r/aww Aug 13 '22 Tree Hug 1 Heartwarming 1 Wholesome 29 Gold 1 Helpful 6 Take My Energy 3 Silver 20

Tired mommy squirrel falling asleep

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u/kingkellogg Aug 13 '22

Holy crap that's cute

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

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u/GhOsT_wRiTeR_XVI Aug 13 '22

My favorite part is where mom has a 5 second Nam flashback.

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u/queef_vaccuum Aug 13 '22

it hurts, doesn’t it

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u/Survived_Coronavirus Aug 13 '22

Yeah they're really cute when they aren't nesting in your walls...

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u/Cattaphract Aug 13 '22

Ahhh, wooden houses and their massive gaps

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u/Survived_Coronavirus Aug 13 '22

4 inches isn't massive, and it's supposed to be filled with a thermal barrier like fiberglass insulation. But the squirrels destroy it...

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

Longer version on YouTube with sound fwiw https://youtu.be/FCbzZ4Ftp4Q Babies are 19 days old now, streamed here https://youtu.be/Hzkf38IgdIY OC of course :) (c) Hana the squirrel P.S. this a wild squirrel nestbox with Reolink POE camera RLC 420

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u/sugaree11 Aug 13 '22

Thank you. Too cute. I got 8 chipmunks from various nest kickers around the property. They are fun and so cute

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

We have a chipmunk living under our porch. He doesn’t like us :) but we leave him nuts occasionally anyways Edit spelling🤦‍♂️

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u/Vanviator Aug 13 '22

My dogs love to chase chipmunks. Luckily, our resident chipmunk is much smarter than them.

They'll still be circling the bush and the chipmunk will just saunter off under the porch.

It's kind of hilarious to watch. And the chipmunk seems to know that I'm secretly on their side.

I'll direct my dogs to opposite side of the bush and the chipmunk will run right by me to get to the next cover. 😅

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u/sugaree11 Aug 13 '22

I love how fun, nervous they are. Yet, the munks are so brave sometimes. They're like" FUCK IT! I'm going for another run at bird feeder. Aaawww! Move out my way!"

That's what my chippies do. The neighbor's dog( he hangs out here half the time) is always impressed and when they go balls to the wall for sunflower seeds

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u/Vanviator Aug 13 '22

We live on the edge of a small city so get quite a bit of wildlife at our bird feeders. And they sit right in front of our bay window so all the animals get a free show.

I can def tell from their barks when the various rodents show up or just birds. Funny enough, they are not phased by the deer.

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u/Clean-Ant6002 Aug 13 '22

Does the habitat come with a camera? I’ve seen a couple of these types of videos and would love to set one up.

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22

We’ve built our own. It’s not that hard if you have tools. Btw, that’s not a habitat, that’s a nestbox on a tree near our house. The squirrels are wild, we don’t pet or hand feed them PS you can buy wild squirrel houses on Amazon, some of them look ok, those are made from thick solid wood.

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u/Clean-Ant6002 Aug 13 '22

Got it. Yah, I wasn’t sure what they were called but nestbox makes perfect logical sense. Duh! Is the camera blue tooth/wired?

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22

We’ve started with battery operated Blink cloud cams but you have to replace batteries every 2-6 months. All our cameras are Ethernet powered security cameras now. 🤷🏼‍♂️ edit spelling 🤦‍♂️

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u/Here_forthecomments1 Aug 13 '22

I always see squirrels jumping around being cute and silly, but never actually stop to think that they are living actual lives with having babies and stuff, and nit just jumping from tree to tree of chasing each other all day.

Next time I see a squirrel I’m going to appreciate how cute they are when sleeping

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u/goaskalice3 Aug 13 '22

I used to live on a farm in the woods, a mile from the nearest paved road, and during my breaks I would just sit watching the squirrels run around chasing each other and climbing trees. It was the best

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u/imbillypardy Aug 13 '22

They’re great but still my favorite thing is watching my dogs eyes light up when he thinks he can catch one that’s literally next to a tree.

You ain’t the Flash my guy

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u/Captain_Sacktap Aug 13 '22

Glad to hear your dog isn’t imploding on himself like the Flash currently is lol

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u/SeonaidMacSaicais Aug 13 '22

My terrier keeps trying to go after the pigeons that have invaded my apartment building. Which would be fine…except they’re usually up on the third or fourth story balcony. 😂😂

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u/Round-Tangerine-9822 Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

Yeah I don’t know why it’s never occurred to me that, like, squirrels were babies at one point too lmao

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u/gambits_mom Aug 13 '22

thought the saaaame thing until my now 90yr old pops with dementia allowed a cute squirrel to “live” in his backyard shed for a few years.

