Night Terrors

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Katie had her first sleepover Wednesday night. My niece Paige had no school on Thursday and I was helping my sister out by keeping Paige here for the day. I swear Katie could not stop smiling the entire time she was here. When we got home I put tv on for the girls while I fed and put Timmy to bed. When I came down to check on them, they were practically on top of each other cuddling.

Bedtime was very interesting. When they were getting tucked in they were both fighting over who got to sleep on the floor (they both wanted to) on the fold out cushion (those little chairs that unfold to a flat cushion). Since they both had coughs my sister and I had agreed that it was probably best to keep them sleeping separately. Finally I got Katie tucked in on her bed and Paige on the cushion on the floor. As Chris and I tried to watch Lost, we had visitors at least 3 times and heard doors slamming upstairs for drinks and potty at least a dozen times. That continued until about 11pm (mind you, Katie DID have school in the morning). At 11:30pm Chris and I headed to bed and I went in to check on them. Found them BOTH on Katie's bed. Katie sleeping on Paige's pillow and Paige sleeping on Katie's pillow. So much for not swapping colds.

At about 3:30am, I woke up to hear Katie crying and roaming the house. I went out to the upstairs landing and heard her downstairs hysterically crying and searching for Paige. I panicked, of course, but then found Paige sound asleep still in Katie's bed. Katie decided to go sleep with her daddy in the spare room (snorer's haven). At 6am, I was up to feed Timmy and went downstairs to get the bulb syringe for his nose. I noticed Katie's door wide open and NO kids in there. Walked into the spare room and found Chris, Katie and the 2 dogs sound asleep and Paige sitting at the foot of the bed looking so sad. Apparently soon after Katie joined her dad, Paige had also. Then Paige got up to use the bathroom and Lucky stole her spot on the bed and she didn't know what to do. Lucky, lucky Chris!!!


The next night, I was tucking Katie into bed and doing my "OK, we're going to STAY in bed tonight speech." Turns out, she had woken up at 3:30 the night before due to a scary dream. There was a MONSTER in her dream. Here's the jist of the rest of the conversation:

Me: Was the monster chasing you?
Katie: was a cookie.
Me: The monster was a cookie? What did it look like?
Katie: It was a round cookie. It was white.
Me: Did it have arms or legs or eyes or a mouth?
Katie: It had legs and eyes, and nose, and mouth. No arms.
Me: Was it wearing any clothes?
Katie: YEAH! It had a baseball hat and a shirt.
Me: That sounds really scary. You know, you don't have to be scared tonight, because now that you told mommy about him if you dream about him you can just remember mommy knows about him and I can come help you in your dream. So he won't be able to hurt you or scare you tonight.
Katie: No, he not hurt me, mommy. He played with me. He play very nicely.
Me: Oh, ok. Why were you scared then? Was it because you woke up and realized that a talking cookie was so silly.
Katie: Yeahhhh!

Incidentally, Chris called me yesterday while he was delivering some reports to his clients around Philly. He told me that he swore he JUST saw the cookie Katie was telling me about on the corner of the street. He wanted to get a picture but couldn't get his phone out fast enough.


Mum-me February 14, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

How funny - a giant cookie!

My son used to have night terrors, but there was nothing funny about those.

Sugar Boogers & Tantrums February 18, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

omgoodness...It's so weird what kids dream about. I've heard of similar dreams from other kids. I've been wondering for a while now if I will ever wake up to a night terror with Andrew. But not yet. Maybe one day.

debi9kids February 19, 2009 at 2:23 AM  

What a goofball Katie is! LOL

Glad the girls had fun up until falling asleep. Poor Chris!

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