'Deeply hurt': Mother-in-law blocks new parents over 'offensive' baby name

The woman's MIL was 'deeply offended' by the choice in middle name.
The woman's MIL was 'deeply offended' by the choice in middle name. Photo: Getty Images

Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but one family are in the midst of a dispute over the name they chose for their newborn.

"My mother-in-law is upset with my husband and I over the middle name we have chosen for our daughter," the 28-year-old first time mum wrote on Reddit. "She is offended, hurt and can't let it go."

The woman went on to explain that the name her mother-in-law is so offended by 'Anne', which is a homage to her own grandmother. However, she immediately rejected it because she was "deeply hurt" by her ex-mother-in-law who had the same name.

"When we announced to the MIL in May that we were calling our baby girl "Fiona Anne", she got immediately upset," she explained. "She said she would be just as hurt if we went along with our plan to include Anne in our daughters name."

"At the time I was very pregnant and p---ed off and sassy, and I pretty much told her she'd have to get over it and be excited for new context to be added to the name," she continued. "And that was that... until my daughter was born."

"Now she will not talk to us," the shocked mum wrote, saying she's even blocked her phone number out of anger. "When I try to text her baby pictures, they are never 'delivered.'"

"She has been talking to people close to us about how hurt she is," the exasperated woman said. "She will not directly address this with us, but we have heard from my brother and sister in laws that my MIL is beside herself over this."

Apparently, her mother-in-law thinks she chose to name to spite her, as a "power move", which she assured readers is not true at all.

"All I wanted was to include my grandmothers name in my daughter's name because that's always been important to me," she said, before asking Redditers if she was in the wrong.

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Users immediately agreed that her mother-in-law was being unreasonable, and it wasn't up to her.

"It's a middle name, for heaven's sake," one user said in disbelief. "If she's willing to throw away a relationship with her grandchild and her son because of a name association, she's got some seriously disordered thinking."

"If she's cutting out her grandchild over some ancient feud with some entirely irrelevant rando then you don't need her in your life at all," chimed in another.

"MIL could never be a teacher," joked one user. "You know how many names we have to run through since we're both teachers!?"