She Gets It From HIS Side Of The Family

Watching my daughter turn 17 this past week, I realize she has developed a lot of the same characteristics as I possess (all GOOD traits, needless to say).


An affinity for technology.

A love of animals.

The pleasure of reading.

To name a few.

Unfortunately, she has also inherited a certain er, let's call it "idiosyncrasy" from hubby's side of the family.

Yes. Good characteristics from me. Idiosyncrasies from him. My blog. My opinion.

It's something that I had suspected for awhile now, but the events of the other night simply confirmed it:

0100: Being the weekend, the entire family hit the sack quite late.

0215: Because I am a notoriously light sleeper and/or the "Mom Instinct" kicked in, I awoke when daughter got up to use the bathroom. Fearing the flu had hit yet again, I heard her shuffling around in the medicine cabinet.

0230: Seemingly fine, she returned to her bedroom for the rest of the night.

Sometime later I finally drifted back to sleep, reassured she was okay.

In the morning I was already awake (and yes, at the laptop blogging as usual) when daughter emerged from her room looking confused. She told me she remembered taking out her contacts before bed last night, but when she got up, they were back in again.

She had no memory of getting up in the middle of the night.

She had no memory of putting in her contacts.

She had no memory of placing all her supplies back in perfect order in the medicine cabinet.

Yup. She was sleepwalking last night.

So when hubby finally awoke, I blamed him. For you see, his mother has often recited stories of family sleepwalkers.

Thanks dear. Thanks so much for that contribution to the gene pool.

But noting how meticulous she was, I can't help but think it's really a shame she doesn't clean her room in her sleep...

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Anonymous said...

LOL!, I always blame the oddities in my daughters on their fathers genetics. I know for a fact that all of the good stuff came from my side.

Nora said...

Ha, ha! I used to be a sleep walker as a kid and then did it again for a while as an adult and got food to eat from the kitchen, which I then found half eaten in the bed in the morning. Lots of crumbs in the bed and an unbelieving husband. Luckily, I am over that now.

Kathy said...

Sleep walking is one of those things I find fascinating and a wee bit frightening. Hmmm, I wonder if she saw her dreams any clearer ... ?

Cupcake Blonde said...

Oh I do this. I used to get up and get totally dressed for school and be walking out the back door for the 3 AM. I kept my mom on her toes. Now my husband gets to deal with my nighttime wanderings. Elevated when I am stressed which is all the time nowadays. Lucky him.

ShannanB said...

That is crazy. I've never known anyone who sleptwalk. Does it make you nervous?

Karen MEG said...

Wow, that is amazing! My friend's 6 year old sleep walks and she's a bit freaked out by it. He usually goes to the washroom in his sleep (ie. thinks he's made it to the toilet, but doesn't really). She's had to lead him to the washroom when she catches him sleepwalking so she doesn't have a big mess in the morning everytime he's sleepwalking!

Heather said...

That's hilarious! I used to sleepwalk when I was a kid, but I don't think I ever did anything like that...just wondered around the house and freaked my mom (also a light sleeper) out when she found me standing in the middle of a room in the middle of the night. LOL

ksd said...

I've always said all the good stuff comes from my side and all the annoying pain-in-the-neck stuff comes from hubby's side! We've experienced night-terrors but never sleep walking.

Maureen said...

JT: So it's not just me? Good....

Nora: I do hope she outgrows it too. However, I have to laugh at the image of half-eaten food in your bed!

Kathy: I'll have to ask her!

Vegas Princess: That's just like what she was doing; I think she thought it was morning and she was getting ready for school! Weird.

ShannanB: No, I'm not nervous... but I am going to make sure I pay more attention when I hear her get up in the middle of the night!

Karen Meg: Yikes! Thank goodness THAT doesn't happen!!

Heather: Yeah, that WOULD be freaky; especially in the middle of the night!

KSD: Luckily, this is a rare thing; and thank goodness no screaming!

Phoenix5 said...

That was hilarious! I had to share it with Mrs. Phoenix... and I read it verbatim from your post. She laughed as hard as I did! Your writing never ceases to entertain me! I've never understood why people think the good traits come from the mother's side and the bad stuff comes from the dad's... I gave MY kids all kinds of good traits! ;-)

Jill said...

