Rylie has been having nightmares lately. Really scary ones. She has had two since she has been at my mom's house, which is what prompted me to write this post.
The first one was probably six weeks ago. We were all asleep and I heard her blood curdling scream over the monitor. I ran up to her room as fast as I could and as soon as I opened the door she said "Did you see it?" She was pointing to her toy box. At first I thought there really was something in her room and I kind of jumped. Then she said "A bear tried to get me!" I knew then that obviously there wasn't a bear in her room. A couple seconds later she said "A mouse tried to get me!" I don't think she really knew what she thought she saw, but she was scared. Big time. She kept asking me if I saw it. I assured her that there was nothing in her room, and I let her sleep the rest of the night in our bed. She went back to sleep with no problems and was fine the rest of the night.
The second was a couple days before her birthday when she had a pretty high fever. I let her sleep with us because she didn't feel good, and in the middle of the night she woke up screaming telling us to "get it out of the bed!" She kept shaking her hands and pulling at them and was convinced there was something in the bed. She was hysterical for a good five minutes, even after we assured her there was nothing in the bed. She kept saying weird things and at one point she said "and Daddy has-has-has laffy taffy!" She obviously had no clue what she was talking about and her thoughts and words were getting mixed up. At first I thought maybe her fever got crazy high and she was hallucinating. I didn't know what to do. She was scaring me. She finally calmed down and eventually went back to sleep.
At that point, I didn't give it much thought since they were a few weeks apart and seemed unrelated. But now since she has been at my mom's, she has had two of these crazy nightmares. The way my mom described them, they were just like the two stories above. The first time she was asking if my mom saw something, and the second (two nights later) she was pulling at her hands and shaking them and saying to get it away from her.
This bothers me. My poor little girl. I don't want her to get to the point that she is afraid to go to sleep. She used to have night terrors when she was a baby, and I thought maybe she was having them again, but I did some research today and these sound more like nightmares than night terrors. I don't really know what is triggering them. Maybe the two she had at my mom's are just because she is in a different environment? I don't know.
Have any of you experienced this with your children? I guess I'm just trying to figure out if this is "normal" for a three year old. If you have had children that have had these recurring nightmares like this, what did you do to help? Did you figure out what was triggering them? I'd love to hear your stories.
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