What do you think? Because I'm not sure. (Sorry, if it's long)
Sorry if this is really long..
Okay, my Little One just turned 2 but this all started in late june, he was about 18/19 months when it first happened..
I was at a family member's house swimming when it was time for LO to come home, he was with his dad, who sees him about 2 days out of the week. He was dropped off with me and everything seemed fine, he had just woke up from a nap and he had just ate (so he says). So I got him ready to go swimming with us. Again, everything was fine. I handed him to my Aunt and got in the pool (everything was still fine). She then handed him to me and I held him as I put him into the water.
That's when all hell broke loose! He started SCREAMING, I mean I've never heard him scream like this, my cousin's neighbor came outside to see what was going on! He also clung to me for dear life, I had what looked like claw marks on my neck and shoulder from where he was digging his nails into me. I got him to calm down but he still clung to me and I noticed he was shaking. The water wasn't cold and we were in the sun, I got out immediately after I notice this.
Once out of the water he was still clingy but calmed down soon after. He was acting fine, playing with toys and running around with a cousin about his age and he also had a little something to eat. Once he was acting like he normally does I decided that we would give the pool another try. We didn't even make it to the ladder, he saw me walking towards the pool and freaked out once again. After that I wasn't going to put him through it again so I turned around and walked away from the pool. I got his clothes and was changing him when he started crying and telling me "NO" about taking his swim trunks off. I thought it was weird but kept on taking his trunks off. I would normally say he was tired but they said he had just had a nap. Once I got his clothes on him, I called and ask about this strange behavior. He tells me he was fine with them and that they took him swimming at his brother's house and he got a little whiny but nothing to bad. Once again, so he says! You can't really believe much out of his mouth.
I went back outside after hanging up and LO seemed fine, like nothing had happened. When we got home that night, I put him in his room to play while I started his bath and once he heard that water running, his room is right across from the bathroom, he freaked out. he cried and screamed the whole time while he was in the water and when I got him dressed. He did that every bath time after that day. I of course called and asked if he acted this way with them when it's bath time over there, told me no.
He still to this day cries in the tub, not to bad, but when you lay him down, to wash his hair, is when the screaming starts!
He also, around the time this all began, started waking up at 2:00 am screaming, everynight, always at 2:00 am. Also, when you told him it was time to go to his other house he would cry and say "NO". It was so bad that even when he wasn't going over there and we told him it was time to leave or to get his coat on he would cry and tell us he didn't want to go. We had to tell him time and time again that he wasn't going there to even get him to put his coat on.
He started to settle down and he doesn't put up a fight with the whole leaving thing anymore but he's starting the waking up every night, screaming, thing again.
There was never any marks or anything on him and he acted normal except for bath time, when it was time to leave and the whole waking up every night so I didn't really read to much in to it then. I did keep an eye out for things. However it's starting again and this time I'm just not sure..
So my question is..... Are these signs of anything? The being terrified of water, waking up at the same time every night screaming and not wanting to leave?
They are starting again and if I over looked something last time, I sure don't want to do that again! Is this normal for kids to do? Has this happened to anyone else?