To Cut, Or Not To Cut

As the weeks of pregnancy begin to wind down, there remain some things to be decided. Not the names, we have those picked out. The nursery has a theme and the car seat has been installed. But one big thing topping our list of things to decide now is whether to circumcise. That is, if we have a boy.

I honestly have no idea where we are going to land on the issue. I know there is no real medical reason to do it, and only about 20% of the men of the world are circumcised, but we do live in that 20% population. On the one hand, I feel like we tend to be more “natural” parents are therefore why mess with something unless it is a problem? Why would we choose to put our baby through a painful and unnecessary procedure? Did you know circumcision is the only surgery in America routinely performed without anesthesia? On the other hand though, I feel like it is a “now or never” type situation. If there does end up being one of those small percentage problems (such as frequent infections and penile cancer) then somewhere down the road it would need to be done. OR he might feel embarrassed about it and choose to have it done later. Both cases make me cringe to think about. And, the procedure becomes more complicated as the child/boy/man ages.

In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrcis formed a task force on circumcision that decided the procedure shouldn’t be routinely recommended. The task force based this policy on 40 years of studies of both circumcised and uncircumcised boys, and it concluded the following:

  • Problems with the penis, such as irritation, can occur with or without circumcision.
  • With proper care, there is no difference in hygiene.
  • There may or may not be differences in sexual sensation in adult men.
  • There is an increased risk for a UTI in uncircumcised males, especially babies under 1 year. However, the risk for a UTI is still less than 1 percent.
  • Newborn circumcision provides some protection from penile cancer, which only occurs in the foreskin. However, the risk of this cancer is very low in developed countries such as the United States.

If you want to read up a little on the issue click here for a helpful article.

So PLEASE help me out and share your opinions! If you have a son or sons, did you choose to circumcise? Why or why not? Even if you don’t have sons, please share your thoughts on the subject! Women- how would you feel dating or marrying an uncircumcised man? Men- would you be thankful to your parents for taking care of it before you could remember, or feel like something was taken from you without your consent? Would you want a son to have an opportunity to have something you never did, or would you want him to look like you in the shower? All thoughts and opinions are welcomed!

Merry Christmas AND 29 Weeks.

Merry Christmas to everyone out there in bloggy land. I hope you are all enjoying some good food, quality time and maybe some presents with the people you love. I hope you are not so lame that the only thing you have to do on Christmas Day is check my blog for updates. But in case you are that lame, or you read this tomorrow, I have a new (and an old) photo to share with you.

Me at 29 weeks!

Now, I almost didn’t share this picture because it is so weird. First my belly looks really pointy and that bugs me. I went through the same phase the last time, I guess I am just a pointy pregnant lady. That is my lot in life. Second, because it appears I am on a ship or something that is possible sinking. Why am I all lean-y?? Who knows. Anyways, if you can get past those two things maybe you can enjoy this new picture of my belly bump. And since I mentioned an old one too…

Here is me at 27 weeks with the twins. Wearing the same shirt.

I guess that second baby really makes a difference! Notice how in the twin one my shirt is already starting to tip up, and in the Sprout one I have more than enough shirt left to grow? Anyways… I thought you might enjoy that.

Here is also a little babycenter update on Sprout’s progress:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

So that’s it for now! Merry Christmas!

Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

27 Weeks

I know, I know. I am a slacker. I owed you a new picture last weekend. In all honesty, I totally spaced and just forgot. Anyways, here is one from today @ 27 weeks.

And what has to say about our little ones development:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Published in: on December 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm  Comments (4)  

24 Weeks

I apologize things have been a little quiet on my blog lately. The girls came down with colds on Tuesday (the second time they have been sick, ever!) and unfortunately it mostly took its toll during the night. For three nights straight they woke up about ever 1/2 an hour and couldn’t fall back asleep on their own. Needless to say, Russell and I took turns sleeping in the nursery with them. So we have all been a little tired and cranky around here. BUT… I am happy to report a better nights sleep last night for all of us, and a new picture of my baby bump!

Here I am at 24 weeks, 2 days.

And, you know I love to compare, so here is the best one I could find of me at exactly 24 weeks with the twins. This was taken at my baby shower with my fabulous mother, and my soon-to-be sister Angie.

