Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bumps in the Night by Shana Galen
When I think of our topic this month, things that go bump in the night, I don’t think of ghosts or goblins or vampires. I don’t think of any horror-type things at all. I have plenty of real things that go bump in the night, and most of them are due to my own little goblin, Baby Galen.
I will preface this by saying that until 6 months ago, Baby Galen was not a good sleeper. She was usually up once a night at least 3-4 times a week. I don’t know about you, but if I anticipate my sleep is going to be interrupted, I sleep very lightly. In fact, I would often wake in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep even if she was sound asleep. It was like my body was ready to be jolted awake, even when there was no need.
Finally, Baby Galen has started sleeping consistently, and my body has gotten back on a regular sleep schedule. But there are still occasional “bumps in the night.”
Like the other night when she’d been in bed for about forty-five minutes, and all of a sudden I hear her screaming. I ran into her room, and she said, “What’s wrong?”
Well, that was my question. So I said, “Why are you crying?”
She pointed to the floor. Her stuffed pink sheep had somehow (read: she threw it out) escaped the crib. So I had to give it back, and all was right with the world again.
Except, of course, my heart was galloping in my chest.
Another thing that goes bump in the night is Baby Galen’s feet. She likes to kick them on the sides of her crib when she wakes up. It might be six in the morning, and I’ll hear this thump, thump, thump. It's not a hook-armed man coming up the stairs for us, it's Baby Galen lying in bed, drumming with her feet. You wouldn’t believe how loud that can be in a silent house.
So I have enough bumps in the night without horror films making me imagine any more, thank you very much.
What about you? Have the kids, pets, or spouses ever jolted you awake in the wee hours?