[Okay, I just spent WAY too much time trying to figure out how to rotate this picture and in the end was unsuccessful. I blame the iPhone (yes, be warned—many pictures of feathered friends using the cameraphone, what a jerk I am). I know how to rotate pictures in general, but for some reason the iPhone pictures won't rotate using iPhoto and I can't figure out if there's a way to do it directly in Typepad (if you know how, please comment). So, until then, y'all get crooked pictures. Does the crookedness affect the cuteness? I think not!]
So one of the things Greg and I cute out on in terms of ducks is the way they attach. We all know the image of the mama duck and her little ducklings all lined up in a row following her. Well, we were pretty darned excited to be mama to our babies. When you get them as itty bitty babies, they tend to attach to you, even though you're human. So we talk to them and hold them and in general smother them with love and affection. Greg is the master of holding them at this point. They're pretty big now, and when you hold them the just sit in the palm of your hand. My hands are about half the size of Greg's so it's a bit harder for me to hold them comfortably in my palm. But I try!
What I can do, however, is lull them to sleep. Check it out: way back when they were really tiny (three whole weeks ago), Greg and I were sitting with them and he was lamenting that the timbre of his voice tended to freak them out. So we were playing with them, but being on the quiet side. I happened to have just listened to this hilarious podcast and had "Head over Heels" stuck in my head. I started humming it, as I am wont to do when I have annoying songs stuck in my head, and lo and behold: all the ducklings stopped, clustered together, sat down and fell asleep, their little heads nodding off to the side. I shit you not, true story! I looked at Greg and whispered, "Did that actually just happen?!" and he concurred. And admitted that it pissed him off cause while I could hum them to sleep, when he opened his mouth all that happened was that they got freaked out.