I am exhausted. Back to school has begun and I was in the middle of my first full week back with students. I decided on this particular night to go to bed early.
Just as my eyes began to feel so heavy that I could never lift them, I was snapped from my bliss by blood-curdling screams. The kind of screams reserved for stranger in the house! Luckily Wife was already in her room and ready for anything. As I groggily walk into Claire’s room I can tell that this is going to be a special case.
Claire has begun having night terrors. Developmentally this is right on track, however it doesn’t make it any less frightening.
What usually happens is that she will let out a couple of yells, then will go back to sleep. Every now and then Claire will have a strong episode, where she wakes up and is inconsolable for about 20-30 minutes. The problem with these strong episodes is that she will work herself up so much that she begins to gag. Very occasionally these gags will make her throw up.
It was clear from her screams that this was going to be one of her stronger episodes.
The worst thing as a parent is the fact that there is not anything that you can do.
I recently posted to a parent blog group called The Dad Network and they gave me the solution that I should completely wake Claire up. I will have to try this next time.