Yes! I have one tattoo on my back already. This one I want on my arm. To me, this tattoo is going to be my badge of honor, and I want to wear it on my sleeve in a literal sense.
I have played around with lots of images. I haven't settled yet. I think I want to do an illuminated letter D. That's my son's first initial. I want the illumination on it to tell part of the story of the birth.
I would like very much to incorporate a lioness, I think. I am thinking about the figure of a woman leaning forward and facing a lioness, also leaning forward, to form the round part of the lowercase letter d. To me that would symbolize me finding my inner lion heart, and holding open the door for my baby to be born for those three long days. One of the most healing things a friend said to me after my birth was, "Three days is a long time to hold open the doorway for a new spirit to be born. You are like Atlas." That also inspired the art I chose for our group. :)
The lion part comes from a song by Florence and The Machine called Rabbit Heart. She sings about going from being a rabbit hearted girl to a lion heart, and there is a lyric that goes "This is a gift. It comes with a price." I think of that sometimes when I look at photos of my son when he was first born. He is a gift, the greatest gift I have ever gotten. And the birth experience was a gift in some ways, too. It has led me down emotional terrain that would have been left unexplored. But this greater wisdom and compassion for others who have walked this path has definitely come with a price.