Oh my goodness, was I hurting for my little princess! We've watched gobs of YouTube videos of other children getting their ears pierced so she knew what to expect. She knew it would hurt. But she was still surprised!!
Going in to this, she knew this place would do one at a time where most of the videos had two ladies piercing, so it was both at once. She knew that she had to get the second one done if she got the first one done. So we took a minute after the first piercing and calmed down. A nice mama had just come into the store with her own child who'd had hers pierced recently, and she did a great job of distracting Raegan for the second piercing..
I am SO proud of her. SO PROUD. She was all done with the tears and eager to look in a mirror literally 30 seconds after it was all over. She got over it quickly. But whoa. It totally broke my heart to see her hurting.
And now... well I'm all a gush. We went to a movie directly after getting them done and I ended up cuddling her on my lap for the whole thing. It feels like today was kind of a big step towards big kid, towards growing up, towards being her own person.... away from me. I don't think I was nearly as ready for this as Raegan was.