So here are our factors:
-Ross is Jewish. BUT he doesn't practice. We will not be having a bris, regardless of what decision we make.
(A side story: I was discussing the question of circumcision with my parents on the phone last night [my mom is pro; my dad offered no opinion] and mom told me that my G'ma expressed concern to her that we would be having "one of those cutting ceremonies". My told her that it was highly unlikely. I find it pretty funny that G'ma was so nervous that we'd be having a bris, given that I'm fairly certain she'd be disapproving at the thought of not circumcising. I don't get why it matters to her if it was done ceremonially by a doctor [as it would be where we live], or in a hospital by a doctor. Maybe she's picturing a shakey-handed old mohel and that makes her nervous?)
-We live in the UK. Circumcision is not common here. Whereas in America, it's fairly common and often considered a no-brainer of a decision (though less so these days), here the only people that routinely circumcise are the ones who do so for religious reasons.
So my initial instinct, before I even did any reading about it was: Yes. Circumcise.
I think all of my friends who have sons are circumcised.
My dad and brother are circumcised. Growing up in America, I just always assume that men are circumcised.
My husband is circumcised. The baby should "match" his dad, right?
But then I started thinking... Are those good reasons? I mean "father and son" genitalia isn't on any of the must-have lists in fashion magazines this year. And the rest of the world seems to view the US as strange in it's predisposition towards cutting.
I asked Ross, and he's no real help. He says he doesn't have strong feelings one way or the other. When I said "If I left it entirely up to you, what would you do?" He said he probably wouldn't, because why do a procedure that doesn't NEED to be done.
So I just don't know. I get both sides. I really do. I guess we need to talk to the midwife to find out what our options even are... I'll keep you posted on what she says.
What are your thoughts on making the cut?
(And I know this topic can get heated, so please... be respectful!)