A Coat to Grow Out Of

Today I have the immense pleasure to introduce my friend Hannah to you. We met through Unterwegs, a student group we’re both part of, and meet up for coffee, dinners, chats ever since. She and her husband are such great encouragers and friends! For the next three days, Hannah will share a few mundane narratives of her own. 

I’ve been a mother for five months and don’t claim to have any idea what I am doing.
All I know is: I’m tired.
Sleep is a precious commodity in our house these days, as it is in any house with a baby, and especially one with a baby who loves to look at anything, everything.


Every time I walk down the stairs from settling her for a nap, I see her coat hanging next to ours. When I first hung up that coat, the day we brought her home from the hospital, it looked so small and foreign next to our well-worn and familiar jackets.
I couldn’t believe that the hospital doctors had been so foolish as to allow us to take this tiny human home, that we had been entrusted with the responsibility for growing her into an adult.

On that first day in her too-big coat, which she has now grown out of by several sizes, she was unknown and unfamiliar.
Now, five months into this crazy, sleepless existence, we have started to find a rhythm and we are starting to learn what she likes and dislikes. And the little coat hanging alongside ours has become normal, part of our new normal.
She is so loved by us, yet she often frustrates us beyond our limits of patience.
She is so desperately wanted, yet we occasionally mourn our pre-baby life where everything required much less effort.

One day it will again be just the two of us living together, and we’ll no doubt shake our heads and wonder where the time went.
And the coat rack will look strange with only two jackets hanging on it.

Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.
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Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

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