'It's a child, not a goldfish': Internet sides with dad-to-be after wife leaves over ridiculous baby name
The man told his wife that if she was adamant about using the name, 'she could use the name for a dog,' and that was the last straw
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A couple expecting their first child together had an argument about what to name their child, with disastrous consequences. The argument has spilled over to the Internet, with the man's Reddit post receiving 5.9K comments in just twenty-four hours.
In a social media post, a man who identified himself as 25 years old stated that he and his wife were about to have a baby. He penned, "Me (25m) and my wife (23f) are having our first child together. She is currently 9 months pregnant and could give birth anytime in the next couple of weeks. The only major fight we have had throughout her pregnancy happened a couple of days ago, and it was about what we were going to name our kid."
Couple finds it's a boy
The user added, "It all started when we found out the gender of the baby. We didn't do a gender reveal and decided to find out the gender at one of her checkups because we didn't want to spend time making two lists of names then have to get rid of one after. So after we found out we were having a boy we sat down together and made a list. Almost all of the names she suggested were normal, until the one that caused me to write this post."
Wife suggests strange name for baby
The user mentioned the name his wife suggested and wrote, "She suggested we name our son Mune. She told me the name was from this movie she watched when she was younger and that it always stuck with her. I told her the name was a little out there and he would get made fun of for it. She claimed he wouldn't and we started going back and forth trying to decide whether to add the name to the list or not. Eventually she agreed to keep the name off the list, we picked some that we liked, and I thought that was that."
A disastrous baby shower gift
He added, "Later on in her pregnancy her mom decided to throw a baby shower as it was her first grandchild, and my wifes pregnancy was almost over and we hadnt celebrated once. It was fine for the most part until we started to open the gifts. Most of them were normal baby things like diapers and bottles, until we got to her moms gift."
The user then mentioned the shock he felt after his wife opened the gift. "My wife opened the gift bag and pulled out a blue handmade blanket. It seemed normal enough at first until my wife unfolded it and low and behold there was the name Mune written on the blanket. When I saw it, I was pissed but didn't want to cause a scene so I stayed quiet."
"After that reveal, I had family members come up to me and ask me about the name and why I hadn't told them. I didn't know what to tell them as I didn't have a clue about this either and just had to embarrassingly tell my family that, which pissed me off even more," he added.
The user later explained that he questioned his wife and wrote, "Once the event ended and my wife and I went home, I started questioning her about the name. She got defensive and told me that it was a good name and that I was overreacting about it. I brought up the earlier points and told her it was a stupid name for a kid, and if she wanted to name something Mune so bad, she could use the name for a dog. She got upset and called her mom to come get her."
The user continued, "After she left, she called me and told me she wouldn't be coming back for a while. Everyone I've talked to about this has said it, not the a**hole, but now that my wife has been gone and I've been thinking about it, I feel like I could have handled the situation better. Aita?"
Internet agrees with the husband
Redditors responded saying the man was "not an a** hole" in unison.
A user supported the father and wrote, "You don't name someone for the rest of their life just because someone put a name on a blanket."
A different user pointed out, "Omg Mune is one of the most absolutely awful names I've ever heard. It's just ugly. I would veto it too. But even if it were an amazing name, it's still a no of both parents don't agree. The wife is being completely unreasonable here."
Someone else noted, "100% this comment. NTA "This is a child, not a goldfish. There are consequences and repercussions to choosing a name that is very unusual to begin with.... To go behind the other parent's back and tell a grandparent what the name is going to be, that is unacceptable."