I dread cleaning that shed, it’s sooo thrashed i’m not volunteering anytime soon.

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u/longrastaman Aug 13 '22

Idk why but old people love squirrels, My grandmother would watch them so much she named a few and became friendly with them.

Rip grandma and bobo the squirrel

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u/gambits_mom Aug 13 '22

Yeah he still has his humor when we alone, don’t think my mom looks pleased though when we start talking about “squirrel secrets”

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u/AutumnViolets Aug 13 '22

Squirrel sonder has just occurred. 🤣

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u/Natural7778 Aug 13 '22

For the past few weeks I’ve been checking a tree for a squirrel that likes to nap belly down on a branch during my lunch break. It’s there most days and makes me smile.

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u/DnbJim Aug 13 '22

What do you do?

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

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u/Real_Jackraps Aug 13 '22

Oh my god is it permanent?

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

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u/Itsdefiniteltyu Aug 13 '22

You should probably talk to Greg Abbott about that

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u/TallAlmondLatte Aug 13 '22

relatable

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u/FailedPerfectionist Aug 13 '22

Especially the little ones kicking out everywhere. Sharing a bed with my daughter was like lying next to someone getting randomly electrocuted.

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u/panchzila Aug 13 '22

I love the analogy of sleeping with a drunk octopus looking for their keys.

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u/iraqlobsta Aug 13 '22

How the actual hell do they always seem to start normally with head on pillow and end up with a foot about an inch away from your face?! Lol my daughter was the same way

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u/Mobidad Aug 13 '22

Do you know how well a child's heel fits in your eye socket? Especially when it's moving very quickly?

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u/ProxyMuncher Aug 13 '22

I’ve never had this happen to me but I felt this comment in my soul

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u/iraqlobsta Aug 13 '22

Oh ive become acquainted with it in the past for sure

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u/NetCat0x Aug 13 '22

I still sleep this way. I feel attacked.

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u/AnaisKarim Aug 13 '22

I woke up one time with a little butt in a drenched diaper in the curve of my neck and shoulder. Of course, she was peacefully sleeping. Kiddies. Gotta love 'em. LOL!

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u/sarahpphire Aug 13 '22

Ugh I know!! Mine ends up sideways and kicks my back all night. I can't do it. She's 3 and I end up putting her in a pack n play next to my bed when she falls asleep. When she wakes in the morning she climbs out and gets back in my bed lol We (she thinks he's just hers) have a 1.5 year old great dane who we've had since he was 3 weeks old. He's been raised with her and is now 150lbs of jumbo puppy and so he ends up in the bed, too. I wish I could fit in the pack n play.

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u/sugaree11 Aug 13 '22

Great Danes have no clue how big they are. They just perk up their head like you are the asshole

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u/matty80 Aug 13 '22

No dogs do! My dad's Jack Russell would square up to a hippo, whereas my huge dunno-what is scared of slugs so much that he's scared of cooked prawns because they look a bit slug-like to him.

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u/ikatatlo Aug 13 '22

Are you my mom? Im sorry, okay? I can't help it! My body just teleports that way when I wake up.

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u/DnbJim Aug 13 '22

I'm always surprised how people forget about being kids... Just because you're a parent doesn't mean your memory suddenly disappeaesd

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u/WrenDraco Aug 13 '22

Most people can't remember much about being younger than 5 or 6 because that's how old a human typically needs to be before their brain is developed enough to form long term memories.

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u/ikatatlo Aug 13 '22

Also brain deletes or hide stuff in the attic from early childhood to fit in new knowledge and memories as we grow older.

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u/Inkthinker Aug 13 '22

The other night I half-woke with the kid inverted and somehow caught his little foot just as it was swinging for my face. Straight-up kung-fu moment. I swear if I took a time-lapse of his sleep it’d be like watching Curly Joe woop-woop run on the floor.

Doesn’t seem to affect his sleep quality any, he’s plenty full of go-juice when the dawn breaks.

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u/Gwendilater Aug 13 '22

Actual footage of me breastfeeding last night.

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u/ButtweyBiscuitBass Aug 13 '22

Is anyone else so much in the throws of baby care and breastfeeding that they watched this mentally shouting at the mum through the phone not to fall asleep because it's not a safe sleep environment?

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u/Leo_and_Stitch Aug 13 '22

🙋‍♀️ Have a 6 week old

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u/wholesomethrowaway15 Aug 13 '22

throws throes

Just FYI

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u/perkypots Aug 13 '22

If only she could scroll reddit to stay awake..

