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We DIDN'T call him Gerard

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laughorcry Fri 05-Aug-05 15:36:10

Don't know if anyhone will remember my post a few months back. My MIL trying to insist that we called ds-to-be Gerard.


We didn't. We went for Anthony (only name that me and dh could agree on) and I feel fantastic about it.

MIL reacted very badly and didn't come to see the baby for four days (may not sound a long time, but it was for her).

Can't help but laugh though as she is trying to signal her disapproval by refusing to organise the christening which we never wanted in the first place.

Things are still a bit frosty and I do feel bad for dh who is a bit stuck in the middle. Am proud of him though. He went to register the birth and I have to admit that until I saw the birth certificate there was a tiny part of me that was worried he would give in to his mother.

Thanks to all for help and support.

MrsGordonRamsay Fri 05-Aug-05 15:39:20

You are welcome, I remember the thread.


Blu Fri 05-Aug-05 15:41:47

VERY pleased that your DH did not cave in! Well done.

I was so keen to find out what had happened about this that I started a thread asking about it, a couple of months ago!

LOL at her refusal to organise the christening!

Blu Fri 05-Aug-05 15:42:21

And, of course, CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of little Anthony!

Tommy Fri 05-Aug-05 15:42:28

I remember it too. Well done laughorcry - MILs eh?!

Kelly1978 Fri 05-Aug-05 15:45:27

I remember that too, congrats on little anthony! Much nicer name.

Gobbledigook Fri 05-Aug-05 15:45:57

OMG - your MIL is having a strop cos you didn't call your ds the name she wanted?! Eh?!

Well you definitely did the right thing and Anthony is a lovely name - my Grandad and my ds3's middle name

frogs Fri 05-Aug-05 15:47:19

I remember you, too. Congratulations on your baby and standing up to your MIL.

Way to go, girl!

Blu Fri 05-Aug-05 15:51:09

get a pet toad, call it Gerard!

dinosaur Fri 05-Aug-05 15:51:32

PMSL! Good job I haven't got me cup of tea yet!

laughorcry Fri 05-Aug-05 15:58:16

that has hiven me an evil daydream of ringing MIL and saying that we called him Gerard after all, then expressing surprise when she talks about the baby and telling her we meant the toad.

but I couldn't do that.

even to my MIL.


Kelly1978 Fri 05-Aug-05 15:59:33


when I read "I couldn't do that" , for a sec i thought u meant to the toad!

laughorcry Fri 05-Aug-05 16:00:11

sorry - given me an evil idea.

one handed typing.

expatinscotland Fri 05-Aug-05 16:01:50

What a cheek! Acting like a three-year-old b/c she couldn't name a child that's not even hers!

Too bad she can't go away and stay away .

Why did she want 'Gerard'? It's not a name I'd chose for my son, either, but aside from that it's none of her business.

Blu Fri 05-Aug-05 16:25:41

laughorcry - this is the maddest 'birth announcement' MN has ever seen! 'My baby is not called Gerard' LOL!

lilibet Fri 05-Aug-05 16:29:55

I remeber that thread!

Well done to you and dh for sticking to your guns

and welcome to the world Anthony

Gizmo Fri 05-Aug-05 16:36:26


Is there a middle name yet? Could he be Antony Notgerard, just to really make the point?

As you might have guessed, subtlety is not my forte!

Blu Fri 05-Aug-05 16:40:09

Anthony OurToad'sCalledGerard Surname?

Blu Fri 05-Aug-05 16:41:13

Actaully if you pronounce 'Notgerard' in a v french way, with a silent 't', it sounds quite good!

puff Fri 05-Aug-05 16:49:02


I remember the thread too.

Well done to you and your dh.

bran Fri 05-Aug-05 17:36:14

I remember this thread, and I did wonder how it would turn out. I'm glad it's good news and well done to your dh for standing up to his mum. Anthony is a lovely name, congratulations on your baby boy.

logic Fri 05-Aug-05 17:49:02

Congratulations and well done on standing up to her!

franke Fri 05-Aug-05 17:57:44

I didn't see the original thread but this has made me lol Your mil is barmy. I think mumsnet should do a book of mil anecdotes. Congrats on little Anthony btw - v. nice name.

Maybe you could adopt a hippo at a wildlife park and call that Gerard (isn't that how Reggie Perrin used to imagine his mil?)

Hausfrau Fri 05-Aug-05 18:23:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Nightynight Fri 05-Aug-05 18:39:17

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