We’ve been a family of boys for a long time but from the time I was pregnant with my oldest son, my husband and I always talked about how cute little girls look with pierced ears.
It was a frequent topic of conversation . . . hypothetical of course since our boys weren’t likely to want their ears pierced anytime soon so we loosely decided that if we ever had a girl we would pierce her ears.
I had settled into the role of a mother of boys pretty firmly when my daughter was born. When she was only days old, my husband asked, “So, when do we get to pierce her ears?”
And I couldn’t do it.
I still think pierced ears area adorable on a baby. I just don’t think I can do it to MY baby. Her perfect little earlobes are so sweet as they are that I hate to do anything to change them.
I was about 6 when I pierced my ears for the first time and as terrified as I was, it’s one of my most vivid memories of childhood and something that I had anxiously looked forward to. I wouldn’t trade that and I wonder if I’m taking that rite of passage away from my daughter by piercing her ears when she’s so young.
For now, I’ve stalled. I told my husband, “I’ll pierce her ears when she’s 3.”
I’m still not so sure if I’ll be able to do it then but parenting has always been one of those things that you learn as you go. I figure I’ll know when it feels right.
Would you pierce your baby’s ears?