I Hate Being a Second Wife

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    I hate that everybody he knows expects me to

    "just go with it." To just go with whatever the first one wants because I have to respect the fact that she and her daughter came first, and I went into the relationship knowing that. I went in knowing about the daughter, but my bad for not knowing that that meant I was to be...
    NotFirstNotLast NotFirstNotLast
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Sep 4, 2014

    Hurt and Frustrated

    My husband  and I have been married for two years. It is a second marraige for both of us, and things between us are really good. My hurt and frustration comes from the way that his family treats me and their attitude toward our relationship. My husband was separated in 2...
    ddlricha ddlricha
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Oct 11, 2007

    Im single but im sure

    that dont want to share my husband's life with another woman
    fauxlady fauxlady
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jun 14, 2015

    I'm not a second wife yet,

    but a relationship after a first wife. It's brilliant between my partner and I, and the best relationship both of us have ever had (we're in late 30s and late 40s). It will last, a long time - it's been a few months so far. But it's tough in the outside world. His ex is rabidly...
    SashieG SashieG
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jan 27, 2014

    Does It Get Better?

    I am going to be marrying a man in 5 months, and I am really struggling with his past... I feel so selfish and crazy but as I plan for my first wedding, I can't help but feel like second place. He was previously married to a woman he dated all through college and nine...
    cincinnatichic cincinnatichic
    22-25, F
    16 Responses Feb 21, 2008

    I am not quite a second wife.

    My fiance and I met late in high school but did not take interest to each other further than sleeping together once. He then got with who ended up being his baby mama now. They had a daughter after about seven months of being together (he is older than I). After being on and off...
    NotFirstNotLast NotFirstNotLast
    22-25, F
    Jan 21, 2014

    I have never loved nor regretted something

    so much in my life as having a child with my husband. I am his second, and in result come in last to his ex and their 2 sons. My daughter is a victim in my ignorance. No matter where I go or what I do I will always be attached to this train wreck. Divorces are not born in...
    fightingfit fightingfit
    1 Response Aug 20, 2015

    Ive been married for a year

    and a half to my husband. When we were dating I didn't mind he was previously married but now that we are married I hate being number two like it's bad or something? We got married and all my family told me that he already had a big wedding so he wouldn't want that again or he...
    bchp1963 bchp1963
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 19, 2015

    I'm not technically the second wife.

    We aren't married yet. But I think I can still relate. Not because he has another life and a kid. I love his daughter to death. What bother me is sometimes he's so hung up on hating her, that he forget to love the people that matter.
    melon93 melon93
    22-25, F
    Jun 14, 2015

    First Wife Got Everything And I Get The Left Overs...m

    My husband and I have both been married before. My ex and I have an amiable relationship because we share a daughter. Our divorce was clean and simple. No fighting no court battles, just an easy this is best for us type of situation. We had separate finances and bank accounts...
    Spagal Spagal
    7 Responses Dec 6, 2011

    Please, Don't Do It Ladies! You Deserve Better!

    I just want to tell all you lovely ladies, especially those in your early 20s with little to mar your lives up to this point, that are considering being someone's second wife, rather than going out and finding that special guy - DON'T DO IT, YOU DESERVE BETTER! I know some will...
    LoveForgotten LoveForgotten
    31-35, F
    8 Responses Nov 13, 2012

    I hate the fact that I'm a second wife,

    seems like my husband has done everything that I want to do when he was married to his first wife. He reaction to most things are, " Been there, done that."
    sheherme83 sheherme83
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Aug 18, 2014

    I'm a soon to be a second wife

    but I haven't agreed 100% to marry him because of his ex-wife and two boys. When I first found out about the former wife and kids the idea didn't really seem to bother me I didn't have any kids nor had I ever been married. However, as time pressed on and the more I discovered...
    jmac2421 jmac2421
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Apr 19, 2014

    #1, #3, and Maybe #2?

    this is an embarrassing story but i will swallow my pride and share in hopes of reaching out to others and perhaps it will send a rescue to someone ... anyone. as a girl i never imagined a marriage ... very unlike all my friends.  for me i dreamt of a career.  it's how...
    AbbyNormal AbbyNormal
    31-35, F
    19 Responses Jun 21, 2007

    I need advice and badly.

    First of all I hate being a 2nd wife. I hate it. I wish that I had been smart enough not to put myself in this situation in the first place. My husband has a kid with his ex who I absolutely hate. I know it sounds crazy and cruel but I wish my husband would sign over his...
    Dreamsofitaly Dreamsofitaly
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 2, 2014

    My husband has two sons from previous marriage.

