It is no secret that I have a daughter. Those who have been around these parts for a long time know that my sweet baby girl came out…bald. You may think I’m exaggerating, but I have photographic evidence.

I ranted about it at the time (Shocking, I know.) (The rant wasn’t about the baldness, but about the fact that people would remark that she was a boy. A BOY.)

At the time, I thought that maybe getting her ears pierced would help to stop the “boy” comments. Friends with (equally bald) girls told me that earrings wouldn’t help in any way. If being dressed head-to-toe in PINK DRESSES wasn’t enough to make people recognize that she was a girl, glimmering pieces of jewelry in her ears wouldn’t make the nonsense stop.

So? We didn’t pierce her ears as a baby.

This girl of mine will be three in October. I’ve enrolled her in a preschool that will have her busily playing, learning and crafting for two mornings a week. (Which means that for the first time in almost seven years, I will be completely child-free at that time. WEIRD. And a little bit awesome.) She’s not a baby anymore. To quote her word for word, “I’m a big girl now!”

Lately my “big girl” has been all into the “dressing up” and wanting to do what I do (Painting her toes, wearing lip gloss (Lipsmackers) and so forth). She asked about my earrings and said that she wanted some too. I told her that it would hurt (Like HECK) to get them done, but once the stinging subsided she would be left with sparkly ears. She was up for the challenge.


The earring lady had to clip back her hair.



Totally unrelated, check out the hair models on the wall of the salon:

Wall of Shame

This is not where I get my hair done, FYI.

Two ladies stood on either side of her and counted down. “Three, two, one…”

The sound of the piercing guns fired and all was well. For approximately three seconds. Then Emily started to flail. I picked her up and she wailed and she screamed and she kicked me. HARD. This went on for a whopping two minutes and then…all was fine. We walked to the dollar store, bought some penny candy as a treat for being so brave and soon after I heard the phrase that I was longing to hear.

“My ears don’t hurt anymore!”

When we got home I asked if I could take a photo of her with her earrings. I got this one.


And this one.


And also, this one.


Yeah. Getting shot in the ears deserves that face.

(But doesn’t she look (even more) adorable?)

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  1. Michele August 28, 2009 12:35 am edit

    Yes!!! I love it! What a brave girl! And those curls are something else :)

  2. Janssen August 28, 2009 3:51 am edit

    Those are so cute! How fun.

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  3. rachel-asouthernfairytale August 28, 2009 4:55 am edit

    Princess was not quite 2 when she made the decision to get hers done. She had SO much fun turning them when I put the cleaner on :-)

    LOVE emily’s face!!!! She’ SO adorable!!!

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  4. Eric's Mommy August 28, 2009 5:05 am edit

    How cute!!

    I also didn’t have hair until I was about 3. I had even less hair than Miss Emily! I have a picture of me in a blue dress when I was about 3 and I totally look like a boy in a dress.

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  5. Julienne August 28, 2009 5:10 am edit

    I was also a bald one. And my mom didn’t want to subject me to “girly” things so I never wore pink, or dresses. Add to the fact that I have a unisex name – well, everyone thought I was a boy.

    And she looks freaking CUTE!

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  6. joyce August 28, 2009 5:24 am edit

    100% adorable.

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  7. Sharon August 28, 2009 6:50 am edit

    Awww – she’s SO cute!! I wasn’t allowed to get my ears pierced until I was 12. I think my mom finally gave in and let me have it done so that I’d just shut up about it already. Hee. :)

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  8. bethany actually August 28, 2009 7:07 am edit

    Yay, Emily! Annalie says the earrings are “Soooo cute!” And you can tell Emily that even a big 5-year-old girl like Annalie cried a little bit when she got her ears pierced. I’m proud of her.

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  9. Elizabeth August 28, 2009 7:48 am edit

    Totally adorable. What a brave girl!

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  10. Amanda Brown August 28, 2009 8:14 am edit

    So fun! And so cute!

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  11. Tanya Duerksen August 28, 2009 8:30 am edit

    My parents (dad) wouldn’t let me get my ears pierced till I was 15. 15!!! She looks so beautiful with or without those sparkles in her ears, but it looks great. I love the little curls that pop up behind them, she has her mom’s big blue eyes “like an angel”. (hee hee, that story still makes me laugh). Love you.

  12. Shelly August 28, 2009 8:51 am edit

    That first picture is priceless. Kind of like, “Ya. I got earrings. I’m tough, and I look great!” So proud. So cute.

    My little brother and sister are a year apart and when they were about 3 and 4 mom got them matching short boy cuts. I don’t know what she was thinking, but when they would go out on the farm in their matching coveralls and gumboots, they would look like twin boys. I bug her to this day since my mom has some great photos!

