Our family are huge animal lovers and recently we have rescued a greyhound from the Retired Greyhound Trust she is a lovely little Brindle girl and we named her Maddie.

She actually lives at my dads house, he has been wanting to rescue a greyhound since our last one passed away. He initially was quite apprehensive as rehoming any dog with a young child around is a risk, especially when this particular dog has never been in a home before and has only know kennels and race tracks! So you have to be cautious and make sure the dog is right for you and your family. After many years of searching we found Maddie and she has been perfect so far! She epitomises the “Lap Dog” stereotype retired greyhounds have and wants little exercise and only to be fussed all day long! She is the biggest softie ever, and so far absolutely perfect with Emma!

Asleep again here!!

Initially you visit the Retired Greyhound Trusts website which I have linked and you can see what dogs they have available for adoption. We saw Sherry (that was her initial name) and immediately contacted the trust, where I spoke to a lovely lady called Tracey Parbery who is the chair of the Greyhound Trust Hall Green and we paid £25 to reserve her. The reserve then lasts for 2 weeks after which the dog becomes available again. We were told Maddie had already been reserved but it had fallen through so we were eager to get there to arrange to adoption! The initial £25 goes to the trust and helps the kennels looks after the dogs amongst many other things. Tracey was so friendly and helpful which made the process easy and enjoyable. So we arranged to visit Maddie early the next morning at Watford Gap Kennels to meet her and take her for a little walk. We were greeted by a really lovely lady called Lauren from Boston, she got Maddie out for us and we instantly fell in love! She was great on the lead and that’s where we discovered her name would be Maddie. In the next field another family were playing with another greyhound with a squeaky toy, as soon as Maddie heard the squeak she propelled all four legs off the floor in a bid to escape and chase the squeaky toy! Dad turned around and said, “She’s Mad! This is Mad Maddie!” And the name stuck!

After meeting her we knew she was the one and began the adoption process. Lauren helped us to arrange a home visit where a representative comes over and checks your home is suitable for a greyhound, for example, if the fencing is high enough in the garden as they can jump very high! A friendly lady called Jane came over with her beautiful brindle boy, Ben. I think he was the home tester actually! That went really well and soon we were on our way to bringing Maddie home! We arranged a day to go and pick Maddie up where we were again greeted by Lauren who was again so lovely even though the kennels were crazy busy with potential greyhound owners! We took Maddie out again for a little walk and Emma had lots of cuddles with her whilst dad went through the small amount of paperwork with Lauren. Lauren provides lots of information about caring for a greyhound including a months free pet insurance which you can continue if you wish too, definitely something we will be doing. They also give you a collar and a lead to take with you which is great. We also chose a pretty red martingale collar from the selection the had there. We also bought some food that they sell there as we thought it would be a good idea to continue with the same feed Maddie was having at the kennels so as not to disrupt her too much, with is working out great, she is having a few treats as well, because she is just too cute! Then we were on our way with our beautiful new baby!

I cannot recommend The Retired Greyhound Trust more! The whole process was so quick and easy and everyone was so friendly! If you are thinking about rehoming a greyhound I think it is the best thing ever! They are not what you think, yes they are ex racers but they are basically big lap dogs! They just want fuss all the time and are so soft and loving it would be a great addition to any family. As with all dogs there are some more problematic than others, but with a bit of TLC they can become another fluffy addition to your family. Maddie is definitely a Cavalier King Charles inside a Greyhounds body!!

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Amy xxx

 

 

 

When I say thank goodness for dry shampoo I mean thank goodness for all the mummy life savers I have discovered along the way that have saved me from sticky situations, quite literally!

If I hear a friend is pregnant I can’t wait to share all the helpful tips I learnt when Emma was little, does anyone else feel this? I think back to what I did when Emma had colic or what white noise app I used to get her off to sleep etc, and I just love sharing this with new mamas to be, and you do genuinely feel you can solve their problems or worries with this advice! Not always true but nice to think it, haha! I bought a sleepyhead when Emma was little and although it was expensive it really was amazing, I would definitely recommend that to any new mums. It reduces the space in the cot so babies don’t feel overwhelmed by such a large area, and I found this really helped Emma to sleep as well. It was also great just for lounging around the house, I would just pop her in that whilst I got on with other boring things, like cleaning! I also love all NUK products, they are meant to be the best teats to replicate mamas boobie, so if you do combined feeding like I did they were great, the dummies are also amazing too.

