Recaro was responsible for Peaches yesterday while I was in London. I love this, because it means that he's always got an opportunity to find out what she's learnt, how happy she is and to teach her something new.
Yesterday he collected her from our childminder in the afternoon and took her straight down to the beach for her last snack of the day: jaffa cakes, baby-crisps and apple juice.
On the way, there and back, they stomped through the long grass, looking at flowers and watching bumble bees buzzing about. He taught her how to say bumble bee and how to buzz buzz buzz.
So far so cute.
Then Recaro continues his lessons on eating in a seemly and decorous fashion.
This begins with Recaro threatening to steal her jaffa cake. So Ellie stuffs them into her mouth as quickly as possible. At this point things start to resemble scenes from Animal House ("I'm a zit, get it?") as he then pulls faces at her to make her giggle while simultaneously trying to swallow.
Recaro really enjoys telling me all about this. He's very thrilled with getting me to ask Ellie what noise a bumble bee makes. Then he remembers the Animal House episode and shares that with me. I think it's great he does these funny things with her... it's not like I'm going to give him a hard time for not trying to get her to behave like a character out of Jane Austen.
But then he realises that he's going to be exposed for another misdemeanour. So he 'fesses up to having drunk the milk from his cornflakes in front of Peaches. Even as he did it, he thought 'oops, shouldn't have done that'. Sure enough, she dropped her spoon and drank from the bowl instead.
This morning she did exactly the same. She thought it was the best thing.
And of course, I'm hardly going to mind. It kept her enthusiasm up for finishing the whole bowl. As we all know - not having to throw food away makes a mother very happy.