Most of my family just thinks AP is just way more work than is necessary.
: When he was a newborn, they CONSTANTLY wanted me to put him down, when he fell asleep. Roland was a VERY light sleeper, si I'd just put him down, and he would wake instantly. Then I'd just nurse him back to sleep, and not put him down. Eventually, my mom started asking if she could hold him for me, instead. He'd stay asleep... as long as he was in arms.
I had one confrontation about not having circumsized him. Word must have gone around in the family (starting from whom, I don't know) because we were at Grandmas for dinner. I started to change his diaper in a corner of the livingroom, and suddenly I was SWARMED by them. My cousin started telling me horror stories about how intact boys get infections all the time. I told her that wasn't true, and we had already decided not to circ. She kept going. By this time I was almost finished re-dressing Roland. He let out a big wail, so I just said "Don't worry, Roland, Mommy & Daddy aren't going to let anyone mutilate you" (I used the strongest word I could think of) and sat down to nurse him. They never said another word.
Only 2 people in my family gave me a hard time about breastfeeding. My sisters. They SAY they're pro-breastfeeding, but no one should ever have to see that. Apparently, it's like watching me pick my nose, and feed boogers to my kid. At one of my sisters' houses, I got banished to another room to nurse him (I never went back over to her place after that) It was during that nursing session that I decided that in MY house anyone giving their baby formula is going to be banished, because I don't want to see THAT.
We didn't co sleep. We tried, but Kevin is a really deep sleeper, and it became apparent relly quickly that it just wasn't going to be safe for our family. I set up the crib right next to our bed. When he was a couple of months old, I started to hear alot of negativity about it. Apparently, it was going to ruin our marriage. Eventually, I just let them in on a few of the details of exactly how well our marriage was going (there ARE other rooms in our house) Of course, after that, they didn't want to risk getting another earful of my sex life, and kept their mouths shut.
Those were the big issues for us. Now all I ever hear about is that we should let mom babysit him more (but thats just because she wants to) and that I'm over-protective of him around dogs. Oh, and my Aunt doesn't think we should have gone ahead and had his haircut (in my arms) because he was crying and saying "Owie!" while it was done. Isn't that typical of how a 2 year old might react to having his hair cut for the first time ever? My mom was with us, and turned it into a photo op... you can tell from the pictures he isn't freaking out that badly.
I brought the ulrtasound pictures over to my grandparents house yesterday. They had never seen anything like it.I think they snapped off nearly a whole roll of film on Roland. They are the first in their group of friends to be great-grandparents, and they love to show him off. Plus, they really like being told that they don't look old enough to be great grandparents!