What Toddler Dreams May Come

Last Night Harrison had one of his worst episodes of the year. He was restless, scratched violently throughout the night and woke the entire household up close to a dozen times. As I lay in bed with him, trying to soothe his body and comfort him back to sleep, I fought back tears of frustration and anger. I prayed for relief for his poor system and I cursed the allergies he constantly battles with. Before too long, he drifted back to sleep in my arms. I too began to fade into my slumber, until, once again, Harrison began to toss and turn. But this time, his restlessness came as a result of a nightmare. As his head shook back and forth on the pillow, he began to cry out “Nooooo. Noooo!” I stroked his head as he continued to call out in a heart wrenching tone. “Nooooo!” Then, more information was verbalized as he uttered the names of the poor beings being tormented in his dreams. “No Dory! No Marlin! No Nemo!”
I popped a smile and fought back a chuckle as I watched my son struggle with what I can only imagine was a dream reenactment of the movie of which he recently became obsessed over. I snuggled him closer, whispered in his ear that Dory & Nemo would be okay. Then I closed my eyes and tried to fall back asleep.

Now that I reflect on it, I don’t think Harrison has ever made it through the entire movie to see that Dory & Marlin do, in fact, make it out of the jellyfish trenches to find Nemo. And upon further consideration, I think this kid deserves his happy ending. If not for the closure, then for the sleep that I may gain.


Have you ever heard your child dreaming about a movie or storybook character?  

Haley is a wife, SAHM, runner and yoga enthusiast. She's a chapter leader for Moms Run This Town and very active in the race community where she lives. She spends her time juggling the duties of motherhood, while training for her various endurance style events.

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