I Survived My Kid's First Piercing (Barely.)

About six months ago, my daughter, who was then still five, inquired as to when she would be allowed to get her ears pierced. Without so much as a flinch, I told her that she could do it whenever she was ready. After all, I got my ears pierced when I was really young – three or four, I think1 – and I know she’s going to get them pierced eventually. I mean, I have way too many great pairs of earrings to pass down to her for her to not get them pierced. So, twenty-five minutes later, we were standing in Claire’s Boutique in the Westside Pavilion Mall. We picked out the starter earrings – little pink flowers with a yellow center – and I signed a legal document (in triplicate), initialing away my rights to sue for infection, disease, severe pain, scarring, and lopsidedness that may result from the piercing. I sat her down in the chair, the piercing lady put on her rubber gloves, and then I made the mistake of referring to the piercing gun as a "gun." As in, see honey, that white plastic thingy is the gun that holds the earrings, and they just squeeze it really fast, and the next thing you know – wait, why are you screaming? Oh, no, don’t cry, it’s just – oh, don’t get off the chair. Okay. Okay. Yes, we can go home.2 And so we left, un-pierced, and we forgot all about it. Until yesterday.

 

Yesterday, Harper announced, out of nowhere, that she was now, unquestionably, ready to pierce her ears. Well, probably not out of nowhere. From the intel I’ve managed to gather, there’s a girl on her camp bus who is seven who has her ears pierced, and that girl and a C.I.T. have been encouraging (pressuring?) Harper to pierce her ears all summer. And since tomorrow is Harper’s last day of camp, she had to get her ears pierced TODAY in order to show these forces of corruption that she does, in fact, have the balls to go through with it (my choice of words, not Harper’s). And also, I’ve been letting her watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 on TLC3, and on a recent episode, one of the seven year-old twins gets her ears pierced, and even though she cries, she only cries for a second and then says it wasn’t so bad. Plus, she gets a lollipop.

 

Which brings me back to yesterday, or, more specifically, last night. I was leaning over to give Harper a kiss goodnight, when suddenly, she grabbed my earlobe and dug her thumbnail into it with the force of an electric drill. Nonplussed by my shriek of pain, she asked if that is what it feels like to get your ears pierced. Because in some kind of vehicular ear-piercing simulation, the seven year-old on the bus did that to Harper even harder than Harper did it to me, and it didn’t even hurt that bad (um, actually, it hurt pretty bad), so therefore she’s ready, and she wants to go tomorrow.

 

mommycita
09.10.08

As a girl, my lawyer dad wrote a (very funny) legal document for me when I was turning 13 to get my ears pierced. I completely forgot about this whole drama! As a mom of 2 boys, it hadn't even crossed my mind. But I'm also glad to see in the footnotes that I am not the only one with a kid (and in my case husband) addicted to the Food Network Challenge. (Or more truthfully, anything and everything on the Food Network.)

teresahb
09.10.08

I went with a friend to pierce her daughter's ears (she was about 8 months old). My daughter, almost two at the time, cried and said "I want ringings too!" I told her it would hurt a little but she said she didn't care. She cried a whole bunch but was very proud of her "ringings." She showed them to everyone!

tarheelmom
08.31.08

I got my daughter's ears pierced when she was 6 months old. When she started to want to change her earrings out around the age of 3 her ears got infected. Turns out she is allergic to nickel...so she can only wear real gold (her lucky husband). So at the age of 5 she decided she wanted to get her ears re-pierced. She did not even flinch!! That is how bad she wanted them pierced. She is such a girly girl!

kmp1216
08.27.08

I'm so glad I pierced my daughter's ears when she was 2 months old and she will not be suffering any lifelong traumas from her cruel mommy!

mmgrandinetti
08.19.08

AmyF! I am sooo happy to learn that I'm not the only one who got woozy on ear piercing day. I dread the day my girls announce their intentions for pierced ears!

tamtwice
08.18.08

I got my daughter's ears pierced when she was 6 months old. It was a great experience and I am glad that I did it and that she'll have no memories of it. I went to a pediatrician because I couldn't bring myself to go to Claire's. (A teenager with any kind of gun was too scary of a thought for me). I am glad to know that the Claire's experience went well and that everyone is happy.

AmyF
08.14.08

My dad pierced my ears when I was 6. We lived overseas, so there was no Piercing Pogoda. I tried to get second holes in a mall in the US when I was 11 or 12 and threw up after they did the first one, so I couldn't get the second one. That was fun, puking in the middle of the mall. It was a kiosk literally in the middle of the mall, so everybody walking by could see me. I still only have one set of holes. My 12-year old fainted when she had hers done a few months ago.
Like mother like daughter I guess.

Amy
Mom to 3
www.sofiabean.com