Sweet Dreams are Made of This

by doodaddy on May 27, 2009


Not the world’s best sleeper.

This is a stupid thing to be worried about (as is most of what I worry about), but Boo’s never described a dream to me.

Last night was especially dramatic: she woke up screamingly about an hour after bedtime. I asked if she’d had a bad dream, and she said "Yes," but it was the kind of yes you get from kids after you’ve asked a question that begs a "Yes" answer. At three, Boo has entered that age when little kids resemble members of a corporate board: she just tosses a disinterested “yes” whenever grownups go into their “boring” mode of speech. (See also “What did you learn in school today?”)

I asked her what she’d dreamed about and got only a blank look. She may not have really been awake: she collapsed back into her pillow about two minutes later. But she had all the signs of a knock-down nightmare: clammy hands, sweat on her neck, and those panicky shouts that had summoned me. (I’m not going to say "screams" because I’ve known screaming kids, and this wasn’t that. But it was more vehement shouting than I’d heard from her in a long time.)

Everybody dreams and I’m not at all concerned that Boo doesn’t talk about it. Just maybe a little saddened… it would be cool to hear some more about what’s going on in there. My mom (hi, mom!) is a psychologist and I expect that she, too, will be pretty thrilled (maybe too thrilled? whaddaya think, mom?) if Boo starts reporting her dreams.

Then again, Boo’s gone in the past six months from a pretty bad sleeper to a pretty good sleeper. Some people say that poor sleepers (like me, sadly) remember their dreams badly, so maybe Boo’s just warming up.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

twinbabiesdad May 27, 2009 at 7:11 am

My twins are six now, and I think I have heard the details of maybe four dreams. And I’m totally dying to know what goes on in those wacky little heads all night.

Guess we have to be patient. Damn it.


doodaddy May 27, 2009 at 7:14 am

@twinbabiesdad – Yeah, by the time they’re lucid enough to tell us anything they’ll be too into teenage sullenness to want to…


Malke Rosenfeld May 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

My daughter (almost 4) is historically a “bad sleeper” which has led me to spend way too much time in her bed helping her get back to sleep. When that happens I usually wake up in the morning in her bed and that’s when I get the dream reports. Now that that I wake up right next to her less often and she is content to wake up on her own before coming to see us, I don’t hear much about dreams, which I kinda’ miss.


doodaddy May 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

@Malke Rosenfeld – Maybe get her a voice recorder? Think she’d go for it?


Aimee Greeblemonkey May 27, 2009 at 11:26 am

Declan tells us his dreams, but half of it is, I think, stuff he made up. 😉


doodaddy May 27, 2009 at 11:29 am

@Aimee Greeblemonkey – Well done, Declan!


Madeleine June 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Three year old kids of course dream like grown-ups, but they aren’t able to transfer the memory into the waking state. She will shurely tell you her dreams when she’s a little older. 🙂


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