We have shared the good news with other people, and there are gender-specific items in the nursery and on our registry. She knows we know, but it’s still a secret for her, which she doesn’t think is a big deal.
However, I am stressed about ruining the surprise for her; my parents are, too. I also am sad she did not get to share in our excitement about finding out the gender halfway through the pregnancy, and I feel like we are being judged for already making bad parenting decisions; that finding out the gender was wrong.
My husband thinks I am making a big deal out of nothing, and I should just ignore her. Should I just bite my tongue and respect her wishes, or should I talk to her about this?
If she is judging you, then that’s her problem, since it will gain her nothing while compromising her chance at a close relationship with you, her son and her granddaughter. You can’t make her respect your choices, but you can set the tone by respecting hers. Yes, she didn’t get to share in this particular excitement, but there will be others. Don’t dwell.
You also can’t bear responsibility for her choices beyond respecting them. That means you can remind yourself to watch what you say, but you can’t blame yourself if someone slips or brandishes something pink.
When in doubt on any of the above, act as if adults are actually adults. Bite your tongue, sure, but also treat the possibility of ruining her surprise as a mild bummer, not an irreparable tear in the family tapestry.
This isn’t just for baby-gender surprises; swap in just about any other issue and it still works.
If you think it would help in this case to talk to her, then do, based on the above principles. Maybe. We will all do our best not to ruin your surprise, though I obviously can’t promise anything. That’s OK, right? The baby’s health is all that matters?