    His ex now has a 5 year old child with her boyfriend. Husband and I have a baby girl. It drives me mad with fury that he will often drive her son to school and home again. I can't believe she has the gall to ask, that he is so damn accommodating to do it, and the nerve to...
    JuliaRocha JuliaRocha
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 28, 2015

    A Second Wife Emotions!

    Hello,         I'm a new member on this site and I really need a place to vent out some of my issues!         I have been married for six yrs. and together with my husband for 18yrs.  We became married...
    mixxemotions mixxemotions
    2 Responses Nov 6, 2008

    Sometimes I hate being a second wife.

    I know for a fact that his mother likes his first wife better, she has told me that his first wife is beautiful and I'm ugly. She even hung a picture of his wedding to his first wife just to be a b*tch about it. I have nothing against his ex-wife, I get along fine with her...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Jan 14, 2015

    Second wife and childless stepmom.

    I feel so confused. I love my husband.....but struggle with knowing he will never feel about me the way I feel about him. He's my whole world, and I'll never be his. I get so frustrated because he is gone until 10 at least 3 nights a week....an hour or so away do "kid stuff...
    iiwiib iiwiib
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Apr 29, 2015

    Does it make me a horrible person

    if I don't let my husband go to his first daughter's baptism? The last time he was left alone with her (the baby mom) she tried to convince me she slept with him, and he swore he impulsively kissed her because he was holding his daughter. BS I know. Because either she is being...
    NotFirstNotLast NotFirstNotLast
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 30, 2014

    I could have never imagined the nightmare

    that my husbands first wife and grown adult children have become. I have been married to him for just over 2 years and everything seems to be getting worse instead of better. His first wife wanted the divorce but the moment I was in the picture she wanted him back and said she...
    heavyheart1 heavyheart1
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Feb 8, 2016

    I have to deal with not just an ex wife

    but a Baby Momma to. I go out of my mind because they always find a way to but there noses into our life...like the newest incident of creeping Facebook and losing there minds over our family photos. Or going to pick up my step son for swimming and we have to pick him up a block...
    newstepmom0223 newstepmom0223
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 5, 2015

    Its Hard Being The Girlfriend

    i am currently in a relationship with a wonderful man, who has a great mind, and cherishes the ground i walk on .............. until his kids come around.  i then take a back seat (which i dont mind).  What i do mind is that when he has the kids he undermines me and...
    Wickedlady28 Wickedlady28
    26-30, F
    11 Responses Dec 14, 2010

    Not How I Pictured Marriage

    Alright Ladies, I've read a lot of your stories and I feel like I can relate to each one in a different way. I felt like it was time to post my experience. I am a third wife. This is my first marriage. His first marriage happened really young, when he was 16 yrs old. It barely...
    abovetheopensea abovetheopensea
    6 Responses Jan 24, 2011

    Is A Stepmom Still A Parent?

    I have a stepson who is 13 and is in therapy right now. Me and my husband and his mom and her husband met with the therapist to do family counseling last week, for the children's best interests. Yesterday the therapist wanted only my husband and his ex to be at counseling and not...
    Nurselori Nurselori
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 20, 2013

    I am so tired of being a second wife.

    .. I spent my whole life before my husband being the best, number one at everything. How did I suddenly end up with a life filled with bitterness and resentment... by becoming a second wife. I fell madly in love with my husband and now we barely speak. I know that I am not a...
    secondandunhappy secondandunhappy
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Apr 29, 2014

    My husband is great and loves me

    and I love him. The problem?? I'm his second wife and I HATE it.
    HeartOMine HeartOMine
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Mar 2, 2014

    Spent 17 years as a 3rd wife.

    ..from wedding day with his parents "embarrassed" to invite friends...to finding out I got the third smallest and cheapest engagement ring..to not taking his name because the 2nd wife kept it and I didn't want to be Mrs #2..to paying his child support and his children's college...
    Bettyloohop Bettyloohop
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jun 17, 2015

    Divorce Is Pointless!!!

    As a second wife, and continued court battles through the years it has become painfully obvious that divorce is nothing more than the enforcement of a marital contract, not the anullment of it. The court has ordered my husband to do almost EVERYTHING but F&*^$ his ex. And me...
    matel matel
    15 Responses Jul 27, 2011

    Cant stand the things he did

    for her!!! i have been with my fiance for a year. we have a baby on the way our first child together but third for us both. my problem is i resent that when he was with his first wife whom he has two kids with(ages 7 and 5)...he had lots of money. now he doesnt. im not...
    srnyers srnyers
    26-30, F
    Jan 3, 2015

    What Did I Get Myself Into?!

