Do you enjoy watching your child sleep?

United States
September 16, 2009 10:48am CST
I always hear how kids look like angels while sleeping,and I agree. But I do not enjoy watching my daughter sleep,and here is why. Every night when I put my daughter to bed I HAVE to sit and watch her for 30 minutes. She has epilepsy and every time she has had a seizure has been with the first 30 minutes of her falling asleep. So I do not enjoy this at all. I have to wait basically face to face with her as some are so mild you barely notice. I have her pill in hand to help stop it and a phone in case I have to call 911 again. Then after the 30 minutes have passed I spend most of the rest of the night double checking her to make sure she is ok. She is 6 and I still use a baby monitor so I can hear her breathing,yes a bit insane I admit but this is my life. So do you enjoy watching your child sleep? I love my daughter and she is so beautiful and she looks like an angel no doubt when she sleeps but the stress or waiting for a seizure to come or not kind of ruins the moment for me.
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• India
17 Sep 09
Nice to Watch A Small Child Going to Sleep .. - It IS A Nice Feeling ..
Oh ... I Am Really Sorry to Hear About your Daughter .. Wish Your Family Get All That A Normal Family Is Entitled To Have .. As For Watching Children When They Are Asleep I Do Enjoy Watching them .. They Are So Lovely, Innocent, Naughty .. Before I Finish Watching Them I Am Fast Asleep .. Wish Your Family The Very Best ..
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Oh yes naughty at times no doubt. I guess I can try to find comfort and enjoyment while she sleeps after the fear passes but these times are few and far between.
• India
19 Sep 09
Hope Is Something We Have to keep to Overcome Any Adversary In Life .. Don't Loose Hope You Have Everyone's Best Wishes .. I Pray And Wish That You Find Your Happiness, God Bless You ..
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• Bulgaria
16 Sep 09
Im really sorry about ur daughter`s condition , and i guess under some circumstances like yours it just cant be enjoyable to watch it... I hope it gets better tho , and she doesnt have any more serious problems
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• United States
16 Sep 09
Thank you. I hope the same things but she may grow out of them or she may not. And maybe one day if they do stop I can enjoy watching her sleep.
• Bulgaria
16 Sep 09
Well i believe she will get better :) With a good amount of hope , anything is more likely to happen in a good way :) Stay strong :P
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• China
12 Oct 09
hi,babyangie27 ,I am sorry to hear that ,I can see from the article , you love your daugter very much ,I admire you,athough I have no child now ,I can understand your feeling .every night you are in combat ,you worried that what would be happened to you daughter,and I think ,after 30 minutes you looked at your daughter to sleep safely ,at this time you must be very happy. my friend.
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• United States
12 Oct 09
Yes after that 30 minutes of panic and waiting I do enjoy a small bit of time watching her sleep. I have noticed this more each night.
@samson1967 (7422)
• India
12 Oct 09
Oh yes, I enjoy and admire the sleeping children, they look like angels when they are asleep.
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• United States
12 Oct 09
Yes they do look like angels this I don't deny. However it is stressful when I watch my daughter sleep as I never know when a seizure is coming.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Oct 09
They do look like angels when they're sleeping, don't they? (stalking old discussions since we can't reply to new ones)
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• United States
12 Oct 09
well at least some are being protective lol I have been in the ER this weekend and then trying to do other sites since this one is like a ghost town.
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@vinslounge (1297)
• India
9 Oct 09
Hi. I love to watch a child sleep but I feel very sad and sorry for you. Sometimes certain undigestable things like this occur and we need to bear with it. The best thing I could do is to pray to god on behalf of you to cure her or reduce the intensity of her epilepsy. Trust In God. God Is Great. May Lord Ganesha save your daughter.
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• United States
9 Oct 09
Thank you for your prayers and kindness and I pray all the time that Jesus will heal her as well.
@xannebull (1806)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
yeah i do, that's my favorite part, watching them while sleeping . after long hours of playing and being naughty around, when they fell asleep everything is quiet and they sleep like little angels.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Yes before my daughter seizures returned I enjoyed watching her sleep very much. I long for those days no.
17 Sep 09
I am deeply sorry for this, my heart goes out to you. But, in response to your question, I do enjoy watching my children sleep. They are now 10 and 12 but before I go to bed/in my room, I check each one of them to make sure they are well-covered, are on the middle of the bed and the like and often, I just look at them sleeping for a few minutes. It is a pleasure to watch them and I treasure these moments because they are just growing up so fast. Before I know it, they are soon out of the house and on their own.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
I check on my little one frequently and I always make sure she is covered and in the middle. She moves around so much while she sleeps and has fallen out of bed a few times so this is probably why I don't sleep often.
