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My little boy woke up at 2 or 3 am depending on when the time actually changed.

He woke up screaming at the top of his lungs. He wasn't scared. He was ANGRY. I tried to calm him down in bed, but he just kept screaming. The same thing over and over again. He wouldn't nurse, so I finally brought him in the living room and tried to distract him with toys. He was still screaming, and batted away every toy I offered him. I tried talking to him firmly and deliberately to see if he was actually still asleep and just needed to wake up and see that all was well, but that did not work either. He was just screaming inconsolably.

Finally, after about five or ten minutes of screaming, he grudgingly started to nurse and fell asleep.

What was my little boy screaming repeatedly at 2am?

"WANT TRACTOR!!!!!"

And I tried giving him every tractor in his toy box and he swatted them all away. And that is a lot of tractors. It kind of freaked me out, I have heard him angry before, but never for so long or so loud.

He is fine this morning. We have been reading books about kitties and playing with tractors of course.

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ladytonks
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I think he probably wanted the big tractor. As a toddler, dad had to ride me around to block to get me to sleep. Of course, it didn't involve the mechanics of driving a tractor a night.

hpca
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm going to say he was having a nightmare...poor Max, bless him!
dr_susannah
Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
dreams can bring on strange reactions. hope he sleeps well tonight!
naiad8
Nov. 2nd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
ah, processing dreams.

Now, my experience is somewhat weird becuase Alex is autistic, but all kids have spurts of mental growth where their brain works overtime at night and they have vivid dreams and wake up screaming in fear or anger. Heck, Alex would even wake up laughing his head off. This lasts from 3-7 days and is a pain in the arse, but will go away. Sometimes you notice a jump in motor skills or vocabulary or other skills around the same time.
ladytory
Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Well, I have noticed that he is making more sense lately. And he has learned the word "MINE" which he uses liberally. He also has about three teeth coming through right now, some of them big. It seems like as soon as I get him to sleep through the night twice in a row (I suppose that 5:00am is through the night) something like this comes along.

He is lucky that he is so cute :)
nightlyeclipse1
Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
That sounds exactly like what my middle son used to do. He suffers from night terrors. It happened mostly if he went to bed when he wasn't quite full from dinner, etc. So I'm not sure if that's the trigger or not. But he'd "wake up" screaming in the middle of the night and no matter what we did, said or tried to get for him, nothing would work. He wouldn't be consoled or cuddled, nothing. Then about 15-20 min later, he'd scream himself out, fall right to sleep and not remember a thing the next day. He'll be 5 in December and if I don't make sure he goes to bed on a full stomach, he'll either wake up screaming or just wake up demanding to sleep with us in our bed. I'm not sure if that's what is going on with Max or, if so, what the trigger might have been, but it sounds like something you could research to see if any of it applies. I hope you find the answers you need. I know how helpless and nerve wracking it feels. :)
vnfan
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
I saw it mentioned in your comments already, but it sounds like a night terror to me. My daughter does that from time to time. She seems fully awake, has the ability to talk and respond and walk so it seems that she is conscious, but I think that her brain is still in sleep mode. She gets violent and aggressive. Then she'll just conk back out and won't remember it at all the next day. When he gets bigger you might want to keep an eye out for sleep walking.
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