Reason # 548

My in-laws won’t be babysitting any time soon:

FIL while pouring himself a glass of Malbec: “Santiago (formerly world’s easiest baby of the BIL whom our boys were always compared to) really likes red wine. He likes beer and vodka, too, but red wine the best.”
Me: Saying nothing and trying (failing) to conceal the completely horrified look that has clouded over my face.
FIL: “We let him dip his fingers in our drink and like it off.”
MIL: “Hee Hee”
Me: Tight smile. No comment. Just don’t say anything…and thinking, ‘and that’s why we would rather you come visit us and we won’t be coming to visit you or leaving you in charge of the kids anytime soon. Perhaps….never.’

Santiago is 15 months old. Seriously? I mean, I get that they are alcoholics and they need to get their drink on and that’s just the way it is. But really? Your grandson?
I am horrified they think this is perfectly fine…and FUNNY.

On a brighter note, they are making more of an effort of coming down to visit the twins now that I’ve made it pretty clear we’re not spending hundreds of dollars to rent a car, pack everyone and everything up and go to a non-baby proofed house with 2 deadly staircases and nothing to do but be on high alert so the kids don’t die. Not happening anytime soon.
They are retired. They can drive. They can visit us. Where we can monitor the ‘funny’ cocktail hour games.
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  • Reply Crazy Lesbian Mom April 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Good for you for sticking up for yourself and telling them that *they* are the ones who have to make more of an effort…

    Ugh with the alcohol. Not cool.

  • Reply Laurie April 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Wow. I’m speechless.

  • Reply Jen April 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    WTF? My step-mom thinks it’s hilarious that chunk always wants get sod. (she constantly has a plastic bottle in hand) and has said on numerous occassion, if your mom were not staring at me and giving me a nasty look, I’d give you my pop! Not alcohol, but another no-no drink for 15 month olds! This too is why they do not watch him… What are people thinking!

  • Reply Next in Line April 11, 2011 at 2:33 am

    What craziness. I don’t even let Bee drink juice.

  • Reply Next in Line April 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

    What craziness. I don’t even let Bee drink juice.

  • Reply K J and the kids April 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

    And to think….they raised your wife. ha ha :)
    I’m so happy that they are coming to see you guys.
    Keep em in line though :) or at least make them walk the line before holding any small children :) ha ha

  • Reply reproducinggenius April 11, 2011 at 3:25 am

    OMG. That is pretty horrifying!

  • Reply Bridgwest April 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

    That’s awful.
    We have no contact with the inlaws at all now, but we had similar alcohol concerns. Plus, in what world should someone who is drunk be in charge of children.

  • Reply vee April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Um… NO!!

  • Reply Loralou April 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

    My in-laws house is the same – expect add ‘dirty’ as well.

  • Reply Melissa April 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Jackson’s favorite is a White Russian. I think more for the milk than the vodka 😉

    That is seriously crazy!!

  • Reply Finch and Wren April 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Good for you – make them travel to see you! p.s. I just finished 10 days on injections and have 33 follicles…we triggered with Lupron last night – tomorrow is our retrievel so keep us in your thoughts! Love reading your blog!!!

  • Reply pugmama April 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Wow. . . I don’t blame you for staying home and letting them visit you, where you can keep tabs on them. Yes, they are the boys’ grandparents, but you have to set boundaries and it sounds like you’re doing a great job.

  • Reply Darcie April 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm


    Don’t let them out of your sight.

  • Reply Pomegranate April 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    echoing all the other comments to say wow. unbelievable.

  • Reply Bionic Baby Mama April 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    most of the time, i find people’s “omg, my mil/fil have no idea about kids” stories a little hyperbolic. parenting styles differ, but most grandparents raised onne or more kids without disaster, right?

    but this story? DAMN.

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