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Hi i do enjoy watching my children sleep because then i know that they are safe in our house, they are there safe with me. Seeing them sleeping makes me feel secured. We all know that times/streets now are not that safe as before. My children are still young so i am really treasuring the moment that i can still see them sleep and enjoy the feeling of being secure knowing that they are there with me safe and sound.
• United States
17 Sep 09
That is always a good feeling,know they are safe. But with me even in our own home she is never really safe. The seizures come when they want and even with warnings we can do nothing but watch,keep her safe and wait for them to be over.
• China
17 Sep 09
I think I will enjoy watching my child sleep though I have not child of my own. I can image what the situation will be When I see my child and he sleep sweetly. Espcially for the mothers,they have special experience which the man don't have when the child was born.I think the child looks like a angel in their mothers' eyes.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
This is true. But my husband can enjoy watching her sleep because he doesn't have as much anxiety or stress as I do. His faith is much stronger than my own.
@malamar (784)
• Canada
17 Sep 09
Sorry to hear of your difficult situation babyangie. You have a difficult path and I wish you and your daughter all the best. Many children are fortunate enough to outgrow their seizures, and others can be regulated and controlled through medication. My grandson has the same affliction, and we are hopeful that they will lessen with age. Don't stop using the baby monitor, no matter what age she gets to be....why would you remove this extra safe-guard from her? Feel blessed that you still have your beautiful angel with you. Regardless of her condition, you still get the joy of holding, hugging and kissing her every day. Stay strong, for her sake and for yours.
• United States
17 Sep 09
I would never get rid of the monitor but I know many think this as a silly thing to have. For me it is like a life line. I can not sleep if I can not hear her. She is taking three different kinds of medication and nothing seems to help. For a short time the last medication dosage was working well. I am sure we will be increasing it soon.
@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Bless your Heart my friend! I remember when my kids were little, my son had really bad asthma. I would hear him cough in the middle of the night, and we would have to run and get to him, to make sure that he wasn't going to have an episode that would cause him to wheeze enough to lose his breath. We spent many nights in the bathroom with hot water running for the steam to loosen his lungs.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Yes I know how that can be, my best friend's daughter has that and it can be a scary thing no doubt. How is he doing now? is it well managed?
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
17 Sep 09
How and when do you sleep my friend? It sounds like you really could use a break. Yes, I do love to watch my child sleep, but I don't have the worries you do. That is alot on your shoulders.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Sleep what is that? Well since April of this year when she had a seizure and quit breathing and I had to give her CPR I haven't slept much at all. Now that she is back in school I keep telling myself to grab a few zzz's while she is there. But I end up spending the time online trying to make money because we need it so badly. It is hard no doubt but it is my life and it has been ever since we moved into this place back in 2006 so I really don't know much else.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
16 Sep 09
That would be really hard, I am so sorry you have to do that, but as mom's we worry about our kids and we do what ever we can to keep them safe, and you are obviously a great mom. I do love to see my kids sleeping they do look really cute. I can't help planting a kiss on them when I see them sleeping, my oldest is 13 and I still can't help kissing her forhead when she sleeps. I love cuddling with my little guy too.
• United States
17 Sep 09
Thank you for saying I am a great mom,sometimes I sure don't feel it. I am too scared to kiss her while sleeping as i don't want to frighten her and make her have a seizure.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I hope your daughter gets better soon. Today, it is possiable she just might not have them anymore. I bet even as painful and stressful it is to have to watch her sleep I bet it's still enjoyable at the same time. Even if the joy of it is only a small percntage. I know I would be smiling at her every second watching her sleep as I have a very beatiful daughter. I do hope one day it it will be very enjoyable.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Well she fell asleep today after school and had one,and you may be right sometimes it is kind of nice to watch her sleep but more stressful most of the time.
@bitoffun (203)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I feel so bad for you and your little one. It must be so hard to have to do that every night. Maybe as she gets older she will outgrow the seizures. I have heard that some kids do.I have never had to deal with anything like that. My prayers are with you.
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• United States
16 Sep 09
Thank you for the prayers we could sure use them. I keep praying she will gorw out of them as well. I guess we will have to wait and see.
@phayeth (519)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
i always love see my son sleeps.. co'z his.. so cute while he sleeps
• United States
16 Sep 09
That is good to hear, I hope someday I can enjoy it as well. My daughter is cute no doubt but like I said watching her have seizures is very painfull and stressful as well.