A grandmother is flabbergasted by her daughter-in-law’s unusual demand.
She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******” to weigh in. Her son Will and his wife Amber are expecting their first baby. It would be her third grandchild and her first granddaughter.
Amber requested the grandmother pick a name for the granddaughter to call her. The grandmother chose the same name her other grandkids call her, “Grandma.” But now Amber is furious.
“When Will and Amber were here to celebrate Mother’s Day,” she explained, “they gave me a card with a ‘ticket’ to cash in with the name I want the baby to call me. I thought it was a lovely idea and said I would love to be called ‘Grandma.’ My other grandchildren call me ‘Grandma’ so I thought it was nice if they all call me the same. Amber was kind of quiet after that. My son called me a few days after to tell me that Amber was very hurt that I didn’t want a ‘special’ name that I only shared with their children. I was surprised that my choice had upset her.”
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The Reddit poster tried to work it out with Amber and Will but it didn’t seem to work.
“Amber ended up calling me herself a few hours later,” the grandmother wrote. “She was really hurt I didn’t want a special bond with her baby. I ended the call by telling her we have plenty of time to decide since the baby isn’t due until September and it will be months before she will be calling me anything. Now she and my son have been a bit distant and I am concerned this will damage our relationship. I am honestly at a loss because my preference makes her feel bad and I am concerned that a special name might make the boys feel bad.”
Reddit users thought Amber was being a bit ridiculous
“She sounds unhinged. You have the right to be called grandma if that is what you want,” a user commented.
“They asked what your preference was, you told them… Why is there an issue?!” another said.
“She literally wants to alienate the other kids from their own Grandma,” someone wrote.
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