, he loved you.

8. Let them have their baby, and let yourself move on with your own life. Do you have any idea of all that awaits you? (if you have the guts to go after it and do the work to get there.)

9. It’s not easy, but try to forgive what he did. It will free you, as acceptance and forgiveness bring a peaceful life that opens up many doors for you.

10. Love yourself, and forgive yourself. Were you perfect in your marriage? Nope. Taking accountability for part of the demise of the marriage is healthy and proves you have maturity and self-awareness. After you are willing to admit you weren’t perfect, forgive yourself and take credit for being the best wife you knew how to be.

An ex-husband having a baby with his new girlfriend is a stab to the heart, but only initially. Take a deep breath and make the most of each and every day, with as little self-pity and with as much grace, poise and acceptance as you can. Eventually, things will improve. I promise!

Like this post? Check out my blog, “How To Handle Your Ex Getting Engaged

 

 

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12 Responses to “Ouch. Advice for: ‘My Ex-Husband is Having a Baby With His Girlfriend’”

  1. Claire

    My husband is having twins with his girlfriend. He told me when she was already 6months pregnant. They will be born before our divorce comes through – classy. She is welcome to him. Its my children and these two new little ones I feel sorry for.

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  2. Michelle

    My husband did the exact same thing. 14 Year marriage down the drain and a long affair that ended with a baby after he left. I moved on quick and it was the best thing. I meet my new husband who had shared a similar situation with his ex wife, after being in a healthy relationship with my new husband did I start to see how bad my old marriage was. I thank God for the mistress who came into and stole my husband. I have a man who adores and worships me and we are planning our first child now. But most importantly after a couple years my ex husband told me he wanted to come home and he made a mistake. That he still loved me and wanted to make things work. That day was the best day and the saddest, the best because I was truly happy in my new life and sad for the man I once loved. My ex told me I was his great love he let get away yet I couldn’t say the same. This all happened while my is living with his mistress, she had no idea he was trying to leave her when she was pregnant. My exes life isn’t one to envy and as many say I got the last laugh, but I don’t think of it that way only I was fortunate to have the worst thing in my life turn out to be the best. So hang in there ladies one man isn’t the end all be all.

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  3. Gloria Artiaga

    My ex-husband is having a baby with his girlfriend today. I have our girls. He’s going to pick up girls to see their new brother and it makes me sad but i have to put on a happy face for my oldest daughter who is excited. Oh boy it’s been hard and i’ve been having a lot of self-pity. But thank you for this article….exactly how I was feeling and I find it very helpful and comforting!

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    • Jackie Pilossoph

      It’s all good! Let your kids enjoy their new brother. But, I’m telling you, his relationship isn’t a walk in the park. In a couple years, things will look a lot different with them. As for you, I hope you are focused on your life and being happy. You deserve that!!!

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      • RD

        You know, I don’t think the comments stating that someone else’s relationship isn’t happy or blissful is not helping anyone. For one – you don’t know that. If they’re compatible , it means the relationship doesn’t require much work and they could genuinely be blissfully happy. On the other hand, they may indeed have problems. Finding comfort in assuming someone else’s relationship isn’t happy seems to me a pure negative energy and insecurity rearing it’s ugly head. Assume they’re happy and be happy for them.

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  4. Sarah

    Just came across this site, it is so needed. My ex husband, had an affair after 14.5 years of marriage, then cheated with a different woman who was married after our divorce. They are now married and just had a baby. Our daughter refuses to see her dad. This whole situation is so hurtful. I am glad I found your site, will check out the books.

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    • Jackie Pilossoph

      I’m so sorry. It’s awful, I’m sure. Just keep being the best mom you can be and focus on your own life–not your ex’s. Trust me, his marriage is not bliss. He’ll never tell you that though. You’ll find out when he is getting divorced again. Just a gut feeling.

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  5. Liz

    My husband has been divorced for almost 6 yrs. He did cheat on his ex wife but not with me. I wasn’t the reason or the mistress. He did go on to have a relationship with the other girl for 3 yrs. Any how we’ve been together for 2 years and we recently have a baby of 6 months born with down syndrome. I’m just so tired of his ex wife baby mama drama. Including his 14 year old daughter. Ever since my son was born, they have given me hell. His ex keeps on nagging on him and obviously talking about me comparing herself to me . she sounds like a woman who is still hurt and very bitter. What I dont understand is why my baby and myself are getting all this hatred from her and her 14 year old daughter. My husband and I have gad arguments because of his ex. Im tired of getting blamed for a divorce that I didn’t not cost! By the way she is married for a year already. Please advice

