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Man Names Daughter Sarah Palin

Tell Mommy: What Would You Do?

Parents often disagree on baby names, but usually they come to some sort of agreement in the end. Maybe you use the wife's idea for the first child and then dad gets dibs on the second. Either way, what one Tennessean man did to his wife and child is selfish.

While knocked out from her delivery drugs, Mark Ciptak of Elizabethton, TN opted to give his newborn daughter a moniker to support the Republican presidential ticket — Sarah McCain Palin — instead of the name they had decided on, Ava Grace. Without the mother's knowledge, he filled out the documents for the birth certificate and is facing the consequences of his choice at home.

I'd have a thing or two to say to my husband if he pulled such a stunt. Tell me, what would you do if your partner chose a name for your baby other than the one you agreed upon?

GossipGal13 GossipGal13 8 years
I would seriously devorce my husband in a heartbeat. No kidding. Afterwards i would change the name. And btw, my future husband isn`t going to be in on the name. I give birth, i give the name. It`s as easy as that.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
My husband would be finding himself a good divorce lawyer. What an awful thing to do.
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
This would be a deal breaker for me. If my husband were to go behind my back and be so dishonest with me, it would be over. I know it's easy to change a name but that wouldn't be the point, it's the fact that he knew I was knocked out and did it without discussing it with me. When I first heard about this story I was livid. I can't believe what that poor woman is going through. My heart goes out to her.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I would kick his butt to the curb!! Who would do that?? OMG
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
Oh man I am speechless...
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
My sister's friend was supposed to be named Emily, but while the mother was knocked out after delivery, the father named her Paula, after himself, Paul. Yeah, the mom wasn't too pleased, but the name stuck.
alohagirl alohagirl 9 years
I guess he thought he was being clever or maybe he wanted to be famous for a few minutes but what a disrespectful thing to do to your wife and a cruel one to your own child. Not only will he have to face his face but all their relatives and friends....
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
I'm sure they changed it.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 9 years
Now that poor girl has to live with that name for the rest of her life (well, if she was MY daughter, I would definitely be getting her name changed back to Ava Grace like I had wanted!). I can't even imagine!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I agree, macgirl. That's why I can't even comprehend what I'd do - if something like that happened, my husband has undergone a complete mental breakdown. Especially since Ava Grace is such a beautiful name.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Does he not like his wife or is he just that dumb? Naming your child is just one of those incredibly important things. Regardless of your political beliefs that is just so disrespectful. I can't even imagine being married to a man that would do something like that. I am guessing there are much bigger problems going in that marriage.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
That's not true, lickety. All my children, one of us had to sign the certificate. We both did in all three cases, but it only needed one of us.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
wow! i can't believe this is legal. i really don't know what i would do because my blood is boiling and i don't even know this poor woman. this has to be a prank, no one can do that w/ the mom's "okay". in fact, in california ONLY the mom signs the birth certificate. the dad CANNOT sign it.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 9 years
I can't believe the reporter is laughing about that!! Seriously I think I would divorce my husband if he did something so self-centred and thoughtless...
Rinne Rinne 9 years
Ava Grace is so lovely. And this is SO disrespectful to his wife! If I were her I'd change my daughter's name and seriously divorce him! If my husband ever did this, I 'd kill him! We picked out our names together, and both had fairly equal input. I did use the whole "I'm the one giving birth here" line almost every two seconds whenever I really hated a name, but we were pretty even in our input.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
I hate when stupid people reproduce.
jessie jessie 9 years
talk about DISRESPECTFUL to his wife....he deserves a swift hard kick to the nuts plus some...hopefully they can get it changed no problem. but if becomes a trust issues. i can't imagine how the wife is birth then finding out that happens. how emotions are running right now. mass chaos!! :(
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I get that, Jennifer. :) I meant our hospital because someone didn't even come in to talk to us until I was in the hospital about 48 hours. Now maybe they just do that automatically based on birth method and knew I'd be there for a few days, I don't know. I was just wondering. Ours was filled out and returned within a half an hour.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
Forgot to add that had it been my husband (& it never would have because we have way more respect for each other) the couch would be the least of his worries. He would be figuring out how to fix it and lining up a marriage councilor.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
Greggie- I had my daughter @ 1:45p on a Wednesday and left the hospital on Thursday @ 4:00p. We did our paperwork Thursday morning. I am not sure how he managed to name his daughter so fast. We didn't even get the paperwork until I was settled in my room. And they didn't come pick it up until the next day. (Though, if I remember correctly, only my husband signed it.)
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
I would kick his ass! Talk about taking advantage of his wife. He seems like an assh*le who is just trying to get attention. I saw him on the news; he looks like an idiot.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
It's hard for me to comprehend it because my husband just wouldn't do that. I thought that here both parents had to sign, but they only need one to make it official. But with all my kids, it wasn't even filled out until they were a couple days old. (Which made me wonder how they do it with patients who check out within 24 hours.) I don't mind the name though. *lol*
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 9 years
If he were my husband that would be a serious issue. To me, it shows a complete lack of respect for his wife. Here, both parents have to sign the birth certificate before it can be legally filed, and it is done 24 hours after delivery. I can't believe a state would let it be filed while the mother was still out of it and without her input. That seems wrong to me. I understand there would have to be exceptions but that should not be under normal circumstances.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Well,I would certainly have the child's name changed. I don't know what I'd do about the husband. Seems to me tat his actions were not merely foolish, but a betrayl of trust. He knowingly took advantage of is wife's postnatal vulnerability.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
I know some states have some sort on time law, that if you want to change the name within so many hours, you can. Otherwise I'd make him go get another job to pay for the fees of a legal name change. It's great to show your support for candidate, but this doesn't help.
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