There is nothing in the world more chilling that being woken at 11:45 by the shrill screams of your almost 3 year old (see what I did there? I’m calling him “almost 3″ so when he turns 3 the chances of crying myself into a puddle are decreased). I ran to Jack’s room to find him sitting on his bed sobbing. I laid with him and after 30+ minutes of him tossing an turning and moaning and pretty much being unsettled, he started crying again.
This is behavior that is out of character for Jack. I asked if he was sick or if anything hurt. He said no. I finally got him calmed down enough for him to ask for some water. He refused to let me leave so I carried him down the hall and got a glass of water. I tried taking him back to bed and laying with him again. He started screaming again. He wanted to sleep in my bed. I spent a good 5 minutes trying to convince him that he would be fine but to no avail. I sighed and carried him into my room and laid him down on my side of the bed. Jack has literally never slept in our bed, so I wasn’t thrilled about starting now. In the 20 or so steps to my room, I imagined Jack sleeping in our bed until he was 12. I imagined being kicked and being on the receiving end of head butts.
As soon as I laid him down, my husband woke up. He promptly convinced Jack to go back to his room where the two of them spent the remainder of the night. I didn’t hear a single noise the rest of the night.
This morning I asked Jack why he was up last night. He replied with his standard “Because I was.” After a little more prodding, Jack confessed that he was scared. He was scared of the cars that were in his room and right outside his window. I can only assume that he had a bad dream. We’ve had an incident similar to this here or there, but Jack has never been able to articulate what was wrong. And while I hate that my little guy had a bad dream an was scared by it, the whole is just one more reminder of how much Jack is growing up.
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