• Fri, Dec 13 - 10:00 am ET

I’m Getting A Stomach Tatt To Celebrate That The Baby Factory Is Closed Forever

200424332-001My husband and I always said that we wanted three kids because we each came from three kid families. But then after our first son was born, we were like—Whoa, hold the phone. How about we have just two of these little suckers so that we aren’t outnumbered?

Not like my first son was a total hellion or anything, but babies are a time suck, and they also cost monies. Two kids and two adults in our house works great for us. My second son just turned six months old, and, coincidentally, that’s also the age of my husband’s vasectomy. Hey-o! So, the baby factory is 100% closed forever, unless we become one of those freak stories where it doesn’t “take.” But that’s a whole different story altogether that makes me want to vomit just thinking about it.

For my Christmas present, my husband is paying for my stomach tatt, per my request—which means that I definitely, for sure can’t get pregnant again, or else my awesome tatt will look all stretchy and unsightly. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and I decided that I’m going to get my sons’ names across the side of my stomach, written together all in one line in an attractive little font: “elliottliamjonahreed” (Elliott Liam, Jonah Reed)

I already have my husband’s first name in his signature on the inside of my wrist. I also have a flock of birds in silhouette flying across my shoulder. I didn’t get my first tattoo until I was 25 or so, but these things really are addicting. I think that my kids’ names will probably be my last tattoo because I don’t want to mess with a good thing, and I don’t have any more brilliant ideas (or any more kid’s names to tattoo on my body, thank the Lord above).

I do know based on an older selfie thread that quite a few Mommyish readers have beautiful ink. So, please inspire me with your awesome tattoos or feel free to frighten me by showing me pictures of shrunken stomach tattoos postpartum. I don’t mind. I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours:

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  • NicknamesAreDull

    I just have a tiny (~1 inch) anchor on my left shoulder. I got it on my 18th birthday, at midnight because I wanted to be rebellious. Then, when I showed it to my mom, she didn’t care and I was heartbroken. My first act of rebellion was a flop.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Ha! An anchor sounds really cool. Pic???

    • NicknamesAreDull

      The picture is awful, but here’s the gist. I wanted something super simple, in case I didn’t actually want a tattoo. I love my little anchor.

    • JLH1986

      When my hubs and I got married we both got anchor tattoos! Not matching because we think that’s weird and I wanted a more feminine tattoo and he wanted masculine. But he’s my anchor I’m his etc. I love it. I have 8 tattoos though… so…yea I’m ALL about tattoos.

  • Alicia Kiner

    I am currently recovering from a partial hysterectomy due to a pretty serious medical condition. And this is the first time I’ve said it online. So my baby factory is completely 100% closed forever. I’ve been wanting to get a tattoo of a Celtic Motherhood knot with my children’s names interwoven into it. I’m kinda hoping to get it for Mother’s day, but I want to find a good tattoo artist that isn’t a 2 hour drive from me. Attached a pic for those who don’t know what I’m talking about.

    • Bethany Ramos

      That is beautiful – and a perfect gift for your recovery. :)

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      That is a beautiful idea.

    • Andy

      That is beautiful. I’ve wanted a Celtic knot tat for years, and I’m thinking now that I’m done making babies is a good time to go for it.

    • Carinn Jade

      Beautiful.

    • rhonnygyrl

      oh I love that!

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    I have a stomach tat of a butterfly and it looks exactly as it did before I got pregnant. I have friends that have much larger ink that stretches from their back through their ribs and stomach and looked the same after pregnancy.

  • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

    I have one on the back of my neck and I have no photos I can find of it but it’s a small e.e for “everything’s eventual”. And here is a touch up and the addition of text to the tattoo I got for my best friend. And me being a hallion last Christmas with is more healed up. Plz ignore my antics >_>

    • candyvines

      Mr. Yuck!

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      Yep! :) Nick loved Mr. Yuk, I still have some of his old sheets of stickers. He taught autistic kids for a living, so he had loads of them and he put them on EVERYTHING even the taps at his favorite bar! I decided to get one of these while he was still comatose, and a lot of people joined me because we thought it would be cool if he woke up, to show him how much we all love him. But he didn’t wake up, so we figured it makes a better memorial tattoo than a simple “RIP Nick”. I did end up adding his name last year though, but I like it! I intend to slowly dedicate a themed left arm to his memory. Next up is the tattoo he always wanted – a tree of life!

