My in-laws said I have no right to name my child and said I'm not a 'real dad' – I'm fuming

My in-laws said I have no right to name my child and said I'm not a 'real dad' – I'm fuming


ARGUING with the in-laws is never ideal.

And a man is left fuming after a gender reveal party ended in a huge argument with him and his husband's parents.

The man is expecting his second child very soon and to celebrate, threw a gender reveal party.

What he thought would be a fabulous event, soon ended up in tears, when his in-laws declared he wasn’t a ‘real dad’. 

He and his husband already have a three-year-daughter, who they adopted two years ago.

The couple are now expecting a son through surrogacy, with their new baby conceived using the husband's sperm and an egg from a donor, who is a friend of theirs.

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The surrogate is now seven months pregnant and so the men threw the gender reveal party to gather their friends and family together. 

When the baby’s gender was revealed, the man’s in-laws suggested they pick the name then and there. 

The man took to Reddit to share his story and said: "I’ve already chosen one but as I didn’t want to destroy their happiness, I let them suggest names to see if they come out with the name.

"They only suggested naming our baby after their fathers, it was something like Peter Jeremiah.

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“I have nothing against people named like that but I don’t really like it for my child.

"I told them that we’d think about it, but they insisted on picking one. 

“After insisting so much I told them that I’d already picked one, then my mother-in-law said, 'Well, it doesn’t matter, my son has the last say'.

"I said, 'Sorry?' then my father-in-law replied, 'yeah, my son has more rights to name the baby since he is the real dad'."

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Rightly so, the man was furious at the comments from his in-laws and physically made them leave the party.

He continued:  "I was furious and my husband was petrified so I (didn’t let them explain what they said) grabbed their arms and kicked them out.

"My husband got back to reality and said, 'They are my parents and this wasn’t the way', and as you can guess I ruined the party. 

“Everyone left and after that, my husband apologised for what his parents did".

Following the ordeal, the mother-in-law called her son, expressing disappointment in the expectant parent’s behaviour.

The man added: “Today my mother-in-law called my husband and stated that she was so disappointed about my behaviour and that I hurt her by what I did.

“My sister-in-law says I was disrespectful and overreacted since I didn’t give them time to explain themselves.”

As a result, the man is now left wondering whether he made the wrong decision to kick them out and if he should have given them more time to explain themselves.

However, many Reddit users completely sympathised with him and thought that he was right to do what he did. 

One person said: “Funny how she didn't think to mention how invalidating your fatherhood might have hurt you.” 

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Another added: “He was told he wasn’t the “real parent” and that he had less of a right to his child than his partner because of DNA. I would have kicked them out too. Not only did they say this out loud to his face, they did it in his home, AND during a party he and his partner were hosting for their child. And then had the absolute gall to say HIS behaviour was the problem.” 

A third commented: “I don’t think it was an overreaction at all. Educating them on how their family is going to work is a good idea though. I feel bad their son was petrified into silence and wonder what that relationship is like now.” Another said: “There is no explanation that could possibly make what they said ok.”

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