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Lynda Loveland: They did it!

Posted December 21, 2011

Lynda Loveland

For months my daughters have been bugging me to get their ears pierced. I’ve been putting them off because I wasn’t sure they REALLY wanted to do it.

Lucky for me, our family doctor does the piercing. And even luckier, as it turns out, she does both ears at one time with the help of a nurse.

We put the girls in different rooms, smart move, and did Carys first. I’d explained to the girls many, many times what was going to happen and that there would be some initial pain. They said they knew and they were fine with that.

That was before they got a look at the piercing gun. It hasn’t changed much over the years. Carys sat on the exam table and our doctor and nurse assumed the position on each side of her with piercing guns at her lobes. On the count of three, they were gonna do it. I realize that may sound overwhelming for her, but at least we knew we would get BOTH ears pierced. Lynda Loveland's daughters get their ears pierced.

Carys starts squirming and shrugging her shoulders so much her head practically disappeared into her body! She’s scared, I get it. But we didn’t come this far to go home empty eared! I gave her the song and dance about how her friends went through this too. It would only hurt for a minute, but you’ll have these pretty pierced ears forever. But what finally did it was, “Sweetie we won’t have a reason to go get frozen yogurt if you don’t get your ears pierced!” Bingo!

I leave her crying with my mom (she was fine) and walk down the hall to the room with my oldest inside. Her first question is, “Where’s Carys?” She’s looking VERY nervous at this point. I told her Carys was in the bathroom looking at her earrings in the mirror and we needed to hurry and get hers done so she can look too.

Cam slowly climbs on top of the exam table. This from the girl who does nothing slowly. The doctor and nurse line up on both sides of Cam and instantly she becomes snake-like and somehow starts to slither down off the table! I sit her back up. She says, “Maybe I’m not old enough yet.” She looked like she was on the brink of tears. Getting HER to do it was much easier. I simply said, “so your LITTLE sister just got her ears pierced and you’re going to back out of it?” I know, bad mom. But it worked. She let out a little scream and then it was over. It’s been a week now and they are thrilled with their new look!

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone and don’t forget the batteries for Christmas Day!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • snowl Dec 23, 2011

    I had it done at 21 years old, I just had no desire until then. My daughter asked to have them pierced at 10...she did great... at Claire's in the mall. They pierced both at the same time. My 18 year old niece still has not pierced her ears, but she has 2 tattoos...go figure. To each his own!

  • softballmom Dec 23, 2011

    We had my daughter's ears pierced when she was a baby. But my husband made me have mine pierced (a second set) at the same time. His logic was that I wouldn't forget to take care of her ears if I had to take care of my own. He's a smart cookie.

  • jlskinner Dec 22, 2011

    We had my daughter's ears pierced when she was 18 months old. Now she can wear pretty earrings and she feels so grown up! Your girls will be happy after the month of cleaning and twisting each night! :) Earrings are great stocking stuffers for next year!

  • helpme Dec 22, 2011

    Tattoo parlor is the only way to pierce. They use hypodermic needles - so much better than that gun. The gun squishes the ear lobe where as the needle actually makes a hole in the lobe and it heals much faster and nicer : )

  • Shelley Cooper Dec 22, 2011

    potato needle vodka done

  • luvtoshag Dec 22, 2011

    My daughter also went to a pediatrician's office to get her ears pierced. They put numbing lotion on them for 30 minutes then pierce.

  • computer trainer Dec 22, 2011

    Batteries for pierced earrings?? Sounds painful!

  • NCishome Dec 22, 2011

    I was 5yrs old. Had the same person the did my Moms when she was little. I had the old needle and tread. Not fun. Then to find out much later that they were not even... Finally at age 10 I had them redone at the mall. Times sure have changed.

  • calicocatt Dec 22, 2011

    Knowing what I know now and how different my girls are, my youngest will be lucky if she gets hers pierced when she’s 8.

  • calicocatt Dec 22, 2011

    She first indicated she wanted her ears pierced around 4 yrs old. She would ask like 1 or 2 times in a year and every time I'd say "Go talk to Daddy". I'm guessing she thought this was akin to torture :-) because she would not go talk to him. Anyways, she asked earlier this year and we agreed for her birthday. She asked what it was like and I told her. Ultimately she decided she wasn't ready. By November, she was ready (after consulting with friends who had pierced ears). When we took her she was all excited and happy. She got a little nervous as they were about to pierce them but did not back out and did not require bribery or convincing. She cried (ok screamed) for a couple minutes. Then, she asked if she could have a treat. Over the next couple of weeks, we had our challenges cleaning her ears each morning and night but for the most part she has done well. I do not think we would have had the same outcome if we had done it the first time she asked. Knowing what I know n