My 4 year old seems to have occasional night terrors. She will come to my room, screaming or crying, in the early morning hours. She usually has a tale of a sibling hitting her (they're all asleep), or a bug in her bed. Sometimes it makes no sense at all, other times it makes sense but isn't possible since everyone is asleep.
Last night, around 4 am, she threw my door open forcefully and entered my room screaming. I jumped up (suddenly wide awake) to usher her out before she woke up Steve or her 1 year old brother ... especially her 1 year old brother.
She tearfully told me there were eyes next to her pillow in her bed. When we arrived back in her room, I did find our black male Persian cat lying in her bed, with his face near her pillow. I guess in the dark and her sleepiness, she didn't recognize him as being her pet ... but went into a screaming fit instead.
I moved the cat out of her bed and tucked her back in. Then I took my pregnant body to the bathroom before heading back to bed. She immediately burst into the bathroom crying, because she also needed to use the potty. So I stayed there until she was done, and escorted her to bed ... again.
Then she proceeded to tell me about things she wanted for Christmas. I listened, hoping that a little talking would get her mind off the "eyes" that had sent her screaming to my room in the first place, but I also tried to shush her so she'd settle back to sleep. I finally assured her I'd listen to her wish list in the morning, when the sun was up, and I was able to go back to bed.
She woke up this morning around 8 and informed me that she had a good night's sleep. I'm not sure if she didn't remember the 4 am adventure, or if she just wanted me to know she was awake and ready for the day. I told her I didn't have a good night's sleep because she woke me up. It's a good thing I love her so much! We need to work on her fears, though.