This is not something that has dramatically happened to me, it's not something that is scary or threatening and in truth, it may not even be anything at all, but I am interested in everyone's views and thoughts. Now, I would like to think myself as level headed and rational in all walks of life, not just anything you could class as 'paranormal', so I actively encourage suggestions to debunk things.
Anyway, myself, my wife Gem, and my then 6 month old daughter, moved into our current 2 bedroom semi detached house in December 2013. The house is reasonably small, to what you could call a standard 2 up, 2 down layout. Even though it's small, it is the first house we have owned, which to us makes it a proper home, and special. We are not gifted, in tune, or claim to be anything special when it comes to sensing things or having any experiences, and as I have said previously, Gem really is not interested in anything paranormal as I think it basically scares her. This is her decision, which I respect, so I have not discussed things with her in depth.
Since the day we moved in, I have noticed small things about the house. These things are small, but are big enough to be noticed or get my attention. The first was the smell of tobacco smoke in the kitchen. This was not just a brief fleeting smell of perhaps a relic of previous owners, but a strong smell like someone has just sparked up in the same room. And as soon as it is there, it disappears. Neither of us smoke, and I certainly hoped the baby hadn't started. It was enough for me to call to Gem to come to see if she could smell it, she came in, and briefly caught the smell before it dissipated. Straightway I looked to the doors and windows, both closed. I check the laundry bin, no smoke covered clothes. The only thing I think it could be is the neighbor smoking in her house, and perhaps the smell has traveled into our house somehow. Hmmm perhaps.
OK, fast forward a few months, the smoke smell comes and goes, but I think I could have that figured. The door handles on the upstairs rooms are spring loaded, and as I'm sure many do, make a squeaky sound when the handle is pulled down. Not a problem really, apart from in the dead of night, this sound seems to be amplified ten fold, and I found it enough to disturb a sleeping child as I went to check on her before turning in myself. This is something made worse when this squeaky sound would carry on on my daughter's door well after I had gone to bed. It was enough to wake me, and would repeat enough for me to walk around in the dark, with my ears trying to pin point the cause. Once I found it, I had the light on, watching as the handle would not move, put I could hear the squeak of the internal springs every few minute or so. It was almost like someone was putting the smallest amount of pressure on the handle, just until the squeak started, then would let go. So as i'm sat there staring at a door handle, my mind is flicking through possible causes, 'perhaps the floor is not level, and the door is subsided and this is putting pressure on the handle'.'no, that would cause this to happen 24/7 surely'. 'maybe the spring inside has stretched from use, and is slowly attempting to return to its original size'.'yeah that's it'. So, the next day, I remove all the upstairs handles, and cover the innards with WD40, and replace, not a squeak to be heard, problem solved. A short time later, in the same circumstances, I am awoken to the sound of what can only be describes as a quick thud. And once again, I find myself staring at my daughter's bedroom door in the middle of the night, only this time, the handle appears to be pushed down the smallest amount, and then let go, causing the handle to flick back up and cause a sound. Don't get me wrong, it was moving the smallest amount, but still enough to cause a sound. This I find difficult to explain... Finally settling upon the handle must be worn inside and somehow the spring is tight and pulling the handle down. Was I reaching too much? In any event, I needed to swap it with a different, lesser used handle as the sound was irritating me. I did this with one off a door down stairs, and i'm pleased to say it cured the problem, on both handles. I have to say I have been paying close attention to the culprit handle, and I have never seen or heard it move since.
Roughly a few month later, I am putting washing away in our bedroom around late evening, when Gem screams upstairs for me to check G (our daughter) quickly. Which I duly do as fast as I can as she was panicked. I find her peacefully asleep in her bed. I obviously went to see what the problem was when Gem tells me she heard a soothing 'shhhhhh' sound coming from the baby monitor (we have a Motorola camera one) If Gem says she heard it, then she did, I will never question this. She says she heard it gradually get louder, and initially thought it was me until she heard me closing draws in our room. She looked at the picture and saw nothing which is when she yelled for me. I attempted to explain this away as perhaps crossed signal. This was enough to put Gem at ease. But I have this niggling feeling growing.
Now, fast forward to March time of this year, G is now nearly 3, and is walking, talking and generally turning into a beautiful little girl. I am sat downstairs in the living room, Gem is at work, and G is looking for trouble in the kitchen. She comes into the front room and closes the baby gate behind her, she does this to tease the dog. She turned to me and says in the calmest of voices.'where did she go?', I look at her with a quizzed expression, asking 'who darlin'?' to which she replies 'blonde mammy'. First of all, Gem is, and always has been brunette, so as before my mind starts searching, so I figure ask her. So I say, 'who is blonde mammy?' 'what does she look like?'...she gave away nothing, just asked to watch something on TV. I have even asked since, but she never says anything. I think maybe she was playing a game and briefly included me? Or one of her dolls is mammy doll? I have no idea, but it was so unexpected, and so out of character while playing, she normally asks that when someone physical leaves the room.
On 3rd June, we welcomed a second daughter to the family, and after a few complications, Gem and Em came home. Anyone with kids will know the dreaded 'night shift'...myself and Gem decided to house Em downstairs and we would take it in turns (one on, one off) to sleep on the sofa while the other got a night sleep, plus we were next to the kitchen and it just made sense. And it worked. While I was on shift (as it were) there has been at least 4 occasions I have been asleep between the 3 hour feeds when I have been physically pushed, albeit gently, just enough to bring me to conscious, each time just as Em is starting to wriggle for her bottle. This shake is like someone pushing down sharply with a hand at the top of each or my arms. I know I was not fully conscious, and perhaps it could have been a jolt as Em let out a cry, but it felt like a push. I have mentioned it to Gem, but she says she has never experienced it. Around 3 weeks ago, Gem's parents did the night shift on a Saturday night, which meant we could both sleep. In the morning, around 6 am, I woke up naturally. I was lying on my side, with my back to the door facing an already awake Gem. I was awake, but half asleep, I know this, and (Gems account) I looked at her and simply said, 'he's stood behind me'. I remember saying this, and I remember feeling a guy was stood at the door looking at us both in bed. I got no negative or positive vibe, or any feeling really, but I felt the need to tell Gem. As you can imagine, she freaked, and told me not to scare her because I know she does not like it etc. I think perhaps I was still partly dreaming maybe.
OK, nearly up to date, 3 nights ago, after Gem had put G to bed (approx. 7.30pm) she came down stairs and asked me what I had said. Again my quizzical look, she asked what was I saying over the monitor whilst she was reading stories to G, she said they could hear me but not hear properly. I had said nothing, I was just getting on with chores etc. Again, I have tried to explain this away as crossed signals, but even Gem is not sure on this one.
This could be totally not relevant at all, but ever since day one at this house, I have had to shut the door leading from the living room to the stairs before I come to bed, and if I forget, I won't be able to rest until its done. I know you should shut doors anyway as a fire prevention method, but I have never done it before at any house, doors open or closed, it makes no difference to me. I was thinking about this the other night, and perhaps its something I did which has become OCD, but I just get the feeling it needs to be shut or else. There is no other way to explain it.
In summary, I am no trying to elude to a haunting, or anything of the sort, I would just like people's opinions as maybe it is something I have not thought of, or maybe someone experiences similar happenings. Things do not happen every night, but it has happened enough to get my attention.
Anyway, thanks for reading.