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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Boy oh boy...'s a boy!

needless to say, we're both super excited. i can't help but picture a miniature Dup rolling around in there with a little uni-brow. Oh GOD - I pray this child is blessed with his daddy's full head of hair! He's going to come right out of the womb and demand to check his music blogs...
Now we have the name conversation and the circumcision conversation back out on the table. We haven't decided 100% on the name yet but we know for sure that we are going to keep it a secret until the little guy arrives. So I'm sorry blog people, you will have to wait!
I am open to opinions re: circumcision though. I'm against it and Dup is for it. People who have had little baby boys - what did you do and why?
Little Dup Junior. Oh my. He's already breaking my heart.


At 10:02 AM, Blogger Meg said...

I was against it until I heard so many stories, and talked to a urologist, about the trouble men have who arent circumcised. Penny can tell you about Taj too. I think Deron gets to have two votes on this one.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Adam said...

very exciting!!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Eve said...

Oh man! Oh little wee man!!!! Congratulations on the tiny lad!
Sadly, I know nothing about boys, and never have... but I look forward to hearing all about it!

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails to you,


At 3:08 PM, Blogger momster said...

Congrats! Very exciting news!

I didn't have boys, but I just heard there is a study out that says circumcision helps prevent the transmission of AIDS. Go here to see more about it:

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Amy said...

You don't know me from Adam, (I went to Deron's high school and his dad works with my mom)...We decided not to have our little one circ'd. We thought that if we would not do it to a girl, we wouldn't do it to a boy, either. Yes, the studies have shown that it might reduce the risk of AIDS, but I don't think that's as important in America as it may be elsewhere where traditions and practices are so different (such as in Africa). Also, a study came out today that said that HIV positive circ'd men's female partners may be at higher risk for contracting HIV. Some say that uncirc'd boys have a higher risk of infection, but I've read that's because their foreskin is often retracted too soon and that can cause irritation (you should never retract a child's foreskin--he should do it himself). As for the argument that boys should look like their fathers--I had a friend whose youngest brother, a football player, was not circ'd but whose two older brothers were. His sister asked him about how he felt about being uncirc'd when he was 17 because she was trying to make the decision about her unborn child. He was UNAWARE that he was any different from anyone else. We also read that circumcision takes away a lot of the pleasure nerves from the penis.

As you can see, we thought a lot about it and did a lot of research. Good luck to you whatever you decide.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger girlysmack said...

Ohhh, Amy, so this is who you were talking about on your blog!

la Ketch and Dup: I am so excited for you three! I kept checking your blog all day yesterday--and I don't even know you! CONGRATULATIONS! There really is something to the whole momma's boy stereotype...

I let my husband decide about our son's circumcision. Being female, I had no opinion either way, except I didn't like the idea of causing my baby undue pain and stress. My husband voted "yes, definitely" sooooo we had our little boy circumcised. And, I have to admit, it broke my heart to hear him cry when they wheeled him back into the room, but it healed crazyfast. Like I was seriously amazed how fast that sucker healed. So it really didn't seem that bad. And like my husband said, it's not like he remembers being circumcised, so our son won't either.

At 12:39 AM, Blogger pete. said...

A little Dup. Man, that's cool.

At 3:45 AM, Blogger tina said...

Tiny Hillydup man! Oh, lord, that is so great. I mean, either news is great news. But, man. That is so exciting. Now I can start shopping!

We couldn't bring ourselves to circumsize Finn. Was it the right move? The wrong move? We don't know. We just couldn't authorize a scalpel near his brand-new weenie. We were too wimpy. We are of the wimpy school of parenting.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Angry Pedstrian D.C. said...

you gotta circumsize.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger john said...

We chose hell no to circumcision for our boy. Saw no compelling reason to make him any way other than how he was when he was born. But it's also going to be just one in a long line of "don't let people bully you into doing things their way" decisions you get to make. Welcome to the jungle.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger kww said...

Yay for a boy! That is exciting!

We couldn't do it to Simon either. I could barely get him immunized for crying out loud.

He has had a couple of infections (almost one a year) i think because he is unbelievably sweaty and we don't make him bathe every day--bad parents I guess. But, you know a little neosporin and a long soak and he is fine. I worry a little bit about his later years when I will have less control over his personal hygiene (not that I have been doing that great a job--watie recently pointed out that I don't brush Simon's hair, but will have to brush Eloise's hair--oy vey! Not to mention the kid went to the dentist today and he has a cavity and they said you aren't supposed to let a kid brush by themselves until they are 8 or 9 (?!?!!!) but...I digress). I figure his body is perfect. Really. I'll send Watie over to weigh in...

Whatever you decide will be fine. Boys circ and not circ are so fun and fabulous and interesting and smart and cute and...oh I am very happy for you!

At 11:23 AM, Blogger watie said...

So Simon is uncut. It took a bit of back and forth to feel ok abot the decision.

The only reason that seemed to make much sense was the "he'll look like me", and that struck me as pretty shallow. He and I rarely compare penises and I figure it will only taper off as he ages.

The infection argument didn't seem to hold a lot of water, as he should be bathing regularly, and if so, everything is fine. We got no religion thing to worry about. Just the social pressure.

I then had the thought about the dreaded locker rooms of adolescence--the great fear, right? He'll look different than the other boys, they will make fun of his wang and he'll be stunted forever, or turn into a serial killer. having played football for a long time, I have been in many group shower and dressing cirsumstances and about the furthest thing from happening is any in-depth discussion of another wang, let alone any mockery. It just is never going to happen.

really, tho, it is like Tina said--I couldn't stand the idea of someone taking a knife anywhere near his little weenie. You think the stories of foreskin infection make you worry, just imagine the nightmare freakout session you will have in the middle of thenight when you hear a "mangled penis due to sloppy circumcision" story.


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