Wow! I"m better today and so is Marvin! That truly was a bug of the 24-hour variety. I'd probably be up and at 'em today except for the tantrum that Ava threw in the middle of the night. I heard kicking and screaming at about 12:00 and hurried up to see what was wrong. Thinking she may be just stuck in covers or something, I was quite surprised to see her just thrashing around and screaming; having quite an enormous tantrum in her sleep!

I couldn't get her out of her bed, so I just watched her to make sure she wouldn't hurt herself. As I was talking to her trying to wake her up and calm her down, I noticed that her sleeper was once again filled with diarrhea.

After a while, we gave up on trying to get her to calm down and it took both of us to wrestle her out of her sleeper and into the shower. It was funny and not so funny at the same time. It was like watching Marvin try to stuff an angry eel into a tube sock (tee-hee!), but I actually started crying because she was so upset and we couldn't understand what she was saying and she was flipping around and around in the slippery shower and I was afraid she'd hit her head or Marvin would drop her.

She probably cried in a full-blown tantrum for over 15 min. Then she suddenly stopped. We let her snuggle in our bed for a while and all ended up falling asleep.

Whew! I'm awfully tired today, heading off to a warm shower and nap...

Has anyone else had a toddler with sleep-tantrums? Is that even a word?

3 readers took time to leave a thought:

Irene Joy November 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

Sky started recently waking up screaming and terrified, but I think it's more night terrors for her. I just have to hold her and try to convince her it's okay. Most of the time she's half asleep. I don't know what she could be seeing that makes her scared. The only thing my kids really watch is Little Einsteins, Micky Mouse, playhouse Disney stuff you know? Could Ava be scared of something and not necessarily throwing a tantrum? Just frustrated that she can't explain maybe?

MerrandaVK November 10, 2008 at 10:43 PM  

My daughter went through this phase for about 6 months when she was 2.

they too, were more of night terrors. She would scream and cry and thrash around in her sleep. She would yell and scream that her brother wast taking her books or toys. I would just rub her back and try to get her to calm back down. Hopefully this passes for Ava too. Hope you are all feeling better :)

Vanessa December 5, 2008 at 5:04 PM  

A little girl I used to babysit did that too but it was night terrors there wasnt much you could do but hold her and let her know everything was okay. One time she said something about her mom and her dad on a boat and her mom fell or something. Not sure where her little head got that notion but she grew out of the phase within a year(I think, it could have been 6 months even) I hope this passes for your little Ava. Happy birthday to her too :)

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