I Saw REAL Paranormal Activity on My Baby's Video Monitor

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Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you. I'm not the type of person who believes in "ghost stories." Or who's superstitious. Or who reads my horoscope. Ever. I'm more a person of logic. And although I certainly think there's something beyond the right here, right now, I just don't think it works that way. That way, of course, being shows like Paranormal State and Ghost Hunters.

But last Friday, everything I thought I knew was challenged. And I just might be a convert now.

I was sitting on the couch, zoning out to 20/20, surely watching something about how a wife allegedly murdered her husband, or how a husband allegedly murdered his wife. My own husband was sitting beside me and had fallen asleep. My 6-month-old daughter, who I had put to bed a good 2 1/2 hours earlier, was upstairs in her room sleeping as well. All was peaceful.

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Now, before I get into the "scary" part of my story, I should tell you. Currently, my husband, baby, and I are staying with my father. The lease on our (one-bedroom) apartment was up, and we decided we wanted to move into a house, so while we save up, we're living with my dad. Also, my mother, whom I was very close with, died 2 1/2 years ago. Since she's passed, I really haven't had any "contact" with her. There have been moments here and there, where I thought I spotted a rainbow and then didn't, or thought I quickly felt her presence. But nothing particularly note-worthy. Also, might be worth mentioning, I'm the only person in my immediate family who hasn't visited a medium to try to contact her. Because to me, it kinda seems like a scam.

Anyway, I'm sitting there, half-watching this show, half-thinking about how I want one of those not-very-tasty vegan cookies I bought earlier, when it happened. I hear my daughter's mobile.

Now, I don't know how many of you out there have video monitors for your children, but let me say this: They're terrifying looking. The way the image appears when in "night-vision" looks exactly like the Paranormal Activity cameras, and every once in a while, it'll even do that buzz/flicker thing that makes it even more scary.

At first, it doesn't register. Like most parents, I've learned to overlook certain noises -- the mobile being one of them, as it's never been cause for alarm. It wasn't until after a few moments that I realize what the hell is happening. The video monitor is next to me, but it's facing the opposite way. When I realize what I'm hearing, I grab it and slowly turn it around. And I see it.

My daughter is peacefully sleeping in her crib, but the sea-themed mobile above her is going around and around and around, as if I had just wound it up. Children's music, plus Paranormal Activity-looking monitor = No thanks.

"The f**k?" I say, and I wake up my husband.

"Look! Look what's going on! Her mobile is spinning!"

My husband, who, like most husbands, really isn't scared of much, widens his eyes and then looks at me and sort of nervously smirks.

"That's pretty freaky," he says.

"Go up!" I tell him.

So, he goes upstairs, and I follow him. We enter my daughter's room -- which didn't feel "weird" or like their were "bad vibes" present -- and he tries to stop the mobile, which is 100 percent manual (you have to crank it). And he can't. He tries doing the fast-spin move, but the thing just keeps on turning and singing. Brahm's lullaby. Do-do-doo ... do-do-doo ... do-do-DO-do-do-do-do ... Finally, he removes the entire mobile from the baby's crib, and as soon as we leave her room, it stops.

I know.

It wasn't until a little while later (after I got un-freaked out) that it dawned on me. That very well could have been my mother. After all, we're in her house. Perhaps she was just "playing" with her grand-daughter, whom I know she loves very much. (Side note: The next morning, my dog kept staring at my mother's picture, and barking and wagging his tail.) Or maybe it was something else? Something more logical -- like a broken mobile? (Although, the mobile is fine now.) In this case -- I'm choosing to believe it was my mother. Because, well, I want to.

However. That said, I do have this message for my sweet and amazing mother, who knows me so well: Mom. You know I love you. And am thrilled to have you around in any way you choose to manifest. But would it have been so hard to not do the scary children's music thing and the freaky monitor? That was insane!

Have you ever had any supernatural encounters?

