Arissa with Gilly, before piercing
She asked me to hold her hand, so I complied. 1,2,3, and it was done. Her face afterwards should have been my first hint.
I daresay, this isn't the face of a happy child
While I paid for her earrings, she complained that she felt sick to her stomach because she was in SO MUCH PAIN (which I reminded her about before the piercing commenced). We had to go sit on the bench outside the store until she finally calmed down. I went into one more store, and she told me that she'd feel a lot better if she had a cookie. (That is one way I know she is my child). We got the cookie, went home, and she immediately called her friends to tell them about her new earrings. She even forgot that her ears hurt for a while, when we did some "Bad Furby" pictures.
Then the time came to clean and turn her earrings. I went ahead and popped a Xanax, because I knew this would be one of the most overdramatic moments of my day. We put the cleaning solution on her ears, and she howled. We tried to turn the earrings. And by tried, I mean I chased her around the house while she screamed and begged me not to touch them. I finally
I told her that we would re-consider getting her ears pierced again