The "annoying" inlaw trope is usually reserved for a sitcom, but one new mom learned how far her mother-in-law will go when a new born's name was changed while the mother recovered from a C-Section.
In a story that sounds straight out of a bad TV show, a new mom wrote to a Slate advice column asking for help when, two months after birth, she discovered the spelling of her baby's middle name was changed.
"My son is 2 months old, and I just discovered my husband spelled our son’s middle name as 'Finlay' instead of 'Finley' on all of his legal documentation," writes the parent. "...his mother even sent a Christmas gift to middle name 'Finlay'."
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The writer, who signed off as Mamma Bear, says the swap happened while she was on the mend from a c-section, and while the actual name change rubbed her the wrong way, the Christmas gift situation was a slap in the face.
It sounds cartoonish, but according to the angry mom, her mother-in-law has a nasty habit of meddling a little too much in her life, going as far as trying to change the baby's first name too, though she didn't get that wish. Back to what actually was altered, the grandmother's reasoning for the spelling change was pretty rotten. Apparently, she thought the spelling "Finley" wasn't masculine enough for her grandson, so she guilted her son into making an alteration. While he wasn't all for it, it seems like he was trying to strike a compromise between his mother and the mother of his child.
It wasn't until Mama Bear discovered what she thought was a spelling error on the newborn's social security card and birth certificate that the ruse was up. The husband came clean and expressed genuine guilt over the matter, but the new mom is still a little confused.
There's a lot to unpack here, and there's no doubt a lot of hurt feelings coming from this situation. Obviously, this is a massive sign of disrespect from the mother-in-law, but a majority of the blame for this mess should fall on the compliant husband. The advice column mentioned that his part in the ordeal should not go unpunished, and we here at BabyGaga agree. This was a massive breach of trust.
It's probably going to take some time to recover from this one, but hopefully, once all the dust settles, Mama Bear can sell the rights of this story for a straight to TV movie!