Last night the Girl wet the bed again for the first time in weeks. (This is why I don't use my kids real names BTW. In case you ever wondered.)
It's also the first time in weeks that I've completely forgotten to go in after she's asleep and give her an extra hug/jostle her around a bit.
She never wakes when I go in. But somehow, that I do makes all the difference in her sleep patterns, and keeps her from wetting the bed.
Odd don't you think? It makes me wonder what's happening in her little head.
I know the obvious answer. I've done the research. Bed wetting has to do with a combination of bladder size/strength, sleep cycles, plus a mysterious hormone/chemical that's thrown into the mix. We have lived with bed wetting for a long time. If there is something written about it, I probably own the book. So on some level, I know that when I go in I disturb her sleep cycles, perhaps knocking her out of deep sleep where she sometimes gets caught and into the other sleep cycles. That could be the difference.
Except, it doesn't seem to matter when I go in, so long as it's not after she's already wet, just that I do it. I can go in right after she's fallen asleep or several hours later. What matters is that I go in, and hug her, and move her around a bit and adjust her blankets. She claims to have no memory of any of these nighttime movements, though she frequently hugs back in her sleep.
So I'm back to, "What happens in my little Girl's head?"
Whatever it is, I'm glad the solution is a simple one. I may not understand why it works, but it's nice to know that there are some problems that can still be solved with a mommy or daddy hug. Even the unlikely ones. (The Boy is an entirely different story.)
I just hope I don't have to follow her to college and wake her up there too.