Oh man - I wish ****I**** could learn to clean in my sleep!!!!!!! Putting in contacts doesn't seem nearly as practical, but..y'know...guess she was ready freddy in the morning!!!!

toners said...

Oh, I'm with you there...I'm sure there must be some scientific research (or non-scientific would work here too) to prove your theory. It's true in my family too! Maybe it's genetic...good traits from mom; not-so-good traits from dad :)

Pandora Wilde said...

Hm, I would think sleep-cleaning would be kind of cool. Your house is clean but since you don't remember doing it, it sort of feels like you had a maid come in and do it.

JD at I Do Things said...

Sleep-contact-inserting seems an especially cool "idiosyncracy." Did she get each one in the correct eyeball?

I'd feel gypped if I awoke to discover I'd been sleep-cleaning. To really feel the satisfaction the job, I must remember doing it!

JD at I Do Things

Stephanie said...

You too?? I would stake money that my daughter's bad habits all come from my hubby's side of the family. How odd to meet someone with the same problem as me! Ha!
Wow...I think I'd be hoping she'd do my whole house! Talk about paying attention to detail!

Momo Fali said...

That is the most well-organized medicine cabinet I've ever seen! Tell her to sleep walk over here and get to cleaning!

Ed & Jeanne said...

That's an opportunity knocking! I say put that sleepwalking to good use...leave the vacuum out!

Creative-Type Dad said...

I thought sleepwalking only happened in the movies or on cartoons.

It's a strange thing

Canadian flake said...

holy hanna...I have always worried about that happening with my gremlins too. Isn't it funny that it was her contacts she had to put in?? LOL

Maureen said...

Phoenix5: Ha! Let's hear from your wife first about that ... ;)

Jill: It was so funny, really... she comes out of her room wondering why the heck she could see so well, as they are strong prescriptions so it is easy for her to tell when they are in!

Toners: Agreed. Wholeheartedly. But we would have to make sure the research is conducted by WOMEN not men. ;)

Pand0ra Wilde: Yeah! Especially if my daughter did it for me!

JD: Yes, she put them in perfectly. And I try to forget cleaning whenever humanly possible...

Stephanie: Ha! See? I do believe in my non-scientific poll that the wives win by a landslide; we DO pass on the good qualities in our kids.

Momo Fali: I'll pass it on, but don't hold your breath. I'm still waiting for that miracle in her own room...

VE: Ha! If I left the vacuum out, hubby would be sure to trip over it, not knowing what the heck that contraption was...

Creative-Type Dad: Nope, it happens IRL too... as long as she doesn't grab the car keys in the middle of the night, I can deal with it.

Canadian Flake: I know! We were dying laughing in the morning. It was weird, but oh so funny at the same time. Of course I had to ask her permission to blog about it!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Too funny!

My son Austin is a sleepwalker. We often have to corral him back to bed when we find him wandering around in the middle of the night. When he was very little (around 4) we had to be really quick because he would think various things were the toilet, and we'd often find him with his pants down getting ready to pee in the garbage, or flower pot, or toy box.

Bruce Johnson said...

I think the courts have ruled that you can't be held liable for anything you do while sleep walking......hope she dosen't become a serial killer or a burglar.

Maureen said...

Jeff: Oh Yikes!!!! I'll take putting in contacts over random midnight peeing anyday!!

Lotus07: Um hope not. But now I'm starting to worry about you...

Lady Banana: Yeah, it was unique all right!!!

Ann(ie) said...

How funny!! I knew someone who would get up and eat everything in the fridge in the middle of the night and remember nothing. I also have been told I sleepwalk from time to time. Matt said one night I got up and sat on the nightstand and stayed there a while. hehe. I wish I'd clean in my sleep, too!

Maureen said...

Ha! Annie! That would have been priceless to see. Now, if he was a blogger, he would have taken your picture.... ;)

Which reminds me, I think I'll need to keep the camera at the ready the next time daughter gets up in the night!

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