WOW that sounds totally familiar!! My son(16mo) wakes up at about 12 midnight and 2am, and he cries for me "mamaaa" it breaks my heart. I have to admit that I will try not to seem as if I heard him, for at least 5 minutes or so, to see if he will cry himself back to sleep. Most of the time he just keep crying....so I get out of bed pick him up, nurse him for a while and he sleeps the rest of the night with me. My Pediatrician says that this is the time for "night terrors" kind of waking nightmares. He isnt fully awake when he starts crying, so he is still dreaming. Once he wakes up fully, he is scared to go back to where he was just in case "it "comes back, and he feels he is safe in mama's arms. I suggest that you reassure him that you are still there and you will be in the next room and that nothing is going to hurt him, explain everything, just the sound of your voice might calm him. Good Luck.
at 4:42 AM on Dec. 20, 2009