My first real piercing!
Back when I got my belly button pierced at the age of 15, it was the "trendy" thing to do. That's not why I got it done though; I wanted a belly button ring because I had finally lost all of my baby fat because I had gone through a growth spurt, so for the first time in my life I was skinny! I wanted to celebrate that fact because I was always the chubby one out of the three girls in my family, so I was always the one to get made fun of. So I expressed interest in getting my belly button pierced without thinking it would actually happen because my parents are pretty conservative.
To my surprise, my mother actually thought it would be cute! So she did some research to find the best place around to do it. A lady she worked with had just had hers done at Alternative Connection and highly recommended it because it was the cleanest place around in her opinion. It was on the expensive side of belly button piercings, costing around $70, but my mom was willing to pay however much she needed to in order to get it done at the best place. Thinking back, I think the only reason my mom let me do it and paid for it was because a lot of girls I knew were piercing their belly buttons themselves at home (a VERY BAD idea), and she was afraid I might do the same thing. Little did she know that there is no way in hell I would ever poke a needle through my body myself! Anyway, it worked out that she was going to take me and pay for it, so I was definitely set on getting it.
When the day finally came to get my belly button pierced, I was getting a little nervous because the only thing I ever had pierced was one hole in each ear with a piercing gun... nothing like the 14 gauge needle that was about to be shoved through my navel. Before we left to go to the piercing shop, I asked if I needed to bring my wallet in case my mom wanted me to pay for part of the cost but my mom said no because she would pay for all of it and off we went. Half an hour later, we were at the shop and I was SO nervous. We went in and talked to a piercer, but when he asked to see my ID to make a copy of it with my mom's, I realized I had left my ID in my wallet at home!
So then we had to drive all the way back to our house to pick up my ID. By this time we had driven for an hour and were back where we started, so my mom started questioning if this was really something I wanted to do or not. I briefly considered just giving up and not getting it done, but this was something I really wanted. So we took another half hour drive back over to the piercing studio, making sure we had everything we needed this time!
By the time we got back, there was another woman waiting to get her belly button pierced, so I had to sit there EVEN longer, all the while getting more and more nervous. The woman was in the piercing room for what seemed like forever. When she finally came out, she looked like she was about to pass out so the piercer quickly gave her a soda to get her blood sugar up. After he made sure she was okay, he spoke to me and then went back into the piercing room to get it all sterilized and ready for me. That seemed like it took forever too.
He finally reemerged from the piercing room and let me choose what color bead I wanted for the top of my barbell. I chose blue because it is my favorite color. My mom and I then headed back into the piercing room with the piercer. The room kind of freaked me out because all of the walls and the floor were white, and the cabinets and furniture were black. I stood there while the piercer put purple dots on my navel where he was going to pierce. I agreed that they were straight and laid down on the piercing table thing. I waited anxiously as he prepared everything.
Once everything was ready and my navel area was all cleaned, the piercer came over and placed clamps on my belly button. This was slightly uncomfortable, but by no means painful. I held my mom's hand and made sure not to look at the needle because I probably would have backed out if I saw it beforehand (that thing looked HUGE when I saw it after I was already pierced). When he pushed the needle through, it wasn't actually very painful at all. No blood, no screaming, nothing. It was actually a much better experience than I had anticipated. I didn't even feel him put in the jewelry. I would definitely say this hurt less than my earrings done with a piercing gun and less than my VCH.
Afterward I was all smiles! It looked so cute and I was proud of myself for going through it. The piercer remarked that he was quite impressed with my reaction to the piercing. He told me all about the aftercare and the salt soaks and then rang us up. I would say that the whole piercing experience at Alternative Connection was excellent, as it was clean and professional. I'm very pleased with my belly button to this day, four years later. I followed all of the aftercare instructions (very important!) and never had a problem with my piercing. If you're thinking about getting this piercing done, I would say just make sure you find a reputable piercer and go for it!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 10 July 2007
in Navel Piercing