Night Confusion: noun. The state of mind of a child that wakes up only partially.
Read part I here.
12:45 am. I felt like I had just fallen asleep, and actually, that wasn't too far from the truth. I was woken up by the sound of Philosopher Child making his way to the living room. Understand, Philosopher Child doesn't have that great of a concept of time if the sun is not up, and so will get up in the middle of the night and think it is morning, or get up while it is morning but still dark and think it is night.
I popped out of bed, saying, "No, no, no, no," meaning, of course, that it is the middle of the night and he should go back to bed. I met him in the hall.
"But I had a scary dream!" he said. "There was a polka-dot alien ship!"
Excuse me? Polka-dot alien ship? Did I hear that right? And something about the window.
Exhausted, I told him to go back to bed, but then he said something that surprised me and I'm sure freaked him out.
"You just said the same thing you said in my dream! The 'No, no, no, no.'"
Great. Now I'm having to tell them no so much it is getting in their dreams.