Over the past few months Alleigh had been talking more and more about earrings. I had explained to her how ears are pierced, but didn’t think she quite understood. While at the mall one day I noticed a little girl getting her ears pierced so we stopped to watch. In all honesty I thought the little girl (she was 4 years old) would cry and that would be the end of Alleigh asking about getting her ears pierced. Instead that little girl didn’t even flinch. I asked Alleigh if she wanted to get her ears pierced and she told me “soon, but not today.” A few days went by and while driving by the mall she asked if she could get hers pierced. Even though I had been wanting to wait til she was closer to ten years old I figured if she wanted to get them done it would be fun to do it right before starting kindergarten. And so before going in I explained that after getting them pierced I would want to put her hair in a pony tail until they were healed, that they would need to be cleaned twice a day, and that she could not touch them. I wanted to avoid infection at all costs. Alleigh agreed and in we went.
The pictures paint the experience pretty well. She was super excited to get them pierced and I snapped one last earring-less picture. She got them marked and when the lady held the gun up to her ear she started crying before they were even pierced. After she did one her crying actually lessened and once the second one was done and she had a sucker in hand the tears were gone. She was so proud of her new earrings as you can see in the smiling picture even with the teary eyes, hehe. Oh and she picked Hello Kitty earrings!
It really felt like she grew up SO much in those few minutes of getting her ears pierced. And every time I look at her with those cute little Hello Kitty studs in her ears I am reminded that she isn’t a baby anymore. She isn’t even a preschooler… she is a kindergartener and in a few short weeks she will be at school. All day, every day. Can someone pass the tissues?