Last night, my 15-month-old daughter woke up screaming. She often still wakes at night, crying and fussing, but this was an ear-piercing-someone-is-stabbing-me-help-me scream. I was so startled I sat straight up in bed (she was in bed with me) and grabbed her. She wasn’t crying, she was screaming. I’ve never seen anything like it. When I grabbed her and held her in my lap, she quieted. She never woke up, and less than 2 minutes later she was smiling and giggling in her sleep.
Bad dream? Maybe. What could she be dreaming about? Mommy’s milk is all gone? Yo Gabba Gabba got removed from Netflix? None of her music making toys have batteries that work? (Oh, that’s another whole blog for sure.)
I find that she startles easily. My 12-year-old daughter had a friend over last week, and they, along with my son, were acting a bit wild. NK was standing in front of the couch, just toddling around and talking to herself as toddlers do. She was so cute and happy. The kids came out of the bedroom screaming and giggling loudly. NK screamed and ran towards my oldest daughter. She was definitely panicked. Yesterday, I was going in the front closet and the cat was perched on top of a shelf in there (oh creepy cat). It was dark, and he startled me, so I kind of let out a yelp. NK shrieked and took off again. Anytime there is a loud noise or chaos, she gets so scared. This is new to me. I don’t remember the other kids doing that. Maybe our house is more chaotic now? Possibly.
Anyway, I don’t think it was a night terror. The scream only lasted about 10 seconds, and she stopped as soon as I picked her up. I think I read that with night terrors, they are inconsolable.
Has anyone experienced his or her child waking up screaming?