They see me rollin’

Sloane is locomoting by rolling all over the place! She makes big circles sometimes and can cover quite some distance, mostly rolling to the left.

She loves to get herself right up to the coffee table and have a little nosh on the lower level.


Napping has been a bit challenging. She still prefers to sleep on you, which is actually really sweet and snuggly, but doesn’t let you get anything accomplished. She is a long bean now.


She is still just eating a little bit each day. So far, she’s tried sweet potato and avocado.


We think all the rolling has given her a strong core and now she is sitting on her own, though still a bit wobbly.

Grandma and Grandpa Bramble

Sloane is such lucky little girl, and has 4 grandparents who she adores. My parents were nicknamed by Sloane’s cousin Ellie as Nini and Papa two (or too, there is debate between my sister and I on the original intent). Sloane has fun seeing them, regardless of what you call them.

They both like the sounds that come from the Happy Apple
Playing outside is fun!

First food!!

Sloane now has two, yes two, teeth! We decided that since she has two chompers, that we can begin to give her food. Molly and I talked about it, and chose sweet potato. However, we also chose today to put her in a high chair for the first time at our house. She was really excited about being up at the table with mom and dad.

It took her a little to warm up to the idea of things tasting good, but by the end she was grabbing for more. We know that she doesn’t need the calories of food (she is not wasting away), so we are just introducing the tastes and textures of whole foods. Next up…. avocado!

Road trip and Cousins!

Over Memorial Day weekend we traveled to Coeur d’Alene to have Bramble sibling weekend with Darby, Zach, Morgan, Ellie, Zander and Max. It was a bit of an adventure as it was the longest car trip that Sloane had taken, by a long shot, she handled it like a trooper.

It was fun from the moment we got there!

Grumpy from the ride, but happy to be with aunt Darby

We had fun playing at the lake and at the house. It was a good time for Sloane’s cousins to show their mad skills and fun things Sloane can do when she gets older. Sloane enjoyed watching all the action of jumping rope, hiking, finding a “real-live dead fish” and lots of delicious food preparation.

Jumping rope looks like fun!
after a good nights sleep, the cousins had smiles
there was even time for a cat nap with good ol’ dad
Aunt Darby has magic hands

Sloane grew to enjoy uncle Zach too!

Trust me, she warmed up to him

Sloane was a good little traveler, and despite the time in the car and sprouting a tooth, she was still all smiles when she got to be with her mom (even in a parking lot in the Dalles).

What a cute pair of ladies!

It was a fun weekend of Bramble sibling greatness!

I think Sloane saw a bird

G visits and 5 month mark

This past weekend my mom visited us. My niece Lida, as the oldest grandchild, had the honor of ‘naming’ my parents. My mom is G and my dad is Pa, and we love both- short, sweet, and to the point. This was the first solo west coast visit for my mom. It was wonderful to have her spend time with us and see Sloane in her routine and groove here at home.

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Sloane was very smiley and happy to see G. She wanted to munch on her knuckles and hands. She even tried to teach G about the forearm harmonica.

The past weekend was also Sloane’s 5 month mark. We ended up going to see the pediatrician on Saturday because she was doing a gasping breath when laying on her back. Instead of a breathing problem, she has a little reflux that was irritating her vocal cords. Reflux can happen around this age and with a growth spurt, which Sloane had between 4 and 5 months. She has grown one inch in length and gained 19 ounces in the past month, and is now 19 lbs 11 oz and 27 inches long!20150517_075504

More firsts

Some of these firsts are wonderful, like sitting up in a highchair.

Sorry for the blurriness, but it was too cute not to share

Others are really cute, like sleeping like a grandpa.IMG_2461

Some are questionable, such as eating your toes.20150425_185125

This was a sad first, scratching yourself during a nap. We called her Harry Potter for a week.20150503_181439


Sloane loves her baths. A while back we had to stop putting the tub on the kitchen counter because she was splashing so much our piles of mail were taking a hit. Now we put her tub in the tub and fill it as full as possible. She splashes and kicks, flinging water everywhere. We can’t wait to get her in the pool sometime soon.

As evidenced by this video, we have found that bath time is too stimulating for a bedtime routine. We are just glad she likes them because she gets pretty dirty and a little ripe in the folds.

Mother’s day

We had a nice relaxing day this Sunday. Adam made breakfast, my favorite blue cornmeal pancakes, eggs, and bacon. The three of us went for a long walk in the neighborhood. Adam commented that the rhododendrons were having a really good year. I told him that it probably is just that we are walking about 10x more frequently than previous years. Sloane makes us get out of the condo on a regular basis. She has started to enjoy the carrier more and finds the straps very tasty.

So tired from walking and squawking

I’ve had many people wish me a happy first Mother’s day. Last year, I was in Boston for Ryan and Jess’s wedding (my cousin and cousin-in-law) and it was such a treat to spend the weekend with my mother and the rest of my family. It was also the weekend I told my parents, Jesse, Cam, and Lida that I was pregnant. It amazes me that the little being in my belly a year ago was Sloane. I just feel so lucky that she made me a mom.




Sloane has got the giggle down! Mostly, it is when she is a little tired and punch drunk. Similar to how Hannah and I use to keep Linda up after we had taken our giggle pills!

We haven’t been able to catch it on video, but sometimes she belly laughs, which is hilarious and makes her sound like a toddler. It gives us some insight of what is to come.

4 months old!

Sloane was four months old last Friday. No surprise that the onesie did not fit again this month! She has remained in the 98% for weight and is helping Adam and me with our arm strength. Grabbing is her newest accomplishment. It is pretty amazing to watch her focus on an object, reach for it, grab it, and promptly put it in her mouth. Everything needs a good layer of drool on it, according to Sloane.

20150417_10445920150424_15315120150424_174330We can’t believe how fast these four months have gone by. We think she is pretty adorable and sweet and feel lucky for our healthy family of three.