Group Therapy Thursday – Sister-in-law steals baby name 06/12

My husband and I finally agreed on the perfect name of our baby girl that we’re having in a couple of months – Olivia.  You won’t believe what happened…My sister-in-law stole our baby name for her dog after my husband told his brother we had picked a name and what it was!  I feel like she’s doing this on purpose because she’s jealous of all the attention we’re getting since this will be the first grandchild.

I want to confront her, but my husband is begging me not to. I always thought she was a good friend, but now I’m not so sure.  My husband won’t even bring it up to his brother because he doesn’t want to make waves in the family, but I am livid and think it needs to come out. What should I do??
Danielle


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Heather
Heather
7 years ago

I totally agree with never wanting to name a kid after a pet of any kind. I would pick another name and know that it will be better than the first one you chose and it will irritate your sister-in-law that you thought of an even more clever and fabulous name than ‘Olivia’. After that, confront her and find out why she felt the need to steal your name. Good luck!

Terri
Terri
7 years ago

As much as it bothers you that your SIL “stole” your baby name for her dog, please don’t confront her. That would just be unnecessary drama for your family. You really don’t know what her reason is for naming her dog Olivia. Don’t presume anything. So what that she named her dog with your name. Go ahead and name your beautiful girl Olivia. That dog won’t be around more than just a few years anyway. There are lots of people names used for pets. Don’t let your SIL get to you. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. That will be your best revenge. You will have to learn to let go of petty things like this and focus on your own family. You can’t let inlaws like her to rule your emotions.

StJulian Cox
StJulian Cox
7 years ago

That is sad. So sad that she did that. Jealousy will get you no where. Just let it go and let her have her “reward” if she wants to call it that. It just speaks volume of you two that you are skill enough to pick such a beautiful name that someone wants to steal it. Some people have no originality. When you do decide on another name, you two have to keep it to yourselves until it is all done. Just let it go and everything will work itself out. Congratulation on your pregnancy.

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