I've always enjoyed dreaming and used to look forward to bedtime because there was a fantastic adventure to be experienced in my sleep. Unfortunately, Aaron's sleep doesn't seem to be as inviting.
He's always been a noisy sleeper and often makes crying and whimpering sounds in his sleep. These few weeks, he's had several nights of screaming while completely asleep. Sometimes his body is limp, his eyes closed but his mouth wide open and screaming louder than in the daytime. All attempts to feed, in order to calm him, fail. Sometimes he throws his body around if I try to carry him. Its incredibly disturbing to watch and I've found that he cannot be roused from this. It usually lasts about 5-10 mins. Sometimes he 'gets up' but other times, he manages to latch on and continues sleeping.
I thought these episodes were nightmares (bad dreams), but after doing a little bit of reading, they sound more like night terrors. Night terrors aren't dreams at all and happen during the non-REM (non-dream) phase of sleep. According to several websites, the child may cry, whimper or flail and the parent will be unable to soothe him/her. Sounds like whats happening to us.
I'm not too worried about it at this stage because they only last a short while and have not been happening in any particularly routine manner. Perhaps it is just his learning new skills with each new day, or maybe it was over-tireness, or maybe some other distressing episode like us not giving him something.
Not worried here but still heart breaking to watch my little baby be so scared of something and not be able to comfort him.