Sunday, May 17, 2009

My Tattoo

If you follow my family blog then you know I was thinking of getting a tattoo this weekend. I wanted to get something in memory of Carleigh and so I finally decided on her hand print and her name. So before we left to go to Findlay for the weekend I printed off several hand prints of hers that were different. I wasn't sure when I would have time to get a tattoo done over the weekend because Saturday was the bike run and Sunday we would be leaving to go home.

I managed to squeeze it in after the bike run. My sister-in-law, Chantel, called Time Bomb in Findlay and Scott said he could do it. I was glad! Anthony kept telling me I could get it done next weekend but I really wanted to get it done this weekend. Kinda like I want it done and I want it done now! lol

I decided on getting Carleigh's right hand print on the back of my right shoulder. I wanted to get 'Carleigh McKenna' but with the small size of her hand it would look too odd having both so I just went with 'Carleigh'. Scott wrote out Carleigh's name himself (and I doubled checked to make sure it was spelled right).

I had quite a crowd getting it done. My mother-in-law and my cousin (Judy and Bre) were there from the start and then Anthony and his dad (Bud) came about half way through. Anthony's dad took some pictures.

Now this was my first tattoo but I wasn't nervous at all. Needles don't bother me. I poke people with needles all day for my job and I don't mind getting poked with them either. I was pretty sure it would hurt at least a little bit. Chantel figured I'd do just fine since I "smile through labor." lol The worst part was just getting started. Scott did Carleigh's name first and then her hand print. At first I was wondering how anybody could possibly think of getting a second tattoo but once I got used I could see why. You just get used to it.

I think it turned out really good and I love it!

27 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh Holly I love it!!

Stephanie said...

I love it! It is truly a beautiful tattoo. What a special way to memorialize Carleigh.

I love hand and footprint tattoos. I keep telling Joe he should get the girls' infant footprints tattooed on the back of his calves, I saw a baseball player with that once.

Sarah Robbins said...

Hey Friend,

It turned out great! I want to get a tattoo, but I could never think of what to get, and I am scared of the pain. . . Your's looks great and you will always have a little bit of Carleigh with you now. . . How was the bike ride?

Stephanie said...

I love it. It's came out wonderful. I've been considering getting one for Vayden I think yours is pushing me more on the side of going getting one. They did a great job.

Lynda said...

Your Carleigh is beautiful! I love your tattoo what a wonderful way to memorialize your angel! God bless.

Nicole said...

The tattoo looks really good! I think Scott did a wonderful job. What a sweet, memorable way to memorialize your second daughter.
I dont know if I could handle getting a tattoo, but congrats to you for getting through it with no problems.

Nickel Pickle said...

I love it! Beautiful!!

The beginning is always the worst part, but then your endorphins kick in and it gets a lot easier.

Again I LOVE IT!

Nicole Mommy to Logan.

Charlotte Ann said...

Oh Holly! It is BEAUTIFUL. They really did a great job and its good that you are happy with it. Its worth it to know that you will always have a piece of her with you.
Its really pretty the more that I look at it.

Andi Soergel said...

You are braver than I am, but it's so sweet!
How did the Bike Run go?

Sailor and Co said...

OH HOW I LOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!

Misty said...

LOVe, LOVE, SUPER love it.

Stephanie Scales said...

Oh my that is beautiful...what a wonderful way to honor your daughter, I am sure she is giggling with delight in heaven. God bless

croleyc69 said...

Holly, I love it what a nice way to remember Carleigh. I have always wanted a Tattoo but never brave enough. It looks so good. HUGS Caroline

Jennifer Doiron said...

Oh Holly that is an amazing tattoo! I got one after my second missed miscarriage!

God Bless

Jennifer
(ABFA)

Lori (browneyedmomof3) said...

it's gorgeous Holly. I love it!

Christina said...

what a sweet sentiment to your precious angel. And might I add "OWIE"

Kate said...

I LOVE it Holly! It's awesome!!

Anonymous said...

What a neat way to honor and keep her with you always. I know I was like you mom with Amber but tatoos are better then other things kids get into. It looks wonderful Holly and he did a good job. I can't wait to see it the next time you are home. Give kyndra a hug and kiss for me and I love you all.
Aunt Nancy

My Forever Child said...

The tattoo came out great! Now you'll really always have a piece of her with you! I also got a small memorial tattoo a few months after my son passed away. I love it (and many people copied my design). Just remember to always put sunscreen on it when you go outdoors so it doesn't fade!

Bre said...

Tattoo looks great Holly!!! I got one for my Austin, and I still look at almost everytime I can and remember all those times of carrying him and all the kicks and such. She will always be there looking over your shoulder!!! Great job!

JmCw said...

O my gosh I love it! Good choice and it looks great on your shoulder!

Betty said...

Great idea Holly! And it came out great!

Anonymous said...

Holly, I love your tattoo. It is absolutely beautiful. Just like your precious Carleigh. What a special way to remember your little girl.

Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful tattoo, Holly, and a beautiful way to remember your precious baby girl.

Dawn (bakersd79 from CM)

Alissa said...

I love your tattoo! They did a great job with it! Its beautiful!

The Martin Family said...

I think it turned out great Holly. and what a beautiful gesture in remembrance of Carleigh

Elena said...

Its beautiful, I love it!!! What an awesome tribute to Carleigh!

love and prayers
elena

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