Originally Posted by StarMama
This time around we aren't telling our IL's the name we've chosen until she's born (unless ds slips up). When we told them about Orion's name my MIL flipped. Screaming, yelling, rocking back and forth holding herself crying about how much she already loved the baby (I was 16 weeks along), tells us he could never be president with that name, making racial slurs (that only certain nationalities name kids "weird names")
Now THERE'S a mental image! What is it with MILs??
FWIW, my son has a family name so we chose a nickname to differentiate him from the others with the same name. His nickname is an actual, classic shortening of his real name, not something like "buddy" or "skip".
WE really, really love it. My parents do not. They've told everyone they know (we live on the other side of the country) that his nickname is something different. We found this out because gifts would arrive addressed to the wrong name. Now the name they chose isn't radically different, but it's a name THEY like and one we specifically avoided because we don't. I find this incredibly irritating and controlling, and do correct them whenever they slip up and call our son by the wrong name in front of us.
My DH told me not to worry, that eventually when our son was old enough he'd correct them himself, and sure enough, the last time they slipped, he emphatically announced, "My name isn't '___' it's '_____'!!"
So to my parents, I send this very juvenile