In honor of Ava's approaching 3rd birthday, the Body Adornment Dept. (me and her dad) approved her request for pierced ears. The tears and crying didn't last as long as I expected. And Ava again showed a penchant for negotiation that would make an attorney proud. Informed that she could have a sucker afterwards to help w/the pain, she said, "I'd like it now please." Smart girl: get it up front or in writing. Tears aside, moments later, our pierced princess was pleased with her new look. And her sucker.