She's always been sensitive to touch. Amazingly, it took us a very long time to figure it out. Oh, so that's why she didn't like to wear shoes. Oh, so that's why she liked to run around naked...at 2, at 3, at 4. Oh, so that's why she always wanted to wear the same two shirts -- worn-through, old pajama tops of Eldest's -- for years. Oh, that's why she didn't like her hair brushed. Oh, that's why she wouldn't dance on stage when wearing that horribly itchy costume.
Sure, it made sense in retrospect. In the moment, though, it made for some mighty frustrations until we just learned to live in peace with what she wanted to have on or about her. We accommodated those needs of hers. And they were needs, not whimsical desires.
So imagine my surprise when she broached the subject of piercing her ears. No!?! Really?!!