The continuing adventures of the toddler and his duck…

The continuing adventures of the toddler and his duck… The eternal love for his duck continues, as they are still inseparable. Ducky is a much-abused but much-loved friend, who has survived many washings and coloring with all colors of the rainbow (nothing like having a duck shoved in your face while the little one proclaims “Blue ducky, Mama, BLUE!!!”) and who, despite his raggedy looks, still receives several kisses a day.

The duck is now also a method of greeting his friends, as he will greet you by handing you his “DUUUUCCCKKK!” and running off. Be prepared to give it right back, however, as it will be promptly yanked from your hands and shoved under his arm as he takes off for more adventures.

The duck also has a belly button, apparently, and this belly button can be tickled. When it is tickled, you’d better be prepared to make the duck jump a mile high and screech and quack, or suffer a tossing of the duck in your face and the angry screams of Lil’ Duck – “ickle, mama, ICKLE!!”. When the duck reacts properly, his happy cackles of delight are well worth the effort.

Duck also has to sample all of our food, so while eating, one eye must be kept on the little one and the duck to avoid duck soup or other messy cuisine. Sometimes, the duck trying and “enjoying” our food has convinced the little one to also try a bite – ha ha ha.

Right now the little one is fast asleep with the duck cuddled underneath his belly. It’s so sweet to see how much joy a stuffed animal can bring to the little guy.

31 Responses to The continuing adventures of the toddler and his duck…

  1. Rebecca August 14, 2006 at 9:56 pm #

    Well, a duck is better than the heavy baby doll (filled with buckwheat and about 8 pounds) that my daughter hauls around. Best game: stuffing it up her shirt and “playing pregnant.” Luckily, her “doctor” is also her “husband,” so she’s got her bases covered. Now if I could only get her to accept the midwifery model of care and to get off her back whilst she births. :::sigh::: Homeschooling requires much from Mommas!

  2. Kailani August 14, 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    Here again via Carnival of Family Life. And I still think he’s adorable!

  3. Karmyn R August 14, 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    Too cute – at our house, we’ve had similar friends come and go –
    Bowee (the dog), Mr. Monkey, Whiskers (the cat), Lovey Lamb, Potty Poodle, and Lovey Bear.

  4. Tasra Dawson August 14, 2006 at 4:44 am #

    So adorable. What sweet memories you are building for the future!

  5. Melissa August 13, 2006 at 2:56 pm #

    So nice that he’ll share his duck as a greeting, even only for a second! And I love the duck-tries-food trick. Have to remember that one if this baby ever settles on a lovey.

  6. Debbie August 13, 2006 at 11:36 am #

    Very cute little duck! Yours story is so cute and so full of love! Thanks for sharing duck tales with us! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Sunday!

  7. Anna Venger August 13, 2006 at 10:21 am #

    This brings back memories of my children with their favorite toys and blankies. It’s wonderful that you are blogging these tales. I’m sure they will be a source of wonderful memories.

  8. fivetimemom August 13, 2006 at 9:49 am #

    that is so cute. My children have never been attached to any toys, and thank goodness because we are a family that looses stuff all the time. Maybe thats why they never got attached to anything lol…..

  9. Pamela August 13, 2006 at 9:41 am #

    I know from experience (those many years ago) that when you have a child attached to something like that, you better buy a 2nd one If you have the chance and put it in a drawer for emergency.

    Occasionally a stuffed animal runs away.

    Thats when it gets tough.

  10. Rebecca Grabill August 13, 2006 at 9:15 am #

    And I can’t get either of my boys “attached” to anything. The baby does have her lovey object, however.

    A washcloth.

  11. Cathy August 13, 2006 at 6:53 am #

    There was a time long ago— 10 years, when I was out shopping with my niece and her friend of choice was a teddy bear…Teddy. Somewhere someplace in that huge mall, The Girl dropped Teddy. We had to retrace all our steps (which were several as the Sis in Law and I were on a power shopping expedition) and I was in the midst of training The Girl on the dos and don’ts of power shopping. (She learned to say, “Charge It” that day— I get all teary eyed thinking about it–sniff sniff)

    In any event we finally found Teddy. The Girl was pretty calm considering.

