Ear Piercing a 6 Year Old …Ears or Ear!
This morning I left the house with an ecstatic Miss 6! She couldn’t contain herself. How in the world had months and months of conversations ending in – we’ll wait until you’re 7 (at least), turned into destination jeweler TODAY, 6 1/2 years old!
I was 12 when I had my ears pierced. I’ve relayed tales of high school. A place where we wore uniforms, ties, not at all uncommon in Britain. Close to unheard of in Sweden! A place where you weren’t allowed to have earrings. So we walked around for 6-8 weeks with plasters over our ears …Cue: Miss 6 in fits of laughter!
’But how do plasters even stay on your ears? …Couldn’t you hear anything?’ – More laughter!
Today, I had a plan. A pain coping plan.
When Mr 1 needed to take a lot of extra blood tests having been born too early, with jaundice etc… They gave him small doses of glucose to ease the pain.
Well… I know where to get a hold of glucose!
First stop, sweet shop.
My plan: Douse her in sugar prior to, during, and immediately after piercing.
We’re talking about a 6 year old with an almost nonexistent pain threshold!
The latest splinter in her foot took the efforts of three adults, numerous bribes, an iPad, four pieces of chocolate and continual chatter and coaching just to get the tweezer within sight of her.
We get to the jewelers, she sits down, still excited. I notice that I’m a nervous wreck.
Quick, quick, open the sweets …Stuff a few in her mouth!
She’s sat there with hamster cheeks barely able to answer the question about which earrings she wants.
She’s given a mirror to hold, and is more than happy to sit staring into it.
Still unable to talk. Whilst the jeweler puts small dots on her ears.
Out comes the gun.
Should take the mirror away?
Seeing the gun hovering over her ear, I don’t think that’s going to help keep the situation calm!
She wants to keep it.
I knew it!
I knew we were going to leave here with only 1 earring!!
I knew she was too young!
I knew we should have waited.
She should be 12. Seven’s no good at all!
She isn’t screaming!
No sound at all.
She didn’t even flinch.
A steady gaze in the mirror.
Still hamster cheeks.
She didn’t even blink.
I feel that I need to sit down!
My heart is jumping out of my chest.
The second ear is done.
She’s still gazing in the mirror.
Still hamster cheeks.
’Wow! You look gorgeous honey! …Didn’t it hurt?’
A huge grin on her face.
In the car on the way home, they ached a little bit. She finished up her sweets.
Her ears aren’t red. She hasn’t complained once.
All summer long, her hair’s been down, wind swept and wild.
Today it’s been tucked neatly behind her ears every time I’ve looked at her.
Tiny blue stones gleaming.
’What was your best thing today?’ I asked as I put her to bed.
’Getting my ears pierced! …Were you really 12? …I can’t believe it! Thats LONG to wait huh!
…I can’t wait till I can get other holes in my ears too!’
I need this moment here, to myself. I can’t believe I have a daughter old enough to have earrings!
And can you imagine a more timely post by blogger Mami2five: Aftercare For New Ear Piercings …Tomorrow I’m going to buy tea tree oil 🙂
Ear piercing a 6 year old… Would you do it?