Back in the Saddle


Hello and Happy 2016!

To channel my Catholic upbringing, Dear Reader please forgive me…it’s been a year and half since my last blog post.  I guess you can say life just got in the way (of me journaling my life). Rather than serve me penance, I hope you will enjoy a new year of musings, ruminations and parental anecdotes both universally-relatable and specific to my journey as a Baba, that fun, uncharted gray-area between the identities of Mother and Father.

So, what’s new?

Well, O started pre-school, turned four (gaining access to the highly coveted “Big Climber” on the playground) and became a big brother in April!  Baby sister and her preparation, incubation and integration was one big reason for this here blog’s derailment, but we love her anyway ;). Our lil’ meatloaf; the owlette.  S is now 8 months old and growing like a well-fed farm girl, with a mouth filled with tiny chicklet teeth and big eyes that sparkle whenever her brother turns his attention her way.  She is a true joy and the perfect coda to this family but more on her later.

A lot has changed, a lot has stayed the same. In the last year and half, I’ve learned a bit more about myself as a person and as a parent. I’ve learned a bit more about love and life; about patience and passion, about obligation and responsibility, about creativity and ambition. Not a whole lot, mind you, just a skosh. But enough to make me feel like I’m moving forward, however slowly, and isn’t that all anyone can ever hope for?

It’s a new year, a new outlook and a new goal: to get back into capturing the every-day moments, trials and tribulations and mid-life reflections that come with living the so-called American Dream. Only this is one where my kids have two moms – but one doesn’t go by “Mom”, she goes by this completely new and different label and thus as “Baba” has become sort of a one-named, singular identity/familiar mascot like Oprah, Madonna…or Big Bird.

So stay tuned and here’s to a new year, a new collection of shared stories and wishes of health and happiness to all…



Author: The Baba 'Hood

Brianne L. Croteau is a Huffington Post featured contributor, speaker, writer, artist, and founder of The Baba ‘Hood, a chronicle of her adventures as a “Baba”, or non-binary parent. In addition to journaling her observations on life, love, parenting, growing older and other related ridiculousness, Brianne’s work has been published in Motherly, Curve Magazine, Well Rounded NY and Tagg Magazine. She lives in a full house with her wife, two young kids, and two rascally kittens and is currently in need of a lot more sleep. Follow along at or contact her directly at Her work can also be found at

3 thoughts

  1. I am so glad you are back in the swing of things in regards to the blogging world, Bri. You took a well deserved break but I am looking forward to hearing about all the goings on in The Baba Hood!


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