Well, Little H has had a BIG week this week. It marked the end of her time at her ‘old’ sitters and the beginning of her time with the new dayhome. She’s handled it like a champ – no crying at drop off and no acting up. But I have noticed she’s started having dreams that she remembers.
The frequency of her dreams may have something to do with stress…a change in daily routine is hard on anyone never mind a pre-schooler. She seems to be having more than usual, or maybe it’s just because she remembers them enough to talk about them after that’s making me take notice.
Last night at dinner we were sitting around the table and she said:
“Mommy, remember when there was a giant down there?”
“Um, what are you talking about H?”
“Remember he was down there,” she said pointing to the front door.
“There was a Giant? Did it come in the house?”
“Did it look at you?”
“No, it was just a giant like on Mickey Mouse.”
I can only assume this stemmed from a dream. We haven’t had any visitors to our house lately…she didn’t seem particularly worked up over it either. Maybe she just watches too much Mickey Mouse!
Then this morning she woke up screaming – the kind of scream that makes a mom RUN. So, I did run into her room and she was in bed. I asked her what was wrong and she sobbed “My bed was going down!”
“It’s just a dream honey, it’s not real. Your bed is nice and safe and cozy. Go back to sleep for a little bit longer ok?”
“Wipe my tears?”
“Of course, now go back to sleep now and have sweet dreams.”
“Ok mommy, remember when my bed was going down?”
“Yes, it was just a dream…it wasn’t real, night night.”
“Night night mommy.”
I hope this doesn’t go much further than simple dreams and nightmares. Have you had experience with this? How do your kids react to dreaming? I’d be curious to hear how you handle it.