Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nocturnal Ramblings

When Chet was around 7 or 8 he had a period of sleep walking.   It wasn't too long and when we looked back at his childhood through the lens of the increased understanding of his disability, we laid it to that.  Rob came along and he sleepwalked from about ages 5 through 8 or 9.  So much so that I had a door alarm on his bedroom door. It would not waken him, but it woke ME. And that way I could make sure he would not fall down the stairs or walk outside or something.   I laid it to the trauma he experienced as a child with the added frosting of trauma from adoption, and learning a whole new family, house and community.

Along comes KC.  Who has been ours since he was 5 days old.  Who co-slept and is probably the most emotionally secure child I know.  Able to be right out there with his feelings and also to be empathetic to others.  And guess what?  This year HE started sleep walking.  If he is going to do it, it is between 9 and 9:30 at night. So it must be when he goes from one stage of sleep into another. 

Clearly there is not really trauma as an issue here.  Or a disability.  So I am guessing that maybe at this age they are putting order to their worlds and understanding more.  At that knowledge is exciting and also at some level scary.  Obviously I don't know for sure.  But I sure listen closely around 9 p.m., these days for the footfall on the stairs.

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