Shelly, mom of two from Middletown, Connecticut, pictured with newborn Dahlia.
"The birds on my chest are for my parents. They hold banners that read 'Mommy' and 'Daddy.' The tattoo is a traditional sailor tattoo, they would get the swallows on their chest to signify keeping their head above water. My parents passed away when I was young, but their memory and spirit help me metaphorically keep my head above water (I also have a slight fear of water)."
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