Can you choose your child’s nickname before they’re even born?
A UK mum is trying to. And so far, it’s not going well.
The pregnant mum-of-four shared her frustration on parenting forum Mumsnet after she ran into a dilemma with her unborn bub’s nickname: No one is using it.
“I’m 35 weeks pregnant and I’m having a little boy,” she explained.
“Since I was a child I’ve loved the name Alexander James using AJ as a nickname,” she said, adding it may have something to do with the Backstreet Boys member.
But since James is such a common name, she’s changed the name to Jason, still wanting her son to be known as AJ.
The only problem is, everyone else in her life keeps calling her baby bump “Alex”.
“Over the last few weeks, everyone from my step mum to the children on my partner’s side have been referring to him as Alex no matter how many times I correct them.”
It’s not the worst name we’ve heard. These names on the other hand…
The mum said she was finding this confusing considering the family never had a problem using her chosen nicknames before. (Yep, it seems this mum has a penchant for calling her baby one thing, but actually wanting him or her to be known as something else.)
“It’s not as if they’ve ever refused to use nicknames before,” she said. “We have an Ollie (Oliver) Harry (Harrison) Albie (Albert) and Mila (Emelia).
“So why is it that they’re refusing to use my chosen nickname?
“Am I just being an unreasonable b*tch to expect people to use a specific short form?”