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nonmember avatar Jessi

My grandfather had one of those handheld digital slot machines that he'd play with while watching his shows, there was no off switch it just shutdown with inactivity. After he passed it was one of the possessions that my mother wanted to keep as a memory. One afternoon, a few weeks after his passing we're sitting in the living room when we hear the dinging of the slot machine which happened to be laying on a table in the next room. My mom got up and checked it out, the screen blinked and turned off. She assumed the cat must have walked over it so she stuck it in a drawer. A few days later the same thing happened. -ding ding ding- we checked on it and sure enough it was playing by itself. My mom removed the batteries flipped it over and to our surprise it continued to play. We turned off the volume and let it sit without the batteries assuming perhaps it had an internal back up power source of sorts. It took three days for the screen to finally darken.

morga... morgani6904

Unfortunately, I've had way more than I can count. It happens all the time to me. I see "things" all the time. It's in no way freaky, though. I've learned to live with it. My mother died almost 15 years ago and I've seen her many times since then. My best friend died a little over two years ago. The night he died, he made sure he smacked me on his way out of this world. Stuff in my house gets misplaced or disappears. It turns up eventually, but still. My husband doesn't believe me, but I've seen his grandfather since he passed last year. I think it helps to keep an open mind when it comes to stuff like this.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

That gave me goosebumps! My dads house had a ghost.... it would turn off and on lights on occassion, open the basement door if it was closed, messed with pictures by turning them just enough to drive a person crazy enough to fix it then they would unstraighten them. I had a dream about my MIL after she passed away that was sooooo real i still felt the big hug she was giving me when i woke up. I dont feel ghosts will hurt ya but i dont feel they r very real lol.

nonmember avatar Jessi

Oh one more, my fiance's mother had passed in January 2011. He and I began dating in March 2011. One night in May while spending the night at his place we got into a bit of a disagreement and bickered before bed. Around 2am I happened to wake up with the feeling that someone was watching me. I look up and his mother, who I've never met is standing on my fiance's side of the bed looking down at him as he slept. She smiled and spoke softly saying that he didn't mean it (presumably referring to our disagreement that had occurred earlier in the evening) and that he's a good boy and to treat him right. I layed awake for hours mostly out of fear until I finally fell asleep. Around 6 am I shot up out of bed and coward in the corner, back pressed against the wall with wide eyes, skin covered in goosebumps. Wondering 'Was it a dream?' It couldn't have been. Like I said, I'd never met this woman. Weeks later we happened to be watching old home movies with his family when I heard her voice on camera. That was it! It was her. The exact same voice! The blood drained from my face and I just sat there stunned.

Lauren Woodley

Jessi, that last story really creeped me out!! :)

Letitia Parsons

My dad passed away in 2008. A couple of days after his passing, I was sitting at Mom's doing laundry, and thinking about Dad. I started hearing their cat meowing upstairs, and the next thing I know, he came trotting down the stairs with something in his mouth. He dropped the item at my feet. It was a heart shaped photo frame with a picture of my dad when he was a child. I always felt that was a sign from Dad letting me know he was with me.

the4m... the4mutts

Idk what I believe as far as ghosts & the paranormal, but, author, this was very well written and even a bit cute. Good job!

Melis... Melissa1508

Wow.  Sometimes I think I believe and sometimes I don't.  When my oldest daughter was a baby we had a toy in her bedroom that had to be touch activated to work.  I was sitting next to her in her bassinette (in my room) one day and for some reason the baby monitor was still on.  I hear the toy over the monitor and when I go into her room the thing is playing.  She and I were the only two in the house and she was 8 months old, not even walking yet.  Something made that toy start working!  Just saying.  :)

kelti... kelticmom

My husband's dad passed away when he was 15. It was really hard on him and he took it out on his mom a lot. One night he was being really disrespectful and called his mom a bitch as he was storming up the stairs. Suddenly he felt someone grab his ankle and it made him stumble. He looked behind him, but there was no one there. Later that night, he went downstairs to get something to eat, and when he walked into the kitchen, his dad was sitting at the table. He told him to sit down and then had a long talk with him about how he was the man of the house and he needed to treat his mother with respect, etc. The next morning he thought it was all a dream, until he went back down to the kitchen and the chair his dad had been sitting in was pulled out from the table and his favorite coffee mug was sitting there!

BeckyP. BeckyP.

When my son was about 8 months old, he was napping in his crib and I started hearing childrens voices whispering over the monitor. I rushed upstairs and he was sound asleep. It was pretty creepy.

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