Oh man…I dont’ even know if I should start on this topic…I could go on and on and on…I’ll give you a few things:
-MIL has always been very opinionated and thinks her opinion and ideas are THE BEST options for everything. It is SO annoying. She also is quite the attention whore and loves to brag about crap…when we were getting married she kept calling it “their party” and just going on and on about things that she thought I should/shouldn’t do. That should have been my clue that it would be equally as bad with a baby…about 2 months into our engagement, she and I were alone so she had to have a little talksie with me about how she wants her grandchildren baptized Catholic (DH is Catholic, I am not). I cried after that knowing that having “HER” grandchildren would not be easy 🙁
-Fast forward to after marriage: she started pressuring us to have kids right away. She would give me and other SIL (she was pressuring them to have kids, too) FERTILITY advice and she told us to “let her know if we wanted to know how to make boy babies.” Excuse me?! Just because you had 2 boys doesn’t mean you know the freaking secret to creating boy babies…nor would I want to hear from you about which sex positions or which days of our cycle we should have sex to optimize our chances for a boy (which are complete bogus anyways). She probably feels as though we “obliged” her by getting pregnant only 5 months after getting married, but it was because we both had crazy baby fever, not to please the MIL. She probably still thinks it’s the other way around.
-This is their first grandchild, so DH was really excited to tell them bc he knew they’d be excited. We told them when I was only 6 weeks and hadn’t even told my parents yet because I knew my parents would be a little less excited. We specifically asked them to not tell anyone else since it was so early. Well, MIL went and told a bunch of people anyways…I was so pissed! I know it’s because she wanted to get the attention by telling people she was going to be a grandma, where as that should have been OUR news to share and OUR congratulations to receive. Ugh I was pissed. I cried. She acted like it was no big deal at all bc she thinks she is the queen and can do whatever she wants.
-We will not be sharing our name choice with the super-judgemental MIL, but she keeps bugging us about it anyways. We told her we are not going to tell names but she continues to ask about it and even make SUGGESTIONS of names that SHE likes…umm hello? This is OUR baby, NOT YOURS!
-She made DH ask me about the whole baptism thing again to make sure that we were going to baptize him Catholic. OMG lady, butt out of our freaking lives already! YES we will baptize your precious grandchild catholic, but because it is important to DH not because you want us to! Arrgggh.
-She asked me what I planned to do for birth and I said I wasn’t really sure but was going to try and go without an epidural if I could. She then proceeded to tell me that that was crazy, and she got opioid pain meds with both of her kids at birth and they turned out just fine, so don’t even do the epidural, just get a shot of morphine (or something, I can’t remember which drug she got). Umm…that’s not really done anymore, but thanks anyways…..
-She also told me that she drank a beer once in a while while being pregnant and it really won’t hurt a thing! Ok lady…sorry I am not going to be boozing it up while I’m pregnant. It’s just as easy to not have any alcohol as it is to have a beer and then feel guilty about it.
-Whenever I sent her an u/s photo, she always had to text me back bragging about her kids’ u/s’s and how her first son had arms and legs and was already waving at their 12 week u/s! I had to seriously restrain myself from telling her that ALL babies have limbs by the time they are 12 weeks unless there is seriously something wrong with them…I am in medical school and know quite a bit about embryology..but I didn’t bc I have the decency of not making her look stupid (heaven forbid).
-She asked me what they should get for when our baby has to nap/spend the night at their house….I told her she could probably find a very gently used pac ‘n play off Craigslist or something and that would work fine…she then proceeded to tell me that she would NEVER buy anything used for a baby, much less off Craigslist. Well excuse me for trying to save you some money! So I told her to just go buy a brand new one then…ugh. I have also bought used baby stuff already, so thanks for the slap in the face MIL.
Oh my I could probably keep going but I really need to get back to studying. I have been trying to avoid the in-laws like the plague for this pregnancy bc she just stresses me out so much..I literally dread seeing her every time we have to..UGH! It doesn’t help that they live 15 min away…FML. I always wonder how such a wonderful man (my DH) was raised by a bat-sh*t crazy lady. Blows my mind.
Bahahaha: ETA one more thing: MIL is a very much bigger lady (and short) and I was a size 2/4 pre-pregnancy and am pretty tall. She told me that when I started getting bigger she had some size 14 pants that she never wore that I could have. Umm..maternity clothes don’t really work like that, and NO THANKS I don’t want your pants…weird!!!