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Changing baby name at last minute

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ladyjam Wed 10-May-17 13:43:46

I'm 39 weeks with DC3. MIL phones everyday for a 'progress report', which is fine in itself, but she always ends up trying to guess the names we have chosen. DH and I decided on the names weeks ago, but have categorically stated that we will not tell anyone the name until the baby is born.

Today, however, MIL guessed the name we have chosen for a boy, and while I didn't let on that she had guessed correctly, I'm so annoyed that she's right that I've gone off it, and I really want to change it because I know she will tell everybody that she knew the name first (being the first to do/know/see things is very important in her world)!

I know I'm being absolutely ridiculous, and I'll feel better in an hour or so, but I had to vent to someone!

BikeRunSki Wed 10-May-17 13:44:46

You are being ridiculous.

GummyGoddess Wed 10-May-17 13:48:40

If you've gone off it then change it. My dm guessed my wedding venue when we specifically wanted to take her and pil to show them together and it was so disappointing.

Really you should have told her to stop guessing but we did that to my dm and she literally spent hours on Google to find it from a few vague answers.

amusedbush Wed 10-May-17 13:49:03

Well, if you're ridiculous then so am I. That would bother me and I couldn't bear the smugness of her thinking she knew first blush

CotswoldStrife Wed 10-May-17 13:49:11

I think at this stage of the hormones it doesn't take much to tip you over the edge tbh. Ignore. Vent to DH as well in the hope that he will do something (without giving away the name!).

If she guesses another name tomorrow, make a sound that will make her think she is right with that (the wrong) name.

Pinkheart5917 Wed 10-May-17 13:52:06

Would I change my babies name based on the fact someone dared to guess it? Umm no I wouldn't, how daft.

Unless your calling a child bear or orange I'd say there is a good chance someone might guess it

You might have a girl anyway?

Relax, call your child it's name as planned and forget about this

HarrietKettleWasHere Wed 10-May-17 13:52:40

I can't imagine getting upset about it. But maybe I also can't imagine pregancy hormones.

However I really can't imagine my wedding being any less of an event/special if a family member guessed it beforehand confused

HarrietKettleWasHere Wed 10-May-17 13:52:53

Guessed the venue, I mean.

Whatsername17 Wed 10-May-17 13:53:06

I had the same issue with mil and sil. They didn't guess but it infuriated me that they kept guessing. You could change through name or you could ride out the smugness. Every time she says she knew the name, laugh loudly and at length and reply 'yeah, it only took you 8 months and 6000 guesses!'

user1493022461 Wed 10-May-17 13:54:55

You are ridiculous, and clearly loathe your MIL.

kaytee87 Wed 10-May-17 13:57:22

Being a bit ridiculous but you're allowed at 39 weeks pregnant. Your mil phoning you every day for a progress report and trying to guess the name when you said you didn't want to tell anyone is being even more ridiculous. You could be pregnant for another 3 weeks, tell her to lay off.

Girlsinthegarden Wed 10-May-17 13:58:18

Use it and deny you remember her guessing it.

ladyjam Wed 10-May-17 13:58:33

I like that, Whatsername, I think I'll do that!

I know I'm ridiculous, I love the name and I don't really want to change it, its just annoyed me, and I know how smug she can be about everything anyway!

RiversrunWoodville Wed 10-May-17 13:59:12

Is the baby definitely a boy or is there a chance she will be wrong if you have a girl? Although tbf it would probably annoy me if I was heavily pregnant and wanted to keep it secret so YANBU. Do you have a backup name you like for a boy?

ladyjam Wed 10-May-17 14:01:36

No, we don't know what we're having, so there's every chance this won't be an issue anyway! She's quite certain we're having a boy, so is only really interested in guessing boy names.

kaytee87 Wed 10-May-17 14:02:36

Ladyjam don't worry, people breathing or looking at me annoyed me when I was 39 weeks pregnant wink

MistressPage Wed 10-May-17 14:07:37

Everything is annoying when you're that pregnant. Why is it so important to keep the name a secret? Isn't it nice that she's so interested in her grandchild?

EssentialHummus Wed 10-May-17 14:09:24

Can she direct her daily calls to her son? I'd go bananas.

CocoLoco87 Wed 10-May-17 14:12:36

You're not being ridiculous!! Pregnancy hormones and tiredness / irritability can be awful! It would annoy me too if someone would be smug about something like that.
Try and enjoy your last week or so of pregnancy. And definitely vent to DH later over a big ice cream sundae. All the best for the rest of your pregnancy! flowers what an exciting time for you!!

Bear2014 Wed 10-May-17 14:13:41

Haha - my OH doesn't know this, but I have vetoed a particular baby name purely on the strength that it's MIL's favourite.

If she was just reeling off a list of names and happened to say the right one, you're being a bit silly.

diddl Wed 10-May-17 14:16:37

Well of course there was a chance that it might happen if you were getting into the daftness of humouring rather than ignoring.

Even if she hadn't guessed in this way, there's always a chance that she would say that she knew/had guessed in the event if if she had no clue.

NavyandWhite Wed 10-May-17 14:17:21

No wonder there's so many problems with MILs. Some people are as bad if not worse than them.

BertrandRussell Wed 10-May-17 14:18:53

Yes, you're being ridiculous.

1bighappyfamily Wed 10-May-17 14:20:06

ladyjam I'm going to try really hard, and fail, to say this in a non patronising manner. At some point between now, and the next three weeks, you are not going to give a shit.

Let her have her moment, and smile quietly with DH that she's being an idiot. And then ignore it.

Good luck!

Lweji Wed 10-May-17 14:20:24

Just tell her one name, then tell her you've changed your mind after the birth.

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