It was around 20 weeks when we discovered Thomas was definitely a boy that my mom said we would now have to decide whether he would be circumcised. I had never thought much about it because I had only dealt with girls. Right away I opted to leave the decision up to Daddy. Afterall, I wouldn’t expect him to handle menstrual cycle conversations down the road. (Sorry if all of this is too graphic but these are real issues parents deal with.) Of course my parents and a couple friends pointed out that people like Dr. Oz have publicly proclaimed the whole process of cicrumcision unnecessary-adding that it decreases sensitivity. The two local ob-gyns I talked with didn’t really agree. One said it would be like 50/50 in the locker room among the boys by the time Thomas was in high school. The other said more than 90 percent of the boys she delivers are still getting circumcised and that it would be easier for them to keep the area clean-especially when they hit the grade school stage and didn’t want to take a bath. Dave decided to go ahead with it and had my full support. Thomas was too little to remember it and the modern method seems to limit discomfort. That’s not to say it doesn’t hurt. And I would have been okay with opting out. But like so many choices we make as parents it is one that you decide upon, act upon and then move on. And I haven’t really given it much more thought since.
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 7
This post was written by Tara on February 27, 2009