An expectant father sparked outrage on Reddit when he refused to let his ex-wife’s new girlfriend choose his child’s name. Seems the name he picked out was a source of trauma for her. Here is the whole story.
They Just Broke Up
OP is a 28-year-old man who split up with his 28-year-old wife a few months ago.
He Was Toast
For the most part, the split was amicable because OP knew there was nothing he could do after his wife came out to him as a lesbian.
She Fessed Up
The hardest part for OP was that his wife had cheated on him. The day after it happened, she came to him riddled with guilt and admitted to the infidelity.
He Knew the Affair Partner
And it was an especially bitter pill for OP to swallow because his wife’s affair partner was a friend of a friend.
They Didn’t Get Along
OP and this other girl, who is 27, never got along, but he was happy his wife had made a new friend at least before the truth came out.
She Hid It Well
Even when the two women started spending much time together, OP never thought much of it until his wife dropped the bomb on him.
She Dropped Another Bomb
Then, a few weeks after they split up, OP’s ex dropped another bomb on him. An even bigger bomb!
Things Just Got Complicated
That day, OP’s ex wanted to meet for lunch. And while they ate, she told him that she was pregnant.
They Were Thrilled
OP and his wife had always wanted to have children, and they were still very excited by the news despite the circumstances.
He Had a Name
Not long after that, OP and his ex discovered they had a son. And the expectant parents already had the boy’s name picked out.
It Was All Settled
Ever since they had been talking about having kids, OP and his wife had agreed that their first son would be named after their two grandfathers. And they both wanted to stick to that.
He Was Blindsided (Again)
But there was a problem that OP could have never seen coming.
They Stayed Together
It turns out OP’s ex and her affair partner didn’t just have a fling. Now they’re a full-fledged couple and planning a life together.
She Hated the Name
The new girlfriend objected strongly to the name OP, and his ex planned to name their son when she heard it.
She Couldn’t Live With It
It seems the girlfriend had dated another girl with a similar name to OP’s grandfather’s first name. She didn’t think she could go through life raising a son with that name.
It Wasn’t Her Place
When OP heard about the woman’s objection, he was furious that she would even consider butting in.
He Shocked Her
First, OP asked the other woman if he had impregnated her. She was shocked by his question and said that he had not.
He Was Being Ridiculous
And then OP asked the woman who wrecked his marriage if she had miraculously impregnated his ex. Again, she agreed that she had not.
She Had No Say
Good, OP said. That meant she wouldn’t be the baby’s parent and had no say in what name they gave him.
She Said He Was Homophobic
That sent the ex’s new girlfriend into a frenzy, and she accused OP of being homophobic. Then she stomped out of the room.
Torn Between Two Lovers
OP’s ex said she agreed it would be his choice to use his grandfather’s name. But she also pointed out that the other woman would be part of their child’s life.
She Has No Right
While OP acknowledges that his son will spend a lot of time with the new woman, he still doesn’t think she has any right to call the shots when naming the child.
She Won’t Budge
Both OP and his ex-wife have tried to work out a compromise, like making the “offending” name the baby’s middle name instead of his first. But the girlfriend wants no part of it.
He’s Losing Her
Now, OP is trying to work through things with his ex, who still plans to name the baby how he wants. But he feels like she’s waffling.
He’s Lawyering Up
So, to cover his bases, OP plans to consult a lawyer to ensure he’s on solid ground.
Redditors mostly agree with OP and think his ex’s girlfriend is way out of line.
Some even think OP’s ex may have held onto the marriage until she got pregnant to raise the baby with her new girlfriend.
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