Has anyone else's child been negatively affected by a 'nice' children's story book?
I'm starting to wonder if a particular book is causing my child to wake up!
Last night was a NIGHTMARE. My 4yr old DS woke every hour from 10pm, cried every time, wouldn't say what was upsetting him, did the usual scream, cry, kick, says he's stuck, first had a sore leg, then sore stomach, then sore chin. Wanted to be picked up and cuddled every time. Settle back down, wake up an hour later and repeat. The.whole.night.
I bought his brother a book called 'by the light of the moon', a seemingly harmless story book about mother mouse and baby mouse. Basically mother mouse puts baby mouse into his bed, only to be told by mole that it's not a safe bed, she moves him underground to a new bed, baby mouse can't sleep, so an owl tells her too be baby mouse to a nest, she carries baby mouse to a best, tucks him in, baby mouse gets scared, duck tells mother mouse to move him to a bed of reeds, again, baby mouse doesn't like his new bed, so mother mouse again picks him up and moves him.
It's a sweet book and used to be my favourite, but I'm starting to think my child is almost acting out the scenes of the book, with wanting me to pick him up, asking to sleep in a different bed at times, the constant waking etc.
Tonight is night 3 in a row of this behaviours, and he insists that I read this book to him before bed, he then reads it back to me.
I cannot think of any other reason why he is waking, I've thought through everything, I mean, yes we have had a lot going on lately, and some of the things may have upset him or unsettled him, but this waking every hour is NOT normal. He's been through very rough sleep patches in the past but this is by far the worst.
Do you think it may be this book which is causing him to wake so much? It seems awfully similar. I only made the connection tonight...
Am I crazy to think it could be the reason?