Hello all. I've just registered here and am looking for some advice.
My husband & I have been together for over 12 years, and have two small children.
After a number of years where my husband had no contact with his mum (including her missing our wedding and the arrival of our first child) they have spent the past two years slowly reconciling, and have developed an open, honest relationship - much better than they ever had before the falling out!
I have exchanged cards & letters with her, met her briefly at a few family events, and try to keep her updated with photos of the kids (although she has abandoned her Facebook & email accounts, so it takes me a bit longer to sort hard copies!) However I currently struggle to think of her as my mother in law, as she is a virtual stranger.
With the recent birth of our second child, we've invited her to come and meet her new grandchild. (She lives at the other end of the country.) She will be visiting for a few days, staying at our house.
I'm confident there is no bad blood. We've all drawn a line under events of the past, and moved forward. And indeed this is evidenced by my husband's good relationship with her now. I'm just at a bit of a loss on where to start building my own relationship with her.
Any insight from a MIL
/Grandparent perspective appreciated!
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