Guilty Mum syndrome


The run up from August to December is packed with birthdays in our family and other than mine, we are all done! I just can’t think Christmas until all the birthdays are underway and the final one was last weekend, my little red, who is far from little now, turned 14! They change so much once they hit their teen years, they develop opinions, ideas, and a real sense of independence – which rather took me by surprise at first if I’m really honest as it literally happened over night about four months ago. It’s not a bad thing in the slightest, in fact seeing them suddenly develop and grow up into the young versions of the adults they will be is pretty amazing!! I think they are going to be just fine J There are plenty of books about parenting, but no one can write a manual about your own child, they are all so different with their own quirks and ways and the only way forwards is navigating your way through them all. I am proud to bits of my two so far, all the parenting efforts, sweat, tears, worry of the last 15 years is definitely paying off… and before you remind me, those of you who have been there and done that – I know I’m only half way!!

So for Beely’s birthday last weekend, she declared a no gaming day (for the benefit of getting Myles’s attention), we all went to the cinema – we have one with sofas and food brought to you which we absolutely LOVE! Then afterwards, we took the cake down to my Mum in hospital and had a lovely tea party followed by board games and a cheese and biscuits buffet at home – it was a really precious day of together time. She was delighted with her birthday presents, including of course some goodies I bought at QVC including her first ever Liz Earle box set, just for her, and a Joules dressing gown that had her name written all over it!

Mum absolutely loved having the birthday with us too, I think it is only the second birthday, perhaps third that she’s ever been able to spend with us so that really was a huge highlight. The physios are delighted with her progress and hopefully she will be able to come home to us next week – which we are beyond excited about!!

One of the delights I’ve finally managed to enjoy about having teenage children, is having less mum guilt. With the onset of independence, they both very much do their own thing so much more than ever before. We work funny old hours at QVC and whilst I only do two days a week, I still always used to struggle with masses of guilt at not being there when they woke up, or came back from school, or went to bed – all very precious times of the day. Now however, they do their teenage thing and are totally fine whether I am there or not – which is a blessed relief! That mum guilt is a rotter!! (…btw the elephant is outside the QVC building in London).

Finally, another mum amongst us of course is Amanda Holden, I think hers are slightly younger and she is amazing at what she gets done! I’m loving her BundleBerry range, we have her cushions on our sofa and I’m completely in love with this light which is going to be a Today’s Special Value on Wednesday 14th November but you can buy now. It looks absolutely amazing, so much so that I’ve put it in the kitchen so I can look at it most! The bulb is really wacky and I just love the slightly industrial tripod legs – I think I need a second for the other end of the bookcase now though… and my interior designer-minded daughter had better keep her mitts off it!!

Have a lovely day whatever you are up to

Much love as always

Pipa x

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  1. Susan November 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa,
    Beautiful photo of you and baby Ophelia! Love it. She’s growing up and gorgeous. Happy belated birthday. Hope your lovely mum is ok. You’ll be glad to have her home. Take care of all of yourselves x

    • Pipa Gordon November 27, 2018 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Susan, yes Beely is growing like a bean these days, she’s a good 4 inches taller than me now!! xx

  2. Marie November 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa what a lovely blog I wish your Mum well she is very lucky to have such a lovely family. I love your blogs they are not all about selling qvc products even though I do love qvc
    I hope you and your family including the 4 legged ones have a wonderful Christmas. Marie xx

  3. Pipa Gordon November 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Awww thank you Marie – I do like to show you where I am using QVC products of course but equally it’s nice to have a good catch up isn’t it? I hope you have a lovely Christmas too xxx

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