Edited by leaves - 12/20/11 at 6:07pm
My dh would have been upset as well if I had stayed the night at my moms. I have never done that (thats why I got married - could not stand living in that house any longer lol) but I have stayed over there later than anticipated (probably til around 7, and they live half an hour away from my house) and he was really upset, more like hurt, because he had missed us and was lonely in an "empty house."
Now, before my ds2, who never leaves my side, he had taken ds1 out for a fairly long day and didnt come back until around 8. I was happy as can be, missed them terribly but was grateful to have alone time. Dh doesn't see it as that. He misses us, and yet when we are home, we drive him crazy :)
I know its hard to hear you dh say things like, "I am your dh .... you will sleep here," because it sounds so .... fatherly. I always want to tell my dh, "You are not my parent! Don't give me rules!" But if he wants you home every night, that doesn't sound too horrible. He loves you and your babies. And honestly, even though, yes you are right, your little one probably would have been upset to be woken up, next time just pay closer attention to when they are getting sleepy. Problem solved :)
I am ok with him not wanting you guys to stay out of the home, but he was completely wrong to say it was ok and then turn around and dump anger on you when you came home.
If he is an adult, he can communicate his position on things without demanding you be a mind-reader. THAT is the problem to me.
I don't agree with the "you only sleep here" thing at all. I would never be ok with being spoken to like that. Honestly, I think your dh is acting like a big brat and I wouldn't tolerate it at all. You had a good time at your mom's house one night...he had a night to himself. This should have been a win all around (and yes I am fine when guys go out and do "guy" things too). You weren't out clubbing or doing anything crazy for crying out loud.
I won't say anymore since my opinion seems to be the minority here. And maybe this is why I am no longer married (though my husband would have never behaved that way either). But I think you are totally right on this one OP and your DH is very wrong.
Maybe he's feeling a little lonely and insecure about the move? With the drive being as hard as it was maybe he has some worries about something happening to you and the kids when you are away from him? Something like separation anxiety? Maybe he was just looking forward to spending some time with his family after being apart and with you and the kids being gone it hit him harder then expected? From what you wrote it sounds like a stressful time in general.
If what he said is out of character I'd chalk it up to emotions and once things have calmed down ask him why it made him so upset. And it's possible he was ok with you and the kids being away at first and as the night went on it started to bug him for what ever reason.
I could be way off base, but I do hope you guys get it worked out.
Does he take the kids out by himself ever? Man, just getting my 2 ready to go anywhere in the winter is enough to make me want to stay inside, and if my oldest had to be awakened..omg scary. But other than that, I think you need to discuss why he feels how he does. Maybe he can help you understand where he is coming from. Maybe he was just feeling lonely and wigged out from the move and it came across as controlling.
Yeah this is really weird to me. My husband would be THRILLED to have a night to himself if DD and I decided to spend the night at my mom's house. He'd spend a ton of time on the internet, reading, or playing video games with a friend. He wouldn't have to do the dishes if we weren't home for dinner (dishes are one of his chores).
Also, I think it is awful that he told you it was okay and then changed his mind and yelled at you once you got home. He needs to apologize for that and say what he really means in the future. It's almost like he set up a reason to have an argument, and a stupid one at that! Also, telling you that you can't sleep at your own parents' house is really odd to me.
It sounds like he has some issues going on that are deeper than you taking the kids to your mom's for the night. Did you guys get in an argument earlier in the day? Have you guys gotten close to divorce in the past? It sounds like he is really insecure in your relationship, or maybe this situation reminds him of something from his past.
I'm in the "My husband would love to have a quiet night to himself" camp, but that aside, I don't think you've done anything remotely wrong here.
1. You asked him if he minded. He said no.
2. You were staying at your MOM'S house WITH YOUR LITTLE KIDS. I do not get the Cheater's connection at all. I mean, it would be easy for him to verify that you were at your parents' house. It sounds like he has some jealousy and insecurity issues.
3. If he really missed you so much, he could easily have driven the three miles to your parents' house and spent the night there too, seeing as you didn't want to wake the kids and it was cold.
I'd have to take the whole relatoinship in context, but that wouldn't fly around here. If dh ever tries to tell me where I can sleep, all hell will break loose, and I absolutely do NOT tolerate passive aggressive bullshit like saying "it's okay" and then reaming me out about it the next day.
Honestly...if this were an accurate snapshot of what your marriage is like, I'd be out the door. If it's an unusual reaction (sounds as though that's the case), we'd have a serious talk about it. There are several aspects of his reaction that would be major issues for me.