Her other party trick is spotting a ballpoint pen from 50 paces, and homing in on it like a heat-seeking missile. She then sprints off with it, and I have to chase her before she starts scribbling on the walls/my work documents/the top of my new MacBook – all of which currently bear her distinctive signature.
Can I also point out how hard it is to chase a pen-wielding toddler while simultaneously breastfeeding a newborn? (A fact that Lucia is well aware of, and uses to her full advantage.)
Even my best Supernanny techniques fail to reign in her toddler temper. ‘Do you want to sit on the Naughty Spot?’ I’ll ask in my sternest voice. ‘Yes!’ she’ll reply. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
And don’t even get me started on her latest party trick – when she sneaks off and tries to change her own poopy nappy, and just ends up smearing the crappy contents all over herself, the walls, the floor…
But then, just as she’s driving me completely bonkers, she does something adorable like this: