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#1409208 - 04/21/17 01:45 PM Bonding setback
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Registered: 08/14/16
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Loc: Arizona
I was having a good routine with Zig and Zag where I'd feed them at 10pm and spend time giving them snacks and pets and tent time. Then I unexpectedly got pregnant and wasn't prepared for the exhaustion that comes with pregnancy. Now I'm having trouble staying awake till 10 and when I do stay awake I don't have the energy to spend as much time with them as I want.

I'm trying to move up the schedule but the boys are not having it. They'll poke their heads out from the sleeping pouch sometimes to get treats but they refuse to actually leave the pouch and play. Zig, who was always the more social one will let me scoop him out and get in a minute or two of pets and snuggles before he runs back to bed but Zag is crabbing some very choice words that I won't repeat. He also turns into a biter so of course I don't want to push him.

I don't want to rehome them because I know the tiredness is temporary, but idk how not to lose all the progress I've made with them. If I nap I can spend time with them when they're up but it normally works out they're out of the pouch already so there's no way Zag will let me get him out of the cage and into a tent. It's mostly Zag that I feel is getting the worst end of this deal cause he won't let me handle him still. I'm way too scared to nap with them in a pouch because I roll A LOT when I sleep so I'd most likely crush them.

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#1409211 - 04/21/17 02:37 PM Re: Bonding setback [Re: Cori]
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Carry them in a pouch and just enjoy your pregnancy.

Keep talking to them, giving them treats. They will be ready to continue bonding when you feel up to it after the baby is born.

They have each other and toys they will survive.
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#1409263 - 04/23/17 11:08 AM Re: Bonding setback [Re: Cori]
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Feather is right.

We have times we are too busy to spend much time with our two. As long as there is some trust, they are fed, and you walk by and talk to them, they will be there. They do get into themselves or each other, but will eventually allow you to share into their moments. It's not like starting from scratch.
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#1409287 - Yesterday at 02:38 PM Re: Bonding setback [Re: Cori]
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I'm not pregnant, but my natural sleep cycle matches up almost exactly with my gliders' waking cycle. I found that waking them up around 9pm with a treat was pretty good incentive to come out of the pouch early, so we'd get to spend an hour together before I go to sleep at 10pm. Then I get up around 5:30am and we have our out-of-cage play time for an hour or so before they settle into a pouch for the day.

But really, your body may just need more rest than that right now. As long as you're there every day, talking to them, stroking them through the pouch, having your scent present in the space... the bonding should be fine.

(And congratulations!)
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#1409323 - Today at 12:05 AM Re: Bonding setback [Re: Cori]
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Registered: 08/14/16
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Loc: Arizona
Thank you so much for reassuring me. I don't feel like such a bad mom now.

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