I'll start off by saying that I'm one of those girls who is completely fascinated with tattoos and the idea of tattoos. just the sight of a tattoo makes me squeal in excitement. That's a fact. So when I got pregnant at 17 and couldn't get any [because I'm responsible enough to not risk infection affecting the fetus], I was feeling a bit let down.
Don't get me wrong, I was actually really excited to have a baby. Mike and I wanted one, and we didn't care about age [he was only 16 at the time]. My pregnancy was mostly kept hush from the family [ahem], because I'm a scaredy cat and couldn't figure out a good time to bring it up.
The baby was perfect; angelic and beautiful, as any baby is to thier parents. Our relationship was going to be eternal, and I knew that I wanted my first tattoo to be a promise of that fact. I wanted it to represent us in the best way there is.
After studying for over a year, I came up with the tattoo design, which is a mother turtle being followed by a baby turtle. Both are pink to represent us. There is also room for more turtles, if we have more babies [pink for girls, blue for boys, of course].
Turtles are said to be the bridge from Heaven to Earth in many cultures. The point here is that my daughter [and future children] are the closest thing I will have to heaven on earth.
They are viewed as eternal beings, as my love is eternal for her. They represent a long life, which is an obvious thing that any mother wants for thier child.
Turtles are also very strong. Since we've given our daughter a strong name [Alexandria translates to "defender of men", meaning my daughter kicks ass], why not symbolize her with an animal that enforces that inner strength that I see in her?
It will forever be my favorite piece of art on my body, though I like my second tattoo; an "OM" symbol in the form of a raven.
But that's for another tattoo story. =]
thank you stephanie for sharing your amazing tattoo story! hopefully you'll share your new ones here too ♥
hope you all are having a fabulous day! XO, lindsay