So. This might not seem exciting to many people, and I’m not claiming it was exciting for me either – just kind of a big day in Daniel’s life. We took him to the US Air Force Base that we always go to for his circumcision. Here in the UK they have a “Circumcision Center of the UK” – there’s one of them, and it’s an hour and a half away. We could have had it done there for about $150, but it was free on the Air Force Base. They don’t do them at public or private hospitals in the UK unless it’s for a medical reason – and our reason would be considered “cultural,” since we choose to have it done because most people in America have it done. They recommend in the US that if your baby’s father is circumcised then you should circumcise the baby so that he won’t be confused about why he looks different if he were not. Over here, though, NO ONE has it done. Some of the other wives of foreign students at John’s school were chatting with me when I went to the Royal Ascot a month ago, and apparently it’s a completely unheard of thing all over Europe as well. I was aware that Americans were the only ones who still routinely did it (other than Jewish people – which is a “religious” reason for having it done, and also not one supported by the hospitals here), but I had no idea that the rest of the world absolutely doesn’t do it and thinks it’s weird.
That’s about all that needs to be said about the topic since it’s not one for which I can post a picture or anything – but the rest of the day was spent at the base as well. We played around outside for a bit on a pretty lawn in the sunshine and then headed in for a late lunch at the Subway there, then over to the commissary for our last shopping trip (!) Hard to believe we are leaving here so soon!! By the time we made it home it was 6:45pm, and I must admit to having become overstressed and a bit freaked out when I opened his diaper at feeding time. This is my second boy, but I didn’t remember that I felt this sad for the little man the last time. The kids played outside for a while and are now showering off their itchiness (incurred from some rolling around in the grass). Since this post is mostly about Daniel, I decided to update you with a few Daniel pictures taken over the last couple of days…
Getting on time for bed now – just a few questions for you now!!
Did you/would you circumcise your son? (This is a big topic of contention in European countries right now, so it’s being discussed online here in America, too)
Do you drive long distances to go to a certain grocery store to save money or to buy certain things?
How long did you wait post partum (if this applies to you) to start running? I’m starting to feel the urge but know I’m not setting foot out there until I get a decent amount of sleep!