Welcoming a new baby into the family can be a wonderful experience. From birth to bringing junior home, there are many magical moments relatives can share. But when certain clan members feel that they should be more involved than the parents would like, it’s often not the baby who is throwing a tantrum.
So when a mother-in-law recently complained in a Dear Prudence letter about her daughter-in-law banishing her from the arrival of her first grandchild, it caught the attention of many readers. Introducing herself in February 2018 as a “second-class grandma,” she cut right to the chase about how she was feeling.
Her story sparked a plethora of reactions, not to mention a candid response from Prudie, a.k.a. Mallory Ortberg, author of Slate’s Dear Prudence advice column and podcast. And so the story begins with the upset grandma sharing the happy news that her son Steven and his wife Julia were due to welcome their first-born into the world in March 2018. To add to the joy, the complainant said the baby would be her first grandchild.