But where other relatives might be popping open a bottle, this mother-in-law had other plans. After revealing her otherwise “good relationship” with her daughter-in-law, the “second-class grandma” complained to the agony aunt about not having been allocated a bedside slot to witness her grandchild’s big entrance. “I had what I thought was a good relationship with Julia, but I find myself devastated,” the grandma complained.
The grandma added, “Julia has decided only Steven and her mother will be allowed in the delivery room when she gives birth.” It was clear that the grandma-to-be deplored the pregnant woman’s decision to not allow her be a guide through childbirth. Furthermore, it became clear she had not been able to take her daughter-in-law’s decision lightly.
When she had begged her son and his beloved to change their minds about the decision, she had learned that Julia “wouldn’t feel comfortable” with her in the room while she pushed out her first-born. This hadn’t convinced Steven’s mom though, as she believed a nursing career spanning four decades was enough to override that feeling. Indeed, she had claimed that she had seen it all before.