May 2014. My mom makes a visit to Columbia, Maryland to help us prepare for our little guy, H, to arrive. We pull out the untouched KitchenAid mixer my hubby and I received years ago as a wedding gift. As we sift the flour and follow my grandmother’s special, secret banana bread recipe, I suddenly feel like I am becoming a mom. In this moment, I know I will use the mixer to make special baked goodies for the friends and family that will touch our lives in our new role as parents for years to come.
September 2014. I have survived 2 months of motherhood. As my new moms support group is enjoying a baked banana bread I made, celebrating our last session, I quickly realize I want to design a way to keep our relationships and conversations alive. There is something comforting about meeting other parents experiencing the same successes and challenges as me. As a new mom, I have many questions. Yet, just because I will eventually transition out of the new mom phase, does not mean I won’t have more questions. I will need to seek out conversation and comfort from other Howard County (HoCo) parents.
October 2014. Babies & Banana Bread goes live. The site’s mission is to provide HoCo parents, new and seasoned, as well as parents-to-be that want to hear about life after giving birth, with easy access to other HoCo parents to connect, comfort, share, and grow. I know firsthand, the more ways you have to speak with other parents, the more supported you will feel.
I am passionate about building this site to be the premiere, open online community for HoCo parents – mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and guardians alike. Because we know many different people play the role of parent today. And, if you stop to think about it, parents come in all shapes, ages, and sizes along with different labels, experiences, and titles. This online resource is inclusive and for everyone who might benefit from connecting with other parents.
I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, enjoy a slice of your favorite banana bread, browse the site, and comment and connect with other HoCo parents. It takes a village to raise a child, and I am thrilled to build my village and grow with you.
Here’s to motherhood and banana bread,