I came across two common answers: first, ear piercing at the mall (which is the route most of us have gone, yes?), and second, going to a piercing studio. I knew I wanted to steer away from the ear-gun-at-the-mall route because when I got my ears pierced – at six years old – I still have traumatizing memories of that experience. Obviously, piercing doesn’t feel good, but I remember it hurting SO BADLY for hours afterwards and the sound of the ear gun being SO LOUD and I just didn’t want to traumatize my daughter with that same experience.
I got excited when I found on our pediatrician’s web site that they pierced ears, but was disappointed to find when I called that they stopped doing so and just told their patients to go to the mall. I researched other options and found Marilyn at HTC Uptown via The Google. Her Yelp reviews from moms were fantastic, so I called and made an appointment. She was so popular with kiddos that she didn’t have anything open for a solid month, so I took the earliest appointment I could.
My daughter sat there and listened carefully. Marilyn marked her ears, front and back, and asked for my stamp of approval before beginning. We were set to go, and my daughter laid down on the table, but as soon as Marilyn touched her ears she sat up and said, “I changed my mind.” Fortunately, we were able to talk her off the ledge, and her first ear was done so quickly and gently that she sat up, started laughing and said, “That was it?” She looked in the mirror at her new pretty pink flower earring, beaming. The second ear was even easier. We were given a care sheet with detailed instructions, and off we went.