'I think I want to change my baby's name'
MANY of us have experienced name regret, some more so than others.
I know I grumble about the name choice of my third child every time a family member mispronounces it as a country that borders on Egypt. But I know my Olivia will be just fine with her name. I mean, it's not like I've named her after something completely random, like fruit, the place that she was conceived, or even a season.
But one mum has posted to a parenting forum with that very dilemma, and is even considering changing her daughter's name almost one year after naming her.
The post has attracted over 140 responses with many agreeing that the little one's name should be changed.
"DD [darling daughter] was born on Halloween (2016) and I named her Autumn. I really like the look of it and the sound of it in my head. Since using it as a name, it doesn't seem to work as well as it did in my head? Lots of people don't get it. My mum actually makes jokes about it - 'I can't wait to see my granddaughter who hasn't got a proper name' or she directly speaks to her and says 'you might as well have been named Season'. No one else really says anything, but I feel like they think the same. I'm just really close to my mum, so she probably feels like she can say it," she wrote.
The one person in favour of the change didn't sugar coat it. "Yes change it. At this point she's too young to know any different."
But the vast majority of people agreed with it was a beautiful name and the original poster should not change her daughter's name.
"Wow your mum sounds really horrible! I can guarantee that no one else feels as strongly about your daughter's name as your mum. I like Autumn. If you change her name because of this what will you do? Just let your mum pick it and hope you like it to?" asked one.
Others pointed out the name isn't as rare as the grandmother is making out. "Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's baby daughter is called Autumn (Ed note: whoops it's actually August) so it's pretty likely the name will gain in popularity now, if you're worried about it being unusual. I think it's a lovely name though."
"Peter Phillips wife is called Autumn, the Queen's granddaughter in law. If it's good enough for the Queen..."
"It's a really beautiful name. Your mum is being horrible," posted another helpful person.
And really, it does just come down to it not being a name problem as such...
"You have a mother problem, not a name problem. Autumn is lovely, your mother is not!"
It does make you wonder, if anyone can do this with any name that they don't agree with.
As one person posted, "Your mum is poisoning the name for you and you need to decide whether you want to tell her to shut up and reclaim the name again or go for another name, or preferably both. I think what she's done is awful."
It does make you wonder, if the mother doesn't like the next name that were to be chosen, who's to say she won't poison that one too?