Wednesday, August 5, 2009

28 Weeks

Well, my glucose screen came back just fine. It had to be under 140 and I was 91. So, we're good to go.

The car ride back from up north sucked. I think it was my sciatic nerve that was getting pinched and I couldn't find a way to get comfortable. I had a pinched nerve with Isabel the last couple of months, but I still have 12 weeks with this one, so it's too early to start that crap!

It certainly is getting harder to get out of bed & up off from playing on the floor and my forward folds in yoga class are having to be modified (as well as many other poses that have been modified for a while). I am glad to be back home in my own bed. It's higher (which is easier to get out of) that at the cabin and offers much more support, even though it was probably the most supportive bed there.

Well, we have officially decided on a name (of course, we are free to change our minds and may do that), but for now the name will be Henry Michael. Michael is daddy's middle name. I have to get around to typing up my birth plan yet. Daddy found the one from Isabel on the computer and I pretty much feel the same way, so I will just edit a few things and print that out.

Then we just need to decide on circumcision or not. We've had a bit of a discussion around that and need to gather more info to make an informed decision. I think we have agreed that IF we do get it done we will have a plastibell circumcision done. There is one doctor at our hospital that does them and as long as he is in town during the time of the delivery, our doctor will have him do it.

Guess that it's for now. He still is an active one in there. That should be slowing down soon, as he should be getting cramped. Although, I fear that I may eng up with foot shaped stretch marks. He is certainly a kicker!


Caroline said...

If you haven't already, I highly recommend watching Penn and Teller's Bullshit: Circumcision

If that kind of show isn't your thing, then I suggest Dr. Dean Edell's video

and for more information on dispelling myths and FAQ about caring for an intact child, see

Latinalonestar said...

Some quick facts for you that address some of the common circumcision myths:

1.Penile cancer is more rare than male breast cancer. Penile cancer is one of the rarest forms of cancer. Breast cancer in women on the other hand is very common, yet we don't go removing the breast buds of baby girls.

2. Foreskin actually protects against UTI if cared for properly, meaning you never try to retract for any reason. Those fallacious studies that were done in the 80s compared intact (uncircumcised) premature babies to full-term circumcised babies. Premature babies have a significantly higher risk of UTI. Also the parents of those babies were instructed to retract for "cleaning" which tears the foreskin off the glans and introduces infection. Besides, the study only pertained to the first year of life. After the first year there was no significant difference. One thing you should know is that girls are 4-6 times more likely to get a UTI than an intact boy. The occurrence of UTI in boys, regardless of their circ status, is very rare.

3. There are both protective and sexual functions of the foreskin. In childhood it protects the developing penis and keeps urine, feces and other pathogens from entering the urethra. In adulthood there are extensive sexual functions. This specialized tissue is packed with nerves (over 20,000), blood supply, muscle fibers, and cells similar to those found in the fingertips and lips. According to fine pressure studies and studies of the actual composition it is the most sensitive part of the entire penis. This composition allows the man to have more control during intercourse which is why intact men are less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculatory dysfunction.

4. No medical organization in the entire world recommends routine infant circumcision. In its 75 years of existence the AAP has never recommended circumcision.

5. Circumcision permanently alters both the function and the appearance of a child's sex organ. Ethically speaking, doctors are not allowed to perform non-therapeutic operations on healthy children without medical necessity.

6. The proper care of the intact penis is to leave it alone. Only clean what is seen. Never try to retract or allow a medical professional to retract a child's foreskin. Thousands of cases each year are reported where a doctor, ignorant to the development of the intact boy, has tried to retract a child's foreskin. This is a form of malpractice. Trying to retract a boy's foreskin is like trying to wash out a baby girl's vagina. It leads to tearing, scar tissue, introduces infection and can lead to some more serious complications.

7. USA has the highest rate of STD/HIV transmission and is the only country that routinely circumcises. Circumcision might hide the symptoms of STD making circumcised men unaware that they have an STD and so they pass it to many partners. Also, studies report that circumcised men are less likely to use condoms, which is probably why the transmission rates are astronomical in the USA. Condom use is the only way to prevent against STD transmission.

8. The circ rate in the US is currently 56% and falling. In some costal cities it is as low as 30%. Your son will be in good company in the locker room. Teaching him the value of his foreskin and the harms of circumcision is the best way to promote bodily integrity. Most intact children are appalled when they learn that some boys are circumcised, and feel sorry for those boys. Men love their foreskins especially as they mature sexually.

Interested to learn more? Please check out my blog that discusses the top 12 myths about circumcision and the intact male. I have many resources there for you to explore.

Please protect your dear son from the harms of circumcision. Give him the choice over the appearance and function of his most private area.

Best Wishes!