I'm not talking about the state of the living room with all the toys strewn over the place or the amount of food splattered around my daughter's high chair.
I'm talking about my daughter's latest trick to mimic animal noises.
Very steadily my daughter has been building up her animal noise repertoire to the point that now I can say sheep and she will reply 'merrrr' or doggie and she goes 'oof, oof'.
She also knows cow 'mooo' and the word horse is always greeted with a 'click, click' of her tongue, to indicate its hooves of course.
She will often make these sounds just by seeing a picture of one of these animals in a book, while if she hears a sheep baaing through the open window – we have fields next door to our house – she will 'merrr' back.
My daughter is also good at making these sounds at completely inappropriate moments like when we get out of the car she will shout 'merrr' at the top of her voice or call out 'oof, oof' at a passer-by on the street. Luckily they almost always have a dog with them at the time.
She knows that 'merr' is a funny noise to make because you can hear the edge of hilarity to her voice as she says it. She'll repeat it over and over again knowing she'll get a laugh, just like a naughty school boy sat at the back of the class.
She has even decided to adapt my name to incorporate this sound. Rarely am I now 'mama' but 'merr merr'. I'm not so keen on this latest development. I don't really want to be referred to as a sheep but my daughter, ever the comedian, finds it hilarious.