You Won’t Believe What She Wrote in My Baby Shower Guest Book

You Won’t Believe What She Wrote in My Baby Shower Guest Book

My mother-in-law is a woman with many sides. She’s well known in our community for her charity work, she is always found at fund raisers for the zoo, humane society, food drives, and other humanitarian causes. I have to admit when I first started dating my husband 6 years ago, I was a little intimidated to meet his mother. As it turned out, I had nothing to fear. She was gracious, warm, and inviting from the moment I met her, and I can genuinely say, I like her.

Planning Our Wedding

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The first time I butted heads with my mother-in-law was over my wedding. She was used to planning huge functions and events and had assumed I’d be handing over those duties to her. In fact, the ink on my wedding invitations wasn’t even dry before I had a call from a florist about scheduling a time to come in and make final decisions on the number of roses for the tables at the reception, and I hadn’t even put together the vaguest plan of my reception. Things got very uncomfortable after we had a discussion about it and I basically said I wanted the chance to plan my wedding and my reception. As expected, she didn’t take it well, for a time I thought she wouldn’t even attend our wedding. But true to form, she put on a sparkling face, was supportive, and threw me a bridal shower that was amazing. If she harbored any hurt feelings, she didn’t show it.

My Pregnancy Announced with Bad Timing

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Around Thanksgiving, I discovered I was pregnant. I was going to take my mother-in-law aside at some point during the evening and tell her the happy news. I was only about 4 weeks or so along, and I hadn’t even been to the doctor yet. I am close to my sister-in-law and told her my happy news and asked her to keep it to herself. Of course, she couldn’t, and she went and told my mother-in-law. During Thanksgiving dinner at a table filled with friends and family, my mother-in-law clanged her spoon on her glass to get everyone’s attention, and stood up and said, “Well, darling when were you going to tell me I was going to be a grandmother?” She acted like everyone else in the room knew but her. Only my husband and his sister knew. It was so awkward. I just apologized and asked if we could discuss this later, and looked down at my Brussels sprouts. I could feel eyes on me the rest of the time there and my mother-in-law avoided me the rest of the night.

I Get Talked into Having a Baby Shower Guest Book

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My mother-in-law and I finally got to talk and I told her I was planning to tell her, but her daughter beat me to the punch. She said she understood, but she wasn’t her usual self, I got the feeling she thought I was trying to cut her out of anything to do with my pregnancy after the wedding planning fiasco. Even though she has a very big mouth, I adore my sister-in-law, and when it came time to plan my shower, she was there right along beside me. She mentioned I should get a baby shower guest book. I had never seen one at any of the showers I had been to over the years, she thought it would make a great keepsake to capture the moment.

The Baby Shower Guest Book Gets Passed Around

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I hadn’t heard much from my mother-in-law during the months of my pregnancy. She just asked if I was planning on having a baby shower and I told her of course, she’d be getting her invitation very soon. And then the day of the shower came, and my mother-in-law was there with her famous smile and sparkling personality. The entire afternoon was fun, filled with friends and more cake than I ever want to see in a single afternoon again. I’m having a girl so the afternoon was also filled with lots of pink and pastel baby clothes, layette sets, and blankets. The final thing we did was pass around the guest book, and everyone was encouraged to write something to either me or the baby (or both) on its pages. My mother-in-law insisted on going last. Then after she wrote what she wanted, she closed the book and said, “Don’t read this until after I leave.” When everyone left, I made myself clean up and then I sat down to read my baby shower guest book. Some of the entries brought me to tears with their words of love and friendship. Then I turned to the last page, and I was floored. My mother-in-law had written this : “I know we have our differences, but I respect your strength and love you as a daughter. I just wanted you to know the reason you only received a baby blanket from me today at the shower is because I set up a college fund for my first grandchild and I have funded it to pay for her college education. Love, Mom.”

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