***ETA - I have designed Oceana's on my own. Joshua's I intend to design on my own, which is why I'm being careful about it. The idea I came up with this morning is sounding better and better to me. Special, needs to be explained to someone who doesn't know us - but understandable to people who have followed our story. And I found a new 'location' for them - across my shoulder blades - from left and right. I wouldn't get an epidural, unless it was an emergency, so that's not in my plans. But I'm leaning toward the shoulders now. It's close enough to my neck that I wouldn't mind pulling the collar of my shirt to show someone. But it's still easily coverable. Having the tats along my spine running top to bottom is kool, but I wouldn't feel comfortable showing the off to many people. All that to say - it's in the plans. But when, I don't know.***
It's been heavy on my mind lately, to follow through with the tattoos I want for Oceana and Joshua. It has always been my plan (since I was 16 or 17) to tattoo a star for each of my children on my back. My plan was to have them along the base of my back.
Over time I've been worried that I'd "run out of a room", and have to start another row. I think I can take the chance that I won't "run out of room" because I don't think a dozen kids are in the cards for me. Yeesh.
I've known what I wanted for Oceana since I was pregnant with her. It was easy for me. I knew it, I liked it. No problem.
But Joshua's different. I want his to be particularly special and to convey his story through the star. But I can't decide. And since I don't want a start the size of North Dakota, it's gotta to be pretty simple. I want to keep the star under 2"x2". I have had a few ideas, but nothing that makes me go "Wow! I love that!". Oceana's made me do that. So here's my dilemna, do I wrack by brain for months and months, or do I go for one of the ones that I love, but am not particularly wowed by? I know most of you will say to wait, but there's this nervousness in me that wants to have the tattoo now! I think perhaps it's because I wanted a tattoo after each baby, but when I was getting into "I'll get Oceana's done now." I was pregnant with Joshua (No tattoos while pregnant, as far as I know). That's not in our plans, but because it's happened before, I'm kind of apprehensive.
And then last night I had a dream that Matt went out with his friends and came home with a Mr & Mrs Sams tattoo - except there was something about an F. The cross to the (cursive) F was several inches away from the F - on top of the & symbol. Yeesh. Now I'm terrified that something will go wrong! I know, it's only a dream, and an illogical one at that. But still!
Matt also mentioned that if I put the stars at the base of my back there's a potential for them to stretch out if I was pregnant again. So here's my question - anyone know about tattoos on your back that stretched? So far I don't have stretches there - just out on the sides. Is it horrible?
The other possibilities are along the right side of my spine, running own my back. But then I'm thinking I won't stop to show people the tattoo since its not in a "respectable" location. If it was on my lower back I'd probably show most people - but not if they're up around my shoulder blades! The other option is along my right forearm. But then, someone mentioned that since we're involved in missionary work, what if we went to a country that doesn't find them acceptable - then I'm stuck wearing long sleeves! The legs are a possibility, but I'm not all that keen.