Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Ants in My Pants
Monday night we were eating our FHE treat out on the lawn, and Josh spotted a little colony of ants, building a happy home on the edge of our driveway. He promptly went in the garage and selected some spray from the assortment of chemicals and went to work. The kids stood by and asked their 53 questions, "What you doing, Dad? Are those ants? What are those ants doing? Are you killing them? Are the ants dying? Can I touch them? Are you spraying them? ..." They were fascinated by the ants, but after a few minutes of them getting a little too close to the chemicals, I herded them inside to get ready for bed. At about 10:00, Boo started crying out in her room. She was in tears and had had a "bad dream". I rocked her a little in the chair and went back to bed. That night she was up three more times with bad dreams about ANTS IN HER BED. Oh, no. Josh eventually felt so sorry for her (or was so tired of going into her room to calm her down), that he just let her sleep in our room. Yaks must have gotten the memo that there was as slumber party going on, because he was out of his bed and in our room around 3:00am. The room was getting a little crowded, and with all the stuffy noses and breathing, I wasn't getting any sleep. I transplanted both kids back to their beds. Yaks woke up and was in an out of our room for HOURS until I finally took him downstairs at 5:30am and turned on Sesame Street for him.
Last night when I put the kids to bed, I shook out all of Boo's blankets, brushed off her sheet, and had her inspect under the bed and her pillow for ants (the things we do). I explained to her that ants don't like to sleep in houses and that they only sleep outside in the dirt. She seemed satisfied with that explanation and went to sleep. She was up twice last night with "ants in her bed". I don't mind so much waking up with her, but I just feel so bad that the kid is terrified of bugs in her bed! That would be horrifying if it were real! What to do? Any of you been infested with this sleep problem that could impart some advice on how to help her have some bug-free dreams?
at 10:06 AM