3:30 a.m.

I'm jolted awake by screaming from my daughter's room.  I throw off the covers and run down the hallway in a clumsy 3:30-in-the-morning fashion: bumping into walls, extending my arms as soon as I enter the room to grasp her even though my eyes haven't adjusted well enough to the darkness to discern her from her tangled sheets and stuffed animals.

It's the type of scream that you don't easily forget: so pained, so irate, so distraught.  It's a scream that I can imagine coming from a child who just witnessed their most precious toy yanked from their grasp and cruelly stomped on in spite.  Or, from someone being mauled by a bear.  That bad.

"Brooke!"  my voice is a whisper-shout.  "What's wrong?  What's the matter?"

It takes a moment until she can articulate coherent words, but when she does this is her proclimation:  "I want a milkshake!"

At three-thirty in the morning.

Let me note that this request was denied.

As well as one can, I talked with her about the ordeal this morning as we ate breakfast.  "You can't just wake up screaming in the middle of the night, especially about something like a milkshake.  Other people are sleeping.  You're waking us up."  (And when I said "us," I really meant me.)

Brooke appeared compliant.  "Sorry, Mommy."  She looked at me and smiled, "But, I was thirsty."

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  1. I had a request, from my 3 year old, for orange juice at 2 am.  It was denied :-)

  2. My twins often wake up in the night screaming ''his leg is on my side''! :)

  3. TheMomChefMarch 06, 2012

    I'm thinking that kids compare notes on this kind of stuff.

  4. Hahaha. We had a similar experience waking up to my son screaming Help in the most desperate way! My husband jumped up and rushed to find that Jackson was sitting on the toilet doing his business and couldn't get the lid of his yogurt off. Seriously!? And who eats yogurt whoever going poo? Oh kids. Hoe you were able to get back to sleep quickly!

  5. I think I woke up in the middle of the night once screaming for a milkshake.  But I was pregnant and therefore I shouldn't be held accountable for my actions.  I was denied also, if I remember correctly.

  6. danielletaylorMarch 06, 2012

    Oh this made me laugh so hard!  My 5 year old will also wake in the night for the silliest stuff.  My lovey fell, I need covered, I just wanted to give you a kiss.  We always have to talk about it the next morning and I have to remind her that she is old enough to pull the covers up herself, to pick up her lovey, or wait until waking hours to give mommy a kiss.

  7. Lol this is hilarious!! I was up all night with m girlies due to throwing up-ugh- I'll take the milkshake instead. ;-)

  8. This seems to be fact.  It's a conspiracy.


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