First son circumcised, want to keep second son intact. Anyone have experience with this? - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 20 Old 11-05-2013, 02:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone,

I really did NOT want to circumcise my son and it pained me greatly doing so. However, my husband felt  very strongly about this and wanted it done. We have compromised on other things such as vaccinations where I have gotten my way.

 

How do I bring up the topic this time around? Please help!!!

 

I think it will be fine to have one son circum. and the other not. Will they pay much attention to this?

 

Anyone else have one son that is and one that isn't? Care to share?

 

thanks!!

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Both of mine are uncircumcised, but i do understand the concern of having them different. I wouldn't say, however, that its a reason to circumcise this time around if you don't want to. if the topic ever comes up between them you could just give a quick anatomy lesson of why they look different. 

i had a friend who had her boys circumcised. her first, it was so that he looked like her husband, but then later, it was so that the brothers would look alike. She told me she always wished she kept the brothers intact even though the older one was not. 

good luck mama!

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Good luck, mama! There are lots of threads here with moms who have kids where the first son is circumcised and subsequent children are intact. The inconvenience (if any) of explaining it to your sons is worth it to keep your son whole!

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I have a circumcised 4 year old and an in tact 3 year old and they haven't said anything about it yet. And they've definitely seen each other, they take baths together regularly.

I should also note that sometimes things like this just don't matter to kids... My oldest is my step son whom I have raised as my own: he is a fair, blonde hair, blue eyed boy. My biological son takes after my mixed race looks (black&white) he has dark curly hair, brown eyes and dark skin. I thought they would start asking why they look so different by now, but it's not even on their radar! I think differences matter more to adults and maybe our kids only notice when we make a big deal about it.

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My oldest is circumcised and my two younger boys are not. They're (almost)7, 5 and 1 - there have been zero comments or questions amongst them.


DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!

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I was circumcised, my younger brothers were not. No issues.

I am circumcised, my two sons are not. No issues.

I will point out that I wear glasses, am 6 feet tall, have a beard, not to mention pubic hair. I have trouble seeing how these differences should be used to do something other than explain how to accept diversity.

Further, if I had lost an arm or leg, would I then consider amputating my children's arms or legs to save them from being traumatized by being different? I hope not!

My parent's taught me that two wrongs do not make a right....I think that applies in this situation.

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My son is intact.no problems at all 

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I have two boys who don't "match."  The first I had on my own, in college, and my parents were my support system.  I didn't want to circumcise him, but my mother is an RN and she swore it was so much better, I was being ridiculous, etc., and my dad swore people would make fun of him, so I let it happen.  MAJOR REGRETS!  When they brought him back from the procedure, it was as if I could SMELL the pain coming off him, and his whole body was quivering with agony.  Immediate remorse - I've never gotten over the regret.

 

Six years later, I had DS2 - his dad is British and uncircumcised and was very opposed to circumcision for his son, so no conflict there.  The boys have asked about it, and I just explain what happened matter-of-factly.  DS1 says he's fine with his, no resentments, etc., and DS2 went through a period of mild sensitivity about its appearance during late elementary school, but he's cool now, too.  In fact, I posted about it on here way back when he was experiencing concerns and someone replied with a list of things a foreskin is good for, and one item on the list was "jewel-smuggling" - I showed it to him and he thought that was great.  I guess that's what 9 year-olds go for.  <@@>  They're 23 and 17 now, respectively, and the only thing I notice is that the uncirc'ed one is messier when peeing - I don't know if it's the foreskin or just a lack of attention to detail.

 

I'm currently expecting a girl; my lovely husband is circumcised, but before we found out, he was supportive of not circumcising if we had a boy.

 

Holly


So...I'm 43 and pregnant with #3 - how'd that happen?  

 

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Hey, I found a similar version of the list another momma posted so long ago!!  The "Other" section is particularly hysterical.  Anyway, this list (or one very similar) made my DS2, then aged 9, feel great about his foreskin - maybe it will sway your husband, as well.

 

 

http://www.circumstitions.com/Functions.html

 

Holly


So...I'm 43 and pregnant with #3 - how'd that happen?  

