05 Feb

Anyone who has met Kaelin for more than 5 minutes knows my kid is a total weenie.  I can say that because she gets it from me.

If there’s any possibility that trying something new will result in any form of discomfort, whether physical or emotional, she will refuse to attempt it.

Which is why I was shocked beyond belief when she decided out of the blue to get her ears pierced during a recent trip to the mall.

She had asked about it several days prior and I was honest with her and told her that it might hurt for a little while, but usually wasn’t bad and didn’t last more than a few seconds.  She immediately decided that she would never ever get her ears pierced because a lifetime of getting to wear pretty earrings was simply not worth a potential 5 seconds of pain.

As we were walking through the mall to get her hair cut, I teasingly told her that we could get her ears pierced while we were there.  But instead of the reactionary dramatic decline I was expecting, she was actually quite curious about it and wanted to go see how it was done.

So we walked into Icing and there was another little girl there getting her ears pierced – and FREAKING OUT like someone was trying to cut her toes off one at a time.  Screaming, flailing back and forth, covering her ears, the works (why her mother insisted on going through with it is beyond me – she ended up with uneven earrings).

I thought surely that was going to be the end of any hope for Kaelin getting hers done, but after Drama Queen’s piercing was finished, she quit throwing a fit and started smiling.  Apparently Kaelin decided then and there that if this kid could do it, so could she.

She picked out her earrings and sat in my lap.  I convinced her to get them both done at the same time so it would be over with quicker, and before she knew it, it was over.

One second later, she felt a jolt of pain and started crying, but then the employee held up a mirror and showed Kaelin her new ears.  Through her tears, Kaelin started giggling.  “I have earrings!  I actually did it!  I got my ears pierced!”

The pain subsided quickly, but the glee lasted the rest of the day.  She still periodically says to me, “I can’t believe I actually got my ears pierced!”

I’m so proud of her.  It was completely her decision and she followed through with it, even though she knew it might hurt.  She wears her earrings like a trophy and now gives me a hard time about the fact that I wasn’t brave enough to get my ears pierced until I was 12.

I asked her what she would say if she had a friend who was thinking about getting her ears pierced.

“I would say that it hurts a little bit, but you can still do it.  Also, Mama, I’m totally going to trust you the next time you tell me something because you told me I should get them both done at the same time and I’m so glad I did.”

Score.  Mom points.

Of course, now Koren wants to get his ears pierced.

  1. Melissa

    February 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Yay Kaelin! And love the cute haircut too! 🙂

  2. Amy

    February 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Thanks! I finally took her to an actual salon instead of one of those kiddie cut places that only knows how to do 2 styles. Kaelin’s hair is so incredibly thick and poofy that she needs someone with a little more skill to do her haircuts – otherwise I just end up putting it in ponytails every day.