March 22, 2024 at 8:44 am

Friend Got Married And Had A Kid After Their Friend Group Already Had, So Now They Don’t Have Time To Go And Visit

by Trisha Leigh

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Friendships are like any other relationship – they take work, commitment, and sacrifice if you want them to last for the long haul.

As we get older, the “stage of life” we’re in often determines our friends. But, does it always have to be that way?

OP has a college friend group where everyone but one girl chose to get married and have children relatively young.

I (39F) have a 6 person girl group since college (37-39F) and that includes Mary (38F). We’ve been close throughout the years and have been at milestone events for each other.

Mary just had a baby and is completely fitting the crazy new mother stereotype.

In college, Mary has always been someone who had to make it known that she was unique/different from the rest of us which wasn’t as draining then as it has become now.

For starters, all other women in our circle, got married between the ages of 22-27 and we all have multiple kids. So the 5 of us were able to experience those milestones alongside one another and got closer as we shared similar lifestyles.

When that one decided it was time, none of them could attend the wedding.

Mary was very adamant on not settling until her 30s because she wanted to travel and have different experiences which we all supported. Regardless, she would continue to make comments about how she’s so lucky unlike us because we’re “tied down with husbands and babies”.

I think this is where she grew resentment towards us because we were in different places in life and she was upset we couldn’t have our group be similar to how it was in college.

Then into our mid 30s it became a whole saga of she’s getting older and can’t find a husband because all the “good men” are married or divorced with kids.

When she finally got married, many could not attend because it was a destination event and child-free during Covid. This caused a fight because she said how she was there for us during our weddings but we couldn’t put aside a week for her.

We had all told her how we wished we could, but it simply was not financially feasible and didn’t logistically work with our kids.

But she just refused to hear us out and was simply so inconsiderate about our lives and families, saying we were horrible friends.

Now she’s had a baby and none of them have gone to visit.

Now, Mary just gave birth to her first child and I was very excited for her. The only issue is that she moved from our state to a very remote place that’s only accessible by a 6hr car ride. Her baby is 6mo old and none of us have been able to go up to visit her.

I think she’s been having a wrong idea of what a “village” is and has essentially demanded in our groupchat that we come up for the holidays and help her out because she’s having a hard time adjusting to mom life.

But this would entail we all take a week off, arrange childcare, figure out transportation, and book hotels during the holidays.

The friend is upset and thinks they’re not putting in enough effort, but OP disagrees.

It’s gotten to the point where she’s posting cryptic messages on Facebook bashing “fake friends” who won’t be there for her.

As much as I wish I could, I cannot physically support her in the way she needs me to do in this stage of life.

It would have been completely different if she still lived in our city and this was earlier in life when we had less commitments/priorities.

So I told her this and that if she was hoping for this big village and constant support, she should have thought about that when planning out her life because we can’t all just pause our lives for her.


You know Reddit is ready to weigh in!

The top comment really wants some more information.

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After all, being a friend goes both ways.

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OP’s attitude is all too common.

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This commenter says it sounds like OP is making excuses.

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Plenty of people were giving the friend the benefit of the doubt.

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I feel badly for this poor woman.

Imagine finding out you have no friends after you decided to have kids.

If you thought that was an interesting story, check out what happened when a family gave their in-laws a free place to stay in exchange for babysitting, but things changed when they don’t hold up their end of the bargain.