A user on a popular online forum shares their story of not wanting to let her mother-in-law (MIL) and her father-in-law (FIL) help care for her seven-month-old son. Leading up to her decision, they have been a great help, and she hadn’t had any real issues with them.
The original poster (OP) explained that she was going down the stairs and fell. Her fall made a bunch of noise, enough to make her son cry. Her son was safe; however, instead of checking in on her, they rushed over to her crying baby and left her at the bottom of the stairs.
Are You Okay?
After being ignored for 10 minutes, she got up and hobbled over to the living room, where her MIL asked, “What happened to you? Are you okay?”
She Went to the Hospital
Answering her MIL, she said,” I fell down the stairs. Didn’t you hear me calling you for help?” Her MIL responded that she was too busy caring for the baby and didn’t hear her. Later, the OP was taken to the hospital because her arm started swelling. Nothing serious, but enough to need to get checked out.
She Didn’t Feel Comfortable
Her boyfriend came home, and she explained what happened and how she didn’t feel comfortable with his parents watching the baby anymore. The boyfriend reluctantly agreed and told his parents they no longer needed them to babysit their son.
A Family Divided
A few weeks later, their family gets together for dinner, and her boyfriend’s sister and brother chime in, taking the side of their parents. They share that the OP should be grateful for their parent’s support and how they have paid for so many things for the baby. The OP wants to know if she’s wrong for not allowing them to take care of their son.
The feedback overwhelmingly is in support of the OP. Many users agreed that her MIL and FIL rushed to the baby’s aid but chose to ignore how she was doing for over 10 minutes, which displayed a lack of care.
A Mother’s Instinct
Others shared opinions like, “Maybe it’s my mom’s senses, but I heard my boyfriend drop a shoe once, and I called him to make sure he was okay.”
It Doesn’t Take Two
Someone said, “It doesn’t take two people to look after a fussing baby. They could have easily checked, and there is no way they didn’t hear.”
Many people pointed out that the inlaws said they couldn’t hear the OP falling, so how can they be trusted alone with a child? One user even said, “If they couldn’t respond to an emergency within meters of where they were, then how are they responsible enough to care for a baby.”
There were a few people who questioned the validity of the story, though. Many mentioned that she didn’t have issues with them until the indent. One person stated, “You’re describing these seemingly loving, helpful, and supportive inlaw grandparents as turning randomly into people so deranged that they’d let you sit there howling in pain, writhing in agony. Huh.”
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