So the last couple of nights have been rough at our house. We are awakened by the sound of our son's shrieking voice, screaming. He's still asleep although he calls for us and then pushes us away and then calls for us again, all with his eyes closed. And then he quiets down immediately and snores. And then he starts thrashing and screaming again. We're told that these are the dreaded night terrors, and that they are typical of two year olds. Greaaaat. (Why is it that most "typical" behaviors are always hard on the parents?). The episodes, I am told, typically last anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour, and we're told it's best not to wake him up but rather just let him ride it out. This is a difficult thing for me and my husband to do; we want to pick him up and hold him and tell him it's going to be ok. The one bonus is that halfway through his night terror episode, he gets the urge to hug me super duper tightly in a huge long hug, which I just love. But of course then he goes back to screaming.
Has anyone else experienced night terrors with their kids? If so, I'm just curious what, if anything, you did and how long they lasted (a week? a month?).