Lets start off by saying: Last night has to go in the record books for one of the worst night sleeps EVER!!! And this includes any time I may have been up with a new born and I've had 3 and another on the way.
Around our town house, I'd say not even a 25 foot perimeter we have 6, yes 6 Oak trees. And what animal loves Oak trees because of the acorns? Squirrels. I've never had a beef with squirrels in my life. They are cute little frisky rodents that seem to have the metabolism of someone on crack. But again, no problem with them. They occasionally would bury their acorns in our back yard last summer, but still not a big deal. TILL NOW!!!!!!! The last month we've noticed, or rather "heard" them in our attic. You can hear them running around like crazy up there and it was starting to get annoying mainly because it would only happen at night, and of course they had to do it above Lily's room. So now my 2 year old has a phobia of squirrels because of the noise they'll make at night in her ceiling. You'll hear her yelling. "mom!!! The squirrels are here! The Squirrels are here!" I've tried to reassure her that they are just playing and they won't hurt her. Basically anything to chill her out. So we called the "rodent people or pest people" They came out yesterday and said that it's mating season and the female is probably preparing a spot in our attic to have her babies in the spring, so it's a good thing to solve the problem now before we have baby squirrels in our attic this spring. So they set up traps on our roof yesterday and said they'd come every day, set new traps and check the hole where they come in and then once they are gone from that area, they'll seal up the hole. Great! No more squirrels making noise in the attic. Well. last night. all the traps were filled with squirrels on our roof. We sleep up stairs, thus hearing what goes on on the roof. I kid you not. ALL NIGHT LONG we hear thumping, rolling, digging, crazy noises of those dang squirrels trying to get out of the cages. Lily woke up at 12:00 and basically didn't go back to sleep till 5am and the boys kept getting up too. Darren is on a crazy schedule at work and is only averaging 4 hours a sleep at night. He finally went down stairs to get any last bit of sleep he could before leaving at 4 a.m. So I was up virtually all night with the kids in and out of my room. When the squirrels would take a break and rest, we'd doze off, just to be awakened AGAIN by them going crazy in their cages. We literally got maybe 2 hours combined if that, in 15 to 20 minute segments. Before bed, I was feeling bad for the little critters, out there in a cage on the roof in the cold while it was raining. But by morning I had a death wish for all of them and I even envisioned myself bunt kicking their cages off my roof. Like I could get my 7 month pregnant self up on the roof to do it, but I would if I could. I went from liking squirrels, to down right hating the little punks. One thing you don't do, is mess with a pregnant woman's sleep and/or the sleep of her kids! You will unleash the wrath of hell if you do! There I feel better after venting, but I'm still dreading another night. If they do it again tonight, I swear I'll climb out my window and get up on the roof somehow! You watch!
Here is the hole they climb through by our rain gutter
Here's 2 of the cages right above Lily's window
Here's a little punk peeking out at me! No mercy here! not any more!