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    • Jackie Pilossoph

      Oh, I’m so sorry. She sounds like one of those people who will just never let it go. It sounds like the hostility is more on her ex-husband than on you. So sad. My advice is to live and enjoy your life and try to stay as far away as possible from them. Just be kind and curtious, and respect the fact that the 14 year old is his daughter. give them time together and just stay outside. I know it’s not easy, but being outside is better than being in the middle of such toxicidy. Just enjoy your own family. And, let your ex spend time with his daughter without giving him a hard time. In fact, let him take her out for dinners by himself. Just detach from that. I think you will find that it is liberating and empowering. What I’m trying to say is, don’t try to force yourself into her life. Let her deal with her own resentment towards her father. She will come around. The ex wife probably never will, which is kind of pathetic.

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  6. Stephanie Stiltner

    I am most glad to see that my feelings are normal about my ex having another baby. When we were married we went on a long, painful journey of fertility treatments that thankfully ended with a son. After two betrayals he left. He met his now wife a year and a half ago and they just welcomed a baby girl. It only took a month for them to get pregnant. Seeing pics and posts of him saying how insanely happy he is hurts and I am upset by these feelings that i thought were done. I feel like he is undeserving of a baby girl that I will never get. I love my son to pieces but it is unfair that he gets to ruin our marriage and have a son and daughter. What I hate most is feeling this way- I am happily remarried with two step sons. My son is thrilled about having a sister and says now he has a blood sibling instead of two stepbrothers that are just steps. I wanted to be the one that gave my son this, not my ex who treated me so bad. I guess i still have some resentment and hard feelings. Will this get easier. My current husband is a bit tired of this convo. The rest of my family is just happy that my son gets to experience this. Why c as n’t I be happy.

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    • Jackie Pilossoph

      Why are you treating your ex like you are in a competition with him? There is NO competition whatsoever here!! As an outsider, I feel like i can see what’s going on. Your ex was devastated by how hard it was for you to have a baby, he was traumatized. He tried to heal himself with affairs and by getting another woman pregnant (which he did.) His new daughter nor his new wife will heal the pain he had when the two of you were going through fertility treatments. So, those are his choices. As for you, if you are happily married, then why do you still care?? You are blessed to have a wonderful husband and two great stepsons. Why are you focusing on what you DON’T have? Let your son be excited that he has a sister. why take that away from him because of your own jealousy? Stop focusing on your ex. Yes, he was a shit to cheat. There. That is how you have won the competition. He cheated, you didn’t. But you will never be happy until you learn how to let it go and focus on NOW instead of past resentments. I hope this helps you and I’m sorry if I am so being harsh, but I want you to appreciate what you have and stop looking back and/or comparing yourself to your ex and his new wife.

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  7. Karen

    My ex had been with this women mentally for st least 8 years. He bought her into my home. Befriended my children. She would get ready for functions she was attending with him in my house. He would pick her up and drop her home and I’d have to make my own way. She was st my kids sporting events all the time. Would come to my house for dinner. I would say to him, “ you need to be careful here”. He assured me that she was just his “ buddy”.
    26 years we were married. The things we went through together we very extraordinary.
    He came home from a business trip and advised he was in need of a break to get his head together.
    I knew what he was up to…
    He left me with 4 children and some pretty tough times.
    He didn’t see the kids or call them very often.
    Would come over ocassonaly and watch TV. He didn’t come get the kids and take them out.
    We we’re seperated and he did not want a divorce.
    After 9 months I suggested we take the kids away together. We did for 2 weeks…
    when we came back he took off… didn’t hear from him for two weeks.
    The trip away he was quite close.
    He was keeping me dangling on a string as insurance.
    Then the meeting came!!!… I’ve moved on and she’s pregnant.
    Guess who had to break that to the children!!!
    Still to this day, and that was 5 years ago, he hasn’t given me any reasons for why he left.. on a statement to say he made a mistake leaving me.
    Well, he has 2 children to her now. Neither of them he wanted.
    My kids are free to make up tgeir Ian minds about what sort of relationship they have. I remain friends with him and allow him to bring the little ones to my home.
    After all, it’s not their fault.. they are lovely.
    I will always remain as his friend and time is allowing forgiveness. But I will never go back.
    We are divorced at my hand.. he came kicking and screaming. Actually he didn’t come to court. He sent his lawyer.
    Life has its own agenda. We need to step back an learn the lessons of the past to prepare us for the future.
    There are blessings in all things that happen.
    There are two little children in the world now. They are beautiful. For me.. liberation!!!

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