I'll tell ya, this kid did great. Honestly the hardest part was getting her to sit still enough so the lady (an older lady who you could tell had done this MANY times) was able to mark her earlobes evenly. That took a lot of tries and a LOT of fussing because Baby Doll did NOT like being held still. After that, she fussed a little after the first ear was done, and then cried for about 15-20 seconds when the second was done. That's it. I swear she cried longer and harder for vaccinations, and those had made me dread this a little for nothing. As you can see here, she was all sunshine and smiles right after it was done.
Afterwards we decided to walk around the mall and wandered into Gymboree. One of the salesgirls started chatting us up and asked how long ago we had the baby's ears pierced. I laughed and said, "Oh, I don't know, about fifteen minutes ago?" She couldn't believe it!
"But she's so happy!" she exclaimed before going to tell her coworker. The other girl immediately came over to see. "I don't believe it! She just got them done? You can't even tell! I got mine done a few months ago and I almost passed out!"
"That's part of the reason why you do it when they're babies," I told her. She then told me she wished her mom had done her ears when she was a baby.
And there's the final argument. Once you get older, you learn to anticipate and dread pain, then linger over it after it happens. Babies haven't developed that instinct yet so I believe the whole process is less traumatic for them. I'm not saying that I don't think babies feel pain because obviously they do. I'm just saying that sometimes the worry and the dread beforehand are worse than the actual pain. That is what babies lack.
I think her new bling looks ADORABLE. She hasn't messed with them at all so far which is good.
Originally I was dead set on having a pediatrician pierce them. No grubby mall kiosks with teenage employees for my baby! However, my doctor didn't do it, and the only other one I found in my area who would do it charged $55 and they weren't even using gold earrings! I have metal allergies, and so far this girl has shown a tendency toward sensitive skin. No way I was using anything less than 14kt gold in her ears. I remember how bad it felt when I had my navel pierced with "non allergenic" surgical steel. That was awful!!! Once I switched the jewelry to gold, the piercing healed within a few weeks.
I have to say, Claire's at the mall has a decent set up. The earring pierces the ear and comes preloaded in it's own little cartridge that is individually boxed. That cartridge is loaded into the gun, so the gun never touches the baby's ear. We paid the same there as we would have at the pediatrician's office but only because I picked the most expensive pair of earrings they had. Girlfriend needed a little sparkle! The price also included a big bottle of the ear care solution to clean them. They don't let any of the young employees do the piercing. The manager, who was slightly older than me I think, did it. She was very careful and very particular about making sure those earrings were going to be even, which I appreciated. Overall, I'd say it was a good experience. If I had to do it over again, I'd definitely do it the same way.
And no, Claire's didn't pay me to say that. :)