I don't look like a typical mom
for many reasons. For starters, I'm 5'2" with a fairly tiny frame that makes most people say, "Where did you hold your baby?!" (To them I answer, "You should see my stretch marks").
Also, thanks to "excellent" genes that get me constantly carded for everything from drinks to lottery tickets, combined with my daughter's uncanny resemblance to me, I look more like I'm taking my little sister out for a walk rather than my daughter
However, what seems to throw people off the most, seem to be my tattoos. At current count I have three tattoos, two of them fairly large, and I am fairly certain that this isn't the end of my inky adventure.
To be fair, I live in New York City where more people have body modification than those who don't, but when I leave the city, I'm met with bizarre stares. And even within the city, older people tell me all the time that I'll regret my tattoos, and that it will send the wrong message to my child as she grows up
People are jarred when they see me happily walking with a little girl calling me "Mommy," who is tugging on an arm that has "peace love empathy" written across my inner bicep.
But more common than this, if I do see someone who isn't completely shocked by my tattoos, they seem confused that I don't have my daughter's name tattooed on me
, as these seem to be the only acceptable ones for moms (I have considered it, but I'm not a fan of having anyone's name on me).Are there any other moms who feel that there's a certain stigma attached to them because of their tattoos,
be it the fact that they have any, or because they choose not to put their child's name on them?