A stepmum is experiencing “tension” after refusing to say her new grandson’s name because she says it’s “pretentious”.
The woman took to Mumsnet’s popular Am I Being Unreasonable [AIBU] thread to seek advice and revealed her stepson and his girlfriend have chosen a name for their baby that she and her husband can’t “bring themselves to say in a sentence”.
She wanted guidance on “how to move forward” because her stepson and his girlfriend have both noticed she and her husband won’t say their baby’s name.
The woman titled her post “Ridiculous name for baby” and penned: “My step son and gf [girlfriend] have recently called their newborn a really awful pretentious name.
“I know it’s their choice but neither me nor my husband can bring ourselves to say it in a sentence. Every time we talk about him we say ‘the baby’ or the ‘little one’. We have been very diplomatic and said things like ‘oh that’s unusual’ but they have started to notice we don’t use his name in conversation and it’s becoming tense.
“Any advice on how to move forward?”
Her post was met with hundreds of responses from Mumsnet users. They shared their thoughts in the comments section.
One user said: “Just do it because that’s his name… it’s cruel not to use it. They obviously love it or they wouldn’t have chosen it. What is a pretentious name? Like Tarquin?”
A second said: “Stop making this about you and call the baby its name?”
A third commented: “Oh dear, that’s not ideal! Although as you say, unfortunately it’s their baby and their choice. Could you perhaps create a tolerable nickname from their name? Otherwise I would try and make an effort to say the name when around SS [stepson] and GF [girlfriend], and then avoid it while with your other half!!”
Another said: “It can’t be that bad, surely?”
A fifth quipped: “Sorry – with these threads you have to say the name! Roolz”.
Another user said: “Get over yourselves.”
The original poster responded to some of the comments and said: “It’s not just about what we think it’s more about the abuse the poor child will get when he’s growing up. I just don’t think they have thought about that.”
In another comment, she added: “I can bring myself to say it – it’s DH [dear husband] that’s the main issue, he sees his son in a completely different light now and not in a good way”.
She received further requests to divulge the child’s name before revealing he has been named Stormy-Water.
One Mumsnet user replied: “Oh gosh poor child. I feel sorry for him growing up. Chances are he will change it. I would nickname him sunshine and say he is your little ray of sunshine. That or just call him Storm. Be there for him, he will need support.”
Another said: “Stormy is fine. And it’s not pretentious it’s kardashian wannabe”.
And another added: “We have an ‘out there’ name in my wider family. I too thought they were ridiculous to call their DC [dear child] that name and told them so before DC was being but regardless of what I think, it’s their name and it would be awful for the child not to use it. You’re going to have to get over it or it will ruin your relationship with your son and grandson”.
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