Rewind a year and I recall giving Ellie her first messy, scruffy, painting playdate with our best pals The Guru and Little Om.
The Guru is a fantastic yoga teacher and supremely arty. I think she even has a fine art degree from Goldsmiths among her many achievements.
I think this had something to do with how she managed to keep Little Om - a very boisterous and mobile 7-month boy - pretty clean. His hand and foot print paintings were really very classy.
Meanwhile, the strangelush gals had a rather more random time.
There was a time that I always knew when she was ready to sleep. Her arms would go up to her head, ready for her sleeping position.
Now? Well, now I'm getting away with deciding when she needs to nap and putting her in her crib when I think she - and I - need the break. It's said you can't bank sleep - but I've got a feeling the time will come when I'm really pleased I made the most her afternoon naps.