Gender reveal footage captures mother-in-law’s shockingly good behavior
One couple’s gender reveal is going viral for capturing a brief but meaningful moment that happens so fast, you might just miss it.
The clip was shared earlier this week on TikTok by Charlotte Downward (@charlachu99), who confessed that even though she was there when it happened, the video someone took made her even more emotional.
In it, Downward and her boyfriend stand anxiously in front of their family as they prepare to pop a balloon and reveal the gender of their baby-to-be. When it finally happens, a burst of pink confetti rains down around them, causing the couple to jump up and down with excitement and come together in a hug.
But even though the camera is mainly focused on the two parents-to-be, something happens in the bottom right corner of the frame that’s more significant than you might think.
It’s her boyfriend’s mom Rachel, giddily jumping up and down as she enters the frame and then retreats. And while it may not look like much, Downward says that moment meant everything to her.
“I’m sorry for anyone who has a monster-in-law … ” she wrote in the video caption. “Because I have a Rachel.”
Then, as the video plays out, she notes the exact moment where Rachel hops forward, wanting so badly to hug her son, but stepping back when she realizes that the couple should have their moment first.
“Watching this back made me so emotional,” Downward added in the post caption. “In my previous relationship, I felt in the way of Mom and son, I was never accepted in that family… now I’m exactly where i’m wanted and loved and my place is actually respected. I’m so grateful.”
The touching moment was not lost on many TikTokers.
“LOVE THIS,” one person commented. “Her little circle clap while you celebrated.”
“Is it just me or she looked like she wanted to hug you both actually?” another person asked.
“Maybe … !” Downward responded. “Either way, her waiting and letting us have that to ourselves first is just so respectful to me.”
For anyone who has an overbearing MIL or a significant other whose parent doesn’t get boundaries, this one hits home. In fact, several people jumped in with how their own “monster-in-law” would have behaved at the same moment.
“Mine would’ve pushed me out the way like I was her surrogate,” said one woman.
“Mine wouldn’t have hugged me,” said another. “Actually, they didn’t even say congratulations.”
“My husbands family only congratulated him when we found out we were pregnant,” someone else shared.
Still, there were plenty of TikTokers who said they feel lucky to have their MILs, who definitely channel more of a Rachel vibe.
“My MIL hugged me before hugging her son,” one user said with a laugh. “She was so happy I was having a girl as she had 4 boys!”
“I loooooove my mother in law she’s the bomb,” said someone else. “Would die for her.”
“My MIL watches my littles all the time and is the nicest woman,” another user said. “I’m very fortunate.”
Others simply felt inspired by this mama and vowed to be the same way when their own time comes to play Grandma.
As one user put it, “I hope I’m gonna be a Rachel some day … “
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