I was surprised by how passionate some people are about this topic. I wanted to give those who are thinking about it, my take.
Samuel is circumcised. There were two reasons why we chose to do this:
1. Samuel's heritage is Jewish, on Richard's side, and it marks his entrance into the covenant with God. It's called a Bris.
2. My mother had all my brothers circumcised. Back then it was always recommended. I've heard there can be a lot of issues with cleaning and infections when the skin is left on. I also have a teacher friend who didn't have her son circumcised and for the first 8 years of his life he had a lot of "issues," so at 8 years of age she had him circumcised. By that time, it was major surgery. There are also more males that are circumcised then not and so for "social" reasons we decided it was best.
Since I have seen the procedure I wanted to walk you through what happened. I don't know all the medical terms, so this is a layman's explanation of what happened.
Samuel was born on a Monday, brought home on Wednesday and circumcised on Friday, so he was only 5 days old when it was done. Normally, they would do it in the hospital, but "K" thought I would like to be there to comfort Samuel, so she told the doctors not to do it. So, we scheduled it with our pediatrician.
It was a very quick procedure. What I'm going to explain only took about 10 minutes at the most. First the doctor walked us through what was going to happen. Many years ago, after they cut off the skin, gauze (that had to be changed everyday) was put on and it had to be wiped with Vaseline. These days they do it differently. The doctor had me help hold Samuel. I put him on the examining table, took off his clothes and held his hands. A little surgical cover was put over his body with the opening over his penis. Samuel started to cry when the nurse held his legs open and still. Very quickly the doctor gave him a shot of a local anesthetic (in the penis). Samuel did cry, but it was just like getting a vaccination shot. My husband was planning on watching, but after the shot was given he had to turn around (totally understandable).
The doctor then put a little, plastic, fitted cup over the end of the penis and very quickly sliced around the tip, cutting off the skin. There was a little blood, but a lot less then I expected. A piece of surgical string was put around the cap to hold it in place. There weren't any stitches. The doctor wiped off the area and the nurse let go of Samuel's legs and he instantly stopped crying. I then realised that he was more angry with the fact that the nurse had been holding his legs still.
I got him dressed and comforted him. The penis looked red for a couple days, but I didn't have to do any special cleaning, he was still able to go to the bathroom and he acted totally normal. It didn't seem to bother him at all. About five days later, one day after his belly button fell off, the penis cap fell off and it was totally fine. Then we were able to give him his first bath.
NOTE: There were a few comments on the last post that were ANONYMOUS and basically saying I would be a horrible mother to circumcise my child and that it was "mutilation." I don't mind comments, but don't be rude. I will reject those who can't play nice.