Tatum getting ready to cheer on her cousin -- before he starts freaking out!
Because of the glucose challenges and the resulting body temperature drop that plagued our little guy at the hospital, the pediatrician decided against circumcision at St. Marks. I was (not so) secretly thrilled. Great! I thought. We've bought ourselves more time. . .
I gave Danny two specific jobs with our little guy (among other things). But I had decided to hand over the reigns (of whether to cut or not to cut) to him -- after all, he's got the male parts and I obviously don't. The second decision? Holden's middle name.
Here our handsome guy is sporting H&M Couture compliments of Erin Allen (and his buddy Jonah.)
So he got to make the decisions, but it didn't mean I wasn't going to share my opinions... (as most of you know, I usually don't have strong feelings one way or another...) ;)
Those are tears resulting from either the human rights injustices or a clogged tear duct (you decide?)
We chose the first name and last name together... though I don't think he'd even entertain a hyphenated surname for our guy.
So back to the snip-ship: Sure it helps protect against the spread of HIV... but you know what else does? Monogamy! Besides, it's losing popularity -- especially in the west.
My main request was that he make an INFORMED decision when it came to our child's precious body parts...after all, I reasoned -- even Joseph Smith revealed that circumcision is no longer necessary...
For those of you wondering if we made the jump to the brave new world of cloth diapers... yes. We're doing a hybrid of cloth, gDiapers AND disposable -- my favorites are the 7th Generation variety though... less impact on the environment than any other disposable brand we've found and seem to be the same price...
The American Association of Pediatrics says that while some studies show medical benefits for circumcision, the benefits are not even sufficient for the AAP to recommend the procedure.
Besides, we have a perfect little angel!
But ultimately, the adage "I want him to look like me"won out...and so it is. And even though I am ranting and raving and I am making Danny change his pants for the duration of the time that Holden's "junk" is healing... because it makes me cry every time I look at it...well, I'm sure my husband made the right choice. Because Danny would never hurt Holden on purpose... he's trying to save him from teenage hell... and I get that.
So in the end: I like giving people the option to make decisions -- but mostly when they agree with me though. :)
And in the interest of full disclosure, we also had the doc clip his tongue today... I would've postponed that one a lot longer but the doc said since we were already putting him through the (well, whatever it was we were putting him through) we might as well do it. I'm hoping we made the right decision...
I didn't get mine fixed until I was 7 or something... and I was "Sabweena" up until that point and in speech therapy... not saying your R's, S's and TH's is kind of adorable when you're a girl... but I don;t think you get afforded that luxury as a guy...