When my husband and I purchased our new home, he quickly picked the side of the bed farthest from the door. Of course that turned into a “disagreement.” Why is he so lucky to choose the most coveted side of the bed? I mean as parents, we all know that this side of real-estate is gold, the bees knees, coffee with a shot of whiskey, a whole bottle of wine! His reason, because he is a side sleeper! C’mon brah?!?
Some of you may ask whats the big deal? Let me share with you a story or scenario, if you will.
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After a long exhausting day, all I want is my bed. After I hit my pillow, I watch some mindless television to decompress, in minutes I fall fast asleep. Quickly I’m dreaming. Thinking of my toes in the sand, the sun on my face and a cocktail in my hand. When all of a sudden you hear a faint noise. You look around in your dream, but there’s no one there. Now the sound becomes louder and drawn out. You start to hear a voice in a deep whisper. Mom-eeeeee, mom-eeee. It keeps repeating the same thing over and over again. It draws out the word even more and in a deeper whisper than before. Mom-eeeeeeeeee, Mom-eeeeeeeeee. You want it to stop. Why can’t I tan in peace, why are you torturing me? WHY? Then you realize you are having a nightmare. You slowly start to open your eyes. You start to look up and you still hear that same creepy whisper, Mom-eeee! Then you see a ghostly figure, a silhouette of some kind. Am I still dreaming? You realize your awake and that figure is now hovering above you. You scream and jump back. All the while, the husband is still sleeping on his side of the bed. Good God, you shriek. What in the world is this ghostly figure and what do they want from me?
“Mom, can I have a glass of water?”
Yes, that my friend is a toddler in the middle of the night. One who will creep over to the parent closest to the door and ask them for something stupid at 3:00 AM! I have watched my fair share of scary movies, but this is by far the scariest thing ever for a parent. Toddlers creeping around in the middle of the night, not making a peep until they hover above you, whispering your name. No joke my friends. This happens to me often. When it does, I scream EVERY flippin’ time! As for the husband, he sleeps through it all, even the scream, EVERY flippin’ time!
My 3-year-old daughter is very petite and very blonde. You know where I’m going with this? Thats right, Children of the Corn people!! In my house! My daughter, also known to us all as “the creeper”, will hide in corners, stand in doorways, all in complete darkness. When you see her silhouette in the doorway all I can think of is, The Shining with those scary twin girls (she is a twin by the way).
Some may beg to differ on what scares them most. Trust me when I say this, they will haunt you and they will surprise you. They become relentless at night. All for that cup of water, their blanket fell off the bed or they forgot to tell you something during your normal “business” hours. Words of wisdom from a mom of 4, choose your bedside wisely and always be aware of …..