Micah has it.
It actually has been a problem that springs up sporadically for the last year. At first we did not understand why the wailing and screaming and crying, and thought it was nightmares, but he kept saying "painful", and grabbing his knees. We massaged him until he fell asleep again. But it was quite a few rounds before we got to sleep till daybreak.
The next time it happened, it was in the evening and he was not asleep yet, so it obviously was not a nightmare. So we consulted our doctor, and also another and they both told me the same thing. It's growing pains.
The first thought that hit me was the sit com we saw as a teenager (even that was rather vague).
Anyway, here's an extract of what I found out from here.
"Your 8-year-old son wakes up crying in the night complaining that his legs are throbbing. You rub them and soothe him as much as you can, but you're uncertain about whether to give him any medication or take him to the doctor.
Sound familiar? Your child is probably experiencing growing pains, a normal occurrence in about 25% to 40% of children. They generally strike during two periods: in early childhood, among 3- to 5-year-olds, and later on, in 8- to 12-year-olds.
What Causes Them?
No firm evidence exists to show that the growth of bones causes pain. The most likely causes are the aches and discomforts resulting from the jumping, climbing, and running that active children do during the day. The pains can occur after a child has had a particularly athletic day."
"athletic day"?!! Micah is like athletic everyday. No wonder...
So, due to Micah's growing pains and Max's occasional night feeds (reducing now) and bad dreams (this on the increase), Mommy has not slept through the night the last 4 years. I think I don't know what that's like anymore.
p/s- Just to refresh some of our memory, here's the Growing Pains we knew: