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AIBU to think my mum is too enthusiastic about becoming a grandparent?

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olivegroon Mon 26-Dec-16 13:59:02

I'm not even pregnant. Only just announced I'm in a relationship. She is using a 'default' name for this future baby, etc.

It's seriously getting on my nerves. If we go anywhere "I'll have to bring GC here, that would be nice for GC", etc.

Can someone please tell me it's not that odd? I love my mum and really don't want her to be more extreme about it and hope it's normal. It's not though, is it?

Gymnopedies Mon 26-Dec-16 14:02:14

Ahah, she must love babies. YANBU though (secretly think I'll be the same as your mum but won't say it out loud to the DCs).

PNGirl Mon 26-Dec-16 14:02:56

I don't think it is normal. It's a lot of pressure. Even if you want a baby one day what if you struggle to conceive?

Does she have much else to occupy her time?

Rioja123 Mon 26-Dec-16 14:04:04

This is so weird and would drive me mad too.

KurriKurri Mon 26-Dec-16 14:05:06

Sorry I think it's a bit odd.

My DS and DDIL have been in a relationship for 8 yrs married for 2 and I would never and have never mentioned grandchildren.
Obviously I would love GC, but it would be incredibly presumptious of me to assume they even want children let alone when they may have them, what said children would be called etc. It is so not my business.

Has she always got this OTT when you've had relationships?

UpsyDaisyluvsIgglePiggle Mon 26-Dec-16 14:06:59

Are you my sil?? My mum was only last night going on and on about my sil having a baby. She's not even pregnant and they're not trying they said yet. Poor sil she looked so embarrassed. I told her to wait until she's ready.

My mum as soon as I was pregnant referred to baby as gracie-lou all way through pregnancy. I told her we're not calling her that, didnt even know she was a girl yet, but she insisted she would be called it. She's now 18 months and not a gracie-lou.

RebootYourEngine Mon 26-Dec-16 14:08:05

That is not normal behaviour.

olivegroon Mon 26-Dec-16 14:08:41

Thank goodness she's not the only one though! She used to do it before I was in a relationship... confused as soon as I hit 16! She is just even worse now!

buttercup54321 Mon 26-Dec-16 14:11:19

Not odd at all. I know several people who do this lol

MrsMozart Mon 26-Dec-16 14:16:35

I think that as a parent of an adult then one's mind automatically starts to think that way.

I mentioned earlier, to may late teens and early twenties DDs that I can't wait to be a granny - to spoil them [grandchildren] rotten then hand them back. I can't remember how the conversation came up, but one rolled her eyes and the other one said Not for a few years yet Mum! Okay says I and I shut up, with my quiet thoughts of what it might be like, whilst trying to keep a sane and balanced approach that they might not have any / want any / etc.

olivegroon Mon 26-Dec-16 14:19:18

I was 16 when it started grin

MeadowHay Mon 26-Dec-16 14:30:44

She is BVU! That is really weird confused.

Spadequeen Mon 26-Dec-16 14:34:32

You need to tell her to stop

ImNotWhoYouThinkIAmOhNo Mon 26-Dec-16 14:34:42

It may be more normal than I think it should be (judging by other responses on this thread) but that doesn't make it right. She can think her own thoughts but she should be keeping them to herself.

WellKnackered Mon 26-Dec-16 14:35:09

How annoying. I'd tell her that I would like her to stop. I'd make sure she knew I was serious.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 26-Dec-16 14:35:30

Agree with Spadequeen; "Mum, please stop it now, it's getting on my nerves".

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 26-Dec-16 14:36:26

Mil announced she wanted a dgd when we were visiting fil in hospital. She knows we can't have kids so heaven knows where I'm going to procure a DD from.


Cherrysoup Mon 26-Dec-16 14:40:22

She's being vu and is likely to frighten any dp away! Do you even want dcs?

alotlikeChristmas16 Mon 26-Dec-16 14:40:54

I used to hate this, but I checked this thread for tips on what to avoid to not become this mum! Did your mum want another baby but get too old? I can imagine clucking over babies in a few years, when I got this sort of thing from MIL when I was older I suggested she volunteered with children although she said it was about having specific ones she was related to. Yes, of course it's a bit odd but can you blame a mum for hoping at Christmas? Ideally she should have a bit more game though smile

alotlikeChristmas16 Mon 26-Dec-16 14:42:31

Tell her she's scaring your part ear off, that'll stop it!

alotlikeChristmas16 Mon 26-Dec-16 14:43:01

partner not part ear

OccasionalNachos Mon 26-Dec-16 14:46:21

That's a lot of pressure & must be quite difficult for you. I would hate it if my DM did this. Am worried that as a previous poster said, this is a normal assumption for a parent of adults. I'm 31 & have been married since 25. No DC through choice. Not sure if I want them, aware I'm starting to run out of time to delay it, worried that my DParents are bottling up these kinds of feelings confused

SquinkiesRule Mon 26-Dec-16 14:50:41

My grown sons finally are both dating, I plan weddings in my head that will not be mine to plan. I won't say a word, but I'll plan in hope anyway blush

derxa Mon 26-Dec-16 14:55:02

My DM was not enthusiastic at all. I think you're lucky.

5moreminutes Mon 26-Dec-16 14:55:37

Incredibly annoying and unfair of her - puts pressure on you whether she means it to or not and whether you want kids or not. Likely to make you wary of telling her if you do get pregnant just in case she makes it all about her (and makes the fear of anything going wrong during pregnancy ten times worse because you have her feelings to consider almost before yours and the baby's father's etc).

It isn't unique - I had a friend at uni who's mum was always telling her not to worry if she got pregnant as she (friends' mum) would be happy to bring any grandchild up til friend graduated and got settled in a job hmm well meant presumably but massively jumping the gun, and embarrassing for my friend - the mum said it to my friend in front of me the first and only time I met the mum, luckily my friend had told me about her obsession so my jaw didn't hit the floor...

Tell her OP.

It was bad enough when I actually was pregnant and my mum bought up thousands of pounds worth of baby equipment to keep at her house 6 hours drive from where we lived... Presumably on the assumption I / the baby would be spending my maternity leave at hers, 6 hours from DH... Despite the fact I hadn't visited for longer than a weekend in the preceding decade as we only get on in small doses!

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