I was totally happy about that decision. . . until my coworker, Lindsee, showed me a picture of her cute girl with her little ears pierced! Lindsee's babe is only a few weeks older than Mini, so we proceeded to discuss every aspect of piercing. After the conversation, I changed my mind about waiting and we decided to go the next day!
I called Claire's in Flagstaff mall and asked the girl a million questions: was she certified? Would she sterilize everything? Has she pierced baby ears before? All answers were perfect.
When we got to the mall, I was excited. In the car, Jake asked, "are we sure about this?" and I said, "YEP! It's going to be so cute!"
We walked straight to the store and the gal, Robin, greeted us while J sat down with Mini. Robin immediately got to work cleaning and then got her marker ready! This part was the funnest! Meredith and I looked at the dots she drew over and over until we all agreed they were perfect. Then came the worst part. Robin wanted the earrings to sit perfectly, and so did we. In striving for perfection, it took a looong time (and it was probably only 20 seconds, but they were long seconds) to line the machine up. I was holding Gwen's head still and she wasn't enjoying that, obviously, and with each second I was more hesitant. I was letting my grip of her head go to tell Robin that I didn't want to do it anymore, and then CLICK! She did it! I immediately got my hold back, and while Gwen was prepping for a FAT cry, Robin got on the other side, lined up and CLICK! DONE.
As soon as I heard the click and knew that both earrings were in, I looked really fast to make sure I was content and then picked up my baby to snuggle the heck outta her. I'm thankful Merry joined us because she definitely made sure the earrings were even. I wasn't emotional, but I needed to give Gwennie a squeeze and relied on Merry to make sure we were all symmetrical!
J and I came prepped with a fresh bottle and swaddle blanket. When I took her from Jake, I took a second to swaddle her, and then just plopped that bottle right in her sad mouth. It took her a little to realize the bottle was there, but once she did, she took a little sip, then complained about how mean we all were, and took another drink. By the time we walked out of the mall, Mini was konked out! She woke up when we put her in the carseat, and she was all smiles. She had no clue she had just gone through such a traumatic thing! We were laughing because she was just smiling and talking! It was too dark to take a picture in the car, but believe me when I say that she was all smiles.
Gwennie's little earrings are the best. It was extremely worth doing while she was so little. She never fusses with them, and they are super easy to take care of. Important fact: we went with the square (princess) cut diamonds and 14 k white gold. She is looking fancy. Also, Robin said something and I thought it was so cute because we didn't do the princess cut on purpose--they were just the prettiest. Anyway! Robin said, "Princess cut for your little princess!" I am so embarrassed to admit that that melted my heart, but it did!
Here is a picture overload. Gwen looks just lovely!
|Marking her cutey ears!|
|Bored baby. She had better things to do.|
|This is where the sadness starts.|
|If you zoom on this one, that is the face of pure sorrow.|
|One down, one to go.|
|These cheeks. . . I die.|
|SHE DID IT!|
|Prior to piercing, Gwen and Robin bonded.|
|I love this picture of them two.|
|We went to dinner because she was so chill. This is her "I love going out" face.|