    I really really hate being the second wife.  To be honest, i think the second wives have it the worst!  We get all of the baggage that came from the first time around!  We get the horrible and not well behaved children plus the first wife who thinks that...
    butterfly01 butterfly01
    8 Responses May 19, 2009

    my husband has 2 kids from his previous

    marriage , we dont have kids yet , his kids are always mean to me ..i feel like an outsider at social gatherings when his kids and ex wife are present there ...my in laws always treat the ex better than me ,one time my farther in law even introduced his ex as my husband wife ,i...
    amaliacher amaliacher
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2015

    i thought i could overcome being the second

    but no. i feel pain when he is talking to the first wife and his kids. maybe one day i will live with them but when i thought of it, i want to run away. my feelings are now worst for my marriage. i cannot even smile. i can make him angry which is haram. and im becoming...
    noxicillin noxicillin
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 24, 2015

    Mama #2

    So, my husband's ex is making me a little crazy. After a stressful divorce battle and final 50/50 custody order, I really convinced myself that we could move forward and enjoy our lives. All of us, being that she is remarried too... My step daughter is 7 and I came into her life...
    Mamatwo Mamatwo
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2013

    Can you believe that woman?!!

    I feel so relieved! I just wrote to THE person (My husband's ex) who has made my life hell for the past 5+ years. I told her exactly how I feel and how her actions have impacted my life & family. I hope she grows a heart and finally learns to back off. I think I should become a...
    CatherineJoan CatherineJoan
    5 Responses Sep 9, 2011

    My husband has been married twice before.

    The first wife they met in high school and dated for a long time, got engaged, she got pregnant and they speeded up the wedding. Their marriage lasted for about 8 years, during which they had three kids. All girls. She was the one who filed for divorce, and even after the...
    Thirdwife2013 Thirdwife2013
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Dec 5, 2013

    I'm Not Even A Second Wife...I'm The Third Wife

    Be prepared for a long and probably confusing story. I've been with my husband now for almost 10 years. Married 2 and a half. He married his first wife at the young age of 20 (she was 19) and conceived their son on their wedding night. This came as a big surprise as she was...
    thirdwifesince2011 thirdwifesince2011
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Nov 8, 2013

    Second to Everything...

    I hate being placed second in my own life.  The day my husband and I married, we knew we couldn't afford an all-out celebration - so we planned for a private, quiet ceremony over at the courthouse and decided to have a quiet dinner and dessert.  We let family know...
    wickedstepmother wickedstepmother
    26-30, F
    17 Responses Apr 14, 2007

    Sick And Tired Of Being The Second Wife... Bitter, Depressed & Lonely

    It's late and I'm sitting here after a few glasses of wine, I'm frustrated as usual, and came across this site and felt that I need to vent, too. After all, I don't have anyone else to vent to about how much I hate being the second wife and a stepmom, really. We've been married...
    madkitty madkitty
    22-25, F
    20 Responses Jun 20, 2011

    Pllight Of A Second Wife

    I told myself I would never marry a man with with children but a friendly chat became a friendly dinner that exchanged warm smiles that triggered a romantic spark and before I knew it I was picking out flowers while your soon to be husband was answering phone calls from the kidss...
    ocasiyo ocasiyo
    6 Responses Dec 8, 2010

    Can't even believe there is

    such a chat room about this, really thought I was the only one being pathetic about this. My fiancé and I are sooo in love, he is the best man I could ask for BUT... He is 30 I am 24, he was with his ex wife for 8 years (married for 6) tried to leave for 3 times because she...
    Boozybird Boozybird
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 29, 2014

    I have always been a strong

    and independent person. I make a decent living, have a master's degree, no crazy amount of debt, slowly building a retirement nest egg. I re-met my now-husband 7 years ago when he was divorcing his first wife. He had a very young son of whom he gained custody. He was a great...
    SimoneB SimoneB
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 20, 2014

    I too am dealing with a similar situation,

    she by all accounts in a lunatic and many people cannot figure out why I choose to stay in a relationship with a man whose ex's sole purpose in life at the current moment is to make his life miserable. Well I tell them this, you cannot choose when or whom you fall in love with...
    atana327 atana327
    2 Responses Feb 20, 2014

    I absolutely adore and love my husband.

    Second marriages for both of us. 5 children between the two of us. I never fooled myself into thinking that blending our families was going to be effortless but I could have never prepared myself for the emotional toll it has taken on me. Again, I didn't walk into this marriage...
    deleted deleted
    Aug 6, 2015
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