Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy List - my tattoo

D and i are back home from our little getaway trip to ATL this weekend. i was just recovering from my illness the day we left, and as luck would have it D was *just* getting my illness the day we left. which he proceeded to have the entire trip. but on the whole, it was a good trip, and i'm glad we decided to go. because of the illness there wasn't a whole lot of doing {which means not a lot to talk about}, but my mission to get my memorial tattoo{s} was successful. so i will talk about that for this week's happy list...

i actually scheduled my appointment for the tattoo as the first order of business for our trip, and i'm so glad i did. we drove straight into ATL, stopped momentarily at the hotel to deposit our things, and then headed straight for the tattoo shop. my tattoo artist, jenny, was so amazing! she is the most adorable tattoo artist i have ever seen {not that i've seen many before, but still}. and she is super talented too {check out her blog}. once i found her blog, i knew she was "the one." anyway, as soon as i told her what i was thinking, she set to work designing it. we brought Julius with us, so she had something to go by.

Juju's urn

Julius Luciano, i carry your heart in my heart
directly behind my heart so we are always connected
i also told her that i wanted something on my wrist - in a more noticeable spot, since i would not be able to see the one on my back often. i had seen one of the pieces she had done with all of the sanrio characters {i'm a big hello kitty fan}, and really wanted to get the little frog, keroppi, with his name/nickname underneath. why you ask? well, several reasons. 1. he had this little frog toy that attached to the handle of his bucket seat that he LOVED to look at. and when he found his hands/arms, he would always reach out for him and move him around. i used to comment all the time to D about how much he loved "mr. ribbit," 2. kerropi's huge eyes remind me so much of Juju's, 3. keroppi and Juju both have dimples, 4. when Juju was really teeny tiny and would cry, i would always say that he was making a "froggy" face. so getting keroppi as a tattoo just made sense to me.

on my wrist
the tattoos didn't take long at all. though they did hurt. man, i had forgotten how much getting a tattoo hurts {i had 1 previously that i had gotten while in college}. but i took the pain like a champ, and half the time i was talking to jenny, so it wasn't really *that* bad. i'm so pleased with how they both came out, so the pain was totally worth it. and i got an immediate sense of comfort once they were both done. it's so nice to look down, and be reminded of my little boy. and it's brings me a wave of peace to be able to look in the mirror and see that his heart is connected to mine. to know that part of him will physically be with me forever, takes my very breath away.

16 comments:

rebecca said...

So glad you were able to get such memorable tattoos & that you can physically carry him with you in this way. Love you ((hugs))

New Year Mum said...

Lovely that you have something to carry with you in memory of your little one everywhere you go... they look great xoxo

Jessica said...

Amazingly beautiful tattoos! I love them both. I wish I could have a tattoo in a more viewable area for me but as a teacher that is frowned upon and given I don't have a job yet I can't risk it. Love love love both of them! The pain was worth it when I got mine because it had so much meaning - I'm sure it was the same for you. Healing was awful though - UGH hope your healing process is better :)

MrsH said...

I adore the one on the wrist, it is so very very cute! and the urn is beautiful.

Rhiannon said...

I love your tattoos! What a special way to remember your sweet boy and to show him off everywhere you go! Glad that you are feeling better, too. Lots of love <3

Jenny said...

Beautiful, I love them both!!!

Raquel said...

Love your tatoos. I know when I got mine it definately made me feel like he was "physically" with me all the time!

Hugs!

LauraJane said...

Those are beautiful. :)

M4M4 said...

beautiful tattoos. i hope it brings you a comfort so amazing! i'm glad you had a nice getaway, even if sickness was around.

Tiffany said...

They are beautiful and I love that there is so much thought and love put into them! I am so glad you got a little vacation. I hope your husband is on the mend!

TanaLee Davis said...

I think your tattoos came out nicely. Thanks for sharing.
~Felicia

Caroline said...

Nice for the time away. Sorry your hubby was sick.
Beautiful , so beautiful !!

Brooke said...

Those are lovely. I'm so glad they've given you some sense of peace and relief in the midst of all this pain and difficulty.

sdarnell said...

Congratulations! They are both beautiful.

Emmy said...

They are lovely. I had some emotional pain when I got my first tattoo, and I relished in being able to release some of that emotional pain into physical pain. I have always found getting tattooed to be a huge release of emotion for me. I hope it offered you some as well.

Holly said...

I love your tattoo!

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