I've always had a frosty relationship with my MIL as she is very overbearing at times and sulks when she doesn't get her own way.
Since my son (he's 13 weeks) was born I've made a effort to get along with her as I want him to spend time with his family. It was fine to begin with but since we said that we wanted to spend our first Christmas at home just the three of us, she's starting to get difficult- especially as she has chosen to work much of the Christmas period.
Now she's started to take it personally when she asks to visit (without much notice) and I already have plans. I'll offer alternative days but she says she is busy and sulks. She has also started to voice her disgust that my son will be attending nursery full time when I go back to work- he'll be 8 months old. She's been telling other family members that she thinks this is wrong but hasn't actually told me what she thinks to my face. I'm returning to work because I have to, not because I want to.
Recently when we visit she disregards anything I say about my son's needs. For example, if I try and put him down for a nap she'll be really loud and keep coming into the room, then tell me he's not tired because he's not gone to sleep. She'll make comments about.how often we feed him and doesn't listen to me when I ask her to just put him down and let him chill for a bit when he's clearly getting agitated at being passed around and played with.
She's impossible and makes everything about her. What's the best way to handle it? I don't want to cut her out but it's not a nice atmosphere to be in
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