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To ruin husband's birthday meal?

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Coastalcommand Sun 15-Jan-17 13:01:30

We were due to go out today for DH birthday with good friends we don't see very often.
He's had a cold but is recovering. Last night our 5 week old seemed to be coming down with it, so I told DH I was worried about taking her out.
He cancelled his lunch and now she seems to be looking better.
He's stomping around, clearly upset. Was I unreasonable?

AgentProvocateur Sun 15-Jan-17 13:03:24

Yes, a bit. But you're a new mum, so you should be forgiven. <<sits on fence>>

ElspethFlashman Sun 15-Jan-17 13:04:26

A bit yes. Babies have colds all the time. You can't physically not leave the house every time.

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Sun 15-Jan-17 13:05:08

Sorry but yes, a 5 week old baby isn't likely to feel any better/worse for going along to a birthday meal. Your DP however clearly feels a lot worse. Hopefully you can make it up to him soon.

booellesmum Sun 15-Jan-17 13:06:14

Can you rearrange for tonight and go out for dinner?

tissuesosoft Sun 15-Jan-17 13:10:18

Bit late now probably but couldn't your DH have gone to the lunch without you? Then takeaway or something tonight for the two of you?

MatildaTheCat Sun 15-Jan-17 13:11:24

Go now and have a nice lunch anyway? Friends may be able to join you but if not at least you've done something.

NapQueen Sun 15-Jan-17 13:11:42

Can you ring the friends and say sorry for cancelling last minute why not come round this evening and we can get a takeaway?

Doobydoo Sun 15-Jan-17 13:12:51

He needs to grow up!

Coastalcommand Sun 15-Jan-17 13:16:28

Eeek. I thought so sad
Lunch was in his hometown, a couple of hours drive, so we'd have had to leave by 10.30. I suggested staying at home with the baby but he didn't want to go without us.
Will cook him a nice dinner and try to rearrange. Thanks for tips.

TheTantrumCometh Sun 15-Jan-17 13:22:05

I think the two and a bit hours drive is important here. I wouldn't want to go with a baby who is most likely coming down with something and be two and half hours away from home. I probably wouldn't do that with this baby, my third, never mind being just five weeks into parenting.

I understand your DH's disappointment, but is he really stropping around the house? confused That's odd, and childish. Perhaps he should consider it a lesson- once you're a parent your wants are secondary to someone else's needs, birthday or not.

Carrados Sun 15-Jan-17 13:25:39

I don't think he's being childish. It's probably that he feels a bit disappointed and also re-adjusting to life with a baby. I'm sure a chat would help and something like a takeaway or date at home to make him feel valued. Then I'm sure he'll apologise for reacting with a strop.

Hoppinggreen Sun 15-Jan-17 13:25:55

It might have been a unnecessary to cancel but your DH is really going to get his head around the fact that your lives have radically changed now and his birthday arrangements are no longer as important as they once were!!

Lilaclily Sun 15-Jan-17 13:28:14

Oh you've got a 5 week old you can be as unreasonable as you like imo

Get a nice takeaway and some bubbles tonight and cheer him up

diddl Sun 15-Jan-17 13:30:01

Well he ultimately took the decision to cancel when he could have gone alone or perhaps invited them to you for a takeaway?

"A bit yes. Babies have colds all the time. You can't physically not leave the house every time."

My PFB didn't-I'm sure that at 5wks old I would only have taken them out if I had to-and this wouldn't have been a "had to" occasion for e!

DoItTooJulia Sun 15-Jan-17 13:31:58

In total agreement with @Lilaclily

8 hours out of the house with a poorly newborn (my cut off is 6 weeks!), NBU at all to postpone. (Make sure your DH gets that it's postponed and not cancelled, might help the disappointment a bit)

WyfOfBathe Sun 15-Jan-17 13:33:23

You're being A bit U, going to a restaurant won't make a difference to a 5 week old - she'd still have you, milk, nappy changes, cuddles & somewhere to sleep. That's all she needs.

BlueberryGateaux Sun 15-Jan-17 13:34:10

Yanbu, 5 week old baby and 4 hour round trip just for a lunch sounds too much to me.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 15-Jan-17 13:39:03

You were being a bit unreasonable. Can you reschedule?

SisyphusHadItEasy Sun 15-Jan-17 13:41:39

WYBU? In the "new, terrible, brutal" MN opinion, perhaps.

In all honesty, your DH is understandably upset, as he was looking forward to this. Why cancel it all, when you could have rung them and said "baby is ill, so I may need to beat a hasty retreat, but DH can't wait to see you - just apologising/warning in advance"?

Remember that you, your DH, and your DC are actually separate people, and even if one is ill, others may not be. Don't let your DC dictate the entire family's movement - that is the seed from which the "help me, my kid rules the household!" grows.

Jayfee Sun 15-Jan-17 13:44:55

no no ..unless there is a new superbreed of mum i think you need 6 weeks to be ready to face the world fully after having a baby....or am i wimp of the world??

VimFuego101 Sun 15-Jan-17 13:47:03

If you suggested he go alone and he didn't want to, YANBU.

Trills Sun 15-Jan-17 13:49:22

You were being rather optimistic to plan something a two hour a drive away with a 5 week old baby.

pipsqueak25 Sun 15-Jan-17 13:53:53

priorities have to change when you have a very young child, the world shouldn't stop turning but sometimes adjustments need to be made, he's disappointed but he could have gone with the friends on his own, or even rearrange something nearer to you.

Gymnopedies Sun 15-Jan-17 13:53:55

He should have gone on his own if it was important to him.

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