Celebrating Freddie's First Birthday in Haven, Hafan Y Mor

We stayed over in Haven for a long weekend last year, and we all really enjoyed it. It was Freddie's first little holiday, and although it's only around 20 minutes away from us, it was a nice change and didn't feel too close to home. Through our last stay, we decided to book the same caravan again, as my partner knows the owners through his work and we thought it would be a great idea to stay over Freddie's first birthday. I think it was the best decision we made. It turned out absolutely perfect.

We stayed on a Friday until Monday. The girls went to school as normal on a Friday, and we arrived at Haven around 5pm. Our friends had booked a long weekend there too, the same dates as us. The girls were so excited to see their friend (their eldest daughter) as they all go to the same school. It was nice spending the evenings with them as well as my partner and the kids. Friday evening we went to the club to watch the family entertainments. We ended up in arcades as the girls just kept on asking to go there. Freddie finally went to sleep around 8pm but woke up just as we started to head off back to the caravan, around 10pm. He eventually went back to sleep roughly an hour later.

It was raining on and off all day through Saturday, but it didn't stop us enjoying ourselves. I had a lazy morning with Freddie, and the girls had gone swimming with my partner. I decided to stay in the caravan so Freddie could have his regular nap. He only slept just over an hour, so not his usual morning nap. But I managed to do some cleaning (how fun on holiday!) and tidying, as well as having chill time to myself for a bit. When the girls and my partner arrived back, we headed off out to the park and went back to the caravan for some lunch, then went back out again. My uncle and cousin came over for the day, and so we went out with them. It was really lovely. The girls absolutely love spending time with them both. They all went on the pedal boats, except my uncle, Freddie and myself. Then they went back to the park for a bit before heading over to the other side near the entertainment area, and the girls happily played at the part where water springs up from the floor. They had so much fun.

Afterward, we all went back to the caravan for some food, before heading back to the club for the family entertainment. A couple of hours later my uncle and cousin left to go home. Yet again, I ended up in the arcades before we headed back to the caravan for the night. It was quite a stressful evening. Mia was demanding money, constantly. It was hectic and boiling. Also, Freddie wasn't settling at all and didn't go to sleep until about 11pm. He then woke up at 12.30am and on and off throughout the night.

I woke up in zombie mode on Sunday. Which I was gutted about because it was Freddie's birthday. I put a smile on my face, and we all went to the living area to help him open his presents. He had no clue to what was going on. We had invited family over for the day and luckily got passes for the day for everyone. It was something I had planned for a while, and I was so excited for it. However, nothing was going to plan - at all. Freddie had about a 45 minute nap which isn't his usual nap time, and other things were going on which ended up me breaking down and having to take a moment to cool down. Not something I wanted for the morning of my baby boy's first birthday. However, it all turned our brilliantly once I had finished preparing all the food and when people started coming over.

It turned out to be a beautiful day. The weather was stunning and really warm. We all went for a walk after a few hours, had a drink, and it was just the perfect way to spend Freddie's birthday. The good afternoon most definitely made up for the bad morning. After everyone had gone, we met our friends and ordered a pizza before heading back to see the family entertainment again. Although we did the same thing each night, the entertainment was different each night, and we all had a good laugh and a good time (with a few hiccups of course).

I was quite upset that we had to come back early on Monday as the weather was beautiful and it would have been nice to spend the day there before coming back home to reality. My partner had work, and so we had to come back home before 12pm. I did manage to do two loads of washing, so I guess that's something.

Although having a holiday with three kids, is exhausting, it was a lovely change and celebrating Freddie's birthday was fantastic. I am still in denial that I have a 1 year old. We can't wait to go back again later in the year.

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  1. Happy Birthday little man! #DreamTeam

  2. You have such a happy looking family and great to have a break and birthday combined.

  3. What a lovely idea to go away but to stay so close to home! All the enjoyment of a holiday but without the long journey. Looks like a lovely little break away #kcacols

  4. looks like a great place and a great day. when I first clicked on your post I thought the title was "first birthday in heaven." I was bracing myself for a tough read. This was very enjoyable however! Great pics! #KCACOLS

  5. It looks like you had a fabulous time and I love the photos:)
    I haven't been to Haven since I was little. It looks like a great place to take the kids!


  6. I love this place .We went about 2 years ago just before we had Charley and loved every minute. You looked like you had a fab time #PostsFromTheHeart

  7. What a lovely way to celebrate Freddie's first birthday. Looks so much fun and I'm so glad the sun made an appearance after a rainy start! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.


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