It was Sunday night, we were all exhausted from jobs well done and the child had been read with and put to bed. Within 10 minutes, she was asleep.
V and I turned to adult discussions - which channel of mind-numb to set as background noise, what hour we had to sleep to ensure a good Monday morning, what our options were regarding entertainment until that hour.
'Salina emerged from her bedroom for a toilet stop. She does that - just gets up and goes in the middle of the night - so no drama, but a certain relief that some entertainment options had not been taken early.
'Salina then emerged from the toilet and went straight in to our room. Now we were greatly relieved - but perplexed. I went to investigage.
"Honey" I shook her awake, "'Salina darling, you need to sleep in your own bed."
She looked around and half sat up. I moved to take her into her own bed, and she rolled and snuggled in to the other side of the bed.
"'Salina" I shook her awake again, "Darling, you're in the wrong bed. Come on, into your own bed."
Again it was as if she woke - and gave me half a smile before rolling back away from me and cuddling up to the pillows.
"Come on 'Sa, stop playing games."
Again - I had woken her, she looked around in seeming surprise and moved as if to get out of bed - only to turn back our sheets and nestle down.
"'Salina Gina, out of our bed RIGHT NOW!! Stop messing with my mind." I said quite sternly.
Eventually (and believe me, the above conversation took a few more entries) I half-dragged her (she is too big for me to carry these days - sob) towards the door. As we passed the living room opening, apparently she pulled a rather clownish face at V before going straight towards the bathroom before I manhandled her into her room and bed. She was asleep before I tucked her in.
Of course, the sheer terror whether she was awake or asleep kyboshed any entertainment options that involved our bedroom, so we spent the time reconstructing and wondering what was she doing.
When I asked her this morning if she had gotten up during the night, 'Salina remembered nothing - and laughed uproariously at my rendition of the evening.
This is not the first incident where she has appeared awake in the middle of the night, but it was the most involved.
Should I freak out now, or just keep the video camera handy?