No. There's no typo in that heading, but I'll come back to that in a moment. But first, let me say that on Fridays in particular, I am filled with admiration for professional mothers. (Professional mothers: the ones that do the job full-time with no social breaks for paid work etc).
Fridays are very odd days for me. After four days of being organised, planning meals, washing clothes and getting out of the house by 8am - or even 6.30am some days, I find it really hard to slow down for life with Ellie.
So on a Friday morning - when my time is blissfully my own to spend with L'il Lovely as I please - I find that I have done the supermarket shopping by 9am. Why? What did I have to prove?
Once back home, I'm at a loss for how to entertain her till lunchtime. She starts to get fractious and I think she must be tired. I put her to bed for a pre-lunch sleep at 10am. Surely this is too early for a 17-month old. It makes me feel bad to do that and I wonder if have enough imagination for this motherhood lark.
At least she goes on to sleep for two hours. Perhaps she needed it after all.
The afternoon is a bit tougher as a result. She doesn't need to sleep by then, but at at least I've slowed my pace down to match her.
Back to the duckless future - I have great news. Tesco (dear overseas readers, Tesco is a supermarket) is selling fluffy pink ducks for Easter.
These ducks cost just £2 and I've bought two.
I expect you are wondering why expect anyone to care about this. But don't you see? This cheap yet sinister, pink monstrosity was given to Ellie by her aunt last year and is now her favourite cuddly. As we all know, cheap toys will always be a small child's favourite - no matter how many chic rabbits and cute teddies we might try and charm them with.
Rather disturbingly, I am planning a course of duck-distressing so the spares all look more or less like the worn-out original.
I know this love of cheap toys won't last forever. You'll think I'm cheap, but I was pretty pleased to see her playing a cup and pebble for half an hour this morning...