This is by far not the most important of blog posts in terms of the catch up that I'm trying to do, but I think it is definitely worth including...
I got a tattoo!
For some, this is no big deal, for me, it is a HUGE accomplishment and milestone of me facing some pretty big fears.
I have been terrified of (some) needles for a very, very long time... almost phobic (my doctor's have actually prescribed me anti-anxiety medications before to assist with the need for blood draws/testing). Ever since I was a kid, getting a blood draw (or other intrusive needle jabbing)--and sometimes just the THOUGHT of it--was usually accompanied by a fainting spell. Passing out in doctor's chairs, car passenger seats, my dentists chair, a pre-op hospital bed, health class (yup...), while watching medical shows on TV... it was definitely a "thing". One of my biggest concerns about ever getting pregnant was the sheer number of pre-natal blood tests and being connected to an IV in the hospital.
Over the years, I have figured out ways to combat my anxiety around this and have discovered different coping mechanisms that help. But getting in front of a needle is not exactly my idea of a good time (I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 25... AFTER getting my nose pierced as my quarter-century birthday-present-to-me/act of personal rebellion... I figured it was just one hole/needle rather than two! lol).
That being said, I have been thinking about getting a tattoo for YEARS. In fact, a few months before I made the consultation appointment with the artist I got a Timehop flashback from FOUR YEARS AGO saying something around the lines of "I really want to get a tattoo!" =) I figured that it was time.
I'd been thinking about what I wanted for a pretty long time, and had been searching around Yelp/Google/Reviews/etc for artists and shops in the area... but I just hadn't pulled the trigger. Then, a friend of mine got the name of an artist that she thought would do a good job... and Jacob said that he would finally get "his" tattoo, too! So, we made it a sort of 5-year wedding anniversary adventure and gave up our tattoo virginities at the same time. =)
I had a pretty good sense of what I wanted from my tattoo, but needed something designed. I am very happy with the results! The image is a floral "timeline". The first flower, the Morning Glory, is a birth month flower for September (both Jacob and I were born in September), the Sunflower was our wedding flower. The Sweet Pea ins April's flower (Emily's birth month) and the orange flower, a Cosmos (or could also double as a marigold, is for October, when Sam was born.
Jacob had a friend design his (based on line art that he had already created). The symbol signifies a childhood nickname. And also his online gaming persona. ;)
Overall, I am very happy with the final products. And am happy to report that I didn't pass out AT ALL! That is a HUGE win! It went so well (and didn't hurt nearly as much as I was expecting), that I'm already wondering what my next one will be. ;)