Caitelyn - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 209 moms have responded )
I found this to be highly insulting, but also hilarious at the same time.
On the train the other night, coming home from 3 days away with the baby daddy. the trip took abotu 2.5 - 3 hours, and Jacob slept for most of the trip. Towards the end though, he did what a normal 7 month old child would do, and started making plenty of noise, due to squealing at the top of his lungs, throwing his toys at me and laughing as loud as possible at my wholehearted attempts to distract him!
However, and this is the insulting part, there was a lady sitting across from us, who had decided to bring it upon herself to let me know how disgusted she was at the way I was raising my son - that is, letting my 7 MONTH OLD baby squeal and shout and play. Now its not like I was deliberately encouraging him to be noisy, i was actually worried that he was disturbing others and was trying to quieten him!
Not only did she tell me that he was the worst behaved child she'd ever seen, but when i got him out of his carseat (as we'd had to take it to his daddy's house with us, he sat in it which also meant that he was much safer on our trip.) to give him a feed - he's breastfed - whilst using our cover, I was told that i was creating a monster who would have an unhealthy obsession with breasts, and didn't i know that formula is better for babies?!
Even after i told her quite politely that I am fine with the way I parent and i really dont need her advice, she continued to give me hell! I even went to the condctor and told him that if she didnt leave us alone, or wasnt moved, there would be a huge problem.
She however, was unable to be moved as the train was fully booked, and therefore she was told to be quiet, as none of the other members of our carriage were bothered, they actually told me they found him quite cute, and also quite good entertainment.
Therefore, I put my mind to ignoring the silly woman. However, once Jacob began playing again, she started mouthing off again. My Darling little honey saw fit to shut her up - he threw his rattle at her and it hit her pretty much square in the forehead!
Needless to say, my giggles were hard to contain. But contain them I did, and I also apologised to her for the fact that my son had hit her (weather it was accidental or not) and I also "disciplined" my son, by telling him to be gentle and removing that toy from his access!
And all I recieved, even after showing an example of my good parenting (as i believe i am a good mother - well i hope anyway!) was another torrent of abuse!!!!!
Needless to say, she got a mouthful back, as i'd been putting p with her for almost an hour and a half.
Has anyone else had situations like this??