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u/AcidBurnSez Aug 13 '22

lol!!! Yes, great call!

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22

Yes, I KNOW 😁

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u/thatatomcat Aug 13 '22

I wanna give her a little pillow to rest her head.

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u/Easy101 Aug 13 '22

That tail looks mighty comfy I'd use that

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u/star-67 Aug 13 '22

Those tiny squirrel hands!!!!

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u/darthspacecakes Aug 13 '22

This type of anthropomorphism is good for humanity and the planet imo.

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u/geekphreak Aug 13 '22

Mammals. We’re all connected

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u/dawgmama62 Aug 13 '22

So precious.

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u/6moinaleakyboat Aug 13 '22

She be like, “you’re on your own. I supply the juice and those of you who can’t find it can just F off for 15 minutes”

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u/Xraptorx Aug 13 '22

I’d you can’t find the source then tell Darwin I said hey

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u/Receptor-Ligand Aug 13 '22

Tell my wife, "hello".

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u/matty80 Aug 13 '22

I DON'T KNOW BUT MY HEART SAYS 'MAYBE'.

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u/IamLotusFlower Aug 13 '22

I feel attacked.

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u/hottiebabyxxx Aug 13 '22

This made my heart melt. Poor tired mama

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u/Venodious Aug 13 '22

This looks comfy af

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u/CaractacusPotato Aug 13 '22

Apart from the nipple biting

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u/tinkinofya Aug 13 '22

I have a 3 month old that eats every 1.5-2 hours and I work 50 hours a week. Sometimes I wake up and see her and think, “oh crap, I have a kid.” Worth every sleepless second though.

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u/Tryrshaugh Aug 13 '22

Where I live, mothers and fathers both have a mandatory 6 month leave per child, followed by either another 6 months or 1 year at half time, depending on what they choose. They obviously cannot be fired for this reason. This also means that if you get twins, these times are doubled. Some of my colleagues disappear for 2 years and come back as if nothing changed, asides from having kids.

I already see being a parent with these leaves as something very difficult, but working 50 hours with a 3 month old is nightmarish and inhumane to me. I really hope you get a lot of support from friends and family.

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u/BurmecianSoldierDan Aug 13 '22

I'm in the US and my last employer gave women (and men!) 2 months off for a kid and basically it's the longest time I've ever seen on paper here, most of the others being "come to work the day after you have your baby" F

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u/Tryrshaugh Aug 13 '22

most of the others being "come to work the day after you have your baby"

Well that certainly can't have any drawbacks for productivity and career opportunities of women and does not foster a gender pay gap.

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u/BurmecianSoldierDan Aug 13 '22

They usually quit and management complained about not being able to keep people. You know the story. :/ Everyone left for a better gig when they could.

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u/MrKerbinator23 Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

As they should. Only by leaving them with their own dump of a company can you force em to consider doing things differently. I’ve seen companies grind to a halt because people had had enough so it does happen. Pretty miraculous sight to see all that horrible protocol come bite em in the ass.

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u/j4390jamie Aug 13 '22

That’s fantastic, but if I owned a business I can’t say I’d be very happy.

Imagine you’re a small business that’s doing well, but not incredible and you may have to pay your employee for 2 years when they don’t work.

I think stuff like this is great, IF, the government covers the cost of the time off.

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u/HopHunter420 Aug 13 '22

In the UK most of it is paid back to the employer by the government. That's not what is being described above, I don't know where they are from, if I had to guess of would say Sweden, Norway or Denmark. Here's what the UK situation looks like: https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/pay#:~:text=Statutory%20Maternity%20Pay%20(%20SMP%20)%20is,for%20the%20next%2033%20weeks

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u/Independent_Jelly91 Aug 13 '22

It’s paid back by the goverment. Long medical leave also.

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u/Dramatic-Service-985 Aug 13 '22

I’m sorry ur exhausted, hang in there. Those fully sleep through the nights r coming in your near future jst keep on trucking. I’m currently 8months pregnant & remember how it was with my 1st. U remind me of what’s in store for my near future💗sending love & understanding✌️

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u/bedroomblogger Aug 13 '22

It’s 3 am and I was just up feeding my 19 month old. Even in the fog of tiredness, I wouldn’t change having him for the world.

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u/Dolmenoeffect Aug 13 '22

Man, I remember that. They get a little better at sleeping every month; this is super temporary.

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u/Beeslikesteve Aug 13 '22

Guys. I’m just going to say it. Squirrels are pretty fn cute

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u/thecamelpirate Aug 13 '22

oh man those airbnb hidden cameras are getting out of control

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22

We posted a sign about cameras, I wonder if she read it

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u/sensoryfestival Aug 13 '22

I’m in this video and I don’t like it

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u/NoKyleNotClydeFrogg Aug 13 '22

Hahahaha, I was gonna say “How did you get this footage of me!?”