    Now look at Emily though! Cute girly curls, bright blue eyes, and pink! All that pink…. ;)

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  13. Kristabella August 28, 2009 9:05 am edit

    So cute! What a brave little girl!

    I remember the scariest part was the anticipation and then the loud noise of the guns. I think I cried at that more than the pain!

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  14. Kerri Anne August 28, 2009 9:20 am edit

    YAY. She’s adorable, of course!

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  15. hillary August 28, 2009 9:30 am edit

    SO CUTE!!!

    My dad took me to get my ears pierced when I was 5 (my mom couldn’t stomach it.) The lady did 1 ear. I lost my shit. Then she tried to do my other ear. I jerked my head away and she ended up piercing the very bottom of my earlobe. That earring had to be taken out so my ear could heal, which meant that for 2 weeks I was walking around with 1 earring. It was awesome. Even more awesome? Having to go back to get my bare ear pierced. It was seriously traumatic (clearly, as I remember it IN DETAIL all these years later!)

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  16. Sherry August 28, 2009 10:25 am edit

    OMG The cuteness is KILLING me.

    Hayley wants hers done and I definitely only want to have it done in a place like Emily did, where they’ll do both ears at once – because I know that there’s little chance she’d let a second piercing happen if it’s one at a time!

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  17. metalia August 28, 2009 11:36 am edit

    Awww! She looks so adorable! And girly! We did El’s at a really young age, too (she was a BABY baby), and I have no regrets. I wish someone would have pierced my ears when I was little! :)

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  18. Elaine August 28, 2009 11:59 am edit

    Just for the record, I love her little bald head. : )

    She’s brave. I didn’t do it until I was 8 yrs. old and I think I cried a little. And yes, she does look even more adorable (who knew it was possible!?)

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  19. C @ Kid Things August 28, 2009 12:18 pm edit

    Oh my, how cute! And such a brave girl. I was around 7 when I got my ears pierced. I wasn’t very brave about it. In fact, after hearing the girl explain what she was about to do, I bolted out of the place and wouldn’t go back. I finally did, obviously, a few weeks later. That time, my parents told the girl doing it to just do it, don’t talk about it. It was much better that way.

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  20. Jen August 28, 2009 12:19 pm edit

    Beautiful earrings, Miss Emily!

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  21. Domestic Extraordinaire August 28, 2009 2:34 pm edit

    awww, adorable. My girls got their ears pierced when they were 5. Altho The Chicken waited a good 4 months after her 5th birthday to get it done. Make sure to turn the earrings several times a day. I had a friend that didn’t turn her girl’s earrings and it ended badly.

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  22. Danica August 28, 2009 3:21 pm edit

    What a big brave girl. Soooooo cute (and I totally think she pulled off the baldness with style).

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  23. Hannah August 28, 2009 3:27 pm edit

    So, so cute! And what a brave girl she was!
    Like I said on FB, I had to wait until I was TEN to get my ears pierced. But worse than that? My sister, who is 3 years younger than me, got hers done when she was SEVEN. Yes, that would be only a short while after I got mine done at age 10. I guess my Mum didn’t want to listen to her whining about why she wasn’t allowed them and I was. But, oh the UNFAIRNESS! Can you tell I’m still bitter? That must be why I “rebelled” at age 15 and got a second set of holes done. Without asking/telling my Mum. Ha!

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  24. ali August 28, 2009 4:06 pm edit

    you know I can relate, since my girls were superbaldies too – and EVERYONE thought they were boys even when they were wearing DRESSES.

    cute! love the earrings!

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  25. Lisa C August 28, 2009 6:54 pm edit

    Love, love, love the earrings! She looks absolutely precious! I have a 5 year old … got hers pierced when she was 3 months. I now have an 11 week old & I’m so ready to have hers done as well! :)

  26. Helena August 29, 2009 12:21 pm edit

    So very cute! Kyra was the same age when she got her ears pierced. We went shopping afterwards and she walked around so proudly, but wondering why people (strangers) weren’t noticing her newly pierced ears. Ha!

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  27. Kathy K August 29, 2009 4:26 pm edit

    She is just so prescious! She is definitely a beautiful “big girl”!

    My first two kids, a girls and then a boy, were born 15 months apart. I had two bald babies (one girl one boy) and for some reason it happened to both of my kids. My daughter was the cutest lil’ boy and my son was the most adorable girl ever. It taught me though that I never assume I know. If I must comment I say “What a sweet baby! No gender specificity to worry about!

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  28. Lynn Craig August 30, 2009 1:29 pm edit

    Oh! She looks SO HAPPY!

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