Talk In Her Sleep


Miaomiao talked in her sleep last night. She slept at a quarter to eleven last night and listened to three story books read by me before sleep as usual.

Sam and i slept at half past twelve last night. After the light turned off and i was nearly falling asleep, i heard Miaomiao crying beside. I tried to comfort her by patting on her quilt softly. She stoped crying for sevral seconds but crying again soon. Also i heard her words “i want to wipe this side”. I thought she wanted me to wipe tears for her. So i try to wipe her tears away with my hand. But her crying with words continued “i want to wipe this side, i want to wipe this side”. I tried to listen to her words more carefully for sevral seconds, and then i found what she said was not “i want to wipe this side”, but “i want to braid my hair”. As the pronunciation of these two sentences in chinese sounded very like each other, so i heard wrong at the beginning. After heard clearly of what she said, i started to answer her “Ok, we can braid hair. ” “Braid my hair now”, she replied immediately. “We can braid your hair after the day breaks.” She listened and quieted after she heard this. But soon she cried again and kept yelling “Wipe the tears, wipe the tears”. So i wiped her tears by my hands. “Not by hands, wipe tears with towel” She continues to cry. As her towel was in the bathroom, so i asked Sam to hand me a piece of tissue beside our bed instead. But when i was wipping her tears with tissue, i heard her crying again “Wipe with towel, wipe with towel”. So i had to ask Sam to get up and fetch her towl in the bathroom. She finally became quiet and continued to sleep after i wiped her tears with her towel.
She cried and talked again when the sky was nearly bright. “Don’t speak, don’t speak please” she repeated this sentence in her sleep. Then i remembered that she often likes to ask me not to speak when she does somthing unsuitable and doesn’t want to be blamed by me. I thought she might made a dream of that kind of situation and said out the sentence she usually said. So i tried to comfort her again and answered her “It’s ok, i won’t say anything.” She gradually calmed down and fell asleep again.
She waked up at half past nine this morning. When i told her the words she said while sleeping, she was just laughing and didn’t believe of that.
Maybe she didn’t remember. But what she said in her sleep made me thought more. Less rejection, less blame, maybe better.


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Tina Peng

Tina Peng, Miaomiao's mother, born in 1985, and give birth to Miaomiao in summer of 2013, love Miaomiao very much, and willing to record her tiny things in this blog.

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