One evening when she was between 3 and 4, I had already put Ratchlet to bed for the night, but Mikey had not gotten home yet. I was sitting watching TV or reading in the living room. I hadn't heard a peep out of her, but suddenly Ratchlet walked into the living room. This was unusual. When she woke up at night, she would cry until we went to her. She didn't do that too often, generally once she was asleep, that was it, unless she was sick. Getting her to go to sleep was always a struggle, she wanted to stay up where the action was (so to speak.) Once down though, she stayed down.
Except for this particular night.
She walked right past me and straight into the kitchen. I asked her what she wanted, but she pretty much ignored me. I followed her into the kitchen and watched her walk straight to the table and try to pick up something that WASN'T THERE!! It was the spookiest thing I had ever seen! She was kind of whiny/crying and mumbling. I couldn't understand anything she was saying, even though I asked her several times. She just kept mumbling and kind of crying, and her hand continued to try to pick up something, but there was absolutely nothing there!
Can I say that I was seriously freaked out?? I felt her forehead and she didn't feel warm, so no fever. She had been fine during the day and I didn't think she was sick. I asked her several times what she was looking for but I couldn't get anything coherent our of her. I finally was able to turn her around so I could get a better look at her face. Although her eyes were wide open, I could see that they were totally unfocused. She was looking at something, but it surely wasn't the kitchen table!
It finally hit me....she was still sound asleep! Relief flooded through me. Thank goodness, she was walking in her sleep! I had heard about sleep walking and knew it was a pretty normal thing, but I had never encountered it before. It was sooooo weird! I have to admit though, once I got past the being scared that there was something seriously wrong, it was pretty funny, too. Watching this little tiny girl, getting very frustrated because she could see something that she wanted but she couldn't actually get it, because it wasn't there, was pretty darn cute.
I got her turned around and sort of set her in motion back toward her bedroom. She climbed right back into bed and was back fully asleep in about 4 seconds! And she slept through the rest of the night completely peacefully.
When Mikey got home about an hour later, I told him about our little night wanderer and he had never seen anybody actually walk in their sleep either! He was sorry he missed it! lol!
In the morning I asked Ratchlet if she remembered taking a walk during the night. Of course, she not only didn't remember it, but she looked at me like I was a little bit crazy! I later asked my mom about it, but she hadn't ever encountered it either. I talked to the Pediatrician and he assured me that there wasn't anything to worry about. It was a normal phenomenon as long as it didn't happen every night! That was good news.
For quite some time after that, I was just waiting for the little sprite to come wandering out for another midnight stroll, but weeks and weeks went by and she stayed put. She was back to being a regular "Sleepy Time Gal."
About 7 or 8 months later, it happened again. This time I saw her walking toward the living room and I could see that same unfocused look, so I knew she was at it again! I was able to turn her around and get her back to her bed. She climbed in and was sound asleep almost instantly.
And that was the last time as far as I know. Her nighttime adventures had come to an end.
I don't think, however, that I will ever forget her little hand, scrabbling on the tabletop trying to pick up something only she could see!! And I'll always wonder what my little "Sleepy Time Gal" saw!
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my little sleepwalker will always be my Baby Girl!