Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy First Birthday, Noahman!!!

It's pronounced..."BA-OON!!!"

Noah got to enjoy a double birthday celebration, and therefore, was extra-experienced when it came to smash-cake #2! Enjoy the birthday pictures below, and once again, the media-impaired Wolfe household cannot figure out how to successfully get the cake-smashing videos off of the camera, so you will just have to believe me when I say, they are priceless!!!

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The cake...4 9x13 cakes (which includes 1 dozen eggs and 3 hours of work), 5 batches of icing (which includes 20 sticks of butter, 2 bags of powdered sugar, and 5 hours of work)...the outcome...priceless!!! Tony and I seriously had a blast making this cake for Noah.












Love the football smash-cake!!!


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And the birthday boy who got to smash cake #1...









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And cake #2...


















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Noah Anthony Wolfe born on November 27, 2008 at 3:17am
6lbs. 10oz. 19in. long






Noah Anthony Wolfe 1 year old on November 27, 2009
23lbs. 14oz. 28 1/4in. long



We don't remember our lives before you, we would never want to imagine our lives without you, what a blessing you have been since God brought you, little you, one of his most precious angels, into our lives. We love you, Noahman, you are one amazing son! And as I sit here giggling, watching you toddle around the room pushing your little toy truck, I realize how truly precious life is, thank you for being wonderful, adventurous, talkative, smiley, stinky-faced, rasberry-blowing, Chewy-snuggling, slobbery-kiss-giving, banana-smashing, milk-flinging, dancing-clapping-bouncing, unbelievable, you...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Cutest Little Pumpkin

It's a little late, but before the birthday pictures take over the blog, I wanted to show off our little Pumpkin!





Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words...

So, it's a beautiful Wednesday morning, we all slept in until about 8am, the sun is shining, it's our day off together with Noahman, we have just had an amazing breakfast of pancakes and eggs, we are cleaned up and dressed up, Noah would catch his morning nap in the car, and we are all ready to smile big for Noah's 1 year pictures and our first family photo shoot...and that's where the story begins.

We arrive at JC Penney's at 11:20 for our appointment. We are greeted happily, get Noah's outfit all situated and are taken back into the photography area. After the first two poses it is clear that 1) this is not going to end happily and 2) Noah is having nothing to do with this photographer. Tony's head had half been cut out of the first picture and Noah is not looking anywhere near the camera or smiling, which is definitely not his fault, he is an excellent judge of character at such a young age and she was clearly not impressing him with her meager attempts to get his attention. We take a few with just Noah where he is crawling away from the backdrop, picking his nose, and doing anything but smiling for the camera...and the photographer thinks these are great pictures!!! It didn't help that she was holding the camera and so it wasn't focused or ready to snap the picture in an instant, which is a must when taking baby pictures we have discovered during this little adventure so endearingly known as "picture day". So by the time she would get Noah to smile, which was quite a frightening escapade involving a little purple ball and a very obnoxiously sqeaky thing that very closely resembled one of those mute, wirey-haired-looking puppets from Sesame Street, she would completely lose his attention. C'mon, seriously, everyone knows that if you do get a 1 year old to laugh at something, after about 3-5 times, the moment is clearly over, so snap the picture faster before the moment is lost!!!

So, we sit down for a few more family shots and a couple more of Noah, now with the help of a co-worker who is all but jumping out of her skin to try and get Noah to recover from his previously traumatic experience with the Sesame Street character and give her a decent smile...and suddenly, it's over. She's done taking pictures! So, me holding back tears, and Noah having a complete meltdown in Tony's arms, we make our way over to the console to order our favorites...are you kidding me?! She proceeds to put some of them into a composite and whatnot and then tells us we are welcome to take a look and order the poses we would like. I look at her and tell her that we are really not happy with any of the poses and that there aren't even any individual pictures of Noah with him looking at the camera or smiling. She looks at us dumbfounded, tells us we have until tomorrow to order, and we pack up our stuff and leave.

Not wanting to lose this opportunity with us already dressed up and ready to go, we decide to call Baby Faces...closed on Wednesdays, go figure. So, we then decide to try Kiddie Kandids, who can get us in for an appointment in 35 minutes. So we rush to Belden, Noah catches another little snoozer in the car as we try to think of a fast food restaurant at which Noah can eat, and end up at Chick-fil-A where he can have chicken noodle soup and milk...and wouldn't it figure, Chick-fil-A is the most popular lunching spot in Belden Village on a Wednesday afternoon. So we order, Tony inhales his while I attempt to feed Noah, all the while spilling milk all over him because Mommy isn't smart enough to pack an empty sippy in case of an emergency (aka: a terrible photographer that costs us a lunch out that we hadn't budgeted for so that we have to spend more money at another studio we weren't planning on, turning a 1 hour outting into a 6 hour excursion...you know, that kind of an emergency...aren't those common?!) and his only option is to drink out of a Chug bottle because he can't use a straw. Mommy's lunch gets thrown in a bag and into the backseat of the car, drink tossed out, and we are 10 minutes late to Kiddie Kandids.

