This past weekend I got into a HUGE fight with my husband over a puppy.
Yep, a puppy.
The next day he facetimed me to let me know that he has no intentions of walking the dog. He said the dog wouldn't be his anyway so he didn't understand why he needed to take on the extra chore. He went on to say that he was angry b/c we agreed that the next big dog would be a 'bull mastiff'. He said that he wanted our son to have the dog, but didn't want to help take care of it.. at all.
My head exploded. What I heard him say is because it's not what I want I'm not going to help. How could he be so selfish? We never agreed on a Bull Mastiff because it's not a breed I want. The golden was for our boys. They are great with autistic children and my two younger ones. I have literally been asking for a golden since 2015. What I heard him say is this is just another thing you have to juggle while I sit on the couch. I also heard I'm going to complain and say this was your decision every time you complain about the workload. I lost my mind. My brother talked me out of calling the lady and refunding the puppy we hadn't received. I talked myself out of returning the puppy items I had already purchased. I even sent him a email explaining my plans of action.
My husband facetimed me later that night. He bluntly told me I was being crazy. Which you can imagine set me off again.. how dare he! Then went on to explain that because he is going to another ship and will be deploying again I will be left with the majority of the responsibility. He said b/c of his absence the dog wouldn't bond with him and he it wouldn't be his dog. He said that I already complain about my two, and my brothers two dogs, and he didn't want to hear more complaining about the extra work load. (Truth bomb.. my brother moves out the next week.. and his dogs go with him. His dogs are NOT 100% potty trained which means I already have to retrain mine. Which was prefect time to introduce a puppy and do all the training together. ((Also my dogs are pretty good about not messing in the house, it's the chewing up baby toys that I have a issue with)).
I want this dog. I understand I am taking on the extra training and vet visits and etc. I just thought it would be a good family investment. I thought we were agreeing to take this dog on family walks and I could envision us playing together in the yard.. I thought he was saying he couldn't and wouldn't do those things or see those things.
At the end of the day I feel like a huge dramatic jerk. I feel like if we had communicated, instead of thinking we knew what the other was thinking, this could have all be avoided. After he explained his actual thought process. THIS whole event caused us to sit and really talk about our communication with each other. THIS event made us realize that we have been 'adlibbing' what we thought the other meant or was going to say. THIS single event made us realize that we still need to keep trying and not just let the other interprete what we think the other means. It also made me realize that we focus so much on the kids that we aren't taking care of each other. That we aren't connected to that esp level and maybe we should really work on that.
So.. this past weekend I bought a puppy and I learned that my husband and I need to communicate better. I have no idea what I'm going to name the furball,. the puppy not my husband, but I am really excited to add this to our story. I'm excited to see how this chapter will be written.
How do you are your significant other communicate? What are ways that you communicate with your spouse in a healthy manor? WHAT DO I NAME THIS PUPPY????