Lu just creeped into my room, baby bolster clutched tight against her chest, whimpering: I’m so scared, mummy. I dream I have a baby and the baby’s eye is gone.
What goes on in their heads at night?
When do they start dreaming? And what do they dream?
Reports are conflicting. Some say babies are born dreaming, others that they start to dream proper at about five.
On a conscious level, I had the most vivid dreams as a child, which gradually tapered off. I don’t dream at all nowadays, have not dreamt for the last few years, at least not that I am aware of.
Our trio, the girls seem to react a lot more to their dreams than the boy.
I’m not sure if Day even dreams. He has always dropped into slumber at the drop of a hat and sleeps right through for 10 hours without a twitch.
Jo mumbles, talks and twitches in her sleep.
Sometimes, when I wake her up in the morning and when she has a smile on her sleeping face, she surfaces just enough to murmur “I’m having a nice dream, mummy, I want to go back to sleep” before she dives back down.
Other times, she manages to tell me long rambling stories about her dreams. I can’t remember now, but they are fairly plot-heavy and dramatic.
Lu has started waking up terrified, just like Jo did before.
I would too if I have dreams of an eye-less child.
Sometimes she walks around, completely unaware of who is around her, babbling away incoherently. She is a lot less dramatic than Jo was, but it's no less scary.
Usually a stern rejoinder from KK – QUIET LULU! – seems to do the trick.
The next morning, she has no recollection.
* Me and my two dreamers