I am becoming increasingly aware of the fact that my little baby girl is growing up. It is all happening so quickly. A couple weeks ago she told me she didn't need to sleep with her "buppy" any longer. She brushes her own teeth, goes potty and washes her hands by herself, and can pretty much dress herself.
While some parents are saddened by the idea of their children growing up, I love it! I love watching my kids experience things for the first time. I love how proud they get when they accomplish something they haven't been able to do before. I have to admit that I also enjoy not having to do every single little thing for them.
Since Rylie is growing up and becoming such a big girl, it didn't surprise me when she asked me last weekend if she could get her ears pierced. I tried to sway her away from it and told her she could, but that it would hurt. Apparently that didn't matter, because out of the blue yesterday she asked again if she could get her ears pierced. Since she had asked twice, without it already being a topic of conversation, I knew it was something she wanted to get done. So off to the mall we went.
We ended up at Piercing Pagoda in the middle of the mall. Rylie was very excited! We were directed to the little display of piercing earrings and Rylie picked out some beautiful butterfly earrings. It figures that they were the most expensive in the whole display! What can I say? She is MY daughter, after all.
Once I signed all of the release forms, we went inside of the little kiosk and sat down. When we first sat down Rylie was still all smiles, but as the woman started getting everything ready, we could see the anxiety setting in and her smile started fading.
As the girl started prepping Rylie's ears by cleaning them and marking them with a marker, she said "I don't want my ears pierced."
By the time the little purple dots were on her ears and the piercing instruments had been loaded with her sparkly butterfly earrings, Rylie was a mess! She was crying and kept saying she didn't want her ears pierced. I knew she did, though, and was just really nervous. That was certainly a dumb mommy move I made when I tried to dissuade her from getting her ears pierced by telling her it would hurt!
We decided that it would be better to have both ears done at once, so another one of the women working there got her gloves on and they were ready. They were trying to reason with Rylie, but that wasn't working. Finally I just pressed her head back against my chest, held her tight and told them to just do it.
Now, before you go calling DCF and nominating me for yet another not-mommy-of-the-year award, Rylie was fine two seconds after it was over. I'm not even kidding. And I knew she would be. Once she saw her new earrings in the mirror, she was all smiles again!
Rylie loves her earrings! She knows we have to clean her ears twice a day and so far has been great about that. She loves looking in the mirror at them, and she even said this morning that she can't wait to go back to school so she can show her friends!
It was such an exciting experience for both of us, and is just the beginning of all of the fun yet to come! I'm so glad I have a little girl!
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