Three Sundays ago was Abby's first birthday. This weekend is perhaps an even more important date. The first anniversary of Abby's lower back tattoo. Since these are so automatic for girls these days, doctors like to do them shortly after birth. Plus, we wanted to be a part of this special moment in her life.
The hardest part was choosing the art itself. I mean, this is going to be a part of her life forever. Did we want Chinese lettering? Tribal wings? A daisy? In the end, we decided to go with the Aztec sun. Nothing too tacky. About three inches across and dead center in the small of her back. Six inches above the top of her crack so she can grow into it.
It was a great ceremony. Both sets of parents came out for it and we had a nice little reception afterwards. The cake - with Aztec sun icing, of course - was delicious. Abby cried a little bit - and Mommy cried a lot! - during the outlining, but mostly she was a little trouper. It was an incredibly touching and emotional day and I know I'll never forget it. I mean, we're talking about my first daughter and her first tattoo here!
An infant girl's first back tattoo truly is the christening of the 21st century.