Woman Invites Sister-In-Law to Family Party but BANS 4-Month-Old Niece

Most of us have heard of the scenario – either witnessed it personally or know of people who have. A family member or friend who is struggling to conceive finds it difficult to be around a relative or pal who has a baby, as my mother would put it, “every Monday morning.” A U.K. mommy is in the middle of such a dilemma. She has a 4-month-old daughter and her sister-in-law, who has fertility problems, is throwing a surprise 40th birthday party for her brother.

Of course the new mom is invited – with one caveat – her baby has to stay at home. On the mommy blog Mumsnet, the anonymous user wrote on a message board: “I have a 4-month-old daughter, the first grandchild for my parents. I am the youngest of four. My brother and his wife have been trying to conceive for over four years.”

Noting that her sister-in-law has “ignored” her “over many family events,” the new mom said there are many landmark family events coming up. Apart from the fact that her 4-month-old daughter is not on the guest list for her brother’s 40th birthday celebration the troubled woman suspects that she is deliberately being singled out and, after reading her post, it’s clear why.

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Why does the new mom think that her sister-in-law has a problem with her?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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