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u/TheGothDragon Aug 13 '22

It would be so nice to have a long fluffy tail that you could use as a pillow or blanket!

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u/Trekkieee Aug 13 '22

I love squirrels

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u/yikesbro_ Aug 13 '22

Her little ears 🥺🥺

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u/Many-Swan-2120 Aug 13 '22

Motherhood is not easy no matter which species you are , this makes me appreciate (good) moms

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u/leeluss14 Aug 13 '22

When mommy squirrel is tired she just tucks her tail over her head,so her and her babies have a very warm bed. So hopefully restful sleep will come before she has to go get brekfast in the morning sun.🌞

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u/AJHear Aug 13 '22

Poor Mum... she's really tired. I hope she gets some good rest and her darling babies are OK.

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u/What-a-Dump Aug 13 '22

Awwwwwwww so sweet

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u/WeaklyExcellent Aug 13 '22

Look so cutie.

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u/Danielle082 Aug 13 '22

Sweet mama. Get that sleep when you can.

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u/AlbatrossSenior7107 Aug 13 '22

As a mom, I'm happy to see another mom struggling with sleep and startling awake because of her babies. The first time my first born slept through the night, I breastfed and that just doesn't exist for a long while, I naturally woke up and saw him sleeping and was... awe... and laid back down realizing how engorged i was and he hadn't nursed all night and then was like FUCK! And I scooped him up. I scared him awake. It was the most terrifying thing.

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u/Vera_Telco Aug 13 '22

Napping and nursing at same time. Two birds, one stone.

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u/figandsage Aug 13 '22

Been there, girl.

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u/Duff1058 Aug 13 '22

I can relate. We Moms get tired.

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u/WooPigSchmooey Aug 13 '22

Comfy bed 😊

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u/evalolitah Aug 13 '22

I feel ya mama. I been there.

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u/Sgtkeebler Aug 13 '22

Long day of squirreling I see

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u/kutpa Aug 13 '22

Rest queen!!

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u/anonspace24 Aug 13 '22

So fucking cute..

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u/crystallrose Aug 13 '22

As a mother of a 1 year old, I feel very seen…

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u/KingSlimp Aug 13 '22

Amazing to think that we walk past trees so often without knowing if cute mama squirrels are sleeping in them.

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u/mokrieydela Aug 13 '22

What's a squirrels favourite musical artist?

Dr Drey

I'll see myself out

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u/NoMoreChampagne14 Aug 13 '22

As a mother of a 3-day-old baby I can totally relate

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u/BitcoinCitadel Aug 13 '22

Built in tail blanket 🐿️

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u/Arthur_Leywin354 Aug 13 '22

I feel like I'm invading their privacy...

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u/1gothickitten Aug 13 '22

So adorable and precious!

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u/ApertureOmega Aug 13 '22

now that is fucking cute

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u/SanuJayawardane Aug 13 '22

What a cute squirrel family. Love them

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u/cands780 Aug 13 '22

Awwwww. Thanks for sharing this 🥰

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u/ChattyKathysCunt Aug 13 '22

The little tail blanket!

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u/BlinkedAndMissedIt Aug 13 '22

I thought this was r/natureismetal for a second and was gonna be so sad.

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u/mberg2007 Aug 13 '22

We've all been there.

I'm a dad but i stand by that..🙂

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u/rodimus147 Aug 13 '22

Man I love squirrels.

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u/imbillypardy Aug 13 '22

Adorable. But hairless tails are so weird looking

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u/WHYsoICY Aug 13 '22

I love these nest cams.

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u/ImportantSympathy247 Aug 26 '22

I do too —great for catching squirrel movements and spying on my children making sure to stay on task and do their homework but be careful with the nest don’t give anyone your password because they can give it to someone else and that someone else can view what’s going on they can look at your children doing their homework if you trust somebody he probably shouldn’t have trusted be careful with the nest it broke my heart Violated my family and my privacy in my trust

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u/XCrimsonMelodyx Aug 13 '22

As a new-ish mom, I FELT THAT.

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u/koty20195 Aug 13 '22

Videos like this are why I could never be a hunter 😂

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u/Guilty_Huckleberry58 Aug 13 '22

I love squirrels. They is the best.

