We’ve had several discussions with Ali about dreams recently. Because if you want to get some random thoughts from a kid, there’s no better way to do it than to ask about their dreams. And it’s never too early to start, right?

A couple of weeks ago, right after she woke up from a nap, I decided to try for the first time. I randomly asked her what she had dreamed about (having no idea if she even knew what the word “dream” meant). She quickly responded with a smile, “Pop!!”. I said, “What about Pop?” She said, “Pop CANDY!!!” (in a very excitedly-greedy little voice). I told my dad this, and he said he’d never given her candy.

But – whenever a grandbaby dreams about their grandparent, you KNOW they’ll make it come true. Sure enough, next time we saw Pop, he had a little purple purse for her with candy inside. (Which, by the way, Lindsay was really sad that Dad wasn’t at lunch on Sunday after she found out that he had bought a purse for Ali. She was really hoping to even the score on sassing and tease him relentlessly about going purse shopping.)

Back to dreams. The first two nights of this week, Ali woke up screaming right after falling asleep. We went in there, picked her up, took her into a lit room, held her, talked to her, sang to her – none of it helped. After a few minutes, she would calm down, but this is very unusual for her – she is completely out of the I.S.B.P. (inconsolably screaming baby phase).

Anyway, on night two of these “episodes”, after using my Doctor-House-like mad skills in differential diagnosis, I finally decided that she must be having nightmares and is still scared because she doesn’t know that they aren’t real, even after we come get her.

So Chris had a talk with her and explained that when we fall asleep, we have dreams, which are kind of like “Sleepy TV”. She nodded and said, “OK, Daddy.” Of course we didn’t know how well she understood the concept, but although she has whimpered a little, she has not actually cried at night again. Last night, when we told her it was time for night-night, nodded knowingly and resolutely and said, “OK. Dreams. Sleepy TV.”

Yesterday morning, I asked her what she dreamed about again. Her eyes lit up and she said, “Papa!!!” (Chris’ Dad). I said “what about Papa?”
“Papa CANDY!!”
“What else did you dream about?”
“What about David?”
“David CANDY!!!”

So, as far as I can tell, I’m supposing that she’s waking up screaming because somebody took her dream candy away.

4 thoughts on “Sweet Dreams are Made of This. . .

  1. My niece use to have nightmares sometimes.Then she would be scared a long time after she woke up.I think she gets that from her auntie(me).
    When I want to know what she dreamed about I just say what did you just see.
    That’s a good why to describe a dream by the way sleepy TV I’m going to have to use that one.

  2. Did you start asking her about dreams after my post about David’s dream?

    Nightmares where they wake up inconsolable in my opinion is spiritual warfare. I suggest that while one of you calmly talks to her, the other one needs to be praying over her quietly. Every night, ask God to put a hedge of protection around her dreams. I know we laugh them off as just the way our mind works, but I am convinced dreams can be much more than that, and can be one of the primary ways the enemy tries to attack our children, but it can also be one of the primary ways children learn to “hear” God.

  3. Jennifer – No I don’t think it was specifically related to David’s dreams, I think that like you, I have always just been fascinated by dreams. Especially due to my own “Extreme Dreaming” issues. But I did love David’s dream story not long ago!!

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