A woman’s strained relationship with her mother-in-law deteriorated when she refused to respect her boundaries over how to tell people about her pregnancy. Here is what the woman had to say:
The Woman Felt Conflicted
The woman said, “Am I wrong for being angry about my mother-in-law sharing a photo of my baby scan before I’ve had a chance to tell everyone I want to tell?”
She Had A Rocky Relationship With Her Mother-In-Law
The woman’s relationship with her mother-in-law had not always been smooth. She had involved herself in the woman’s home-buying process, which had strained their relationship. The woman felt that her mother-in-law had overstepped boundaries, and it caused a heated exchange.
She Was Pregnant
Fast forward to the present, and the woman had discovered she was pregnant. This news marked a significant milestone, as it would be the mother-in-law’s first grandchild and her own parents’ first as well. Naturally, they informed both sets of grandparents about the pregnancy early on, a moment of shared excitement.
They Didn’t Want The News To Spread
However, the woman had specific plans regarding the pregnancy announcement. She wished to keep the news within the immediate family initially and then gradually share it with extended family and friends. This was clearly communicated to both sets of parents.
But Her Mother-In-Law Wanted To Spread The News
However, the woman’s mother-in-law was eager and excited to tell people and grew increasingly impatient. She repeatedly asked when the woman would make a social media post to announce the pregnancy.
She Wouldn’t Take No For An Answer
The woman explained that this would occur once she had personally informed everyone she wanted to. But her mother-in-law continued to press her.
She Wouldn’t Respect Her Boundaries
The woman said, “We have another scan coming up tomorrow, MIL has stated (not asked) that she will be posting a photo of the scan on her Snapchat story, her reasoning being that I don’t know anyone who she has on Snapchat.”
The Woman Was Upset
The woman felt uneasy about this. She confided in her husband, expressing her upset at what she perceived as her mother-in-law preemptively announcing the pregnancy before they had the chance to. Her husband did not agree, though.
They had Different Perspectives
Her husband sided with his mother and said the woman was in the wrong, labeling her selfish and claiming it dampened the excitement for his family.
Was The Woman In The Wrong?
The woman was left questioning if she was justified in asking her mother-in-law not to post the scan photo on her Snapchat story before she had the opportunity to make her pregnancy announcement.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “Just don’t give her a scan picture; then she can’t post it!”
Another Person Commented
Another person said, “What I’m also seeing is that you’ve got the beginnings of a partner problem. He can disagree with you (it’s his news too), but calling you selfish, oh no. Nope, this needs to be talked about. Because you have the birth coming up, and it sounds like she’ll want to insinuate herself in that.”
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