My son is 6-years-old, but I still fold him into a cradled position in my lap so I can rock him and smother him with kisses. Me, remembering his tiny body and sweet smell when he naturally rested in my arms this way as a baby; him, giggling hysterically, insisting he’s not a baby. I try to do the same thing with my 2-year-old daughter, but she just squirms away. Her independence is still too new to give it up on anything less than her own terms.
Yes, I am that mom. That mom who will still call her kids her babies when they’re 40. That mom who will always have a little trouble accepting that they’re no longer babies. That mom who wants to hold on for as long as possible.
So, when I decided to get a tattoo last summer, there was no question that it would be something to symbolize my kids. A mom tattoo. I consulted with a tattoo artist in Brooklyn, where I live, and he designed an infinity symbol that incorporated their names (it’s included in this gallery), on my inner left wrist. I love it. It’s a conversation piece, yes; on my son’s first day of first grade, a mom stopped me to chat about my new tattoo. But it’s more than just something to talk about; it’s a symbol of the bond I have with my children.
While researching ideas for my own tattoo, I discovered so many inspiring ideas out there for mom tattoos: Footprint tattoos. Heartbeat tattoos. Baby name tattoos. So if you’re thinking about getting your kid’s name in ink, check out some of these incredibly cool ideas for inspiration.
Mom Tattoos: Super Cool Ways to Get Your Kid's Name in Ink
Heather Morgan Shott is the former Editor-in-Chief of Momtastic.com. Previously she was site director of The Nest. Before that, she was founding editor of the social network MixingBowl.com, and she held senior editor positions at Parents.com and BHG.com, as well as digital editor positions at WineSpectator.com, Brides.com, and National Geographic Traveler.
When she's not working, she's hanging with her fam in Brooklyn, probably at the playground and most definitely drinking coffee. Her two impeccably dressed children, Mason, 6, and Poppy Belle, 2, listen to every word she says and never have tantrums (hey, a girl can dream!). Follow their adventures on her blog, High Chair Times, and Facebook.