We had a momentous day a week or so ago and it blows my mind! I keep reaching these milestones with my kids and I keep thinking, "how did it go this fast? How are we HERE already?"
Isabella got her ears pierced a few days after the New Year. She's been talking about it for a while now and then for Christmas, her Pop Pop got her earrings and we thought it would be the perfect time! I wasn't sure how she'd handle it or if she'd cry - but I figured now might be better than in a year or two.
When I was 12 or 13 and got my ears pierced, I remember telling (probably in a shouty voice) my dad that I would never make my kids wait until they were 12 to get their ears pierced. *It's so fun looking back at all the things you told your parents you were NEVER going to do (like the time I told my mom and dad I would NEVER enjoy going to home depot... and then ate my own words when I bought my first home and loved walking around home depot looking at all the things I wanted to buy).* Well, unlike the millions of things I shouted at my parents I would never do, and then immediately did upon becoming an adult and Mommy, this was something I kept my word on.
I clearly remember getting my ears pierced. I can still feel how big of a deal it was. I remember the anxiety about it and the complete fear I had built up about getting it done. Well, my sweet Isabella is a ball of anxiety. It's something we work on a lot with her; we have to give her a heads up any time she's going to do something new and we constantly work through her anxiety with her in social situations. Honestly, I didn't think that anxiety over getting her ears pierced would be good for her. Why let her build something up so much and create a fear in her I knew she didn't need? So we decided to let her do it while she was still little.
Isabella handled it like a pro. Not one single tear was shed. Nothing. And when it was done, she smiled and showed off her earrings, as if it was no big deal. I am pretty sure I cried like a baby when I had it done and I was 3 times her age. Haha! What a big girl!