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SO my MIL phoned me the other day to let me know she had been invited to my baby shower. She then proceeded to ask if she was required to bring a gift, as she didn't really want to go out and buy something to bring.......
A little back story: When my 19 yr old SIL was pregnant and on welfare, and living with her grandparents, my MIL purchased every single big ticket item for the baby, even though they were not on speaking terms. Every time MIL made a purchase she would say things like "Oh when you have a baby I owe you a _______" and of course I never felt like she owed us anything, but I really believe that was her perspective.
Fast forward 2 years later, and we're expecting baby #1. My SIL never used many of the items for my nephew as she moved into her own place with the nice new crib and highchair etc etc and my nephew lived at his great grandparent's house. SIL has been 'generous' enough to give us a lot of the big ticket items that are in like new condition! (And some that are used, but the point is we are getting lots of nice stuff)
Turns out MIL cut a deal with SIL that if she buys her a toddler bed for my nephew, she'll give us the crib. MIL goes on to tell me that because she bought us so much 'in a round about way' she doesn't really feel that she should have to bring a gift to my shower... and very much implies that she won't be buying us anything for our baby at all.
Now I HATE being materialistic, or greedy, and I see how this can come off this way, but there are still many items that we need, and will be spending a pretty penny (nickel, now that the penny no longer exists ) on. I feel a little cheated because as much as the crib SIL is giving us, is nice, like new, never been used and FREE it is FAR from the style that I would have picked out had we been given the chance to choose what we wanted.
I just feel like MIL is being tacky and honestly as much as I see where she is coming from having spent probably over $1000 on my nephew, and we are getting to use many of those items, it sure makes it seem like our baby is less important to her.
DH is being very calm and just points out that we are able to provide whatever baby needs ourselves, where as my SIL couldn't have.... but it still stings just a little!
I bet it stings. I'm sorry that your going through that at such a joyous time of your life. I think what your husband said was great and it allows you to be above the BS. I would be hurt, very hurt and wouldn't know exactly what to say (I'd know what is want to say). I hope she see's what she said could be hurtful and just moves on. Not like your asking for 1 of everything from her just a token that she's excited and happy to celebrate your first baby.
I'm sorry that's really crappy of her. Buying an outfit for the baby would have been completely acceptable but to bring nothing is just down right rude. Make sure to go over board thanking the people who actually give you gifts in front of her.
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I agree with Mrs. B. I understand your hurt. My hubby and I have a similar situation and quite honestly, has never gotten better. We have just learned to accept things as they are. But yes, it still hurts. I hope your situation is different, but just so you know ours never changed. Our kids always play second fiddle and number 10 is all but forgotten . But enjoy YOUR baby and your family. You are blessed and sounds like you have a smart hubby.
I agree, picking up an outfit, some babywash, and a few washcloths would have just been a nice thing to do instead of making a deal about it.
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You do not sound materialistic at all. You are not upset about her not spending money on you, it's upsetting that she is not acting like the usual "grandmom to be" would. You just want to know that she will love your baby as much as she does her nephew. We all want to know that our family, especially grandparents, think our children are all equal, and that they are all loved just the same. It's hurts I'm sure, and I hope she does not take away from your baby shower. Try your best (I'm sure you will) to enjoy your shower anyway. Maybe she will come around
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Ahhhhh, yes. I know the feeling too. I also have a SIL. I feel like my kids and myself often take a backseat when compared to SIL and her kids. She can do no wrong and is perfect in the eyes of her mother along with her children. I have often felt slighted too. Welcome to the being a daughter in law. I dont think you should get your SIL hand me downs and it be called even. This is your first baby too. I agree with the others, a few cute outfits and that would have been nice. Who knows, maybe she will have a change of heart?
I'm most offended by her telling you she's not bringing a gift and expecting you to approve of that. And I assign no credit to giving the gift to your SIL and basically bribing her into giving it to you by buying SIL something to replace the "gift" that is coming to you. That's some seriously jacked up logic. I would be pissed as hell if I was in your shoes.
Having said that, I would do my best to find a way to just stomach her and not let it get you down too much. Your MIL is the one with the clear problem so don't let her project that on to you. Chock this up as a lesson in not setting your expectations too high for her.