The reactions of others were interesting. I got everything from, "why did you wait so long?" to, "I can't believe you let her do that," as if she were sporting a new tattoo or a nose ring.
I have found that most mothers think the "right" age for ear piercing is whatever age they were allowed to get theirs pierced. For me, that age was about 7. Peanut is six and a half, proving my point exactly. That said, I don't really feel like there is a "right" age. All I wanted was for her to ask to have them pierced. They are her ears and I felt she should have a choice in the matter.
By 13, the age most moms seem to think is closer to "right," I already had two earrings in each lobe. I get my laid-back attitude about ear piercing from my own mom, apparently.
The six-week mark for the piercing passed on Saturday, which meant she was finally allowed to take out her starter earrings and put on 'real' earrings. At Christmas, she amassed quite an impressive collection of teeny post earrings and she has been patiently waiting to try them on. I think on Saturday, we tried on almost every pair on her little earring tree.
Her favorite pair is tiny pair of round earrings - like little disco balls - with multi-colored crystals all over them.
She was beaming.
Though for anyone who still thinks six (and a half) is too young, take heart. My little needle-phobic Loaf took one look at the piercing process and proclaimed that she is not getting her ears pierced until she is in high school.
Which is equally OK with me.