When we arrive, she asks how we are today to which I answer, "extremely frustrated" to which she replies, "You must be my JC Penney's Girl"...what are the chances, a reputation already and we just arrived. She was a wonderful photographer, took about 8 poses of us and Noah and he smiled like a champ! Mommy was all frazzled by now, surprise, surprise, because on top of the crazinesses of this day, the wind was blowing so her hair wasn't how she wanted it, and during all of Noah's meltdowns he had rubbed his face on Daddy's scruffy cheek and developed a rash!!! In the end, we ordered all of the pictures we were looking for, for about double the price we were going to spend at JC Penney's, and they were ready on the spot and are safely tucked away at our house until the holidays!!!

But that's not all...not wanting to miss out on the good deal that started this whole experience (there's a catch with every great coupon isn't there...new rule in our lives after today: If it seems too good to be true, RUN, run far, far away!!!), there were 3 poses we were pretty happy with from our JC Penney's photo nightmare and so we figured we should take advantage of the coupon since the damage was already done and it was a good deal. So, with Noah catching yet another nap in the car, we headed back to Canton Centre for me to order the remaining photos of the day. I walk up to the studio and the chick that finally was able to intervene and get Noah to smile for a couple shots earlier greets me by first name and says, "Are you actually back to order some photos?!" To which I answer yes and she proceeds to tell me to pick what I would like and leads me to the console. I make my selections and she comes back over to help me checkout. She tells me that as soon as we left the studio this morning she fired the other photographer and we are getting all of these pictures for free!!!!!!! Yikes, fired?! I mean, she definitely wasn't cut out for a career in photography, and I'm not gonna lie, when I arrived the second time and didn't see her, I actually thought to myself, wouldn't it be crazy if they fired her?! But I wasn't really serious...and they did...yikes!!!

So, 6 hours later, we are back home, Noah napped in the crib for a little (and hopefully got at least a couple good REM cycles in for the first time today), inhaled a huge dinner with lots of milk straight out of his favorite sippy, and is now comfy in his jam-jams and rearranging Mommy's cupboards once again...and all is right with the world!

I'm sure this story won't be interesting to most of you, but I needed to get it off my chest...and, whew, do I feel better now...these pictures were worth WAY more than 1,000 words!!! And you probably thought I was going to share the pictures at the end of this too, didn't you?! Sorry, y'all have to wait until Christmas to see them, you will just have to enjoy this story until then...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

11 Months Old

We are less than one month away from celebrating Noah's first birthday! He is such a handsome little man, just growing up so fast and making new discoveries eveyday. Here are some of Noah's favorite things to do these days:
  • Wear all 18 month clothing, didn't I have a 6lb. 10oz. baby...and as of 2 weeks ago when he got his flu shot he was 23lbs. 4oz. He's well on his way to quadrupuling his weight within the first year. Oh, my...
  • Eats all tablefood now, there is the ocassional babyfood jar still in the mix, but maybe every couple of days, if that, and we are not sad to see those jars go. No more half-eaten jars in the fridge that you don't remember when they were opened and I have lots more cupboard space all of a sudden too!
  • Lick the sliding glass door.
  • Play inside the dishwasher.
  • Reorganize Mommy's kitchen cupboards.
  • Flirt with waitresses at restaurants.
  • Throw temper-tantrums, I know, I know, it is only the beginning, but he flopped himself down on the floor pretty emphatically the other day when I told him 'No'. Yikes!
  • Climb up the steps (thanks to Daddy's encouragement and much to Mommy's dismay, but I let him, he loves it and is clearly proud of his new endeavor.) We just stay one step behind him because once he realizes how far up he is, he quickly surveys the scene and has no idea how to get down. It's pretty cute.
  • Turn the light switches on and off everytime we leave the room, he can't reach, obviously, but he reaches for them almost to the point of jumping out of our arms if we don't hold him close enough that he can control the lights, which he still calls "Ba-Ba" by the way...we are still trying to sort out everything that means "Ba-Ba" in Noah's world...but lights is definitely one of them.
  • When he does successfully turn the light on or off, whichever the case may be, we emphatically exclaim, in a very high-pitched voice, "You did it!" And he attempts to mimic, when usually sounds like a very high-pitched "Did it!" But pretty accurate, especially on the pitch, what a little mockingbird he is!
  • He has definitely associated "Da-Da" with Tony, but he is also trying to learn how to say "Doggy" and "All Done" (which just equals "Done" in Noah's world) and so everything starts to sound like "Da-Da" while he is trying to put sounds together, but he is good at repeating at least the first syllables we say.
  • Give kisses, so stinkin' cute!!! And sometimes a little slobbery...and sometimes you get licked...
  • Cruise along every piece of furniture within arm's length, but forget standing on his own, he is not on board with that yet, and Mommy and Daddy are A-ok with that for now!
  • Crawl behind the couch when Mommy and Daddy aren't looking, that's a fairly new discovery.

