Post 602 Babysitting Nyah

2010 Feb 09 Last night my daughter called and asked if I could babysit Nyah from 8 to 11 p.m. This was my first time babysitting on my own as Marian was tired and hurting and in bed. Nyah was already in bed and asleep when I got there so I thought I would have a quiet night working on editing my book as I had brought my laptop with me. About 15 minutes after I got there, she woke up and began to cry. I watched and listened to her on the monitor and decided to leave her alone for a few minutes to see if she would go back to sleep.

After a few minutes, she wasn't settling down so I went upstairs to see what I could do. I tried giving her her soother and her blanket but she just shoved them away with her hands. I tried to rub her back but as soon as I touched her she shoved me away, rolled over, and cried even louder. I picked her up a couple of times but that too was futile as she also pushed me away. I put her back in her crib and decided to just leave her alone and let her cry as there was no soothing her and she didn't even seem conscious of me in a cognitive way. As she was crying, she continually rubbed her eyes as if there was something in them, but there wasn’t anything in her crib that would cause her any irritation. During the whole ordeal she cried and sobbed uncontrollably and only a couple of times did she even open her eyes to look at me, and I could tell that she didn't recognize me, or even the sound of my voice.

After about 15 minutes of her crying, I decided to go downstairs and call her mother but just as my foot touched the main floor, she stopped crying. I mean instantly! I watched her on the monitor and she only made a couple of whimpers before she went off to sleep.

My daughter told me later that she does that quite a bit and that all they can do is leave her alone. She also said that her cousin [4 years old] also does the same thing. I felt it was like she was having a dream [astral travel] and that she was upset by what she was seeing and experiencing, and that as soon as the problem was resolved, she stopped crying.

JR

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