This is Ashley on March 6th, 2004. We have not been in for studio photos for quite some time, but will have to do so soon for both kids. Ashley is a barrel of fun at this age, but can also be a handfull. We love her nonetheless!
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picture was taken around March 17th, 2003 and is one of her 2-year
pictures. She looks so much older than she is in this set of photos,
that people are always asking if she is 4 or 5 after seeing these
pics. She is growing like a weed, but a very cute weed.
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picture is of Ashley at Christmastime in 2002, at a Sears photo
shoot. They take some great pictures! Ashley is always so good
when taking pictures and always has a very nice smile. Lately
she has been getting goofy and says "CHEESE" with her
face all scrunched up as you can see in the recent photo albums.
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picture was taken (around) June 5th, 2002 and is a great picture
of Crystal and Ashley, where Ashley's almost 15 months old. This
picture was framed and given to me (Doug) as a father's Day gift.
(I love it!)
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picture was taken July 10th, 2001 and is a great picture of Ashley
at a little over 3 months. As you can see, she smiles very well
for the camera.
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Photo Albums (also on Photo
First 2 Weeks
Second Couple of Months
Months (including Halloween)
Christening (October 28, 2001)
Ashley's Third Birthday
things I really like top of page
5/04 - I really like to put together puzzles and I am already doing the 25-piece puzzles with ease. They are meant for kids from 3 to 8, but they are just fine for me at 3. I also like playing on the computer and I have several programs set up on Daddie's computers like an electronic puzzle game, a Winnie the Pooh coloring book, 101 Dalmations game, and a few others. I will need my own computer soon. I also like exploring for things outside and taking walks. I love my babies and I nurture them very well. I still like Blues Clues, Arthur, Dragon Tales and Barney too. I think I'm kind of outgrowing Tele Tubbies. I love the Wiggles too!
6/03 - I really like cho-choo trains right now;
Chucky Cheese, my dog veterinary kit, Bob the Builder, Clifford the
Big Red Dog, Legos, my playgroup, the Wiggles, Blues Clues, my kitchen
set, pouring (fake) coffee for Mommy and Daddy, Play Dough, coloring
and eating the crayons, swinging on the porch swing, doll houses,
dancing and jumping, and Baby Songs videos.
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All Written by Crystal Duncan
is Ashley at 15 months old (see above picture). Wow how time
is flying by! She is getting very tall. I think she is going to have
her Daddy's legs. She is doing great; walking/running all around.
We are teaching her sign language with our neighbor's help. She (Susan
Mikulich) is teaching her boys also (1-1/2 and 3 years old). It is
so cool to she how fast she picks things up. She can sign book, baby,
doggie,bear, hat, cookie, and I cant remember the rest.
A week ago had to get rid of Bear (1 of our
2 dogs, Border Collie-Akita mix) she was very aggressive to Ashley by
snarling and snapping through the fence sometimes. She has a new home
in Greeley, Co. it is a "no-kill" shelter that will find her
a home. We stay in contact with them and they keep us informed about
her. She is doing great missing us like we are missing her. We had her
for 5 1/2 years. Very hard decision, but Ashley is our number one concern
now. Cody (the other dog, Golden Retriever) is doing great. Ashley feeds
him cookies and what every else. We she comes in from playing, she wants
Cody in too. She can climb all over him and we don't worry. Won't take
our guard down, cause he is 12 years old and once they get old they
can get aggressive, so we just watch them and let them have fun.
Doug's new business is
up and running. Take a look at his web site: www.pclogic.net
He has a partner, Alex Shaw, and they have 2 customers so far, and
the first call came in yesterday. We hope things will really pick
up and get going for them. We are still selling Discovery Toys and
helping Doug get his business going. We are very busy anymore. We
go to playgroup every Tuesday and also in a reading program at the
library. Just tying to keep the house clean and toys put away is always
We will be in Billings, MT for a family reunion
and boy will the family be surprised on how Ashley has grown. We have
had a very hard June. First Doug was in a accident, not hurt just
the truck had $2,500 in damage,. then our neighbors house right next
to us caught on fire at 2 in the morning and we were all outside in
pj's for about 4 hours. Very scary for us, so I have made some changes
around our house to make us safe and better prepared for fires. We
are all scared to death with the 4th of July coming and the open field
behind us. Our neighbors are all OK and they will have 4-6 months
to rebuild. They had great home insurance, so we called to make sure
we all had the best coverage also. As for the fires in Colorado, they
are getting better. The Haymen fire is about 80% contained and not
growing. The fire near Durango is still crazy, but they have it about
30% contained. The other 6 fires are all almost out. We are so dry
our here, we just need some rain.
27, 2002 top of page
Our little Angel is all grown up now. A year old!!!
