Last week Kylie woke up, and had some scratches on her upper thigh… maybe two or three inches from her diaper. She was at my parents house the night before, so I wasn’t sure if she’d done it then or in her sleep. I knew it was her: paper thin cuts, the exact markings form baby nails. It healed in a few days.
Well. This morning my lovely baby woke up with a massive (relative, of course, to baby thighs) red spot in the same place. Child clawed the mess out of her thigh in her sleep. Her nails are pretty short and dull right now, unlike the last time, so it’s just really red and rough. It’s so sad.
She gave me no trouble at bedtime last night. I just put her in her crib, and she put her bear in a headlock. She made no sound. Not one cry.
I hate to put pants on her to sleep because she gets so incredibly hot. I mean… I put the lightest, most breathable baby pajamas I can find on her and she wakes up in the middle of the night, screaming and drenched in sweat. T-shirt and diaper have become our nighttime norm.
Why is my child suddenly into self mutilation?