‘My mother-in-law hates my baby’s name and has decided to change it’

It’s no secret that sometimes in-laws can be a bit of a handful.

Parents always want what they think is best for their children, even when they’ve grown up, moved out and gotten married.

Occasionally some take this too far and end up causing issues for their son or daughter’s new family.

This has been the case for one woman, who claims her mother-in-law has never really liked her and that she’s now causing problems following the birth of her grandson.

The new mum took to Reddit to explain the situation, saying that her mother-in-law hates the baby name they’ve picked and has attempted to change it.

The woman said she and her husband have named their little boy Emile, but the mother-in-law has started calling him Miles instead.

To make matters worse, the grandmother was also telling her friends on social media that the child was called Miles.

The woman wrote on the Just No MIL page, explaining: “My mother-in-law doesn’t like me. Never has, never will. I’m not trying to be her friend anymore.

“All throughout my pregnancy she referred to my baby as ‘her baby’ and ‘her grand baby’. She very vocally disliked every single name I thought about.

“Well he was born on the 28th, she made a post before I could… and announced his name as something completely different from his actual name.”

The grandmother wants to call him something else (stock photo)
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She continued to admit that her partner doesn’t see an issue with his mum’s behaviour as he just sees Miles as a “nickname” she’s given him.

“The name isn’t even similar to his real name, she didn’t mention his real name and she deleted a comment with his real name. Plus he’s three days old, he can’t really have a nickname yet… she hasn’t met him because of lockdown… so I feel very disrespected. I’m not sure what to do?”

More than 200 people responded to the Reddit post, with many taking the woman’s side and slamming the mother-in-law’s actions.

One person said: “While I do really love the name Miles (it’s my son’s name), it’s insane that she’s doing this. Miles doesn’t really make sense as a nickname for Emile, but most importantly YOU DON’T WANT HIM CALLED THAT. And she knows that.

“My nephew is called Matthew. My sis does NOT want anyone calling him Matt so we all respect that and resist the temptation to nickname him. It’s really not difficult.”

Someone else suggested she take a very forceful route to set boundaries: “You need to cut all communication and put her on an info diet. She will continue to trample and boundary stomp until you do. Good luck.”

A third wrote: “I’m sorry you had your announcement stolen… that is awful. All of my sons grandparents have different names for him… Oreo, O, among many other ‘colourful’ names, but his birth was announced with his full name.”

“Congratulations on your new kiddo! I bet he’s incredibly cute. Ignore your MIL. Your kiddo’s name is YOUR decision, not hers,” added another.

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