Wow, where has the time gone? We went to the Dr. today and got a clean
bill of health. She weighs 18.5 1/2" , 30 1/2" long, and
18" head. She got 4 shots today and is very sore from them all.
She is currently napping, but starting to wake up so this will have
to be short. The Dr. is so happy in how she is growing that he says
there is nothing to worry about and keep enjoying her.
She can't walk on her own, but if you hold her
hand she will go like crazy. We had her big birthday party on March
23 and what a party it was. She had tons of family and friends here.
Got tons of gifts and goodies. We let her have her own birthday cake
and she really enjoyed it. We will be going to see the Easter Bunny
and look for some eggs this weekend. Cant wait to see how she does
with that. All I can say is I love being a Mom and I thank my husband
so much for allowing me to stay at home with her.
Doug is doing great and supporting his family
and taking care of us, we love him so much for that as does our families.
My Dad, Sister, Ash and Me will be leaving on the 16 of April for
Dothan, Al to visit her great grandparents and great Uncle and Aunt
that have not meet her yet. We will be there for a week having fun
and visiting. We are going to take her to the ocean and play in the
sand. Outside of just relaxing, we will have lots of fun.
29, 2002 top of page
Wow, Ashley is 10 months old already! She is growing
like crazy and is 18 pounds, 30" long. She is eating all our
big-people food. We are really trying to get her off the jars baby
food. Only a few more months and off the formula and on to milk, and
we can't wait to turn her around in the car seat!!!!!!!! She is getting
the front three teeth, or at least the front left an the one next
to it. That has been hard for her, and she has been very fussy.
As of tonight she now can say Mama, and how cute
it is. She is so proud of it, as Mama is also. I love just hearing
her say it. She learned Dada last month and it was so nice for her
to finally say Mama!
She really loves playing by her self for long
periods of time. She loves to take everything out of the toy box as
I put it in. She moves so fast, you can't take your eye off her. She
is also learning to climb the stairs. I had to take my plants to my
Dad and Stepmom's house, because she loved eating the dirt. Everything
on the main level is hers. She has toys every where and she tells
us what we can do.
I love being with her all the time, and being
a stay at home mom. Doug is doing great, still working, but always
looking for something better.
I really don't have much time on the computer
anymore, but that is OK because chasing her around the house is fun.
Daddy even gets on the floor and plays with her and she love that.
OK, I need to get her to bed, plus we are fighting
a really really bad diaper rash (on Ashley), so no diaper on at the
moment so I need to keep an eye on her.
4, 2002 top of page
Today, my Sis and I took Ashley in for her 9 month
appointment Wow how time flies, she is getting so big. She is doing
wonderful and she weighs: 17 pounds 3-1/2 ounces, 29-1/2" long
and 17-3/4" head.
We had to get her foot poked to check her iron
level which is fine: 11.8. She hated the bandage they put on her foot
and she took it off in minutes. Only one shot today and that was the
HEB B shot. She was injected in the leg, and again the bandage did
not stay on.
She has had a really rough day as she has not
eaten anything and is getting a low grade fever. We just woke up from
a two hour nap and she seems to be doing OK. Still not very active,
but I would not be either it I was poked twice today.
Boy does she get around, not really crawling yet,
but she rolls and belly crawls all over the place. Within minutes
she is in the kitchen from the living room. Pulling her self up on
things. She is eating the plant dirt, which would not be a problem,
but I put plant food in it so we are going to make some kind of cover.
She loves paper, and thinks eating the paper is the best. We now have
to leave all the gates up and move everything up high. She is eating
more and more table food and she loves anything Mommy is eating.
We have 3 more months till we can face her forward
in the Blazer and use whole milk and will no longer have to use formula.
Yea!! We cant wait. We are so broke form the expense of formula, but
we sure have loved everything we have gone through with raising Ashley.
Good news, especially for Doug: she is sleeping
in her crib for all of her naps, and most of the week during the night.
Sleeps about 7-8 hours straight. (Tonight will be a sleepless night,
We all had a wonderful Christmas! Ash got lots
of goodies and we loved having all the family here to enjoy in this
special time in her life.
Well that is all that is new with us, we just
keep going along with everyday things.
You all take care and when Doug gets the web cam
working again I will let everyone know so you can log on and see Ashley
on the move.
26, 2001 (Doug & Crystal's
5th anniversary, also) top of page
OK, we went to Ashley's doctor on Tuesday, October
25th for her 6 month checkup. She is doing great and the doctor is
very happy with her progress and health. She weights 14 pounds, 3
ounces, is 27" long and has a 17" head (circumference). Her hair is
very blond, and she has the prettiest blue eyes.
She rolls over all the time now and sits up on
her own. I think she is getting close to getting on her knee's to
starting to crawl. We have started putting the gates up around the
house so we can get used to them before we actually NEED them.
