I’ve always had very vivid dreams – when I’m deeply upset about something I end up in the same incredibly real, incredibly scary, incredibly worrying dream. Its horrid and I would’t wish it on anyone.
We’ve realised recently that, in addition to her occaisional sleepwalking, Toddlergirl has nightmares – she’s asleep but calling out that she’s stuck or has lost a toy. When we go into her, she’s fast asleep but, eyes often closed, but able to slightly interact whilst working through whatever it is that has upset her during the day.
All of this came to a head at the weekend when she fell into the pond at my parent’s house (I’m fairly certain she fell and wasn’t pushed, she’d been quite delightful all weekend …). She was promptly scooped out, her wellies emptied of pond water and dashed into the house for an early bath. But that night I was repeatedly woken by her screaming that she was ‘fall in pond’, ‘soaking wet’ and had ‘wet wellies’. She was obviously going over and over and over it in her head.
And there was nothing I could do to make it go away. I could cuddle and calm her but when she had settled back into sleep, it would all come around again a little later. I’d heard somewhere you shouldn’t wake someone who is having a nightmare but to just calm and comfort and it does work but ti doesn’t make it go away.
Does anyone know what I can do to help her – to make it easier on her when she is thrashing through things in her subconscious? To comfort her more effectively? To wave a wand and make this all go away?
The blogging world has been alive this last week to the sounds of the launch of the MADS (Mummies & Daddies) Blogging Awards – I’m trying really hard to reign in my competitive streak but I would really, really appreciate it if you would consider nominating me for one, please.
Pretty please … !