Last night Madelyn stayed up really late after a nap in the living room floor at 5 pm so Chris and were working around the house and at around 9 I walked back to her bedroom to put away some clothes and hear a horrible rustling sound. It sounded like somebody or something was trying to come in the window or was in a closet or something...it was really scary. I went to get Chris who of course dismissed my craziness (I'm a little paranoid sometimes) until he walked back and heard it too. It was a big enough sound that he got the pistol and headed outside to check it out. Upon seeing nothing he walked around the house and heard a similar sound outside when the sprinklers hit the roof. Sweet, the noise is named.
Fast forward about an hour and a half and Madelyn is sleeping in our bed and I am putting away towels in the hall closet and I hear the noise again so I question Chris if the sprinkler is still on and it isn't. Crap! So we go back to the bedrooms to try to figure it out and realize that it's coming from INSIDE THE WALL! There is a critter nesting or something in the wall between my baby's room and the guest bedroom!
This explains so much. I hear all kinds of things going bump in the night and have just been chalking it up to my crazy. Then there are times when Madelyn will wake up and scream and run down the hall and sound absolutely terrified. Her normal wake up is more whiney and wimpery and we go give her a snuggle and she goes back to sleep in her bed, so the screaming and crying are obviously times that she hears the critter and thinks something is going to get her. I feel so bad. I don't want my baby to be afraid...especially since it's justified because it really did sound like something was coming through the wall.
Needless to say she will be in our bed until said critter finds a new home...or no longer needs a home.