When our first girl was born, I wanted to pierce her ears right away. In the Cuban tradition, girls getting their ears pierced is not a big deal. Some hospitals in Latin America will pierce your newborn’s ears for you. I believe I got my ears pierced around the age of six when I asked for earrings. My mother’s father is a vascular surgeon, so he pierced his daughters’ ears.
Well, my husband absolutely couldn’t stomach the thought of intentionally causing his sweet baby girl any sort of pain for something as silly as aesthetics, so my plan to put little earrings in our newborn’s ears was put on hold. Now, she is almost three and asking for earrings.
I asked our pediatrician about it, and he seemed pretty ambivalent. I was secretly hoping he would offer to do it, but no dice. Here in the South, there seems to be a stark division of opinion concerning ear piercing, with not much in between. Either it is the slippery slope to a life of vice and debauchery, or it is mandatory so that we can differentiate between the girls and the boys! Personally, I think the giant bows clear that up quite effectively. Pay no attention to the old man who tells you he is adorable. He was going to get it wrong no matter what.
I worry that I will be able to keep her ears clean, with everything else I have to do. I also worry that going to a mall and doing it might be unhygienic. I know that is where I had mine done forever ago, so I realize that might be a ridiculous concern. I might wait a little longer, so that she knows what she is getting into. Not that I think she will regret it, but it might make her doting daddy feel better about it. At what age, if ever, did you pierce your daughter’s ears? Where did you do it? Tell me what you think!