She talks (screaming something from her mouth
that only she understands), and just recently started saying dada
dada dada, on and on. That's cool! Now we need to get her to say mama
mama mama. She tries to copy us and we enjoy the way she tries to
do things we do. She makes us laugh all the time.
She is having a hard time sleeping through the
night, but she is getting better and better. She sleeps in her crib,
but only until she wakes up, then off to Mommy and Daddy's bed.
We will have another photo album up very soon
up to her 7 month birthday, so check back here to see more recent
photos of her.
We will be Christening Ashley on October 28th
at the church we got married at (Southeast Christian Church, now in
Parker, CO). Chello Herbert will be Ashley's Godfather, and Trisha
Scott will be her Godmother. After the Christening, we are going to
have a party at our house for her and family, and also to close out
the summer. Chello will be in from Billings, along with his sister
(Kim), and his friend (Troy), so it should be fun. We will also be
adding a photo album for her Christening here soon.
14, 2001 top of page
Well Ashley is getting bigger and bigger every
day. We have a scale at home so we put her on it all the time, and
last check she was 11.3 lb. and about 23" long, or that is what we
think. The scale isn't always accurate. We go back to the doctor for
her 4 month check up on July 31,2001, and also get her the next round
She is such a good baby. We have been feeding
her rice cereal for about a month now, not all the time, but every
few days, and she loves it. Now that she is getting closer to 4 months
we are trying to feed her during lunch and dinner. Right now she is
totally a mommy's girl, and does not want to have anything to do with
daddy. Every time I give Ashley to Doug, she will do fine for about
10 minutes, and then the lower lip comes out and she starts to cry.
I talked with the doctor about that, and he said she is fine, and
that is normal at this age. She could be teething, or just used to
her mommy, and not looking for change. Daddy is having a hard time
with this, but she still loves her daddy very much.
Today (7-14-01) she was all dressed up in her
Bronco clothes and we took her to Invesco Field (our new Denver Bronco
stadium) thanks to 2M Company, who gave us their stadium preview tickets.
She looked so cute and everyone just talked about her the whole time
we were there. Don't think she will remember when she gets older,
but we all had fun. She also went to her first rodeo with her Aunt
Tracy (old coworker of Crystal's), along with Mom and Dad. The rodeo
was at the Greeley Stampede, in the town of Greeley, CO, about 60
miles north of Denver. Tracy came out to see Ashley for a weekend
from Ft. Wayne, Ind., and we all had a great time.
We had our first professional photos done on 7-10-01,
and what a cutie, she smiled and did a great job (See photo above).
We had them done at Babies R Us, and they do an excellent job.
Dad thought she would just lay there, but she proved him wrong. When
there is a camera, she will just smile for everyone around.
She is sleeping through the night, or a least
7 hours straight. We are working very hard on getting her to her crib,
but it is very hard because she is used to our bed. I just love waking
up with her and she feels the same. I feel sorry for Daddy but he
understands (I think) She sleeps like a fish, tosses and turns all
night, that is why she gets half of the king size bed until we get
her used to the crib.
She will be on her first trip to Billings, Montana
in August. The Duncan family reunion is over the weekend of the 18th
& 19th, and there is a list a mile long of family who can't wait
to meet and hold her. We are all looking forward to the trip. My mom,
sister, and her boyfriend are also coming with us this year.
Well that is all about now, or it is just because
it is late, and Mommy is tired and should be in bed. Ashley will probably
wake up early because she went to bed early tonight. We love being
The next update will be after her 4 month check
2, 2001 top of page
Well Ashley is 2 months old now, and wow, where
has the time gone? Tuesday (4/28) we went in for a check up and her
first set of shots. She currently weighs 9.5 pounds , 21 1/2 " long
and a 15" head. The shots were hard on her and me. She cried
and cried and I felt so bad. She was given two in each leg. Right
after the shots, we gave her a bottle and she calmed right down. I
took my mom (Bev Scott), as I did not want to go through it alone.
Since she has gotten the shots, she has been a little cranky, but
Our doctor said whatever we are doing just keep
doing it. He is very happy about her progress. We don't go back to
the doctor until she is 4 months of age, and she will then get her
next set of shots.
She loves to push up on her legs either on the
floor or when you are holding her. She has great neck control. We
think she will crawl early. She for the first time, tried cereal tonight
and did pretty good. We are trying to get her belly fuller, so she
will sleep longer during the night. Right now she is sleeping and
getting up every three hours to eat. Still eating 3 ounces a feeding,
and still every 3 hours.
I still love being a stay at home mom, even though
I don't get much sleep, but it is so worth everything. We will keep
everyone posted on her and she continues to grow.
2, 2001 top of page
Just a quick note: We went to the doctor
yesterday and got a very good clean bill of health for Ashley: She
is 7 pounds 9 ounces, 20 1/2" long and a 14" head. The doctor says
what every we are doing keep doing, because we are doing a great job,
and Ashley looks great.