And… since I know a few people enjoyed it before, here is a quick update about Sprout.

Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Published in: on November 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm  Comments (1)  

22 Weeks

I actually feel terrible about how late I post these. I mean, by now I am closer to 23 weeks than 22 but oh well.

If you are curious, here is what say our little Sprout has been up to.

“… your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.”

Published in: on November 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm  Comments (3)  

Pregnancy Reflections

When I was pregnant with our twins I had not started this blog yet. I did, however, keep a blog on an online pregnancy journal website. One of the features on the site were monthly reflections for you to fill out and look back on. It was something I enjoyed, and an idea I am going to borrow.

I started thinking I might be pregnant when: I forgot the word for grocery store. I know it sounds funny, but I had major “pregnancy brain” during my last pregnancy. I forgot common words for things all the time (when I couldn’t think of the word raisin I said dehydrated grapes!) When I couldn’t think of the word popsicle, I was sure.

I found out I was pregnant: July 13, 2011. Two years to the day after I found out I was pregnant the last time.

The hardest thing for me to give up was: Not much since I eat pretty healthy and don’t drink caffeine. But I do miss having the occasional drink. Especially when all my mom friends go out :/

What I am enjoying the most about the pregnancy so far is: Feeling the baby move so much earlier and more often than with the twins.

What I least expected about this pregnancy was: All the back pain. Honestly I thought if I dodged it so easily with two babies, one would be no trouble at all. But there is a lot more lifting, bending, crawling and sitting on the floor that I have to do this time than I did the last.

My hopes:

– I hope the baby will be nice an healthy!

– I hope the kids will like being close together in age.

– I hope the girls like being big sisters and transition easily.

– I hope I don’t lose my mind with three kids under three.

My fears: I really don’t want to do the whole preemie baby/NICU thing over again. I know our chances of that happening are really small, but I can’t keep that fear out of the back of my mind.

Published in: on November 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm  Comments (3)  

20 Weeks

My bump at 20 weeks 4 days.

For comparison here is my 21 week bump with the twins (Just 3 days farther along)

Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm  Comments (3)  

What Are The Odds?

My due date for this pregnancy is March 8. Since I had a c-section with the twins, I will have to have a scheduled c-section this time around also. (It is not really a big deal at all since my experience the first time around was very easy) For a scheduled cesarean my doctor had told me they like to do them about a week before your due date so you have less of a chance of going into labor. If you were to pull out your calendar you would see that would be one of the last days of February or the first day or March. And just to add a little twist, this coming year is no ordinary year… it is a leap year. Which means there is a very real possibility Sprout could be born on leap day. That we could choose to have Sprout born on leap day.

I have not decided exactly how I feel about the whole idea yet. In some ways I think it would be very fun and special and give him/her something extra unique about them-self (especially competing with sisters that are identical twins) But I am not sure how it feels not having your actual birth date thing every year.

In case you are wondering here are some statistics:

Odds of having identical twins: 3 out of 1,000 or 0.003%

Odds of having a leap day baby: 1 out of 1,506 or 0.00067%

So, I am curious… What are your thoughts on a leap day baby, and would you choose to do it if you could?

Published in: on October 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm  Comments (4)  

18 Weeks

My “weeks” actually change on Thursdays, but by the time Russell is home to take the picture I am in my pj’s… so on Sunday or Monday is when you will see a new belly shot. Here is the one for 18 weeks…

Published in: on October 10, 2011 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  

16 Weeks. Ish.

I plan to share belly progress pictures with you as this pregnancy goes along, but I understand these types of things can make some people uncomfortable. If that is the case for you please just ignore any post titled in weeks.

There has been some conflicting data in calculating my due date, so things are a little up in the air as far as how far along I am. But you got to start somewhere, right?

So here is my 16 week (ish) picture.

According to BabyCenter, Sprout should be about the size of an avocado. 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces.

For reference, here I was at 15 weeks with the twins.

And just FYI, something I am proud of… my starting weight for this pregnancy was a full 10 pounds lighter than I was with my first pregnancy.

Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 11:05 am  Comments (3)