A dad has been slammed after he “lashed out” at a nurse who didn’t allow him to change his son’s date of birth on the newborn’s official birth certificate.
The man explained that he and his wife recently welcomed their first child, with their son being born at 11.05pm on New Year’s Eve.
He says a nurse handed him a form to fill out to record their child’s details and when he got to the date and time of birth, he chose to put 12.05am on January 1 instead because “one hour difference wasn’t really a problem”.
However, he was stopped by the nurse who told him that the details must be filled out with the exact time and date, leading to an argument as he claimed he had the power to do it as he is the child’s father.
“I argued with her about it and told her that she was making a huge deal out of it,” he said. “And that this was unfair to my son because he only lived in 2020 for just one hour.
“Plus 2020 was a s***ty year, I’m glad it’s finally over and I don’t want my son to be associated with it. So adding 2021 would make more sense.
“After she tried to argue with me telling me that what I was doing is considered forgery and would cause a huge issue because it’s not just an hour, I was changing the date as well.
“I told her that I’m his dad so I get a say and take full responsibility for anything that happens later. She lashed out at me and told me that ‘this is not how it works’ and that this form will not be accepted because it contained false information.
“She got more people involved including the paediatrician who disrespected me by raising his voice. I told them that I’m the parent and have the authority.
“They ended up taking the form and didn’t let me fill it out. My wife said that I embarrassed her by making a scene and acting stupid and lashing out.”
He says his family heard about the incident and also condemned him for “ruining their joy” and causing his wife to be “stressed out” – but his brother agreed it was “ridiculous” for them to focus on a specific time and also said the baby “was born in 2021 because he’ll have a whole year to live but only one hour of 2020”.
The dad took to Reddit to ask for other people’s opinions, and found support in very short supply. One said: “You’re the a**hole. As a parent you don’t have authority over space and time. His date and time of birth is a fact, not an opinion.”
A second jokingly asked: “I’m in my 30s, but I’ll have the whole year to live, so does that mean I’m also born in 2021?”
And another added some wise advice, writing: “A bunch of terrible things happened to you in 2020, but one good thing also happened. Your son was conceived and born in 2020.”