Family events can be joyous occasions for celebrating important milestones. However, when in-laws and extended family members attempt to piggyback these events without consideration, tensions can arise. In a recent Reddit post, a mother shares her frustration about her in-laws proposing to combine their newborn’s baptism with their other grandchild’s baptism.
She Is Planning a Baptism
The original poster (OP) has a newborn, and she is planning to have a baptism coming up in the next month or two.
The Problem Begins
OP’s brother-in-law has a 3-year-old who hasn’t been baptized yet.
The problem began when her husband’s parents said that they wanted to baptize the 3-year-old on the same day as OP’s child.
She Questioned the Decision
OP was not happy with this decision, to say the least!
She questioned her husband why they should pay for the brother-in-law’s baptism and host his kid.
Her Husband Supported His Parents
The brother-in-law had had three years to baptize his child!
But OP’s husband supported his parent’s decision and told OP they should try to do it together.
An Unacceptable Request
They even asked OP to include the 3-year-old’s name on the invitation as well.
OP mentions that they are covering the cost of both the baptism and the after-party food and beverages, and none of her in-laws proposed splitting the costs.
This Is Not the First Time
OP says her husband’s parents were constantly testing the limits.
For example, they insisted that this child attend OP’s child-free wedding when he was a year old.
They wanted to use the occasion to introduce him to all the families who hadn’t met him yet, even though they’d had a whole year to take initiative.
They Created a Scene
They created a big scene when OP stood firm and told them absolutely no children would be allowed at the wedding.
So what did he do?
Her Brother-In-Law Didn’t Show Up at the Reception
OP’s brother-in-law arrived in the middle of the church, sat down, and left without showing up for the reception, costing OP $150 for eachperson!
His Family Never Showed Up Either
Plus, even though they’d RSVP’d “Yes”, they never showed up for OP’s baby shower or gender reveal.
This brother, his wife, and their son never attend any family gatherings like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter unless they can negotiate a concession from OP’s husband’s parents.
She Put Her Foot Down
The brother also has in the past neglected to pay rent and damaged the rental properties of other family members.
OP gave a firm “No” to her in-laws, but her husband wasn’t happy.
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