We go back to the doctor on May 29th for the first
set of shots, four of them. Ouch!!!!! My baby will be so mad and sore.
She is doing wonderful for her parents and she sleeps during the day
until around 9:00 PM then she is awake for a while. She still does
not sleep through the night, but she will soon. We are somewhat on
a 12;30, 3;30, 6;30, 9;30 eating time, but sometimes that changes
depending on her.
I love being a stay at home mom and taking care
of Ashley all day. Doug is doing great with her, between studying
for the test he needs to take and taking time with his girls, he is
Ann Duncan Born on March 27th, 2001
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we've all been waiting quite a while, but Ashley Ann Duncan was born
into the world at 4:23 AM on the morning of March 27th, 2001. YEEHAW!!
She was 5 weeks premature (originally due May 5th), but is in excellent
health and spirit. Because she was premature, she will be kept at the
hospital for approximately 2 weeks for precautionary measures. She was
born weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and only caused her mother to go through
1/2 an hour hard labor.
I (Doug), got the call Monday, March 26th around
4:00 PM, that Crystal's water had broken and she was on her way to her
doctor's office. I rushed from work to meet her there, and her doctor's
assistant (her doctor was on vacation that week) confirmed that she
did actually break her embryonic fluid, and sent her to the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital at around 5 PM, and Crystal was admitted,
being informed that she would not leave without having a baby. WOW!
This was a shock to both of us, because we thought it might be an early
complication, but had no idea that it was going to happen this soon.
Crystal went throughout the evening having several
contractions, but not timed regularly as a mother about ready to give
birth would have. Because of this, the nurses said that the baby would
possibly arrive naturally within the next 24-48 hours, and would probably
be closer to the latter. If Crystal did not give birth by that time,
she would most likely have to be induced. Crystal had many guests that
night including her mother (Bev), her Father and wife (John & Lucy),
Her Grandmother (Ruby), her sister and boyfriend (Trish & Chris),
and of course her coach (Doug). Because the nurses had the opinion that
this was going to be a long, drawn-out birth (because of being so premature),
everyone was sent home, assured that they would be called when the time
came close, thinking it would be at least 24 hours away. The three remaining
people at the hospital were Crystal, Doug, and Bev.
Crystal was experiencing extreme pain around 10:00
PM, so they gave her a sedative/sleeping agent to help relieve the pain.
This did absolutely nothing for Crystal, so they decided it was OK to
give her a small amount of morphine to help her relax and to alleviate
the pain. This was around 12:30 AM. Everyone got a little (on-and-off)
shuteye after midnight, but at around 3:30 AM, Ashley decided she had
enough of being in Mom's belly. Crystal woke up with severe contractions
and had dilated from 1 to 9 cm in a matter of 3 hours. Whoops, too late
for any medication to relieve the pain this far along!
The doctor on call had left for the night and was
on her way home, and the next doctor hadn't arrived yet. The nurses
agreed that the baby was coming and by Crystals screams, this was confirmed.
They had to page the last on-call doctor to return to the hospital,
which she did, but it seemed like an eternity (you can ask Crystal about
Because the nurses were not prepared to deliver
a baby at 5 weeks premature, they insisted that Crystal not push until
the doctor arrived. These were some of Crystal's finer moments, which
I will not elaborate on here. Finally the doctor arrived, and about
10 minutes later, Ashley was born. Wildest thing I have ever seen. She
is the most beautiful child I have ever laid my eyes upon. Crystal went
through the entire birthing process without any medication. The funny
thing is, is that was the way she wanted to do it originally, but when
it came closer to the birth she said "NO WAY!!". Well, that's
how it goes sometimes.
Mom had to spend a couple days in the hospital,
and they told us Ashley would be there for around 2 weeks for precautionary
measures. Ashley is in exceptionally great health and does not need
an incubator, as many premature babies do at that age. She is breathing
on her own and doing great, so we hope to have her home in a week or
so. She had a little bout with jaundice, but seems to be over that now.
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by Marjorie Steele!!
was the contest:
guess, or come the closest to, the baby's sex, birthdate,
weight, and time, and you will win a $25 gift certificate
to Amazon.com! This is for anyone who visits this website, whether
friends or family. Your information will be kept confidential and we
will announce the winner after the baby is born.
winner was Marjorie Steele, a former coworker of Crystal's, at Superior
Wire. Her guess was: female born April 7th, 6 pounds
6 ounces. She will receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com.
We had many participants in the contest, but the
way we were able to pick the winner was to match the closest guesses
in the following order: sex, date of birth, weight, and then time of
delivery, if it got that close. Marjorie was correct in the sex and
closest to the date and weight.