hotexpatmummy

Hot as in too hot. All the time!

About Me

On the 12th of January 2012, my husband, me and a very pregnant belly moved to Kingston, Jamaica. He was offered a job out here just 6 weeks before, and in those 6 weeks, we packed up and rented both our houses, I resigned from my job of 7 years, sold up my car and shipped out.

So why ‘hot expat mummy’?

  • My Irish/English baby was born in Jamaica on March 22nd 2013.
  • I am now officially HOT. It’s never less than about 24 degrees here, even at night in winter and it soars up into the high thirties in the summer. And the humidity can be like clingfilm.
  • We are now officially ‘expats’ – there is a little bubble of people from all over the world living here in Jamaica, who would call themselves such. English, Irish, South African, Lebanaese, we’ve  met a lot and most have been so friendly.

I’m keeping a blog of our adventures so I can keep a handle on the speed with which our lives our changing. If anyone else reads it, that’s a bonus! I’ve gone from living in Dublin working in an ad agency, to being a swelteringly hot expat mummy in what feels like moments, and I have to be careful that my head doesn’t fall off in the process…

Do follow us on our adventures into parenthood and the Caribbean and feel free to leave comments!

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23 Comments

  1. Denise Baur

    Discovered all your news and am very excited. Glad all is ok and long to hear more

  2. James Lambert

    Great site! We travelled around Jamaica a couple of years ago and we are heading back in June. Great finding more points of interest from your blog. Out of interest, how did your husband find work in Jamaica? Something we are both interested in!

    • Thanks! My husband saw the job advertised in Ireland I think..

  3. Hi! Love your blog 🙂 I am involved in a large community project based out of Amsterdam called Girl Gone International launching early this year. We are putting together an online magazine and wondered if you would be interested in telling us your experiences of being an international first time mum? Our deadline is extremely tight so we are of course in a rush so let us know if you would be interested asap! Hope so! Happy new year, Anne.

  4. another great resource in Kingston Jamaica is sorganicjm.com great website for hard to find foods.

    • Thanks for that! Wonder if they have proper chorizo, smoked mackerel or English sausages?! just a few of the things I miss..

  5. Hi Hot Expat Mummy,

    Not sure if I’ve been in touch before but I am a Producer on the US travel show House Hunters International. I found your website when looking for expats who might be interested in being a part of the show, I hope you don’t mind me contacting you?

    I thought I would reach out to see if you or anyone you know might be interested in taking part in House Hunters International?! Ideally they should be outgoing and fun, aged under 45 and have bought a property within the last few years or are renting a property.

    House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying / renting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYI3L3lC-c – Barcelona from LA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOiump3__Mo – Vienna from California

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblIVLw0coE – Panama from Pennsylvania

    Please do get in touch if you or anyone you know may be interested in the show.

    Best wishes,

    Michelle

    Michelle James
    CASTING PRODUCER LEOPARD FILMS
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300
    michelle.james@leopardfilms.com
    http://www.leopardfilms.com

  6. trinigirl

    hi, will be in Jamaica for a little while since my husband is working…. so our 3 year old and I shall be stuck in a hotel… any SAFE suggestions for what we can do? I heard Emancipation Park is right opposite the hotel, is it safe for me and toddler alone?

    • Hi, Emancipation Park is certainly safe, and I’d recommend Hope Gardens Zoo for a day out. Also, you could go out to Fort Clarence Beach which is beautiful.. It’s about a 40 minute drive and not a lot in a taxi – if you organise it directly through on-time taxis (will be a lot more if you do it thorough the hotel). It’s a private beach, so it’s safe, we’ve never had any hassle there. Hope you enjoy your trip!

  7. Hi, I hope you don’t mind me contacting you… I have just moved to Ocho Rios with my husband. He works during the week and I am trying to find some friends out here. I thought I would see if there is an expat community. I hope you can help or advise me? Rudi.

  8. May be moving to montego bay with my husbands job . I have a 6 month old baby any suggestions and places to rent

  9. gee

    Hi ! I just moved to Ocho Rios area. I know you live in Kingston, but do you know of any good prep school in my area you can recommend? Thank you

  10. Hi
    My husband is currently being touted for a job in Jamaica & if he takes it we will be coming over en mass (with 2 children) but the reputation of Jamaica is not great from a crime perspective, he would be based in Montego Bay and I just wondered how you feel being there, do you feel ‘safe’ and are you happy bringing up a family there?
    The job was initially Barbados which we researched, but now the goal posts changed and im not sure how I feel about Jamaica.
    Thanks for any information
    Rachel

    • Hi, I love living here! I don’t know much about life in Montego Bay – except you’ve got gorgeous beaches in every direction. In Kingston, we do feel safe, but then are pretty careful about where we go and what we do… Sometimes I miss the freedom of just being about to push the buggy down the road – but the roads aren’t very safe and it’s too hot anyway! There’s a great expat community here in Kingston, but again, I don’t know about Mo Bay. It’s great with little kids, with lovely warm water and beaches, and lots of pools to play in, but older ones need alot of being driven around etc!! Hope that helps

      • Wowser didnt expect such a speedy reply 🙂
        Thank you!
        I am trying to dodgy the stereotypes and look it objectively, and its not like Manchester is crime free! Have been reading your blog articles for the past hour – very enjoyable way to spend the evening.
        R

      • Thanks! Glad you are enjoying it. I should post some more articles soon! Good luck with making your decision 🙂

  11. Oh – and my 2nd is also a Daisy – good name!

  12. Mara

    Hi Hot Expat Mummy. I will be moving to Jamaica soon, and just wanted to see if I can get in touch with you via e-mail or something to get some practical tips for Kingston, as well as how to get in touch with other expats. I have already seen many blogs, websites and guides. However, it is always better when you have a one-to-one talk. Thank you!

  13. Kelsey

    Blessed evening,

    I fulljoy your blog, especially the one describing your homebirth in Jamaica. I had a lovely homebirth in Toronto with our first child and I am now pregnant with our second child. I am hoping to have a homebirth in Jamaica but I am having difficulty finding a midwife. Do you have any other contact information for midwives in Jamaica? Specifically Portmore or Kingston area?

    Thank you and nuff love

  14. Elizabeth Stemann

    Hi: are you still in Kingston? is there a baby group still? I have a expat friend with a 1y.oboy who would love to belong to a baby group. Elizabeth

  15. Lorna

    Hi!
    I’ve just found your fantastic blog site which I’ve really enjoyed reading!! It is beginning to give me the reassurance that I need as my husband is being posted to Kingston for work in the new year and we will be joining him ( we being me, our 2 year old and baby number two who is due in November).
    I’m not sure if you’ll receive this but if you have any advice that you think would be useful and info about an expat community out there and other mums and young children it would be greatly appreciated!! ( I’m currently terrified of the whole concept of moving so far away and to somewhere I’ve never been!! )
    Thanks in advance!!

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