Posted: 12/05/2011 at 17:53
I can understand why you are so upset - I'd probably have lost it with them. It's not going to be an easy one to deal with if you want to avoid bad blood but you probably have to be the bigger person to do so. I'd have a word with your husband, explain to him how you felt and ask him to talk to his parents about taking a more sensible approach to the baby. If he can't or isn't willing to do this then it's down to you to have a sensible conversation with them about it. You could ignore it but chances are that you'd explode when it happened again and situations like that are hard to recover from - you might be happy never to see them again but that could lead to a whole host of problems in the future!!!
I agree with the other ladies about not going round of an evening - use your bedtime routine as your reason, it's valid, not an excuse. I'm clear about the fact that bath time and massage are wind down time and when my in laws and my family are round either they respect that or I intend to tell my FIL (it's normally him as he gets over excited) that he needs to turn the volume down and calm down - to be fair my MIL has always stepped in with that before I've had to so far!
Families are so difficult and it's really hard when you have a clear idea about what you want and what is acceptable and others differ but it's what you want and intend that is important and you need to set it out clearly now to try and avoid further problems in the future. Try the nice way first and hold back the both barrels approach for if that doesn't work!