We are still working on "Bye-Bye" and waving but he definitely know when to say "Uh-Oh" and it is pretty hilarious. It's usually in conjunction with food or a sippy cup being thrown from his highchair, which the dog has learned is his cue to eat whatever has made it's way to the floor, what a circus we have at our house. But sometimes he says it if I set him down on the floor (as if I dropped him and need to pick him up) and it's his new words of choice when he wakes up in the morning, silly baby!

I was counting and he hasn't gotten any new teeth for about 3 months now, I do think he's working on his 1 yr molars, but it could still be a long process before those puppies finally poke through his little swollen gums.

Enjoy the latest pictures of our not-so-little Noahman!



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Look at Noah and Molly's beautiful blue eyes,
aren't they just the cutest little cousins?!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Road Trip, 10 Months Old, & A Sleepless Night

Noah and I took a road trip down to Eaton, OH this weekend to visit my sister Deb and her husband Dave. We had an absolute blast!!! Check out all the fun we had...

XBox fun!!!

CHEESE!!!

Aunt Debbie ran a 5K in 26min 40sec...we are so proud of you!

Noah discovered the little peep-hole through the top of his stroller while we were at the race...funny!

Hi, Guinea Pigs

Fun with Jack

"Good Night, Moon"

Aw!!!

Yummy dinner in my Booster seat...I am finally starting to like Stage 3 babyfood!

Mommy and her Little Man

Dinner Saturday night, yummy Italian Cuisine

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Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker's Man...

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10 Month Old Cutie...

Check me out after eating my first Biter Biscuit...ew!

Such a Little Guy

This picture was taken moments before I got a big GASH on my nose...coffee table - 1 Noah - 0!

Look at me standing!!!

At the Constitution Parade

Happy Baby Boy

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The second evening in Eaton went a little something like this...


Noah went to bed at his usual time, about 8:00pm and fell asleep fairly quickly. The three of us stayed up and watched part of a movie and Debbie and I looked up birthday cake designs on the internet and laughed uncontrollably...what we do best...don't ask. Anyway, then we all went to bed at 11:30pm. I have been blessed with the gift of worrying, which I realize is terribly disappointing to God, but it is my vice in life and so there I lay, at 12:30am, still awake...and Noah starts to cry...and cry, and cry, and cry harder, and cry louder. And so began my flashback to the days of having a newborn. I rocked him, changed him, fed him a bottle, read him his bedtime book again, said more prayers with him, laid him back down, lullabies on then lullabies off, light on then light off...he was inconsolable, poor baby. He then seemed to get over all of it and just wanted to play, cue the videos below. They are both dark, keep in mind, we were SUPPOSED to be sleeping...anyway, so the top video was taken from my cell phone as I laid there in my bed listening to him babble his baby babble and the video below is of him standing himself up while still babbling...he was up and down several times as he continued to stay awake and play until 3:30am. At which point he finally zonked out and so did mommy, only to be awoken by him bright and early at 6:45am. Luckily, the 4 1/2 hour drive home was much easier than I thought, really thought I was going to struggle to stay awake. Praying for a quiet, peaceful, restful night tonight and thankful for the reminder that I am not quite ready to return to the days of a newborn yet. And somehow he is STILL the most adorable baby in the entire Universe, despite the frustration I felt last night, he's a charmer for sure!!

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Everything Noah sees is a "ba ba"...no one knows why...

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The clicking noise you hear is him clicking his tongue and watch carefully, he pops up a little over halfway through the video and at least that time he didn't throw his binky across the room!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Just wanted to post some pictures of our events from this past Labor Day weekend. Lots of time well spent with lots and lots of family, how blessed we are to be surrounded by so much love!!!

Mr. & Mrs. David Craddock

My Seeeeeester & her Bookie

The Red Heads minus Noahman


Look at us all dressed up


Little Miss Molly's baptism day, just relaxing with Grandpa Wolfe



JackJack with Mommy


Biggie Boy in the carseat

Look, Mommy, I stood myself up...now what do I do?!

Mommy and her little Noahman



Just cause he's so stinkin' adorable!!!