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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.

Click.

 

She screams.

I’m horrified.

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!

 

But.

What?

She isn’t screaming!

No sound at all.

She didn’t even flinch.

A steady gaze in the mirror.

Still chewing.

Still hamster cheeks.

She didn’t even blink.

 

I feel that I need to sit down!

My heart is jumping out of my chest.

 

Click!

The second ear is done.

 

She’s still gazing in the mirror.

Still chewing.

Still hamster cheeks.

 

Slight delay.

’Wow! You look gorgeous honey! …Didn’t it hurt?’

’Nope!’

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?

 


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24 Comments

  1. I bet you had butterflies the size of jumbo jets walking into that jewelers and your daughter was soooo brave! It’s amazing what a mouthful of sweets can do.

    I didn’t let my daughter have her ears pierced until she was thirteen and even then I had visions of her ripping them out by accident, she just has that way about her. Having girls ears pierced is certainly part of growing up and my daughter loves buying cheap and cheerful earrings (luckily she has no problem wearing them) and mixing and matching them.

    • My initial plan was 12! …Cheap and cheerful here too! She’s calmed down but the first 6 weeks of waiting she wanted to look for eatings every day 😉

  2. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 21. Here in Mexico, though, it’s very unusual for girls not to have their ears pierced – normally they get it done in the hospital as soon as they’re born! We got our daughter’s ears pierced when she was a month old and I have to say I had mixed feelings about it, but she only cried for a second, then she was fine.

  3. I remember dying to get my ears pierced when I was younger, though I’m a wuss now! Luckily I have boys so hopefully won’t have to have this conversation…lol #FamilyFriday

  4. Kids always want to grow up quicker than we want them to don’t they? Congratulations on Miss 6 being so brave and not getting upset about the pain at all. Popping in from Magic Moments.

  5. Ahhh bless her I bet she was so proud of herself and becoming such a big girl with pierced earrings. I won’t mention I had to wait until I was 16!!!! Yup, and even then I begged. I don’t want to say an age because if MM was begging me I probably would do it but not sure what age I would finally give in. We shall see as I am sure it will come. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

  6. Wow, I wouldn’t be able to handle this. My daughter (who’s also 6 1/2 hasn’t asked to get her ears pierced but I’m bracing myself for that day… maybe she will wait until she’s 12 but her dad would probably have to take her).

    Congrats to the newly bejeweled girl!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  7. Wow you are a brave Mama, I convinced my Dad to sign a form to let me have my belly button pierced just before I turned 16-my Mum was LIVID! Thanks for linking up to #briliantblogposts

  8. I’m so glad you found my post helpful, thank you so much for linking to me 🙂
    The glucose water is like a magic drug for those tiny babies isn’t it! O had gallons of the stuff lol

  9. I’m glad it went so well for you. my daughter had a screaming fit and ended up with one earring higher than another. She then refused to turn them and ended up with an infection. She now wants them repierced. Over my dead body!! #familyfriday

    • I should not be laughing right now!!! How old was she?
      …Kids!! Unbelievable, there’s just no logic to it! You can only reason with them when they want to be reasoned with. Once they’ve got an idea in their head it’s as solid as cement!

  10. My three-year-old daughter keeps nagging me about earrings, I keep saying not yet! I think six is a great age to have them 😉 Glad your daughter didn’t feel any pain 😉 #FamilyFriday.

    • Miss 3 – who hasn’t been bothered about earrings at all before, decided that she should probably have them pierced now too… But easily swayed back again thank goodness! 3 years of nagging would be exhausting!
      …She was quite content in the end with the idea that she too would be allowed to do it when she’s 6 1/2.

  11. With three daughters, I remember only too well the pre-piercing nerves. My attempts to make them wait until a certain age fell on deaf ears (mild pun intended) but all three of mine coped admirably!

    I’d never heard of the glucose thing before though. Must remember that! Thanks for linking up. #FamilyFriday

  12. I was six the first time I had my eyes pierced. I screamed the place down and had to be bribed with chocolate and money to have the other ear done. Your girl is super tough!

    #PoCoLo

  13. Wow, your daughter is so brave! Always used to placate my 2 with chocolate buttons if they were upset. If they stopped crying and made the most of the chocolate, the theory was that whatever had happened really wasn’t so terrible after all.
    Here’s to lots of fabulous shopping for earrings with your daughter x

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