I don’t know how to tell them.
I’m one of the lucky ones. You know, the ones who actually like their mother-in-law. She’s a nice lady; very kind and compassionate. She cares a lot about other people and I know after hearing horror stories from other women, I am very lucky.
My only issue with her is that she is incredibly sensitive. Really, the smallest thing can be made into the biggest deal with her and I’m constantly worried that I’ll accidentally upset her in the things I do or say. It’s not that I’m outwardly offensive, she’s just one of those people that takes everything to heart.
The other day in casual conversation she alluded to the fact that she wanted to be at the birth of her grandchild, my baby, who is due shortly. But not just at the hospital waiting in the corridor. She wants to be in the birthing suite with us, witnessing the whole thing. It was almost as though she just assumed she would be there.
It's not all that strange; she used to be a midwife. So in a lot of ways, I know her reasons for wanting to be present. She probably wants to share her experience in birth, assist us and the nursing staff and advocate for our wishes but I have to admit, I was taken aback. I get it, she's assisted many babies make their way into the world. But this is her grandchild, so like any grandmother-to-be, she is excited to meet the new arrival.
It's now a bit of an awkward situation.
While we are on delivery suites, this is what Kate Middleton experienced in her delivery suite with Princess Charlotte from someone who's given birth in the Lindo wing. (Post continues after video...)