    My point? It would have been a heck of a lot easier to find a big yellow duck!!


  12. Janice August 13, 2006 at 3:40 am #

    that is so cute! good thing the duck washes so well!

  13. Simran August 12, 2006 at 5:54 pm #

    So sweet.

    I’m not ready to be a grandma but I miss my girls being this little and cuddly! :-(

  14. haley-o August 12, 2006 at 5:24 pm #

    well, at least that duck is furry and cuddly….My monkey sleeps with a tiny bunny from inside a book (as I think you read in my blog…)! Well, whatever works, right! ;) he’s so cute!

  15. Kailani August 12, 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    That duck sure has become an important member of the family! Such a cute picture of Lil Duck!

  16. Jessica August 12, 2006 at 1:10 pm #

    Very cute picture! And…it is sweet to see what favorite things a child has as they grow! My little girl loves her blanket and my son loves his cup!

  17. OldOldLady Of The Hi August 12, 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    A stuffed animal gives me a lot of joy, too…! I love that Lil Duckj is so loyal to his Ducky and from the picture his duck looks in very very good shape! Amazing.

  18. Karla August 12, 2006 at 12:02 pm #

    Aww. That’s so cute!! Aren’t kids so much fun at this age?! Never a dull moment. :)

  19. Mia August 12, 2006 at 2:22 am #

    Fantastic post! This brings to mind my own Miss Cuddly squishy elephant by Gund that I got when I was 4 years old. Man I did everything with that elephant. As a matter of fact eventhough I am 23 yrs old she still sleeps at the foot of my bed and has traveled all over the with me. She was with me at the Red Sea… rode in my back pack as I traveled with a tribe of Beduoins across the Sahara. She was still in my pack back when I visited the pyramids in Cairo. Odds are when I head out to the peace corp next year she will be traveling with me as well.

  20. Tracie August 12, 2006 at 1:06 am #

    Oh, Katarina has a duck that looks just like that in bed with her right now…..too sweet!

  21. Samantha August 11, 2006 at 11:59 pm #

    Lil duck duck just looks so huggable! He (and his duckie) are too cute :) I hope you both get to feeling better super soon! We believe in vicks vapor rub FOR SURE! My girls love it when I rub their chest with it, if their not feeling good, it works wonders. Have a good night :)

  22. Jessica August 11, 2006 at 10:20 pm #

    I had a turtle when I was little, I called it Mr. Turtle (creative huh?) I can’t wait to see what kind of stuffed animal or toy becomes my sons favorite!

  23. David August 11, 2006 at 9:46 pm #



  24. tiggerprr August 11, 2006 at 6:59 pm #

    What a delightful post! Every child has a special friend…or at least they should, and it warms my heart to hear stories about them. Thanks for coming by my feast and I hope you and yours are feeling much better! :)

  25. She August 11, 2006 at 5:41 pm #

    My son has the same love for a panda bear named Squishy. I had a panda bear that my husband had bought me while we were dating. I thought that he was the spitting image of my husband and since he was nice and “squishy” looking, I named him “Squishy” (hubby sometimes gets called by the same name). When my son was born, hubby bought him his very own- LARGER “Squishy” from the hospital gift store and has been in love with all things Squishy-esk. We recently took my son to his very first zoo…my father offered to buy him something from the gift store, he could pick anything he wanted. Guess what section he immediately went to? Panda BEARS…lol, like he doesn’t have 5 at the house. We ended up getting a lion. You could probably guess where that is right about now. Yep, bottom of his closet- never to see the light of day again….ha ha. Nothing can, or ever wil replace the squishy. Well maybe “Melmo” but that is a competely different obsession.

  26. 1girl2boys August 11, 2006 at 5:36 pm #

    Oh, that’s so sweet. Duck seems like a good friend.

  27. Tammy August 11, 2006 at 4:07 pm #

    What a fun picture! :D So sweet to see our kids have “special” friends like these!

  28. John of Argghhh! August 11, 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    Hmmm. I think this wins the prize for most out-of-synch link to the Castle that wasn’t actually spam… 8^D


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