Some people crave attention so much that they’d ruin other people’s special events just to be the center of attention in the room and make sure all eyes are on them.
An internet user asked, “Am I a jerk for asking my sister if she’s had enough attention?”. We want to hear your thoughts.
The Original Poster’s (OP’s) (30F) sister (36) is pregnant with her second child. Her first child, she didn’t find out the gender until she gave birth. This time, she and her husband did but decided not to tell anyone.
OP says, “We’ve all respected that. Like, it’s their business.”
The Continuous Bragging And Baiting
They have made a pretty big deal about it, constantly bringing it up and trying to bait people into asking, just so they can smile and say “We know but we’re not telling!” Annoying, but everyone avoids it.
Some More Baiting
OP’s sister and her husband recently picked a name for the baby. As you can guess, they don’t want to tell anyone.
“Cool, their choice. But once again, there’s baiting for people to ask questions.”, says OP.
OP is also pregnant with her first. They’re not finding out the gender until birth, though they have 2 names picked out and have told people if they ask.
OP had her baby shower last weekend. OP’s sister was there. She baited a few people that didn’t know her into asking her what she was having. OP ignored it.
What Happened While Opening Gifts
Then, while opening gifts, OP received two onesies. One had the name OP and her partner picked out for a girl, the other one for a boy.
OP’s aunt explained she could hold onto the other one if they had a second or donate it (both are pretty common names).
OP thought it was so sweet. OP’s sister then said, “Oh, we’ve picked a name too!” OP already knew what would happen. A few asked what it was.
She smirked and said, “We’re not telling”. OP rolled her eyes and said “Yeah, we know, have enough attention for now?” She turned red but didn’t say anything else. They moved on.
The Final Fuss
OP’s mom later chastised her, saying she shouldn’t have called her out like that.
“Apparently my sister cried after. I pointed out she already had her shower where she could annoy people with all that, she doesn’t need to do it with mine. Am I a jerk?”, asks OP.
It Was YOUR Moment
“Being French, I don’t understand the concept of a baby shower but it was YOUR moment. It’s very rude of her to try to make it about her because she’s pregnant too.
If you don’t want to give out the gender or the names, don’t do it, and stop trying to bait people to be an attention seeker. Rude. Not the jerk.”
Looks Like She Got Main Character Syndrome
“Not the jerk. Not only is that incredibly annoying, but this was a celebration for you and your baby. She couldn’t avoid making it about her for a couple of hours.
She’d already had her shower and a previous child before that. Seems as though she suffers a bit from main character syndrome.”
This Was Supposed To Be About You
“Not the jerk. At your baby shower, it’s extra ‘ick’ for her to talk about her pregnancy. Your baby shower should be about you, your partner, and your baby.
Not sisters need to be seen as mysterious and special because she’s keeping the gender and name to herself. Actually, she should KEEP that to herself as well.”
Sounds Like She’s Jealous
“You’re right she is doing it for attention. It sounds like she is jealous of you being pregnant with your first at the same time she is with the second.
I am sure more people are paying attention to you since it’s your first and they are excited for you. So she and her husband have found a way to keep attention on them and their new baby. Since she isn’t getting the same attention with the second this time around.”
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