When Eloise turned 5, I made it a big right of passage..presented her with diamond earrings that I had lovingly bought for her when she was an infant and asked if she wanted to get her ears pierced.
I had mine done at 5, and I guess just expected she would want the same. Silly me. She quickly said "NO - it looks like it would hurt" and went on with her day.
A year later on her 6th birthday I asked her again if she wanted to get her ears pierced. This time she said "well, I think I do - but would like to wait until my 7th birthday." Fair enough. No hurry.
This whole time, it turns out that Esther was listening. Upon reaching her 4th birthday last month she says to me "Mom, I want to get MY ears pierced for my 4th birthday." Well, I wasn't about to let that open door close on my face - who knows if she would change her mind by 5.
So last weekend - brave Miss Esther got pierced ears. She picked out rainbow diamond daisies and has now spent the week showing off her new accessories. She is so proud.
One down, one to go.