    • candyvines

      Pardon my spelling error. Yuk. I loved those stickers when I was a kid.

    • candyvines

      Nifty trick putting them on the taps so others think it’s poison. More beer for me.

    • Bethany Ramos

      The Christmas pic (and tatt) is awesome!! Great story that inspired the tattoo too. :)

    • Bunny Lucia

      Is that you on the left (Well, your right)

      And you look like Yolandi Visser in that picture. I hope that’s not offensive, I’ve always found her to be pretty.

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      Yep that is me! And thank you! I agree! I was actually in a Die Antwoord tribute band at the time haha! I can rap like her too!

    • Bunny Lucia

      That’s impressive. She has the highest pitch voice… I always feel like I’m listening to a fairy or something. Haha

  • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

    Not the best pic ever, but I have a Zia symbol (the symbol on the flag of New Mexico flag, and a really common tattoo for New Mexicans) on the inside of my right foot. It’s my only tattoo (the only one I want) and I got it when I was 26. I haven’t lived in NM for 2 years but I am moving back this month and I can’t wait! https://twitter.com/carriemurph/status/256821084039569408/photo/1

  • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

    That’s an awesome idea, Bethany! And I love that shoulder tatt.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Thanks!

  • Julie

    My daughter is totally in love with giraffes so I got this on my shoulder. I totally love it the guy who designed it was amazing.

  • pixie

    I have 4 tattoos: left wrist (treble clef with a star), right hip (pony), lower back (treble clef in centre with a nautical star and eighth note on either side, mirror image), and right ribs (quote from the Lorax).
    The quote from the Lorax is “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not”. (I don’t have a picture of that one, but there’s the other three).

    • Bethany Ramos

      These are awesome. I’m a big fan of the Lorax quote and love the rib location.

  • AmazingE

    I have two already, but i’m planning for at least four more. If I can find an Aramaic translation for either “forty-two” or “mostly harmless” that one is going on my left ankle. The other three are a bit more ambitious though…”Valar Morguhlis” on my left shoulder and “Valar Doheris” on my right, with a part of the Night’s Watch oath below and in the middle of the other two.

    • pixie

      Yay Hitchhiker’s tattoos!!

    • AmazingE

      Yeah the Hitchhiker’s series and the Song of Ice and Fire series are some of my favorite books ever, so it made sense to pay tribute to their influence in such a way. The language of the Hitchiker’s one i’m actually flexible on, I mostly just want it to be something that’s either really old (not latin) or really obscure (like the alien script from Futurama). So if anyone out there has any suggestions, feel free.

    • pixie

      I also adore the Song of Ice and Fire series (hurry up and finish the next book, Martin!!), but Douglas Adams has always had a special place in my heart.

    • AmazingE

      Same here, Adams’s work has been a huge influence in my life and probably always will be.

    • Rachel Sea

      I’m getting a half sleeve that is going to end in a band above my elbow that will say “Your survival may depend upon your reading comprehension.” but I want it in Elvish, just to be a smart ass.

    • Sam Inoue

      I have a quote from song of ice and fire on my ribcage! I have a bunch of others but it was my first.

  • JLH1986

    I have one on my ribs that I got when my father passed away, I got it in Portuguese because at the time I thought I didn’t want to share that with anyone (the phrase not the tattoo). Of course I’m fat and old now so no one sees it but M. But I’ve gotten fat and then skinny since then and it still looks great. And hurt way less than my foot tattoo. I love tattoos though. I think the right body type can handle a stomach tattoo and pregnancy, some cannot. Lol I’ve seen what started as cherries end as apples and Butterflies become some weird eagle.

    • Bethany Ramos

      We need your pics too! Foot tatt maybe?

