When Ivy was born she was given a lovely pair of tiny diamond earrings by a good friend. We talked about piercing her ears when she was an infant. After all, Jon works in a tattoo shop, we had it all planned out. He’d get both the piercers in one day and they could simultaneously pierce both of her ears at the same time.
Unfortunately, we never did make that plan and her ears never did get pierced. Even then when she was tiny we were debating on when to do this. I know in some cultures it’s done right away, probably in the hospital. But as she got older and more alert well, now I just can’t see her dealing with it very well.
So what to do? Should we wait? Try and do it now and hope for the best? After the way she reacted to getting her haircut I’m not sure getting her close to needles is such a good idea.
When I was very young (probably 4 or 5) my mom had my ears pierced. Little did she know I am allergic to yellow gold, so when not long after my little ears were pierced I had a big time reaction to the earrings and oh my god I can still remember my mom and my aunt (a nurse) trying to get these earrings out of my puffed up ears. I also remember the black shit the oozed out of them after the got the earrings out. SO needles to say I was one of the few girls in elementary school that went without pierced ears. I didn’t get them re-pierced until I was about 10 and was then sure to ask for sterling silver earrings.
I’m still not sure what we’ll do but at this point I’m sort of leaning towards waiting until she’s old enough to know what’s going on and sit still. Or untill she can ask for them. I think it’s kind of ironic that this is coming from someone who had her sister sign the release form at a piercing shop in the West Village so I could get my nose pierced at 14.