Skip to main content

Night Terrors

This kid has them.

About an hour or so after he goes to sleep, he will wake up screaming and crying. Totally irrational. It takes me a good 3-4 minutes to get him to calm down. Most of the time he is still asleep. Sometimes he will come out of it, and need me to lay by him.

But it happens like clockwork. Almost every night. Has anyone else dealt with this?


Alifinale said…
My bro had night terrors growing up. It can get pretty freaky, at least from the younger sister's point of view - my mom was the only one who could calm him.

Not to freak you out or anything... but when he was 17 he lived on the second story and he shattered his window with his fists and woke up before he jumped out of the window. But that kid had some serious pent up issues so you shouldn't worry about that. I think his mission fixed him and I don't think he has them anymore. Probably more info than you wanted, sorry.
NEVA said…
NO! Not my sweet boy!
grandma jojo said…
Aaron did this to me a few times when he was about 4. We were on our own at the time, Aaron, Heather & I. The first time it freaked me out so much I packed the kids in the car and drove (3 blocks) to my mom's house. But after a couple of months it stopped. I'm so sorry Max is having night terrors. Does he remember anything the next day? Aaron never did.
heather said…
Autumn used to have them a few times a week. All I had to do was get her to go to the bathroom, then she would go right back to sleep.
rabidrunner said…
I think it's too much "Dancing With The Stars". Just a theory.
Mandee said…
funny Amber. real funny. it actually might be the smoke monster from lost.
Tiffany said…
My sister in law had them. She is TERRIFIED of birds still to this day. She out grew them. When I talk to her next I wil ask her more about them. HAve you talked to your pediatrician?
Cally said…
Vincent had them when we lived with you. So it was for a few months before he turned two. It only lasted a few months, but sometimes it could be over an hour of him screaming and crying before we could get him to calm down. I don't know that there is anything great to fix the problem. I think that they just eventually grow out of them. But, maybe like Heather said...he just needs to pee. :)
Deby said…
Katya never suffered from night terrors, just nightmares. And she had them almost every night for a couple of years. The one thing that helped her was that Veggie Tales movie "Where's God When I'm Scared?". The song "God is Bigger Than the Boogie Man" became our nightly ritual to sing. We pulled out the Veggie Tales movies for Alexis and Katya still knows that song by heart and sings along with the movie. I hope Max gets over them soon.
Anonymous said…
Like Grandma Jojo said Aaron did this to her a few times, perhaps it is his paid back. I hope it is only temporary.
Dylan still gets that occasionally--telling me that the monster is chasing us so he had to rescue us when he "heard" the monster telling him. Ryan would not explain why of his bad dream, only said, "I'm scared."
Sometimes putting a soothing music helps my sons back to sleep.. Perhaps it will work Max. (keeping your fingers crossed with all of the suggestions you are getting.)

Laura McClellan

Popular posts from this blog

Snowball Cookies

It snowed this week. And though we don't have many family traditions, one that we started when we became a family was to make Snowball Cookies on the first snowy day of the season. And since we like cookies so much, we usually make them on other random, snowy days, too. They help ease my pain and anxiety over winter. You know-- carbs. 
There is nothing better than Snowball Cookies and hot chocolate on a snowy day.
Snowball Cookies 1 c. butter 1/2 c. confectioners sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 2 c. sifted flour 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. chopped pecans (an option I don't use) Additional confectioners sugar (for rolling)
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add remaining ingredients, mix. Use a teaspoonful (I use a small ice cream scoop) of dough and roll into small ball. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and roll in confectioners sugar. (I roll them twice.)

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010 (I am in an honest enough mood to admit that this is not my favorite picture of my kids. And it was $15.) 
I promised Aaron that I wouldn't write about how this was our worst Christmas ever, so I won't.  So let's remember these things:

1. The conversation I had with Charlie just days before Christmas ... said in the midst of grumpy, overly hyper kids throwing Legos at each other

Me: You know what I want for Christmas? I want kids that will get along! Charlie: Do you mean new kids, or us? 
2. Having my dad sleepover on Christmas Eve and spend all of Christmas day with us- something he never does.

3. Fun parties and dinners with friends, family, and neighbors. Including our very first non-kid New Year's Eve celebration. Sign me up for that next year!

4. Visiting the Santa at Gateway Mall that was  grumpy and missing most of his bottom teeth.  He went on to scold me about what my kids had told him they want for Christmas- all Nintendo Dsi's.  And whi…

Let Us Eat Cake

We have some important events to celebrate at our house this weekend!

Today is Aaron's 44th birthday. I honestly thank the heavens for that man every day of my life, so I'm especially looking forward to celebrating him today! Although, I still need to go buy the presents. (Busy week.)

Today, we are also celebrating Jack's Preschool Graduation. Since he has a late birthday, I have always planned on waiting until he was 6 to start kindergarten. But now that he is finished with preschool, it's obvious we are both ready for him to start kindergarten next year. He's all registered, and we have his 5 year old "shots" appointment next month. And while I'm a little bit sad that our baby is growing up (in just the blink of an eye he'll be graduating from high school) I'm also excited to move onto the next phase of life.

Of course, Monday we'll celebrate a rainy Memorial Day, and Tuesday will mark 10 years of marriage for us.  TEN years.  Someti…