  • Jessie

    I don’t have any kids, but I would like to share my ink anyway if I may. :3
    Okay, so I actually have three tats and one that is PLANNED but not yet inked. My first one is on my back, right between my shoulder blades, and it’s the kanji character for “Raven,” which is my husband’s name and favorite animal, with purple shading behind the kanji and a line from the chorus to our song circling around the Kanji: “Whatever words I say, I will always love you.” The words are written in my handwriting. I have no good pictures of this one, sadly, so use your imagination. :D

    The other ones I have posted:
    A variation of an ankh symbol on my left ankle, in black and purple. It’s purpose is to remind me that life is an eternal cycle, and one should always strive to be better in this life than they were in the last.
    The other is a cluster of three bats on my right abdomen, just above the waistline of my pants, two inches from my belly button. I did this one simply because I have always loved bats, and I’m a goth, so it just seemed fitting. It wasn’t until I got really into My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that I realized it also happens to be RIGHT where a Cutie Mark would likely be on a humanized pony, so bonus fun there. :D

    The other picture is my planned one:
    That purple eyeball with the moon-pupil that’s sorta creepy looking? It will just be the purple eye (none of the purple square behind it, that was just the only picture I could find of just the eye), with simply the word “WELCOME” written underneath it in black, in a font called Big Noodle Titling. Again, not sure exactly where I’ll put it yet. If you get the idea behind this one, you’re AWESOME. If not, I really can’t explain it, it’s.. Weird, to put it simply, lol!

    So yeah, those are my tattoos, and you are correct: They are VERY addicting! I have to restrain myself from getting any more after those last two, because I’m kind of small and I’m running out of body space to use without them getting too close to each other or just being in weird places, haha!

    • Bethany Ramos

      These are awesome, and I love your stories and thought behind them! So many people ask if my birds are bats. Bats are a great idea!

    • Jessie

      Thank you! :) I love my little bats, I think it’s actually my favorite of all my tattoos, even though I love them all. <3

    • LadyClodia

      I love the bats one!

    • Jessie

      Thank you! I’m THINKING about extending the colony to have them flying all the way up my side over my ribs, stopping just under my breasts, but I’m not 100% on it yet. :)

    • mars

      Yay Welcome to Nightvale!

    • Jessie

      Woooo you’re awesome! :D

  • LadyClodia

    Oh I like your flock of birds tattoo! I wish I would have thought to do something like that but with bats. I have one tattoo of a bat in tribal style on my upper back. I like it, and I like tattoos and I would like to get more, but I’m hesitant because I black out from the pain. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that’s why I had thought I had fallen asleep while I was getting it. I also blacked out from pain before I got my epidural when I was in labor with my first son. No one around can tell that anything is wrong, and the tattoo artist even commented that I was really good about the whole thing. But it’s super scary to black out and not know what happened. My husband had gone with me for my tattoo, and I would definitely take him if I ever get another one.
    Anyway here’s mine:

    • Bethany Ramos

      Thank you, and I like yours too! Whoa on the pain blackouts! I fainted a few times while pregnant because of low blood sugar, and it was pretty embarrassing when I came to after just a few seconds. Tattoos hurt so much, the shoulder especially, but I’m trying to block that part out…

    • Jessie

      Ohhh I love yours, it’s awesome! Yay bats! :D
      I must be a weirdo unicorn, because while I have a VERY LOW tolerance for pain in general, for some reason tattoos have never hurt me that much, and all three of mine are on areas that are known to be very sensitive. I can’t even imagine how scary it must be to just black out from pain and wake up not knowing what happened. Yowza. D:

  • Bunny Lucia

    I have two tattoos! I have a Unicorn on the right side of my hip and a sparrow on the left.

    http://i42.tinypic.com/212624g.jpg

    http://i41.tinypic.com/104gshv.jpg

    • pixie

      omg! Cute pudgy unicorn!

    • Bunny Lucia

      And speaking of future tattoos…

      I really want a Nirvana tattoo. REALLY bad, Nirvana is kind of my absolute favourite band ever and probably the reason why I say such hilarious things when I’m drunk or pissed (This one time at my favourite dive bar someone said that they didn’t like Nirvana when I was choosing a few songs on the jukebox, I stopped everything I was doing, stared at him, and screamed “KURT COBAIN DIED FOR YOUR SINS! You’re welcome, asshole!”)