Now Emma is 2 the things that save me are more like hairdryers, wipes and dry shampoo – the dry shampoo is for me! What would we do when you’re on the 3rd outfit change of the morning as they have basically tipped the entire contents of your kitchen over their outfits, or you almost lose the plot as you are about to leave the house and you hear, “mummy, uh oh!” Or you look down at your jeans to see a wipe or flannel has been squeezed onto your newly washed jeans… out comes the hairdryer! I don’t think there is anything I haven’t hair dried actually!? Why is it that toddlers find the only wet patch in the house and sit in it, just as you’re leaving the house?!

Dry Shampoo is the ultimate saviour, and I am sure most mums will agree! I remember I used to wash my hair every other day, hairdry it, and style it nicely, but since the world revolves around our babies there is little, to no time for self maintenance, and so dry shampoo comes in really handy. I use Batiste and I don’t think it is too bad for your hair either, which is a bonus.

I am always looking for tips and new mummy hacks that will help everyday living with a toddler, so any helpful tips other mamas have please send them my way!

Thanks for reading,

Amy xxx

 

This is a phrase I have struggled with since becoming a mum, “at least you don’t work”, or “Yea but you don’t work”, or “you’re so lucky to have all this time to yourself”. I get it, the pictures and the videos look like we are having the best time and to be honest we are, but it’s also extremely hard work. The days out and the mummy meets are great fun and are always beneficial to Emma, we always go to a ‘baby-friendly’ place, with a kids menu, a playground or soft play are and better yet, animals! So you can imagine the grown up talking is very much limited by interruptions from our little ones. I am so grateful for my mummy friends, to have someone you can talk too and who are going through everything at the same time as you is so comforting and lets you know you are not alone in this incredible journey. Being a mum is definitely a full time job, I generally start my day early and don’t sit down until 9:30 at night, on a good day, and we also have to take into the account the amount of time Emma wakes up in the night, so when someone says to me “at least you don’t work”, it’s confusing because, actually I do work! Motherhood is the hardest but best job of all.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my ‘job’ and count my lucky stars that I get to wake up with this little beauty everyday, however, there is no instruction manual or training guide before your baby comes into this world, there is no one to tell you just how hard it is or how lonely it can be at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Emma is 2 now and I do two days a week of work to cover the cost of her nursery, but I am getting to that time now when I am thinking should I be working more now? What do other mums do at this point? I know circumstances are different for everyone and some mothers have no choice but to work to support their family and they, for sure, have the toughest job of all! I have all the respect for the single mums out there who are doing it all on their own, girl power!! A few single mamas I am following right now are Mama_unexpectedThesinglemumsdiary, and Everthedaring such a bunch of inspirational mamas 🙂 They have shown that even facing adversities they blossomed and have become the best mums to there little babes.

Raising Emma has literally been the best thing ever, it has definitely had it’s ups and downs but I wouldn’t change a single thing, as long as she is happy I am happy.

Thanks for reading,

Amy

xxx

 

So living in the Cayman Islands is exactly as it sounds, white sands, blue skies and clear seas…paradise! But when I fell pregnant with my daughter Emma, we decided to move back to my hometown in England to be closer to my family. I left friends and a great job working in events, planning weddings and corporate events for a large resort Hotel, which I can hopefully get back into in this Country.
To give you a bit of background my husband is originally from India and we met in the Cayman Islands, so he moved back to join me literally a few days before Emma was born, it was certainly a close shave!
 (Little Emma in my tummy there!)
My husband needed a visa to come to England so we thought rather than wait to get to England to get married, we would do a small ceremony on the beach with a few close friends.
Having left Cayman nearly 2 years ago now, it is becoming a distant memory and I am still missing the Island and my friends and wondering, did I really leave the Caribbean to come to rainy, cold England!!? But when I see Emma with her Aunties, Nana, and Grandad, I am reminded that I made the right decision.
So that is a little bit about me for my first blog post, I am so new to this so any tips and feedback would be greatly appreciated! I hope everyone enjoys reading!
Amy xxx