Most doctors are VERY ill-informed about circ. like you did, they believe it's just "what you do" and not that big a deal, etc, etc, so if a child's foreskin doesn't retract by the time they are 4, or 7, or 12, or whatever age they feel a foreskin SHOULD retract by, they want to cut it off. infections? cut it off. ballooning when he pees? cut it off. all of these things are normal, and not a reason to circ most of the time. Someone upthread mentioned that some adult males don't retract, and that is new information to me, but it makes sense -- some foreskin (both of my boys) is really long, and I have assumed that my bio son would retract by the time he was through puberty, but maybe not, who knows? since nearly everyone has been circ'd in north america for many years, the whole foreskin thing has kind of been a bit of a mystery for most people. Most foreskin issues will resolve themselves with time, leaving the foreskin alone, or a dab of ointment, if it's really bad. ;-) I have not seen, nor do I know about foreskins that have been subject to a lifetime of infection, forced retraction, etc, so in those cases, maybe the poor thing is so damaged that it DOES have to come off, I do not know. But I would NEVER rely on the word of a regular doctor, and would always seek the opinion of someone who is familiar with foreskins and how to heal what ails them.
I was actually coming back to this thread specifically to say that I don't mean to sound judgmental about other people's religious beliefs -- I am a very 'live and let live' person in that regard, aside from when potential damage is being done, and with circ, there is ALWAYS a risk of injury, disfiguration, even death, not to mention the fact that it's just unnecessary. so for religious people to believe that god created the penis with this little mistake on the end just baffles me. and frustrates me, and makes me angry, some days. ;-) I'm not a fan of blind faith, but then, I'm not of any faith either, so of course there is no way for me to understand it.
Marci, I suspect that your little guy will have a healthy foreskin, and you won't need to worry about it. also, while I'm here, did someone recently tag you in a photo of the baby girl I assume you're moving forward with? I never heard what you decided to do about that, but I got all excited for you when I saw that photo. :-)
and also, I don't know if my friend's FB friends were also Catholic, but she is, so I assumed. silly me. ;-) They felt pretty strongly, though, that the bible tells them to circ -- but I don't actually know their denomination... not that it matters, really...
ok, off my soapbox!