Hello. My name is Abby. I'm eight years old and I was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when I turned two. My parents work hard to help me make sense of the world around me and this blog is meant to help others understand my world and my journey with Rett Syndrome.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Laughing is better than crying, but...


sleeping is even better than laughing (in the middle of the night, anyway). I love to hear her laugh, but I don't love this laugh as much as her real laugh.  This laugh is the anxiety laugh.  It happened first when we gave her Claritin when she was 2. We thought the meds would make her drowsy.  It didn't.  It made her laugh hysterically for hours.  It was funny, but really weird.  She was out of control.  Since then, she has nighttime laughing a lot.  Most nights she wakes up laughing once or twice, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes up to an hour.  I guess this is a Rett thing.  She is in her room in the dark in the middle of the night laughing hysterically.  I like to hear her laugh, I really do.  We've had lots of nights of crying, and this is definitely better, but I would rather she be sleeping peacefully.  Better yet, if she is laughing, I want to know what is so funny.  Then, I could laugh too.


  1. have to admit, love that you posted this video. she sounds a ton like leah! these two girlies need to meet!

  2. avery hasnt done this in so long, until last night! 4:26am. I went in and she just lost it in laughter.

  3. She is so adorable! That is exactly what Reagan's "Rett laugh" sounds like and to be honest, it always bothers me a little. I know it's not her genuine laugh either but I will also still take it over the crying!

  4. Really? Laughing in the night is a Rett thing? I thought it was only my little girl... and yes, this is better than the screaming/crying at 4 am that Melia seems to do every. single. night!

    She's beautiful!

  5. oh my she sounds like Cristia Isabel!