Please help me find the invisible duck before I go mad...

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ICBINEG Mon 21-Jan-13 19:30:27

Every night for the last two weeks my DD (19mo) has been raging because I can't see an apparently invisible duck.

She stands next to the head board of the bed (shown here ) and makes all manner of quacking noises and signs duck. I should explain that she doesn't do much talking, only animal noises and signing so far hmm.

If I say "is there a duck?"

She points to the main cross over point in the centre.

If I say "where is the duck?"

She covers her eyes - which usually means hiding, or peekaboo, or the object I am talking about is partially obscured.

If I say "is the duck hiding?" She signs hiding again and looks all expectant.

I have not yet found anything to say after this point that does not result in a screaming fit of rage. Including silence.

If I deviate from the above script in any way she has a screaming fit of rage.

I am starting to feel like I am trapped in a 80's text adventure, the only outcome of which is a screaming toddler...

Please help me find the duck!

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RubyGates Mon 21-Jan-13 19:32:41

I see two ostriches!

quoteunquote Mon 21-Jan-13 19:34:09

I can see it, think about where a duck bill meets the forehead,

ask where the eyes are.

littleduckie Mon 21-Jan-13 19:35:36

I can sort of see two duck heads facing in opposite directions.

quoteunquote Mon 21-Jan-13 19:35:39

or give her sticky paper to put on as eyes

thegreylady Mon 21-Jan-13 19:35:59

I can see it too-look at the shadow of the headboard smile

ICBINEG Mon 21-Jan-13 19:36:41

Okay at least one of you is kidding...I am looking and looking and I can't see anything!

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WhispersOfWickedness Mon 21-Jan-13 19:37:22

There are two of them! With the top of their heads touching looking downwards smile

ICBINEG Mon 21-Jan-13 19:38:13

Shadow.... what shadow? <feeling increasingly paranoid>

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HoneyDragon Mon 21-Jan-13 19:38:25

Have you sang 5 little ducks to her on the bed before?

Tee2072 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:38:49

The duck's beaks are pointing downward.

RubyGates Mon 21-Jan-13 19:39:15

No honestly, there are two birds with long necks (heck if I know the sign for ostrich, but I can do duck too)
they are bending down forehead to forhead. The stickers for eyes is a good idea.

I'd do "giraffe/duck" for ostrich maybe?

RainbowsFriend Mon 21-Jan-13 19:39:55

2 ducks looking outwards: Where the parallel horizontal lines are - forms the bills and a bit of the head.

HenriettaChicken Mon 21-Jan-13 19:40:15

2 ducks. They are each kissing the pillows. Your dd is right!

BadgersRetreat Mon 21-Jan-13 19:40:33

oh i see what you mean Tee

like the ducks are pecking the pillows?

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 21-Jan-13 19:41:01

Looks like 2 swans to me, but they could pass for ducks.

ICBINEG Mon 21-Jan-13 19:41:03

you lot are crazier than DD...

Okay so I will try the following two questions tomorrow:

1. How many ducks are there (actually this is a bad plan because she can't count bless her....and will certainly cause screaming rage).
2. Where are the ducks eyes? (this might work actually work!)

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Tee2072 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:42:23

It's in the footboard too.

Tee2072 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:42:49

Exactly, Badger. Totally ducks pecking the pillows.

littleduckie Mon 21-Jan-13 19:43:17


ICBINEG Mon 21-Jan-13 19:43:45

We have not sung about ducks up there....and she hasn't ever dropped a duck down the back of the bed (which was a possibility that hadn't occurred to me but which DH had tried with her).

DH also tried asking how she could tell it was a duck if she couldn't see it. I will leave you to guess what happened next....

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FrustratedSycamoresRocks Mon 21-Jan-13 19:45:02

Yes! Big duck head, bill open, facing out wards!
The mid main crossover bit is where the eye is. Loop over too is top of head. Parallel horizontal lines are too of bill.

Ask her to feed the duck.

littleduckie Mon 21-Jan-13 19:47:06

by the way its a very nice nest bed!

Tee2072 Mon 21-Jan-13 19:47:06

Yes, I can kind of see it that way, Littleduckie (coincidence?) but I really see it with bills pointing downwards!

ICBINEG Mon 21-Jan-13 19:47:11

littleduckie what is that meant to be?? I do appreciate the effort but it ust looks like two red lines to me.....

I am no longer certain if I am more afraid of not finding the duck or that I might look and actually see it....

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