DH and I have travelled to Mexico and several other Central American countries multiple times in the past, I have gone several times on my own, and I speak decent Spanish. We enjoy it. We have only ever gone in the summer because I teach and that is the only time I am off. Our families would have a fit if we missed the holidays in favor of traveling, fine, I get that, never mind flights are absolutely atrocious in the winter. My parents were extremely vocal about us not taking DD to Mexico last summer when she was itty bitty, but we got her a passport this year and are looking for a trip in August. My mom just asked me to watch her dog several weekends in August and September and I said that's fine, but at some point I am going on vacation and I haven't chosen the weeks yet. If these dates don't work, I will let you know right away. Immediately she wants to know where we are going and I told her we are probably going to Mexico. Silence. Dead silence. Eventually she starts talking and asks questions and I explain where and why and point out that we clearly can't go when it's cooler since I will be working. We don't have a lot of interest in paying through the nose to travel to a the east coast to go to the beach. We like Mexico.
So she calls this morning and tells me not to get mad, but asks if we are going to Mexico to prove something. What?? I assure her that is not the case, we simply enjoy vacationing there. I then asked her when I would be allowed in her mind to leave the country with my child. She said she didn't know. Well fan-flipping-tastic. I told her DD is not the last child we plan to have and that I do not plan on spending the next decade in the US just because I had children. She continued on about how we should be able to find a nice resort around here we could go to. I told her we aren't interested right now, but we are definitely not trying to prove something.
I am dumb-founded. Am I wrong here? Am I suddenly only aloud to travel in the continental US because I had kids? And no, she's not offering to take DD so we can travel on our own. She believes in family vacations, meaning my vacations should be 'family-friendly' from here on out and she will not take the kids for more than about 12 hours at a time overnight.