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u/Separate-Ad-870 Aug 13 '22

Aww so amazed

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u/SakuraPanda91 Aug 13 '22

Currently me 3.40am feeding my 3mth old. I feel ya mamma squirrel

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u/No-Advice-6040 Aug 13 '22

It's hard work being a momma, no matter the species

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u/avecmaria Aug 13 '22

Relatable

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

can’t tell if it’s more cute or sad ):

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u/Boricua907 Aug 13 '22

How Precious!!

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u/idontdofunstuff Aug 13 '22

That babies grow up so fast is simultaneously the best and worst thing ever.

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u/OneSensiblePerson Aug 13 '22

What else can anyone say to this except aww? Is there any other viable response?

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u/BlacksmithFew9582 Aug 13 '22

That's so cute!!

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u/Sehrli_Magic Aug 13 '22

Do squirrels only have one baby at a time?

Also i never knew naked squirrel tail is sooo cuuute! I cant stop looking at the little one 🥰🥰🥰 and i sooo feel the momma..currently making another coffee just to stay awake so toddler doesnt wreck the house 😮‍💨

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u/tarrach Aug 13 '22

No, usually more. Our local squirrel family just left their nest, she had three kids.

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22

Our squirrels (DC area) have 3 in spring and 4 in late summer, less for younger mothers like she is (she has 3)

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u/Sehrli_Magic Aug 14 '22

Omg i just realized there are more than one 😳 idk why i thought the first time that it was only one :'D

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u/reddit1896s Aug 14 '22

:) tail blanket

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u/Bruhgert Aug 13 '22

I saw a tired tweaked in the bus today who looked exactly like this

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u/anthonyfoxtexas Aug 13 '22

Why did this make me weep

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u/emeraldvigilante29 Aug 13 '22

Me since I had my son, so cute

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u/Kandykidsaturn9 Aug 13 '22

I think every mother everywhere felt this.

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u/Ginjah Aug 13 '22

You telling me squirrels need maternity leave but we don't?

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u/luckdragonbelle Aug 13 '22

r/Mommit and r/NewParents

We've all been there 😂😂😂😭

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u/Strickens Aug 13 '22

I dont have kids but I relate to that level of exhaustion

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u/GreazyFrog Aug 13 '22

I realize now that all the a$$hole squirrels I’ve ever ran into in my life were probably just mommy and daddy squirrels lacking sleep.

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u/SOUNDGARD3N Aug 13 '22

What do you think she was dreaming about?

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u/Sirsquirrel13 Aug 13 '22

I feel this

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u/H0ll0wW1th1n Aug 13 '22

Smh my head that squirrel isn’t practicing safe sleep with her babies.

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u/Mobork Aug 13 '22

That shit is too relatable to be cute.

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u/Barack_Odrama00 Aug 13 '22

This is too adorable

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

I have an almost-three month old…. I felt this.

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u/FlamingoPinkPink Aug 13 '22

I feel her pain 😂

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u/ceelayne Aug 13 '22

squirrels are my favorite animal & this makes me so happy to see 😭

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u/ewd389 Aug 13 '22

So all kids are a pain the ass no matter the species.. good to know

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u/missuec Aug 13 '22

Same squirrel, same.

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u/MZ_1971 Aug 14 '22

This. Is. Parenthood.

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u/sweetlilsnack Aug 14 '22

What a sweet little bean 🥺

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u/Ok_Access_189 Aug 14 '22

Squirrels will always have a special place in my heart

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u/ViolaOrsino Aug 14 '22

She’s exhausted but I’m happy to see she’s bruxing! Bruxing is what rodents do when they feel safe and content— it’s that teeth grinding motion.

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u/curiousarcher Aug 14 '22

LOL somebody definitely bit a nipple! Lmao

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

Mothers of Reddit: imagine breast feeding a SQUIRREL.

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u/Dolmenoeffect Aug 13 '22

Thanks, I'd rather not?

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u/Apprehensive-End-484 Aug 13 '22

I have been there!.!.!.!

Hang in there mama! You got this. It gets better from here on out, I promise,,……

Until they 16…. Then it’s the same shit all over again! Lmfao

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u/indianorphan Aug 13 '22

She is like, NO, I am awake...don;t call cps on me!

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u/roborobert123 Aug 13 '22

Do they eat their babies like hamsters do?

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u/reddit1896s Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

Not that I’ve heard of, no. Gray squirrels are known for adopting babies of killed mothers but apparently this is happening to blood relatives mostly edit spelling

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u/andi2487 Aug 13 '22

As a breastfeeding momma who's just been woken up by my baby, I relate to this!

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u/Yazuon Aug 13 '22

Do you guys think in future people are gonna make problems about animals being filmed like this because it intrudes their "privacy"?

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