"Guess who got their ears pierced today.. " a photo of the adorable 10-week-old was captioned, in part.
Critics immediately started weighing in. Here's a sample of their comments, which didn't hold back on blasting Austin:
"Ugh...hate to see a baby with pierced ears..but it's your baby!"
"What a piece of trash."
Luckily some commenters took the new mama's side:
"There's nothing wrong with pierced ears on a baby. Millions of babies on a daily [basis] get them pierced."
"It may not be everyone's choice to do it but just know it DOESNT make her 'trash' nor a bad mother."
Meanwhile, across the pond, another celebrity mom, Katie Price, is defending her choice to pierce her 18-month-old baby Bunny's ears. During a visit to the show "Loose Women," the British model said, "I'm not going to sit here and justify myself, she looks really cute." Saying she was honoring her Spanish husband's cultural heritage, Price also compared the procedure to a baby boy getting circumcised.
I don't think either of these celeb moms should have to defend their choices to add earrings to their babies' wardrobes. To each their own. I wouldn't pierce my girls' ears that young, but that's me, and what we have deemed appropriate in our own family. In fact, my second-grader still doesn't have her ears pierced. I'm not sure when we'll allow it, but I'm sure eventually it will just feel right.
So what's your take: Is it cute or cruel to pierce a baby's ears? And at what age do you think a child should get their ears pierced?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.