Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Contraversial Ear Piercing

Well, this is a bit of a touchy subject so I decided to wait a few weeks before I blogged about it. But here it goes...

Last week I was doing some Christmas shopping with a couple of my best friends. My girlfriend Amber was in town visiting and my friends Lisette and Krista were with us as well. As you probably know from my previous Blogs, Krista is my friend who has a baby 2 weeks older than Josselyn. Now, Krista and I have always said that we were going to get our girls ears pierced together one day, but we had not quite decided when. Well, as we were walking through the mall, I saw the store ICING; and then I saw a sign that said FREE EAR PIERCING (now let me clarify that misconstruing sign...the ear piercing is free because you have to pay for the 50 dollar for the dumb earrings lol). Anyways, I saw the sign and my compulsive self piped up and said, "Krista, let's pierce the girls ears!" Krista is a bit more rational and she said, "Umm today? Right now?" Well, if you know me then you know I can be a tad bit persuasive which may even seem a little pushy a times. So basically Krista had no choice but to agree with me lol.

So little Josse and Elley were going to get their ears pierced! The next few moments seemed like eternity. Josselyn went first (which if she hadn't gone first I can promise you she would not have pierced ears). Well, things started off great! Josse was happy and all smiles...then her mood quickly began to change. The lady who was piercing their ears had to mark a dot on their ears with an ink pen so she knew exactly where to pierce. The lady assured me that marking the ear was the toughest part but that was a total lie!!!! That may be the toughest part for the girl piercing the ears but that was definitely not the toughest part for Josselyn. The next five minutes seemed like 5 hours. I had to hold Josselyn's arms and forehead so she would not move and that made my little spit fire FURIOUS. Josselyn began to cry as her mean mommy restrained her from moving. Then came the absolute worst part...the cruel piercing gun! The piercing gun was loud and Josselyn hated it, as did I. When I heard the loud click my daughter screamed and then proceeded to hold her breath for the next 20 seconds while they pierced the other ear. I know I should have expected this to be an unpleasant experience but everyone kept telling me the younger you pierce their ears the better. I have tons and tons of friends who all pierced their infants ears and no one made it seem this bad! I even read that little babies do not have complete feeling in their ear lobes yet, so it is not that painful for them...Ummm whoever came to that conclusion needs to watch the video of my daughters eat piercing!

The good news was that within 20 seconds Josselyn was completely fine and all smiles again. However, if I would have known how upset my little girl was going to be when they pierced her ears I would NOT have gone through with it! Plus after Josselyn's traumatic experience, I then had to watch little Eliana get her ears pierced and that was just as sad :(

Now you may be wondering why was Josselyn's ear piercing controversial...Let's jut say I had no idea how strong some people feel against piercing babies ears or how many parents do pierce their babies ears. I made the mistake of posting a picture of Josselyn screaming bloody murder as she was getting her ears pierced on Facebook and within minutes people were either commenting on how cruel and mean ear piercing is or how exited they were to see Josselyn's new bling! My own mother didn't even talk to me for 2 days lol and Josselyn had plenty of mad Aunties! Sooo apparently people have strong opinions either for or against infant ear piercing.


I have come to the conclusion that what's done is done. I will say that Josselyn's ears have not gotten red or sore and Josselyn does not even notice her earrings. She doesn't touch them or pull on them. It is like they are not even there! Plus they really are cute as heck :) I would post the video so you could all see the live footage of the ear piercing, but my husband would kill me (he thinks it would open a whole new can of worms) And if you are against ear piercing and completely appalled that I would have a video of it, then you can be mad at my girlfriend Lisette who voluntarily recorded it lol.  Ear piercing aside, I did learn a valuable lesson from this experience.  When it comes to parenting everyone has different opinions and beliefs on how to raise children.  There will even be times that my friends and family don't agree with decisions that I make.  However, at the end of the day John and I have to do what we believe is best for our child regardless of what anyone else thinks.  I guess this is just all part of learning to be a parent!

My happy baby sporting her new bling

So that's the story of Josselyn's controversial ear piercing. I can't honestly say I could do it again but I do like Josse's new bling ;)


  1. seriously??? People gave you a hard time over piercing your daughters ears? Really? Haha. That is funny to me. The word "cruel" doesn't come to mind when I think of what kind of parents you and john are. You are absolutely right in the end its up to you and john to do what is right for your family. Thanks for sharing and putting youraelf out there. Now I am going to have to go creep on your facebook. Haha.

  2. SheriLynn,

    Was searching for a GF's blog and came across yours. Started reading and came across your post about having your dd's ears and your GF's dd, Krista dd's ears pierced. What a hoot!

    I think you're a smart and thoughtful mommy for considering having your dd's ears pierced now. I don't think you were a mean mommy at all having them done at this age. She'll thank you laterfor the "gift of pierced ears" as an infant and will look adorable in her upcoming holiday pictures. Don't worry about the contraversial picture. Our ped said all babies cry having their ears pierced not because of the pain, but because of being restrained and the noise of the piercing gun near their ears.

    You made the right choice having your infant dd's ears pierced when she won't remember. I Asked our ped and she encouraged me to go ahead when mommy could care for them and as you said, the earlier the better.

    Our Ped gave me some " Tips for moms having their dd's ears pierced since she had so many moms ask about having their infants and little girls ears pierced.

    I know cerebrally, as mothers of girls of all ages, we know it celebrates their femaleness and femininity. After all, they are little girls, right?

    If any other moms would like any of our ped’s tips for piercing, then don’t hesitate to write me an e-mail. They include OTC meds to minimize any discomfort as well as how to find the most experienced person to pierce her ears.

  3. Too cute, and yes people do have different opinions when it comes to parenting. Thank you for sharing and I would have done the same,the earlier the better. On a side note,.you and John are wonderful parents.

  4. Aww...Thanka for the comments :) and @Jenny...John had me delete the picture from my Facebook so it's not there anymore lol

  5. I think they are precious! Totally your own choice. I would have done the same thing. Infants get there ears pierced all the time. No biggie! You are a great momm I can tell! She looks so sweet in her new bling!!

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