When Lydia was younger (and sometimes still) she used to have regular nightmares about some type of bug or animal being in her bed. One night we heard her screaming (screaming) and ran in to find her leaping to the ground in an all-out panic and wailing, "There's a dog in my bed!!" with a terror in her eyes that let us know her dream was 100% reality to her. Similar scenarios repeated over the course of months (years?); spiders, ants, snakes, you name it.
None of our older children ever had recurring nightmares (though Emma had incoherent night-terrors for years when she was little). But for some reason Afton has begun to have the exact same creature-in-the-bed scary dreams that Lydia had. Afton often wakes up repeatedly for a few hours, each time convinced that she has a visitor in her bed, sobbing and pointing out where she saw them.
Last night Afton dreamed about mice, fish, crabs (we were at the beach...more on that later!), spiders, then mice again. It was a long night.