As a mom, she’ll never accept any hurt inflicted upon her kids. So, no matter how sad her husband is at the fact that his family can’t meet his newborn child, she’ll never give in!
A Newfound Love
OP (Original Poster) has been with her husband for 9 years, and everything started when her now 10-year-old son was only a 1-year-old.
Up until the summer before this story was posted, OP and her family were very involved with her in-laws. However, everything changed in the blink of an eye.
Leading to Chaos
One time, OP’s son was getting water from the sink, and when he turned around, he slammed into OP’s brother-in-law, who was standing directly behind him.
The moment the young boy slammed into him, OP’s brother-in-law immediately slapped him across the face!
OP wrote, “My brother-in-law had just had surgery on his back a few weeks prior, so my son running into him tweaked his back, and he immediately struck my son in the face as an ‘impulse reaction’ and made no effort to apologize.”
Say Your Thanks
Instead of apologizing, he “doubled down” and told OP’s son to “watch what he was doing next time.” He also joked that he was “lucky” things weren’t worse.
He said, “I wanted to punch you, so you’re lucky it was just a slap.”
To His Defense
To OP’s horror, her in-laws took her brother-in-law’s side. They all defended him and believed that everything was OP’s son’s fault!
A Hurt Young Boy
Given the circumstances, OP’s son was not only hurt by the smack, but he was also extremely embarrassed. So, he ran out of the house, went inside the car, and cried his eyes out.
As a mom, OP “lost her s*** entirely.”
OP’s husband was, thankfully, on her side during this time and was angry at his family. She shared, “I was pregnant during this time, and I told my husband at this point that his whole family was dead to me, and they were not meeting our baby. At that time, he agreed with me.”
In an edit, OP shared the police were called, and a report was made. However, the cops ultimately did nothing because, by the time they arrived, which was 45 minutes after the incident, there was “no visible mark” on OP’s son’s face anymore.
Holding a Grudge
As OP posted this story, it’s already been two months since she had their newborn, and she has “stood her ground.” There’s no way she’s allowing her in-laws to meet her baby!
She wrote, “His entire family sided with my brother-in-law smacking my son across the face, and they have no business being around my 10-year-old or my newborn. They can all get f*****.”
Who’s Wrong Here?
In fact, they’ve reached out to OP several times, expecting her and her husband to apologize for “causing a scene.” They also told her she should “get over” what her brother-in-law did.
Her in-laws had so many demands, while OP and her son never got an apology from them!
However, OP noticed that her husband has been acting “super weird” for weeks.
She wrote, “Barely speaking to me. Barely texting me when he’s at work like he usually does, etc.”
Out Comes the Truth
When OP finally confronted him, he exploded. He was “p***** off” and defensively said, “You’ve written off my entire f****** family, but I’m expected to smile and play nice to your family.”
OP clarified, however, that they’ve only seen her side of the family once since she had the baby. She also reminded him about their “agreement.”
Taking Things Back
Sadly, her husband is now “back peddling,” saying she was the only one who made the decision.
Her husband turned the whole thing on her, saying it wasn’t about how she felt right now; it was about how he felt. OP’s husband even said she was making him “depressed.”
Well, Alright Then!
When he said that, OP just said she “didn’t give a f***.” She then reiterated that although he was depressed, she was never letting his family meet the baby.
Now her husband says she’s an “a**hole” for “disregarding” his “valid” feelings!
What Users Have to Say
For Redditors, there’s no way OP’s a jerk in this story.
The top commenter wrote, “Not the a**hole. So your brother-in-law slapped a child over an accident, threatened further violence, but then cried and called the cops when an adult yelled at him? What a gutless coward.”
“And the fact that they never reached out to apologize but instead consistently doubled down. Lol, prideful a** weirdos who think they’re entitled to be around OP’s kids even when they’ve proved to be s***** family,” added another.
Others told OP to be ready for anything. After all, it was apparent that her husband was already caving in.
A Redditor said, “Don’t be surprised if your husband is sending his family pictures of the baby. He is already caving. You can stop your older child from seeing any of them. But your husband will take the baby over, especially if you divorce. And the next time an incident happens, and it will, take pictures immediately.”
What do you think? Should OP just give in?
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This post first appeared as She Told Her Husband She “Doesn’t Care” if He’s Depressed Because She’s Never Letting His Abusive Family Near Her Newborn and Son. Now He Says She’s a “Jerk” for “Disregarding” His Feelings! on Quote Ambition.