Posts Tagged ‘getting ears pierced’

Once more with fashion – I mean, feeling!

June 13, 2017

This past weekend the girls and stopped at the mall because I wanted to look in “some geeky-type stores” for some Magic cards – specifically, some lands, so the three of us could play together. Except on our way towards ThinkGeek, we happened across a shirt that Gracie liked that had some honest-to-god colors besides black and grey in it. And since it was a Fashion Week Miracle (and because the tank was $5), I let her buy it.


And then, because she had pulled off one miracle, when the Gracie-girl asked to stop in Papaya to look at some more shirts, and because the Bee-girl didn’t mind, I said okay. And then we found Gracie a few more church outfits, which just happened to be on her list of Things Needed.

How cute are those outfits?! I love how soft those gauzy shorts are! We got both pairs of shorts (the jean ones she already owned), the three tops, and another under-tank for less than $50. So – win!! And Gracie got to play Fashion Show, Fashion Show, Fashion Show At Lunch!, which is, like, her favorite game. So – double win!

Oh, and because I was a nitwit who didn’t think to include a picture of Bee’s earrings from yesterday (the ones that I successfully used to bribe her into getting her ears re-re-pierced)…


That’s what made her so cuckoo for cocoa puffs! I just hope her dang ears stay pierced this time!

Do my kids know how to bend me to their will, or what?



June 12, 2017

If I had to guess which of my girlies would have problematic ears, I would not have guessed Bee-girl. She is my girly-girl; the one who enjoys jewelry and frills and dressing up in high fashion. She is not the tomboy who shuns all bling.

And yet.

The first time I had to bring Bee to get her ears re-pierced, it was because the earring had sunken into her ear, we had to perform minor surgery at home to get it out, and then we had to let her ear close because of a giant hole. That takes a lot out of a mama. But the second time went a lot smoother than the first time (perhaps because she wasn’t at the horrid daycare that allowed kids to rip out Bee’s earrings four separate times!) and I thought we were home free.

Heaven knows why I’d think something so silly. Not in my house when nothing ever goes smoothly!

Apparently my girly-girl hasn’t been wearing earrings. I know she had a pair on at Christmas, because I bought them special, and all three of us had on our matching pairs. After that…uh… who knows? Bee somehow stayed away from the bling, until about a month or two ago when I tried to get her to wear a pair with a particular outfit. Except the earrings…well, they didn’t quite fit. And by fit, I mean the posts didn’t want to go through all the way. They fell just the tiniest little bit short. I felt like I could push the posts through and everything would be A-OK, but Bee, she felt like that was not the best plan. And every time I tried doing it anyway, she shrieked just a little too loud. So I stopped trying.

Instead, I suggested getting her ears professionally pierced. Again. But Bee didn’t want to. She didn’t want to pierce her ears at all. I couldn’t see her going through life as a fashionista without pierced ears, but I didn’t want to push the issue too much. So I bided by her wishes.

And then yesterday – we were at the mall t look at one thing, and we cut through Penney’s…where some shirts caught Gracie’s eye. And then some earrings caught Bee’s eye. “So if I got my ears pierced, I could wear these in a month?” she asked. They were gold posts with round beach-ball-type dangly bits. “Of course you can!” I answered, surprised. Thank god the earrings were only $10. Before she could change her mind, I rushed Bee to Claire’s and we waited in a long and obnoxious line. This was happening!

Before you knew it, she was done. And we got a 20% off coupon, too! Which came in handy after we picked up alllll the Christmas gifts.

tl;dr – Bee has sparkly new earrings for the next 4 weeks. And then after that, she’ll have different earrings every day, hopefully forever. Third time’s the charm! (Please god!)


Take two.

September 9, 2013

Last year, at the beginning of August, I took the girls to get their ears pieced. They were so excited! And so was I – until I realized just how accident prone my girlies are. Also? Gracie is borderline allergic to most earrings. So. Not as much fun as I expected.

Within the first month of daycare, just one month after having her ears pierced, Bee’s earrings were yanked out three times. The first time, a friend was “looking” at her earring and it came out. Daycare didn’t bother calling to tell me, and by the time I picked Bee up, the hole had closed. So I had to repierce her ear at home. That was a blast, lemme tell you. Not long after, the same thing happened. Only it was because Bee and a friend were playing ponies and someone had tied a leash around Bee’s ear. I don’t remember exactly what happened the third time, but I was about fed up. So, in November when Bee’s ear was hurting and I saw that it was because her earring back had worked itself into her ear, I was ready to call it quits. I got the earring out thanks to a bit of surgery right there in the kitchen, patched her up, pumped her full of neosporin and waited for the earring hole to close. Which it did. Eventually.

Bee was happy to go about her days without the trauma of any piercing being physically ripped out of her body. Or, she was, until this past spring. “When can I get my ears pierced?” she started asking. “When the holes are completely healed,” I answered at first. “When school is out and you’re home for the summer,” I tried next. But she was persistent. She really wanted to try again. And I started wondering: if my seven-year-old daughter is brave enough to try this again, who am I to tell her no? Shouldn’t I be encouraging her to try things again, even if they didn’t go so well?

Which is why I was texting her dad on Friday night to see what he thought. I can’t even lie: I was hoping he’d nix the idea. Bee might be over the trauma, but I’m not sure I’m ready for another round! Unfortunately, Bee had her daddy wrapped around her finger and while he had some of the same concerns I did, he was okay with the idea, as long as we got sterling silver earrings for her, and ones that wouldn’t catch easily on things. Good point.

And that was how we found ourselves at the mall on Saturday afternoon. Bee waited so patiently and Gracie didn’t even mind that she was there for her sister and wasn’t getting anything out of the trip. Bee picked out sparkly pink heart earrings and didn’t even flinch when they were shot through her ears. Kinda like she’s done it before or something. Heh.

So, here we go! Take two! The adventure begins…again. Let’s hope there’s less to blog about this time around…


What we did on our mini half-week vacation.

August 6, 2012

I convinced the girls to do this:

What you can barely see is (drum roll, please), pieced ears! I got the go-ahead from their dad, but didn’t think the girls would let me go for it. Wait – I take that back. I knew Bee would do anything Gracie said she didn’t want to do, but I didn’t think Gracie was going to commit herself. She’s been waffling whenever it’s come up (that girl is ruled by fear, sometimes), so I was rather surprised when I brought it up our first morning home and she said she was game. In fact, the girls had to play rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock to see who got to go first. (Yes, we DO play the geeked out version at my house; how awesome am I?) Bee won, so she went first. I was slightly afraid when the girls picked out their posts from a zillion choices – I thought I was going to have to veto the full carat cubic zirconia – but it turns out that my muchachas are very predictable: Bee chose Hello Kitty and Gracie chose peace signs. Thank. God.

So all is well at Casa de Katie. No one has lost an earring (or an ear) yet. No one has even complained about cleaning and twirling their earrings. And I get so many cool mom points.

Life is good.