Good job mama!

What an exhausting time of year! Is it something about the dark evenings that make us exhausted? Even pre-baby, I would always feel wiped out in the run up to Christmas. Maybe it's the excitement tiring us out, our minds in overdrive planning Christmas day or shopping lists or even the sugar crash of too many festive treats.

Well, with a baby exhaustion has hit a new level! The 4 month sleep regression plus a cold has had Emlyn up sometimes every half an hour! and for the first time in my life, I find myself with a list of gifts I still need to buy the last week before Christmas (I'm usually done by the end of November). 

So to all the mums struggling, wondering where the hell the days have gone....  A mum friend sent me a video with the following ...

"What do new mums do all day?

You might get yourself fed or dressed ... then again - you might not (and this is OK)

You might start a load of laundry, that you might not finish

You might feel like you are getting "nothing" done 

You are simply responding: 

  • To tears.
  • Hunger cues
  • Smiles
  • You are teaching your baby how to navigate this new world  
  • You are growing a family
  • You are creating a foundation of love and trust  
  • You are becoming a mother

It all started with pregnancy and continues beyond birth. Your baby is growing and so are you! So if you are wondering where the day has gone, take a deep breath:

There is no greater task than the "nothing" you did today!  

and when the hard part fades, you realise "nothing" was actually everything and you'll be left with this love that is yours to keep ... you've got this!"

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The Island of Love: Ynys Llanddwyn

Ynys Llandwyn (Llandwyn Island) is one of those places I have always wanted to visit but never got around to it.

I have a folder on my Instagram saved 'places to visit' but wasn't sure if the photos of Llanddwyn were highly edited to look awesome. It really is as beautiful as the pictures with cute little gates and paths made of white shells. Legends say it was the final resting place of the Welsh saint of lovers, it certainly had a magical and romantic feel to it.

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To visit, you do need to check the tide times. High tide isolates the island from the mainland, so don't lose track of time!

We parked at Newborough beach  (LL61 6SG) and followed the path through the forest just behind the beach. You can just about see the lighthouse on Llandwyn through the trees.

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There are a couple of old pilots cottages on the island but we couldn't go any closer for a nosy on the day we visited because of filming going on.

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It's only a mile from the car park to the island if you walk along the beach. We gave ourselves an hour each way to walk through the forest with a baby strapped to one of us and then stopping on the main beach for Milo to have a swim on the way back.

At only 11 weeks old, it was Emlyns first visit to a beach, not a bad one to start! Let's hope he doesn't set his standards based on this award winning one with its crystal clear sea and clean sands (sorry Emlyn, our closest is probably Talacre and you're not going for a paddle there!).

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The beach below is on the left as you come off the island: Golden sands, completely empty, the perfect place for a picnic. There are also lots of small coves on the island itself.

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Have you been? If not, you must! I hope you love it as much as we did.

Lauren x