1stTimeMama: Ugh!! Awful. Seriously. Usually I absolutely adore my MIL (believe it or not). She's super sweet and kind... BUT... she IS set in her ways. Not so much stubborn, but she only cooks the sameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee exactly 6 or so overboiled overcooked meals. Won't try ANY new foods. Like I said, she only likes very traditional "normal" names. Everything is just very traditional and to me... boring. I'm not trying to go against the grain or anything, but some things I just like different. She wrinkles up her nose at the name, when I told her we'll be cloth diapering, when I told her I would be breast feeding (what?!), everything. I seriously just want to scream in her face, "IT'S NOT YOURRRR FREAKING BABY!!" But it's really hard for me because she really doessss mean well, and she's just so excited. But I totally see myself having a meltdown on her sometime during this pregnancy (which I've NEVER done). She usually is a push over once she realizes something really could be better or nice another way, so that's good... but the looks and the wrinkling of the nose, I just want to kill. I'm definitely a bit quicker with my tongue when pregnant. It just comes out, and it's not nice if I'm mad. Ooooofa. I'm totally following your and a few other ladies smart idea and NOT say a word about the name next time. Ruby was just hard because I've said for years... I was having a girl, and her name was going to be Ruby, so everyone already knew. I think the inlaws just thought I'd change my mind. Noooooope.
P.S. My DH's name is Michael, and he's a Junior. My MIL kept saying "How about Michaela?" How aboutttttttttt, you go play in traffic. I think I said this somewhere, but I'm mostly German, so after I had enough with the name changing talks of "You need an IRISH name!" I finally responded, "A. Michael isn't even an IRISH name. It's Hebrew. Did you know THAT? And... I'm German. If you don't stop, I will name the baby Hitler regardless of the sex." They laughed, but they definitely cut back on the name obsession after that comment. Hmph.