First things first, I’m aware these two things naturally do not go together. But, they are the two things on my mind right now.
I’m just getting home from my eight year old daughter’s play. Remember “Mars, Mars, we’re going to Mars?” Yeah… it’s even more stuck in my head now. However, it may be leaving my brain soon as my five-year old son has gotten ahold of a noise maker. Every blow with that thing drives another chunk of brain matter out… Grr! Noisy toys. That particular toy may have a tragic accident…
Now, on to circumcision. A girlfriend of mine is pregnant with her third child, her first son. She asked her female friends today what they thought about circumcision. To cut or not to cut? That is the question.
We have two boys. After our first son was born, we had him circumcised because that seemed to be the norm. It was awful. I’m starting a cold sweat just thinking about it. He had jaundice, so we were still in the hospital when he had it done. The doctor told us we could stay or go. I, of course, wanted to stay with my sweet little man. And then they strapped him to a board and broke out the biggest damn needle I’ve ever seen in my life. And then they stuck him with it in a place no infant, boy or man should be stuck. This is when I started to see stars and feel pins and needles. I couldn’t watch anymore and sat down sobbing as I listened to my baby boy wail his lungs out.
Four years later, I was pregnant and we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl. So, we had the talk, just in case. My midwife said she circumcised all her boys so they’d fit in better at school. You know, gym class locker rooms and all. Kids can be cruel to anyone who’s different. I thought about it but really didn’t want to put my second son through it, considering how horribly we all felt the first go round. But, my husband really wanted him to be circumcised. He had the penis, so he won that argument. Ugh. It was SO awful listening to my baby scream. Even my husband said he wished we hadn’t done it. Those who say the boys can’t feel it are full of crap.
Then there’s the whole cleaning it thing. I couldn’t even handle the bloody belly button so this was way out of my league. That little plastic cap at the tip just made me cringe. Yuck. I don’t even like picturing it.
Another thing I’ve heard moms who are against circumcision talk about is something us moms don’t really want to think about: our son’s future enjoyment of sex. Some say because you’re messing with nerve endings that chopping off the foreskin is a bad idea and will mess with their pleasure sensors in the future. I’d rather not picture either of my boys worrying about their goods in that way. I have a hard enough time (pun intended) dealing with the morning surprise in my baby boy’s diaper.
So, ladies… snip snip or no go?