Friday 28 August 2020

Still a Big Brother

Still a big brother

 When I told you the news of who was coming and what was about to happen
You were so happy, so ready and so full of passion
I couldn’t have asked for a better big brother
In the run up to the time that we would welcome another

You asked lots of questions and our excitement grew 
Soon came the news that made our hopes and happiness fade blue
We talked about the future and what may come to pass
The next few months we lived like Mummy was made out of glass

You were understanding, caring and acted beyond your years
I held you so tightly and we wiped away each other’s crocodile tears
We lived in hope and willed Louis to defy all the odds
At each appointment he surpassed expectation and accepted the pokes and prods
Still a big brother
 As a Mother and Son we both grew strong
Together we walked the yellow brick road, although at times it was long
I was honest and together we ploughed forward
Even during the times I was out of my depth and life was disordered

2020 has been a year of hard lessons
Each one showcasing unexpected blessings
Never lose hope or extinguish the smallest ember
At the end of all of this you must always remember... 

You’re still a big brother even though Louis couldn’t stay
You’re still a big brother and he will be in our thoughts everyday
You’re still a big brother even though he was called to live on the moon
You're still a big brother even though he was taken away too soon.

You’re the big brother that went above and beyond
You’re the big brother who formed the most unbreakable bond
You’re a big brother to our baby in the sky
You’re still a big brother even though we had to say goodbye

Things I have Learned Being a Pet Owner For 4 Years

It’s been 4 years since we brought our mischievous puppy home, and haven’t those years been full of fun and mischief. 

Lux, our now 4 and a bit year old Dalmatian is always keeping us on our toes.

Thankfully his destructive days have fallen into the past tense, but his running away days will happen as soon as he is provided with an opportunity.

It was just the other month that I mistakenly left the gate open and unleashed Lux on the general public, I was in the middle of a field half an hour into a 12k stroll when I got the call to say ‘your dog has escaped’.

Thankfully he was commandeered by the post man who was then spotted by my Dad, and he was safely returned home. I was very thankful that he didn’t get hit by a car, but I knew that one way or another he would cost me at the vets as a result... After a week of Lux throwing up I took him to the vets for a once over. £65 later and he seemed to be on the mend again.

I guess you could say, that you really do know you have our big bundle of puppy, and that statement can equally be applied to the garden...

Dalmatian’s as a breed have a gene mutation that means that causes high levels of Uric Acid, this can cause the breed to form crystals and/or bladder stones... but it also means that these beautiful dogs can really kill a lawn with their urine!

There have been many times that I have considered ripping up the lawn and laying some Cheap Artificial Grass instead. I always notice that the lawn does back quicker over the winter months and leaves nothing but mud in its wake, of course when spring rolls around I can be found hastily throwing grass seed down in the hopes of rejuvenating some life into the turf before summer rolls around.

I was fully aware of the gene mutation in the breed before we committed to a Dalmatian, this has meant that I can work with Lux and make sure that we keep him healthy by feeding a low purine diet. 

Purines are found in many different types of food, but there are certain food groups that boast higher levels. It is due to this that we have primarily fed Lux a raw diet that consists of chicken thighs, eggs, meaty bones and vegetables. These are all foods that keep his purine levels low, and ultimately help us to keep him stone free!

We float his meals with water so that we can keep flushing him through (I know... the poor lawn!), but it also means we need to avoid the food groups with higher purine levels, which unfortunately for Lux means absolutely no offal! 

It is also due to this that we decided against using kibble dog food, opting to construct his diet ourselves. 

You could say the last 4 years have been a learning curve, and you wouldn’t be mistaken! I have learned that it's not just the parts of having a dog you know will cost you money... You also have to budget for the things that will unexpectedly come your way.

For me this has come in the form of having to upgrade my hoover to something that can handle the amounts of dog hair that drop out of Lux on a daily basis (365 days a year!), and in those puppy days... Replacing the kitchen floor and patching up the wall he decided to eat!

Every so often Lx likes to do something that we aren't expecting, you know... Just to remind us that he still can be destructive if he so chooses to be... I learned a long time ago to never leave ANYTHING on the kitchen worktops when we go out without him...

As mischievous as Lux is, he is equally as loving, and although life would be a lot quieter if we hadn’t brought him home, our lives and hearts certainly wouldn’t be as full.

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Wednesday 5 August 2020

Louis - For My Little Warrior

Louis Christopher

Two faint pink lines announced your existence
Over the next 8 months you fought with persistence
Each week dealt a new blow
But despite it all, you continued to grow

I held you so tightly and gave you every chance
From deep inside, I felt you start to dance
On the day that they told me your heart was broken
You willed me on when no words needed to be spoken

You broke all the rules and I lived in hope
Even when they said your lungs wouldn’t be able to cope
I wished for a miracle and that you would keep on going
You defied expectations even when your growth was slowing

At 37 weeks you decided it was your time
Arriving bottom first, I willed you to be fine
You never let out a cry or opened your eyes
You had fought so hard and I didn’t want any goodbyes

It should have been warm cosy cuddles 
And milk drunk snuggles
But in the end you left as quickly as you came 
And life will never ever be the same 

Little Louis the miracle was your courageous fight 
It was meeting you in the thick of night
The miracle was spending 2 sweet hours breathing you in
The miracle was that little dimple on your chin

The miracle was the journey we went on together 
It was all the storms that we managed to weather
The miracle was getting to tell you your name
It was that little lock of blonde hair that I have been able to frame

The miracle was every single heartbeat
My little army guy never admitted defeat 
I’m so sorry that my body pieced you together in a way, 
that made it impossible for you to stay.

Louis you taught me so much in such a short time
You taught me to stand still and appreciate the moment
You taught me to have hope in the darkest of days
You taught me to keep fighting no matter the prognosis 
You taught me things I couldn’t put into words if I tried

Louis, I will carry your fight, 
I will carry your lessons and I will carry you for the rest of my life.

Sleep tight baby boy, until we meet again

I currently have a Facebook Fundraiser running in honour of little Louis 
for a charity called Aching Arms. 
 Aching Arms is a charity who support parent's like myself, 
who don't get to bring their baby home with them.

They offer support to bereaved parents through the means 
of talking to a trained befriender, and they also provide 
Aching Arms Bear's to bereaved families. 

While I was in hospital I was gifted my own Aching Arms Bear 
in the name of a baby boy called Freddie. 
I knew as soon as I received my bear that I 
wanted to raise some funds in Louis's name, 
and donate bear's to families who walked 
in my heartbreaking footsteps in the future...

I started the fundraiser with the aim of raising £150.00 to donate, 
at the time of writing this we are sitting at £161.00! 

Any donations will be going directly to Aching Arms 
and will go towards Aching Arm's Bear's in Louis's name <3