SYT had his first nightmare last night. About two hours after we put him down, we heard loud crying coming from his room. It wasn't his typical "come get me" cry, it sounded as if he was hurting or as if something was really wrong. I went into his room and he was still face down in his bed just sobbing. I tried to pick him up and comfort him but he wouldn't wake up and, therefore, wouldn't calm down. I started panicking a little wondering if something was really wrong as he was still so upset and almost limp in my arms (b/c he was still sleeping), so I went downstairs to give him to B. After a few minutes of trying to wake him up, he finally aroused and calmed down. He looked very out of sorts and so pathetic as he still had super large tears pouring from his eyes. We held him and comforted him for a few minutes and then were able to put him back down. It was NOT a fun experience. I felt so bad for him. I've counseled parents before on nightmares and night terrors, but until your own child goes through it, you don't really realize how scary it is. I think the next time would be less scary because I wouldn't have random thoughts like "is he having a seizure" running through my head, but not being able to wake your child and hearing him cry like that was definitely overwhelming!
He did sleep the rest of the night, thank goodness. He's battling this horrid cough still, so he was coughing a lot throughout the night and I don't think it was his best night's sleep, but at least it didn't wake him completely. I'm just thankful there were no more nightmares for my buddy!!!
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