 

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I fought this battle almost 4 years ago. Our first was circumcised because we honestly didn't know any better and neither one of us really talked about it. We just thought it's something you do when you have a boy. I found mdc when he was a few months old and started learning about it, and decided that any more sons I had would be left alone, but hubby was not down for that at all. He also wasn't ok with a homebirth, but I got my way on that one after discussing risks vs. benefits and how much more relaxing a hb could be compared to a hospital birth. Our ds was born at home 27 months after our first was born, and the midwife mentioned how glad she was that her son was intact. I never brought it up....I just avoided the subject altogether, and showed him tidbits of information every so often. We never had it done to our second, or third. :joy:thumb I just told him it was never going to happen when he was a few months old, and he agreed, and now he is totally anti-circ.


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Funny how so many DHs come around like that!  I would love to know what is initially in their head that they are so pro RIC, and then what it is that turns those perceptions around down the road so that they either become ambivalent and accepting, or better still anti-circ.

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4 boys, only 1 circ

My firstborn was circumcised, my next 3 weren't!! It makes the oldest feel better that his dad is also.
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My oldest is almost 8, he was taken out of my room and circed without permission. My youngest is only 14mo and intact. I havent had to deal with many questions yet. My son did ask me what is wrong with his brothers penis tho when I was changing him. I told him the truth. I told him that that is how a penis is supposed to look and told him what happened to him. I told him that the doctors when he was born thought it was better for him to cut that part off and that they took him without me knowing. I also said that it made mommy very mad that they did this. He asked me if it hurt. I told them that they are supposed to give medicine to help it not hurt but that it does. My son told me that he will beat the doctor up if they tried to do that to his brother. He also said when he is a grown up and has a son he will not let them do it. That was pretty much the talk on it.

My oldest does have a botch as well, he may need another surgery because he says it hurts from time to time. He has a VERY thick scar line with bunched up uneven skin all around. It pains me to think about it

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Think of it this way, regardless if a child is circed or intact his penis wont match his fathers. Just like a girls vagina wont match her mothers. It could also be said that the child's penis does look like the fathers, but the father had cosmetic surgery to alter his. Should we subject our kids to cosmetic surgery to match us? Nose jobs? Face lifts? All that fun stuff? No. That would be silly.

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My oldest is almost 8, he was taken out of my room and circed without permission. My youngest is only 14mo and intact. I havent had to deal with many questions yet. My son did ask me what is wrong with his brothers penis tho when I was changing him. I told him the truth. I told him that that is how a penis is supposed to look and told him what happened to him. I told him that the doctors when he was born thought it was better for him to cut that part off and that they took him without me knowing. I also said that it made mommy very mad that they did this. He asked me if it hurt. I told them that they are supposed to give medicine to help it not hurt but that it does. My son told me that he will beat the doctor up if they tried to do that to his brother. He also said when he is a grown up and has a son he will not let them do it. That was pretty much the talk on it.
Your post highlights the fact that children seem to be way more logical about this subject than most adults. Your ODS seems to have accepted what happened to him while realizing that it was not for the best and is therefore very protective of his younger brother. I think you handled the explanation very well.
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My son is intact. My now boyfriend is not, and if this baby is a boy, he wanted to cut him. I put my foot down and made him read. I explained to him that the only reason why they started cutting boys in the US was to stop masturbation and clearly it hasn't worked. (I found this website that listed notes from medical journals from the turn of the last century, basically doctors explaining that patients no longer masturbated when they got cut.) By boyfriend tried to play the whole, I want him to look like me card. And I said, he will look like himself and that's it. I'm not having one intact and one cut son. I've seen what they do and I ain't having it.



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Good for you !! Did your boyfriend back down? I have never understood the "look like me" issue. They will likely have many other differences - hair , eyes, who knows what else. I always want to ask "Why, are you planning on sitting on the couch together watching a game with your penises hanging out, comparing?"
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I'll make him back down, but now he keeps on saying he's hoping it's a girl. I'd really like a girl too, but if we find out it's a boy I'm going to keep talking to him about it.



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I'll make him back down, but now he keeps on saying he's hoping it's a girl. I'd really like a girl too, but if we find out it's a boy I'm going to keep talking to him about it.
Great !! If you need more ammunition there are many wonderful websites out there. One of my favourites is www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org - watch the video "The elephant in the hospital" if you have not seen it already. No, have your boyfriend watch it !!
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Good for you for standing up for your unborn baby. I think it can be a good idea to take the stance that since you want nothing to be done to the baby, left status quo, as they say, the burden of proof should be on your boyfriend's shoulders to find factual info supporting his side of things, since he wants something done to your baby. I had to stand up to my husband on this issue as well, and as a result our youngest son is intact. He wasn't very receptive at first, but after describing the procedure and telling him some other facts, he got on board.
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