Petra has perfected the art of toy box dismantling. She throws the toys behind her, one by one, until the toy box is empty and the toys are strewn all over the floor.
She's begun employing the same method with leftover food, flicking pieces of banana or apple, or bread over her shoulder. They stick to her back, get caught between booster seat and chair, and fall on the floor where the unwary mush them into the carpet. A friend of mine used to lay a piece of tarp under her son's high chair at dinner time – at the time I thought that was a tad excessive of her, but now that I'm the mother of a finger-food-eating baby myself, I applaud her wisdom and think that I might just do the same.