Night / Knight

Amelia has been having an awful time going to sleep lately – we think that she has started having nightmares and is imagining scary things in her room. She is constantly worried that it is going to storm (thunder). We have been doing EVERYTHING we can think of to calm her mind (removed the curtain in her room after she told us it was frightening her, two nightlights plus a small accent lamp in her room, bedroom door wide open, bathroom door wide open, bathroom light on, shower curtain pulled back to be sure nothing is “hiding”, etc. A few nights we even took turns sitting in the hallway in front of her door so she could see us as she went to sleep. That got old very fast when she started waking up two or more times after we had gone to bed and we would have to sit in her doorway in the middle of the night for hours at a time.

Something has changed though, and now Mark can calm her mind and get her back to sleep in the middle of the night. Her curtain is still down, doors are still open, lights are still on, but when she wakes up in the middle of the night Daddy can make it better and get her back to sleep. If I go in there it is just one stall tactic after another (rocking together, a drink of water, closing the bathroom door, rocking again, another drink, praying (although that one is precious), opening the bathroom door, etc. Then she just asks for her Daddy. We go in and wake him up and she brings him back to her room and he chases all of her fears away in just a few minutes. He is her knight in shining armor!

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