Picking a name for your baby can be tough, but one couple say they didn’t have too much trouble agreeing on what they were going to call their son.
The mum-to-be and her husband are expecting their first child together, but when they announced the name of their unborn son, her parents were not impressed with their choice.
The unnamed American woman revealed all in a post on Reddit’s Am I The A**hole forum, where she explained that her mum and dad are very keen for her to name the baby after her brother, who tragically passed away.
According to the post, her parents are so desperate for her to pick their baby name, they’ve even tried to bribe her with money for it.
And if that weren’t enough, she claims her husband is starting to change his mind about the original name and now thinks they should take the bribe.
She wrote: “I’m seven months pregnant with our first baby boy and ever since we revealed the baby’s gender, my parents have been pressuring us into naming our son after my deceased brother who passed away from infection after fighting cancer.
“My mom insists that I name my son after my brother to feel like he was still here and not really gone, she said that he will fill her life with the joy she lost when she lost my brother.
“Thing is, I’ve already picked a name that I really like, my husband likes it to, when my mom found out she got mad at me.
“She argued with my husband and we left after she called him selfish.”
She continued: “My dad called us last night, he brought up the land that he inherited from my grandfather and offered it in exchange for us to name our son after my brother’s name.
“I was in a state of disbelief, he knew our financial situation and that rents are getting higher and harder to keep up with especially with my husband trying to look for a job. The land is worth xxx of money and my husband is wanting it.”
The woman to be goes on to admit she’s “mad” and thinks it’s “beyond awful” that her father tried to buy her son’s name.
She asked fellow Reddit users if she was wrong to want to keep the name she picked.
More than 500 people replied to her post, with many encouraging her to ignore her parents.
One person said: “I understand that your parents are still hurting from his passing, but on top of the fact it’s completely your decision what you want to name your child, I can’t imagine it will be easy or fair for your son bearing the name of a dead uncle.”
Another replied: “This right here is EXACTLY why you DON’T name a new baby after a recently deceased relative. It’s too much baggage to put on a kid.”
A third added: “You parents need grief counseling yesterday. You baby is not a substitute or replacement for your brother. Your baby will be there own person and your mother needs to recognise that.”
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