Wily as a coyote (fourcorners) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Poll #869979 Big Baby Questions

Say you're with your SO for a while and decide to have a baby. You get knocked up (or knock her up). About the third trimester, you get an ultrasound and checkup. The doctor says something's gone wrong. Due to some positioning hijink, the fetus has had bloodflow to the brain cut off and it hasn't matured with the rest of the body. The lungs, also, are underformed at this stage. Judging by this, the doctor says that the child will grow up to be mentally retarded with extensive and costly congenital breathing problems, which will plague the child for life. He brings up the subject of termination, since it isn't too far along. Your SO says "Honey, we made this baby. Our love made it. We can't just abandon it. I think we should keep it". What decision do you make?

Keep it, for my SO
15(10.5%)
Haha. One abortion, please
84(58.7%)
Wait another trimester to see if there's any improvement
17(11.9%)
Give it up for adoption
2(1.4%)
Other
25(17.5%)

For the ladies, would you breastfeed? If so, you're in a restaurant, with friends. You've got the baby and things are good. Suddenly, it starts crying, wanting to be fed. It's not a crowded restaurant. What do you do?

Nurse right there, under my jacket, trying to hide it
14(9.8%)
Nurse right there, refusing to hide it. Why should I?
24(16.8%)
Go to the bathroom and nurse
30(21.0%)
Let the kid cry. I'll feed it when I get home
2(1.4%)
Pull out the bottle with pre-squeezed breast juice, which I filled up before I left the house
60(42.0%)
Wouldn't breast feed the kid for any reason. That's what formula's for. Ew
8(5.6%)
Other
5(3.5%)

You have the baby, and your SO tells you that he or she wants to raise the kid as a baptist. When questioned, he or she says that his or her parents are baptist and have put on some serious pressure on raising the kid 'right'. Your SO feels that maybe he or she's been negligent and looks interested in rediscovering the faith through the kid's eyes. What's your opinion?

Well, if you think it's important, I guess the baby will grow up a baptist.
6(4.1%)
That's it. Get out. NOW. No way is this kid going to be a baptist
13(9.0%)
Hey, what do ya know, I'm already a baptist!
3(2.1%)
Don't be such a mommy's boy/girl. Stand up for yourself and embrace your agnosticism!
90(62.1%)
Other
33(22.8%)

You have the kid, and your SO says that it should go to the best school and have all the opportunities that neither of you had. The best schools will be expensive, but it's worth saving up now, living frugally and sacrificing things like new clothes, restaurant dining, ipods, new computers, etc. to prepare for the kid's future education. The kid's a newborn now, but to properly give it access to the best schools, you really would have to start saving soon. Would you sacrifice all that for the next 5 years to give your child a good head start in life?

Yes
42(29.0%)
No
21(14.5%)
Somewhat. Maybe I'd just cut back and it'd be more like 2.5 years of sacrifice
67(46.2%)
Other
15(10.3%)

During the ultrasound, you find out that the gender of the child you're carrying. You were a bit more hopeful it was the other gender. The doctor says that with today's technology, they can simply flood certain hormones into the area, and at this stage of the development, they can change the gender if you want. Your opinion?

No. Let the child grow up to be its born gender. Not good to monkey with nature
136(93.8%)
I kind of want a boy/girl instead. Go for it, doc
5(3.4%)
Other
4(2.8%)

During the ultrasound, the doc says that it's probable the kid will come up containing key features of one or both of you, but they have the technology to change eye and hair color in the womb. Would you take him up on this?

Yes. I've always wanted a child with a certain hair/eye color, one that's not in its immediate genes
7(4.8%)
No. Don't screw around with genetics
93(63.7%)
It's not important enough for me to really care
43(29.5%)
Other
3(2.1%)
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