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