Lately Maddy has been having a little bit of a difficult time getting to sleep. The other night, I put her to bed. I didn't hear anything from upstairs, and I thought that she was asleep --Not! I was doing laundry and all of sudden, there she was behind me! I almost stepped on her! She couldn't get to sleep, she said. Sometimes she does that to extend the "going to bed ritual" a bit. I took her back to bed, gave her a Tylenol and fav stuffed animal. I thought she was all settled in and would be asleep shortly. So, I was back downstairs watching some season premieres of the new tv season -- you know I've been waiting all summer for some new tv shows!!! I heard her get up, but nothing else, so figured she must have gone back to bed. I went into the kitchen about 30-45 minutes later and there she was -- just sitting on a chair quietly, staring into space, not saying a thing! About scared me out of my wits! She didn't say a single word and I carried her back upstairs to bed. She still didn't say anything as she got into bed and immediately went to sleep. Do you think she was sleepwalking?
When she was younger, occasionally she would have night terrors. Now, that was really frightening -- maybe more so to me than to her, since she didn't remember them. What happened was that I would hear her crying and some loud noises. When I went to her room, I would find her in a corner of the room kicking and crying, looking absolutely terrified and acting like she was trying to get away from something. The next day, she had no memory of it whatsoever. It didn't happen very often, but occasionally, and it seemed that it would happen on nights when she was really fatigued. That hasn't happened in a very long time, so I think she grew out of it. I'm hoping we don't have a little sleepwalker on our hands as we have a rather steep staircase from the upstairs to downstairs -- guess I may have to find and dust off the baby gate!