You can't make these "Am I the A-hole?" posts up, folks! Sometimes, they're too perfect for words. This one, titled, "AITA for telling my sister I think her baby name choice is weird?" is far more interesting than the title would have you believe.
OP explains that her sister is in the third trimester of her pregnancy, "ready to pop any day now." Everyone's so excited for the new baby. The entire time she's been pregnant, she and her husband have kept their name choice entirely secret, but she did decide to share it with OP, her sister, just recently. Reader, she wants to name the baby Portabella.
Like the mushroom. "At first I thought she was joking," OP writes, "but then she started saying how we could just call the kid Bella for short. There's obviously nothing wrong with Bella, but I think naming your kid after a mushroom is weird. I told my sister that she can name her baby whatever she wants as long as BIL is on board, but she did not take this well."
It's unclear if the sister's husband is on board with naming his baby after an albeit delicious fungus. But she clearly wasn't prepared for backlash from her sister, OP, who is probably rightfully concerned that the kid will be teased. There are only so many "fun guy" jokes a human being can take.
At first, I thought she probably just liked the word "portabella" and didn't realize that she'd chosen the name of a mushroom. Oh how wrong I was.
"She got really irritated," OP writes, "pointing out how I have my weird obsession with fried chicken (it's kinda true) so why can't she have a weird obsession with her favorite mushroom?" Reader, she meant to name her child after a mushroom.
"I told her she can be obsessed with whatever food she likes, but you don't see me making plans to name my firstborn the Colonel," OP writes. This, of course, made her sister explode with anger.
I just don't understand. If she is so set on naming her daughter after a fungus she likes to eat, why not just name her Bella? Everyone can call her Bella, she'll always be known as Bella, and the sister will always know in her heart that her daughter is named after a mushroom.
OP kept telling her the name was fine, it was all fine as long as the baby is healthy, but her sister wouldn't hear it. So she came to Reddit to see if she was TA for having that reaction.
"NTA," you didn't even insult the name or tell her not to, you just didn't give the reaction she wanted," one person wrote. "She knows it's weird and is deflecting based on that."
Commenters unanimously agreed that it's a bad name for a baby. Someone even brought up the idea of calling her Bella and then keeping Portabella for a nickname at home. There are so many options that don't end with a poor kid enduring jokes so her mom can be reminded of a certain type of mushroom.
Look, pregnancy does something to your hormones and your brain. Was there a more delicate way OP could have handled the situation? Perhaps. But the point would have been the same. Please don't name your baby Portabella.