Ok you'll have to have just a little bit of a sense of humour for this one, because I'm writing this one post-op and highly medicated. Yes the surgery was successful, but painful and I'm floating over the bed right about now.
I was involved in a discussion on a message board recently involving McKynzie's pierced ears and it really had me thinking. There were pros and cons over whether or not you do it when the girls are babies or do you wait until they are older. The pros being that it's over quick and the babies don't remember it, whereas when they are older they do remember it and they can be screaming and fainting. I know this from experience--I was 13 and fainted dead away. It was made worse because it was part of my birthday party and of course every girl there went to school the next day and spread the word. Mortifying. So is it any worse than getting a shot? They cry for a few seconds and then it's over?
Some who were con said that no, babies do remember and that they look to you for comfort, food, and protection. They don't look to you for pain, even if it is over in a few seconds. My husband's con is that as a little one crawling and toddling there's too much danger of the earrings getting caught on something and pulling and/or tearing. However on the pro side, one woman pointed out that her 10 yr old wouldn't stop playing with hers to the point that they got infected beyond the point of fixing. Yes you're supposed to "twirl" them a few times a day (do they still tell you to do that?) but do 10 yr olds always have clean hands? Apparently not.
So why did I bring up circumcision? Well these same women who were railing against how barbaric it was to watch this baby get her ears pierced probably had no problem getting their sons circumcised. And if you research it, there's no medical necessity for it. I gave birth in the UK and over there you have to ASK to have it done, where here in the US you have to make sure to tell them NOT to do it. People's first excuse is "cleanliness." Basically you're telling me that you're incapable as a parent in teaching your child how to wash himself into adulthood? All of Europe seems to be doing just fine washing themselves.
Jews do it for religious reasons. I believe Muslims do too, but I don't know for certain. I still think it's an unnecessary bit of surgery and all surgery carries risk, but these mothers don't seem to mind about that, but piercing ears they all want laws passed so babies can't have it done. The dichotomy between the two amazes me, especially when pointed out to them, they still don't see it.
So if I am blessed with a son, he will have a bris and will be circumcized. And I'm eagerly awaiting for the day when my husband thinks my daughter is old enough to have her ears pierced.
Now what do you think--are either of these barbaric or is it just a personal choice?