Thursday, September 10, 2009

Did she really need two new holes in her head?

Certainly! Especially when you can put cute earrings in those holes!

For McKenna's birthday Ty's mom gave her a gift certificate where she would take her to get her ears pierced. Ty wasn't too thrilled about it but finally gave his consent. He's having a bit of a hard time with McKenna growing up and getting older.

So this afternoon McKenna cashed that puppy in. I forgot my camera thankfully Ty's mom had her phone camera so I could get some pictures.

Doesn't she look excited? That's because she is!
Getting instructions....

Here goes the right ear....
And the left. She didn't even wince.These are the ones she chose. The birthstone of September. Very pretty.

Yay! All done!
Ty's mom then took her to another store where she let McKenna pick out a nice pair of earrings to wear when the holes have healed.

I was 13 when I got my ears pierced. I was supposed to wait until I was 16 but my older sister took me to the mall on my 13 birthday and got them done. Mom and dad weren't thrilled but they lived with it.

So a couple of questions for you my faithful 4 or 5 readers...

Do you have your ears pierced? If so how old were you when you got them pierced?
How old do you think a girl should be before she gets her ears pierced?

19 comments:

Cottage Cheese Thighs said...

I had to wait until I was 8 - and I have kept that tradition with my girls. But I think any age is good as long as they can take care of them themselves.

Kristina P. said...

I think I was 11. My aunt pierced mine. She's a beautician.

Jillybean said...

I was 10 when I had mine pierced. I begged for about two years before my mom finally gave in, she had a hard time letting me get them pierced because when she was growing up, only the "wild" girls had their ears pierced.

My daughter is 11 and I've told her she can have their ears pierced whenever she wants but she doesn't want them pierced.
I think as long as the girl is responsible enough to take care of them it's OK to have them done.

Olivia Carter said...

I agree with the above comment. I think as long as they can take care of them then it's when they want to do it.

I actually didn't get my ears pierced until after I was married. Like maybe married a year (so 23-ish). I just never wanted them. And even now I like the option of wearing my cute earrings but I don't wear them everyday.

Brooke said...

I got the upper part of my left ear pierced when I was 21 and already married. I didn't get the actual lobes pierced until I was 23 or 24 and the guy I was dating at the time promised me diamond studs...They were - he wasn't (a stud). Now I hardly ever wear earrings, it's a liability with young ones.

I think that as long as the girl can take care of them and be responsible enough then great. But only if they want them. It should absolutely be their decision.

Funky Kim said...

Tyran cracks me up! Has ever since you guys found out McKenna was a girl.

My ears are pierced. I don't remember when I got them pierced, but I know that I was the only one with me at that time, so I had to have been in my teens.

Christa said...

I was 6 and my parents let me get it done for my birthday. I added to my ear piercings as I got older. By the time I was 19, I had 4 holes in each ear. The last 3 became horribly infected once and so I took them out. I now just have the one.

I had my daughter's ears pierced for her 5th birthday. I just figured the sooner she got used to them, the better. Plus, she's extremely girly and had been bugging me to get them done since she was 3.

Shelle and Dan said...

I think I was 6 or so when I got mine pierced. I don't really remember. We're having this same conversation in our house right now. Should we get Lana's ears pierced? She's only 3 months old and I'm getting sick of people asking if she's a boy or girl, or just calling her a "little guy." (Hello people! She's in pink!) A lot of our friends with wee girls have gotten their daughters ears pierced, but I think right now we've decided to wait until Lana herself initiates the piercing-of-the-ears conversation.

the fowlers said...

I was eight when I got my ears pierced, but I didn't wear earrings very often and they pretty much closed up. When I was 12 or so I tried to put some earrings back in and it worked. Now I pretty much have to wear earrings at work - I'm the accessories specialist, hello!

I'm not sure what I'll do with my girls, but I'd like to think I'd let them have pierced ears when they were responsible enough to take care of their ears and only when they wanted to do it.

(Although I usually think babies with pierced ears are soooooo cute, I just don't think I could do it.)

the fowlers said...

PS - I just asked about baby ears. My husband wonders why you would poke holes in a perfectly good baby.

Honey and Hotstuff said...

I am not one of those mom who pierce their babies ears. One- they are too young and Two- that is just one more thing to take care of. I had mine done when I was two and had them until I was 4. They got infected... took them out... and repierced when I was 9. Hotstuff and I said that when Miss May turns 8, if she choses, she can. Like many others I started out with two and ended up with three holes in the ears (double on one side) and one in the nose.

Erin said...

Oh boy. I got my ears pierced when I was four. My aunt surprised my mom. My mom was not happy at all. But then we realized I was allergic to metal (extreme hives and blown up like painful ears) so we took them out. They grew in and I had them pierced three more times over the next 12 years, each time letting them grow in because I was still allergic to metal. Now I have one pair of 24 karat gold earrings I can wear, and that's all. Maybe I should let them grow in again...

Rachel Sue said...

I was 10. It was a deal. My mom said I had to be 10. Despite begging and pleading, she stuck to it. Ironically, I wore earrings for about 3 years and then never really have again. I have a couple pairs, but I almost never wear them.

You probably don't care, but I had a discussion about this with my sister a little while ago and she is adamant that her girls don't get their ears pierced. She thinks it is wrong. She got her's pierced in college and totally regrets it. The thing that gets to me is that my husband agrees with her! Honestly, is it really that big of a deal? The only reason I'm making my girls wait is because I don't want to be the ones that have to take care of them. Otherwise, I don't think it's a big deal at all.

Sorry for the hijack. I just think that is so weird!

Pedaling said...

i like baby girls with pierced ears- or if that's too young for some moms- then i'd say 8.

Wendyburd1 said...

I have no idea of the holes can still be used, but I did have my ears pierced. With my Mom actually. I got them done as a Baptism gift, so I was 8. I think it was a good age. We took care of them.

I had them redone and second holes put in, but I don't like to SLEEP with earrings in, so the second ones totally closed up and I am not sure about the originals.

M-Cat said...

I LOVE pierced ears! My mom said no, no and no, but when I was in high school I just went and did them and after being reminded of what a failure I was, she learned to deal with it.

The 80's were in full force, so I got second holes and then a third on my right.

When the prophet asked us to limit to one modest pair of earrings. I cried, the entire time I removed my second and third earrings.

Now, I stick with just the one holes. Love them. And yes I got my granddaughter's pierced as a baby!!

Tay looks beautiful!

Bonnie the Boss said...

I was 12 when I got mine done. My daughter got them done at 9. I would wait on the next girl if I had 2 daughters. My cute 9 year old has had lots of problems with infection and stuff. I think it depends on the maturity of the girl.

tiburon said...

We originally said 8. I don't think it is fair to pierce a baby when they are a month old. What if they didn't WANT their ears pierced. I wouldn't go and get them tattooed and hope they liked it when they grew up...

Anyway - we said 8. But then we were going through a BIG challenge with Avery. And we said if she could go one month doing something we would take her to get her ears pierced. So she got hers when she was 6.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Well...my first set of holes were done when I was 6 in the attempt to bribe me into being happy about moving. My sister was 12 when she got her and they never healed well and it was thought it was because she was older or something. My second set of holes were when I was 18. Then, my fifth and final hole was when I was 190 or 20. That all makes me sound much more interesting that I actually am.

With my girls, I would want them to be old enough and motivated enough to care for them mostly themselves. Maybe 6 or 7, depending on their interest.