Some people have kids who sleep-walk or sleep-talk. Ian is one of those kids, but more often than not, Ian prefers to sleep-scream. Suddenly, for no reason whatsoever, he screams out as if someone were ripping him limb from limb.
Most of the time I go running in, only to find him sound asleep. Sometimes, however, he is fitfully sleeping, crying for five or ten-minute stretches or longer, completely inconsolable unless we can manage to wake him up, which is no small feat, I assure you.
Inconveniently, this pattern repeats itself over and over for most of the night, particularly when he is overtired or sick. And I just can't ignore it, even if I know that he'll likely be sound asleep when I get in there. What if this time, something terrible is happening? What if this time, someone is snatching him from his bed? What if he's laying in a pool of his own body fluids, crying out for his mommy to help him? What if he has somehow trapped his arm underneath Henry's bed (as Ian's is trundled under Henry's lower bunk) and is in danger of breaking it? What if the house is on fire and he's the only one who has noticed?
On nights like the past two nights, I have stumbled out of bed at least a dozen times, responding to the scream, only to find him sleeping when I get into his room. I have no idea if the screams subside after 4:00 am, or if by then I am just too exhausted to hear them, but I seem to get my best sleep between 4:00 and 7:00, regardless of the alarm clocks and dressing husband in my very own room during those times.
How do your precious ones torture you in the middle of the night?