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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!

GrimmaTheNome Wed 23-Jan-13 14:30:29

>Why oh why doesn't she just start speaking?

Because she's having far too much fun playing charades signing! grin

MrsReiver Wed 23-Jan-13 16:15:57

Here you go - a round up with the big reveal.

HecateWhoopass Wed 23-Jan-13 16:27:10

Holy crap, this thread is amazing! How did I miss this for 2 whole days? grin

SummerRainIsADistantMemory Wed 23-Jan-13 16:52:45

ICBINEG..... don't worry, a year ago I was stuck in the same never ending game of charades/screaming/miming/screaming/signs/screaming/pointing/screaming.....

He started talking practically overnight, pronunciation is still shocking and he can't do most of the consonants but I can hold conversations with him with almost no need for guessing!

ICBINEG Wed 23-Jan-13 21:38:01

lovely MrsR!

So tonight we had blissful peace and quiet....okay we didn't we had to have three iterations of "all the little ducks go upside down" but at least there was no screaming....and no further mention of anything hiding in the curtains either....

NorksAreMessy Wed 23-Jan-13 23:56:14

Night night babyicbineg sleep tight, don't letthe ducks bite

Jojobump1986 Thu 24-Jan-13 13:28:13

At breakfast this morning my DS pointed out the window & quite clearly said 'duck'. Thankfully he didn't seem concerned that I couldn't see it!

ICBINEG Thu 24-Jan-13 13:30:23

heh! these invisible ducks get everywhere....

Cafemum Fri 25-Jan-13 18:28:42

What a clever little one you have. And it is hard work.
. I can see two ducks pecking the pillows. Brilliant!
Id be tempted to say,/sign look at the ducks, they're having some food, or similar. Time for them to go to bed. Night night ducks, *pat in direction of ducks. *They say night night DD , time for bed etc
Shhh night night. And so on till you get her to bed,
Good luck.

nymac Fri 25-Jan-13 22:20:03

Hi i found this discussion very interesting. Do you think your dc could mean 'duck' in the sense of bobbing down and she wants you to play a game of Peek a boo behind the bed? Have you found a solution yet?

NorksAreMessy Fri 25-Jan-13 22:57:24

Heee heee heee
This made the round up as well as classics smile

Perhaps you need to print it off and put it into the DD souvenirs box as 'the time you were a celebrity amongst a nest of vipers' for when she needs cheering up aged 14


Bignorthernlass Fri 25-Jan-13 23:52:05

I see 2 ducks heads bent down pecking the pillows, heads touching in the middle as if both drinking. A bit like those old toys where the duck would continually dip in a cup of water if you tipped it, it's that shape! Hope you see them now!

diamondsinthesand Sat 26-Jan-13 08:45:22

Just stunned at how neat and tidy your room is.....

ICBINEG Sat 26-Jan-13 16:45:33

Gah! I was explaining the incident and the MN response to my mum when I saw the email! DANG - another blown cover!

lol at the idea that is my room...

EmpressOfThePuddle Mon 04-Feb-13 12:28:28

Has anything turned up behind the curtains yet?

deefyr Fri 11-Oct-13 13:45:23

She remembers you saying 'fancy a quick duck while she's still asleep.....'

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