Heartbreaking

The Trex has started having night terrors.

He wakes up, usually about midnight, absolutely terrified. A lot of times he’ll be shaking, crying, and babbling incoherently while pointing and staring at places in his room. It’s fairly common for kids his age to have these, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I want to cry myself when I see him that scared and it’s all I can do to not bring him in to bed with me. Watching a kid go through that is hard. Having them myself, I know how quickly the fear passes, but the tears and the terror sticks with me long after he’s gone back to sleep.

Tonight, he had a bad one. We heard him freak out, then start saying “Okay! Okay! Okay!” louder and louder, sounding increasingly panicked. I think he’s staring to make the distinction, he actually used the word “Dream” while I was trying to sooth him but he was still freaked out. For a while, he just laid on his pillow and yelled. The only thing that could get him back to sleep was if I promised to sit in the rocking chair across from his crib for a bit.

He’s been back asleep for 10 minutes now. I’m still upset that he was upset. Also, still in his room.

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One thought on “Heartbreaking

  1. Jackson had night terrors. The only thing that made it a little better in our case was that he never remembered any of it the next day. Still, in that moment, in the middle of the night, it was awful.

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