Sorry this is a long story
When i was 3 mos preg, my ds father and i finally started renting a 2 bdroom house. 1 month later the business that we were BOTH working for went under and we lost our jobs without notice. Within 2 days ( despite being pregnant) I found a new job working evenings running a MAC'S corner store, but for some reason he was unable to find work. Money was tight but because i took extra shifts i was able to pay the rent and bills.
Suddenly after new years when i was aprox 6 mos preg my ds father started having an excessive amount of friends over .. EVERY NIGHT...even OVER night...
They were doing drugs and drinking and being loud...puking on my carpet and things were just getting out of hand...
I was beginning to retain A LOT of water and when i got home from standing for 9 hours i was BEAT.. and to walk into a home FILLED with loud people, smoke filled air, and an uncaring partner was not acceptable.
I told every one to " GET THE **** OUT OF MY HOUSE! " i was furious.. they were disrespecting me, and my home.
This made my ex mad. He then started inviting them over for the whole day, even when i was trying to sleep... 1 of the people was a girl a year younger than I. I became justifully suspicious when she started spending the night in my livingroom and he neglected to come up and sleep with me.
I had told him on MULTIPLE occasions.... " you cheat on me, and you are cheating on your son. I will not raise a child with a cheater"...
Eventually, he stopped meeting me at work after i was done, or bringing me dinner... we only lived 2 mins from my work so there was no reason other than his excessive partying that he couldn't do these things.
Heck i was 7 mos preg and he was making me walk home ALONE at night in the Middle of the damn winter.
One night he told me he doesnt want me to come home after work because he's having an even larger party. I snapped. He told me to go sleep at my mothers or something. He told this all to me RIGHT before i left for work so i had no time to make plans or anything, not that i should have had to.
I ended up staying at my mothers and the next day when i went back to the house... guess who i found walking down the stairs from MY room ... that girl.
I stormed up stairs and my bed was a mess, the sheets were hardly attached.. condom wrappers EVERYWHERE... in the room, in the washroom.
I went back down stairs and B*tched her out for at least a half an hour straight about wrecking my childs life, wrecking my family, and etc... she had NO remorse.
I promptly moved my stuff out and left him with all the bills and rent, and seeing he was jobless he ended up losing everything.
When my son was born i gave him the option of visitation. I even told him he could watch the birth if he desired to do so.
He didn't show up at all for 3 days after i gave birth, he wasn't even there during the birth. The only reason he came was because his sister picked him up and made him come with her to see his son. They brought the new gf as well which i found awkward to say the least.
They stayed for 15 mins and then i never heard from him again for 2 months.
He told me he wanted to see his son ( this was after his gf URGED him to ) so i allowed him to take my ds for a few hours, here and there.. this went on for about 3-4 visits then he dissapeared..
For another 4 months i didn't hear from him... then he popped up again after he heard i had a new partner and started telling me he still loves me and that he wants to see his son ( i didn't buy that loving crap, he cheated, end of story for that relationship ) .. i gave him a second chance and let him start taking his son for weekends.
This went GREAT for about 1 month.. then he dissapeared AGAIN...
He didn't contact me for a few more months, and when he did it was from 4hours away, as he apparently moved.
He wanted to take his son for a week, and i was very skeptical.. but i knew his gf would be the one mostly taking care of my ds, and i trusted her because she was really great with him, despite how she ruined our relationship.
I said yes, with SPECIFIC rules, they were to call every night to reassure me he was ok, and to have him back on the specified date.
They couldn't even manage to follow these simple rules. I got 1 phone call on the first night and that was it.. until they finally decided to drop him off... 1 day late.
Eventually i ended up moving 4 hours away... 20 mins from where he lives... and concidering that we were so close in distance i figured he would try a little harder... apparently i was wrong.
He never called or anything for MONTHS this time... right through his sons 1st birthday, and 1st christmas and first easter... NOTHING... no gifts, money, or simple call..
Speaking of money, at this point he had not once given me a cent in support.
Months went on and finally I got a call.. he ended up breaking up with his gf and called to say he wants me back and he's sorry...
OBVIOUSLY i hung up.
If he is going to call me it is to be about our son, not about us, there is no US.
I didn't hear from him again till after my son was 2 years and 2 months old. So again, he missed his 2nd christmas, and 2nd birthday, and 2nd easter...
This was my last chance for him.. he wanted to see his son he said... he had recently gotten laid off and i was parted from my s/o at the time and staying at my mothers 4 hours away and he wanted to rent a motel room there for a week and take his son and get to know him..
I said ok.. and I ended up going get him with his sister and my son..
He was doing GREAT with my ds... i was sooo happy to see them getting along so well, my ds didn't even play shy.
At the end of that week my s/o and i decided to end our "break" and i moved back to our apt 4 hours away... 20 mins from my ds fathers apt... and my ex went back to his apt..
We kept in contact and he started taking him every second weekend regularly ... this happened approx 4 times.. so about 2 months... then 3 weekends ago it was his designated weekend (MUTUAL AGREEMENT) and he didn't call...
I proceeded to drive 20 mins to his apt where his room mates gf answered the door only to tell me he had a fight with his room mate and moved out..
I was given a new number to him and called it immediately, very mad that i hadn't received a call to let me know what was going on..
He never called back...
Finally i called again and got a hold of him.. i told him his actions were unexcusable and that he is no longer allowed to see his son until he starts paying support ( concidering he wasn't ) and started coming to get him on the bus instead of making me drive 20 mins there and back on fridays and sundays.
I told him that for the first little while he would not be able to take him for the weekend anymore and that it would have to be day visits within my city.
His response to this was "whatever"... so i said "fine, you don't deserve him in YOUR life."
I told him about how his son screamed DADDDYYY DADDDYYYY and balled his little eyes out when i came down from his apt and he wasn't with me... my son couldn't comprehend why daddy wasn't taking him for the weekend and he was heart broken, and in turn, so was I.
Yet, this didnt faze him... he just didn't seem to care... so i hung up.
Again i haven't heard from him for almost 2 weeks now... and frankly, although i wish things would have been differently.. im kinda happy with it being this way.. I can't allow him to break my ds' heart OVER and OVER again... it will mess the child up mentally.
I didn't put my ds fathers name on the birth certificate or the registration, i put the father as UNKNOWN... so according to the goverment records I am the only known parent.
I don't want to take him to court because then he will be proven as the other parent and perhaps granted joint custody...
I know this will give him opportunity to ruin my beautiful sons life and trust.. and i won't have it.
I have decided to just live on and pretend like my ds' father doesnt exsist, and when my ds is older and asks about his dad, i will tell him WHY he doesn't go see him..
do you think im taking the right step?! i just want to be sure