No, not that question!
P.'s interest in the origin of babies has been minimal at best, and she flat out refused to believe me when I told her how most babies enter the world. I'm pretty sure if I told her how babies are actually made she'd achieve even greater levels of incredulity.
No, the question P. asked was why everyone else gets to wear earrings except for her. The former statement is not actually true - plenty of girls in her class don't have pierced ears - but I guess the latter half is true. P. doesn't get to wear earrings. Because she doesn't have pierced ears.
I'm personally not a fan of piercing little baby girl's ears even though I get it. My guess is that the vast majority of girls will eventually get their ears pierced so piercing them when they're not even going to remember the relatively minor trauma makes sense. So why didn't I do it? My main fear was that I would pierce my baby girl's ears and she would turn out to be part of the tiny minority of women who would have preferred unpierced lobes.
But I'm totally on board once pierced ears have been requested. And requested and requested. Let's be very sure, shall we?
I was in third grade when my mom took me to a mall kiosk to have the teenage employees shoot piercing studs through my lobes with one of those gun things. She made me wait three months after I first asked for pierced ears to make sure I really wanted it. To this day I regret that either I flinched or the teen with the piercing gun did and I ended up with a hole very close to the edge of my ear. I had to have it redone and to this day have two holes right next to each other.
Contrary to what they say those holes don't ever really close.
Should P. decide she wants earrings, I hope to find something better than the mall kiosk - though I don't know what that will be. I've heard that some pediatricians will do it. In our state, depending on where you are piercing parlors can do it.
Lucky for me, I don't need to do the research just yet because P.'s interest in pierced ears went waaaaaay down when I explained just how pierced ears happen.
Score one for the moms of the squeamish!