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July 11th, 2009, 08:09 PM
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First of all, let me state that as far as we know Katherine is like Mary Poppins (practically perfect in every way). However, during a conversation with MIL this afternoon, she stated that if she had ever suspected one of her children (DH, his twin and their older sister) would have been special needs, she would have terminated the pregnancy because "I don't have the patience for a child who needs extra attention". I wanted to tell her that from observing her relationship with our nephews, it seems like she doesn't have patience for children PERIOD, but I didn't want to start anything with her. DH was really great because in the car as we were coming home he said "Just another reason why we are moving to North Carolina next year so Katie can be with your side of the family." He knows that his mother is pretty much a zero when it comes to being a caring person where children are concerned. Funny thing is, she wonders why Zac (the nephew who is almost 2 yo) is a big fan of Aunt Beth but doesn't have anything to do with Grandma. She thinks it is because he doesn't spend that much time with her, but I suspect he knows that she is not a fan of kids and can identify me as a doting auntie from a mile away. She still states that Alex (the 8 yo nephew) cannot come to her house until he turns 18 unless his father is with him. Hmm. . . got to admit that she is definitely different from my kid loving mom who will be retiring in three weeks from a day care center.
Yes, I am growling, but I am trying to figure out if she is that dumb or if she was being intentionally offensive to me because she knows I would not terminate due to a test stating that my baby might need extra attention. I just looked at DH with a WTH expression on my face and yet she just kept talking as though she was telling me how she makes a lemon tart.

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July 13th, 2009, 08:11 PM
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Wow! How awful and what a thing to say to your pg DIL. It sounds like a very good thing that you are moving away!

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