March 7, 2013

Golden-Haired Sleep-Laughing Boy

Owen did something last night that he hasn't done for months.

Beth and I were sitting in the living room, contemplating just what to do with the rest of the evening after having put our temporarily surly daughter to bed. Out of nowhere, we heard the sound of laughter. Not just regular giggling. No, balls-to-the-wall howling like someone had heard the best joke ever told while tickling his armpits and burping wildly.

It was Owen engaging in his old habit of sleep-laughing.

This used to happen far more often. A couple of days a week, an hour after Owen fell asleep, we'd hear him erupt in laughter. We'd visit his room and he'd clearly be 100% sound asleep, laughing his little white butt off. His eyes would open occasionally but he'd lapse into laughter again, still asleep. Some nights it would last for a minute or two, other nights fifteen minutes. The problem was it was contagious. We wouldn't laugh in our sleep, no, but we would crack up right alongside our sleep-laughing boy.

I'd almost forgotten about it until our golden-haired boy began howling in his sleep last night, smile on his face. I've got to think we're doing something right with the kid if he laughs in his sleep.

Posted by Chris at March 7, 2013 7:22 AM

My husband does this and it Creeps. Me. Out. Nothing is scarier than being jolted awake by the sound of gut-busting laughter at 1 AM. But I eventually I join in because, come on, how can one not laugh along with someone laughing in their sleep?

Posted by: Lovey at March 7, 2013 1:08 PM

Awesome. That is much better than someone who sleeps with their eyes open. That creeps me out big time. :)

Posted by: J at March 7, 2013 1:36 PM

Better than night terrors by a LOT. And it's all the meat you let him eat. ;)

Seriously, though, that's adorable until it wakes you up over and over. Hee hee.

Posted by: alektra at March 7, 2013 1:39 PM

That's cute. It'd probably be less cute if it were your bed partner doing it, but I can see how it's contagious. According to my husband, I talk and scream in my sleep. Laughing sounds like a lot more fun for everyone involved.

Posted by: Fraulein N at March 7, 2013 3:48 PM

How great! Have you ever recorded it?

Posted by: Heather at March 8, 2013 7:43 AM

I love this. My son did this and I always thought "Must be doing something right." It's awesome.

Posted by: That Girl at March 9, 2013 10:06 PM