      But my best friend and I have already sort of planned out tattoos together of our astrological signs. I want a Hello Kitty dressed up as a lion (Because I’m a leo), but I just can’t figure out where any of these would go.

    • Bethany Ramos

      That made me LOL. I guess a heart shaped box would be too obvious??

    • Bunny Lucia

      If I got that it would have to be a heart-shaped coffin, because that’s what the song was originally called.

      The bad thing about getting a Nirvana tattoo is it’s almost like desecrating Kurt Cobain’s memory, he absolutely hated half the songs that were put on the albums. I can’t even listen to Smells Like Teen Spirit without thinking about how he’s probably rolling in his grave.

      I think my biggest fear is that I’ll go to Valhalla in sixty some-odd years and see him just scowling at me. Haha

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      I think I’m in love with that unicorn. He looks so huggable!

  • CelesteF

    I’m getting a tattoo for my “push present”!! I’m getting a fetus tattoo because I am weird like that.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Wait, is there a pic of what this will look like??

    • Bunny Lucia

      I’m seconding this, PICS OR…. I don’t know, just show us the pics.

  • NotTakenNotAvailable

    I’m not likely to get tattoos, mostly because I have so many weird skin allergies that embedding stuff into my skin that might make my immune system overreact forever seems like kind of a bad idea. But there’s also the fact that my 88-year-old Jewish grandmother would keel over from a heart attack caused by a pure sense of failure.

    But if I were to flip the bird at my allergies and family members, I’d either get the double black diamond with “EX” (short for extreme) inscribed in each diamond that symbolizes the toughest terrain at a ski area, because I’m passionate about skiing and not afraid to challenge myself.

    The other one I’d get would be purely to fuck with all those “manly” types who have “Leviticus 18:22″ (the one supposedly condemning [male only!] homosexuality) tats. Mine would read “Leviticus 19:28.” Which is the verse banning bodily modifications, especially tattoos.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Yesssss

    • Bunny Lucia

      My friend has a tattoo of the star of David on her wrist.

      When I saw it I was like “…. YOU TOO?!?!”

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      You and your friend are awesome!

      The other times I fantasize about throwing caution to the wind, I think about getting something in Hebrew tattooed on my shoulderblade. But since I kinda never actually went to Sunday school, or temple for that matter, I’d be worried about winding up like one of those idiots who gets Kanji that they think means “Powerful Warrior” inked on them, only to go to Japan and have the locals point and laugh at “Concave Penis.”

    • pixie

      I have some family members who aren’t exactly pro-body modifications. That included my 87 year old grandmother who told me she’d skin me if I ever got a tattoo (after I already had 2 of them, mind you). I learned to hide them well. ;)

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      You know, I’m not exactly sure how Grandma would react. She already survived my cousin getting a bellybutton ring, so maybe if I found a reputable artist who’d let me test out the ink on my skin first and put it somewhere that would be covered most times…hmmmm.

  • Meghan

    I got my stomach tat 10 years before pregnancy. That little sucker stretched out big then went back to completely normal afters. Not that it’ll happen to you, of course.

  • Sam Inoue

    I have many tattoo but have always been nervous about stomach ones until I am sure I am done with kids. Currently I have a quote on my ribs, the lunar cycle on my back in a circle, a celtic cross on right arm, a compass on my left, an ankh on the back of my arm, I have the flowers that make up bach flower remedy (cause I use rescue remedy religiously) cascading over my shoulder, a clipper on my other side of my ribs, and my kids names/bdays down my back. I work somewhere I have dress up so they to all be in places that cover in a skirt suit.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Oh, those sound rad! Please share at least one. :)

  • SarahJesness

    That stomach tattoo in the picture reminds me of something I read some culture (forget which one) would do. When a woman was pregnant, they’d either paint or tattoo (I forget which) a sun design on her stomach. As the pregnancy continued, the sun would expand along with her belly, it was wicked awesome.

    I’d really like to get a tattoo or two sometime in the future. It’s gotta be perfect, though. I’m considering an orca tramp stamp. Orcas are my #1 favorite animal. I’ve found a few nice orca images off the internet for inspiration. I’d also consider getting a tattoo on my thigh, cutie mark style. Maybe a crescent moon, or an anchor. I’ve considered a feathery dinosaur as well, but if I go with that it would have to be small and somewhere a little more discrete, like my ankle.

