A frustrated mother recently took to Reddit to ask for opinions after a fierce argument about her young son with her ex-husband’s girlfriend. This is the full story.
He Wronged Her
OP is a 33-year-old woman who has a 3-year-old son. When she was 7 months pregnant, her husband cheated on her, which led to a divorce.
She Is a Problem
OP and her ex-husband now share custody of their toddler son, but the ex also lives with his new girlfriend. And that situation has created all sorts or problems.
She Hates His Name
For starters, the girlfriend doesn’t like the name that OP and her ex gave to their son. She says that it had been OP’s choice alone and thinks that all three of them should have had a say.
She Wants to Change It
The girlfriend has implied that they should change OP’s son’s name.
She Wants Full Control
Beyond just the name, though, the ex’s girlfriend wants to dictate what things OP’s son should and should not have. She even throws away things that OP buys for her boy!
She Can’t Afford It
OP is frustrated with the situation, because she doesn’t have much money and can’t afford to replace the items her ex’s girlfriend throws out.
She’s Out of Line
Beyond the finances, though, OP is upset that the girlfriend is undermining her rights as a parent and also depriving her son of things his mother wants him to have.
It Blew Up
It all came to a head recently when OP took her son to stay at his father’s house, as per their custody arrangement.
She Worked Hard on It
OP had recently crocheted a special blanket for her son, a labor of love that required a significant investment of both time and money.
OP was very proud of the blanket, which had the baby’s name stitched into it.
He Took It with Him
When OP took her son to stay with his dad, the blanket was one of the items she sent with him.
The Blanket Was Gone
Then, when OP went to pick up her son at the end of his stay, she was surprised to see that the blanket wasn’t among the times his dad had packed up to come home with him.
She Punished Him
OP asked where the blanket was, and her ex told her that his girlfriend had thrown it away to punish the boy. It seems that the woman had first taken the blanket away and offered him a different one, but he refused.
He Wouldn’t Listen
OP was shocked and horrified. She called her ex-father-in-law looking for some support, but he told her to stop creating drama and hung up on her.
They Were Still Close
Then she reached out to some of her ex’s family who had remained close to her, including her sister-in-law.
This was part of the family that the new girlfriend was trying to get closer to as she and the ex moved closer to getting married.
She Called Them Out
OP’s sister-in-law was very upset to hear about the blanket and the way her brother’s girlfriend was treating her nephew in general.
She called the couple to let them know she was upset, and then she posted the whole sordid affair on social media.
He Was Furious
That led to OP’s ex calling her up to chew her up and tell her that she was pathetic and just jealous of his girlfriend. He said she was just trying to turn his family against the other woman.
Image Credit: Shutterstock / Roquillo TebarNow OP wonders if she made a mistake by telling her ex’s family about the blanket.
Redditors mostly support OP and her decision to involve her ex-husband’s family in her dispute with his girlfriend.
Some say she didn’t go far enough and should consider seeking 100% custody of her son.
Many think that the ex and his girlfriend are using his son as a pawn to hurt OP, abusing the boy in the process.
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