    • Simone

      ‘Discreet’. ‘Discrete’ has a totally different meaning. It’s a nice word, just not the right one.

  • Guest

    I got a stomach tattoo this year, forgetting that I eventually (like not for a few years eventually, but sooner rather than later) want to have babies. Hoping for the best as far as stretching goes.

    Tattoos are addicting, but I can’t think of a good idea for a second tattoo. My friend suggested song lyrics that I like, but I think “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket” won’t look so classy.

  • Simone

    On the sole of my foot, I have the words ‘Handle with care – organ and tissue donor’ tattooed in small neat letters. I don’t want there to be any misunderstandings when I die. I’m goin’ to Science, bitchez!

  • darras

    I only have one, my friend designed it for me when I was 19. I wouldn’t mind getting another but I’ve just never really had a decent enough idea that would work! Or at least not yet. My little dragon is on my left hip, didn’t notice any changes to it from my pregnancy at least! Not sure I’d be brave enough for a stomach tattoo ;)

    • Bethany Ramos

      I like it!! It still looks great after pregnancy, so there’s hope. :)

  • AugustW

    I have a tattoo that I really want to get, but the only place I really want it is my wrist, and a wrist tattoo would severely limit my job finding chances as an MA.

    But here’s the idea anyway: I have my daughter’s heartbeat in EKG form (the squiggly line) from an ultrasound, and I would put that wrapped around my wrist. Floating on the line would be the outline of a small sailboat, with a tiny pony and an even tinier man sitting on top of the pony, on the boat. It would be for my father, who sang the song “If I had a Boat” every day. The lyrics:

    If I had a boat
    I’d go out on the ocean
    And if I had a pony
    I’d ride him on my boat
    And we could all together
    Go out on the ocean
    Me upon my pony on my boat

    • Jessie

      That’s a really sweet idea, I think you should go for it. <3
      If not on the wrist, then on your ankle. Ankle tattoos are easily concealed for job purposes, if need be. :)

    • Bethany Ramos

      LOVE. Yeah, maybe ankle, as Jessie said?

  • Alanna Jorgensen

    I posted one on the sulfur thread, but only the front. This is front and back view. I have others but this is by far the best one, and more are planned!

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      Ummm, thanks autocorrect. That should be SELFIE thread….

    • Bethany Ramos

      Yours are what inspired this post!! Beautiful. I really love the tree tattoo idea, so there may be another in my future…

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      Oh wow, thanks! That just made my day! I love tree tattoos. They can take so many forms, and are almost always beautiful.

  • Beebop

    I have two so far and two more definitely planned. I have a turtle on
    my front hip, a kiwi(bird) on my wrist and in 31 days and 22 hours
    (yes, I have a countdown going) I will be getting a wombat on my right
    thigh – I have a birthmark there that will become his nose. Then later I
    want to get a Miromiro (one of NZs native birds) on my shoulder.

    Two more I am considering is pawprints up my leg for the different cats
    I have owned – with a personalised print per cat, and a post-baby one
    (and so, my post becomes relevant) which would have an animal
    representation for each family member. You may have noticed an animal
    theme here. So far I’d be a lion and my husband a bear but we’ll have to
    wait until we’ve actually had the kids to find out what they would be! I
    thought if I would up with a c-section scar I would get them lined up
    along it.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Those are really cool ideas!! Especially the creativity with the c-section scar and birthmark.

  • Julia Sonenshein

    Here’s a horrible picture of my sister tattoo–one line for each of us.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I love it!! The inner arm location is perfect.

  • rhonnygyrl

    ok, not the greatest pic, but after my 3rd son was born, I had my 3 boys initials (QH, CM and KP) and some vines, cherry blossoms and butterflies added to the 3 small tattoos I had on my stomach already. I too decided to do it after I stopped having babies and I love it completely (even if cherry blossoms grow on branches and not vines ;-)

    • Bethany Ramos

      I am a big fan of the cherry blossoms and the personalization!

    • rhonnygyrl

      thanks. my husband was totally against it – until I told him the butterflies were for him ;-)