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Six

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I spent yesterday doing what I always do, the day before his birthday: Frantically trying to collect dozens and dozens of video snippets from a variety of recording devices, cursing myself for having so many dang recording devices in the first place, for not keeping things better organized throughout the year, and for not yet having the courage to say ENOUGH, NO MORE on the dumb montage thing. 

I came close this year. I really did. Five years seemed like a good stretch, a nice end point, and most of the video footage we took of Noah this year doesn't work with the actual audio stripped away. He's talking in almost all of it, chattering away about Star Wars and Frodo and Harry Potter and dinosaurs and Legos and school and camp and swimming and the beach and fireworks and movies and Ezra and Baby Ike and lost teeth and Angry Birds and and and.

This is the first year I've had that problem. And oh, what a good problem it is to have.

I flipped through photos instead, surprised at how much he changed this year -- you always think it's slowing down, that they are already "big" and no longer hurtling towards "bigger" as fast as they did during the first couple years, but it isn't, and they are.

Noah shot up like a weed, then bloomed, blossomed, whatever, doing so many things he's never done before that, in retrospect, this year was more jam-packed with momentous "firsts" than any year so far. He enjoyed a birthday party. He learned to swim. He discovered drawing pictures is kind of fun. Karate. Kindergarten. Lost teeth. New babies. Lost grandparents. And for the first time, he could tell us all about all of it, in his own words.

There's simply no way to fit everything into a short little video. Life is simply too big now. It's as big as he is, at a tall, gangly, talkative, frustrating, hilarious six years old. 

And oh, what a good problem that is to have.

Six! from amalah on Vimeo.

Music: 2 Atoms In a Molecule by Noah & The Whale

Comments

Alison C

Happy Birthday, Noah!

The Tutugirl

Happy Birthday Noah!

Elizabeth

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Ann

happy birthday, Noah!

PopMommy Pam

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey

Your videos get me every time. Completely touching.

Happy 6th birthday, Noah!! :)

~

PS - when did he get so TALL???

Clare

Your kids are gorgeous.

Nicole

Happy Birthday Noah!

Nicole

Happy Birthday Noah!

Rachel

Awesome video & my first thought was 'he's so stinking cute' but cute doesn't really fit... handsome is more like it. =) Happy happy birthday Noah!

Betty Gauthier

Happy birthday Noah! What an amazing little guy you are. Lovely vidoe mantage... made me think of my baby who is now 19 and in college. Those years are still fresh in my heart. Enjoy each and every moment!

Betty Gauthier

Happy birthday Noah! What an amazing little guy you are. Lovely vidoe mantage... made me think of my baby who is now 19 and in college. Those years are still fresh in my heart. Enjoy each and every moment!

sonja lange

I know that it must be strange that we all "know" you and you don't know us, but we read every day and watch your precious boys grow bigger by the minute...I have four kids (three boys) and I share your pain and your joy...this video made my cry in the happy way today - happy birthday to Noah and to you too mama.

Kelly

That is beautiful! Happy Birthday to Noah!

Anne

Oh that BOY, what an awesome kid. I thought I was going to make it through the video without tearing up, but HA NOT SO MUCH.
Happy birthday, Noah!

Life of a Doctor's Wife

Happy happy birthday! SIX! May this year be filled with great happiness.

Monica

Happy Birthday Noah!!!! Lovely video. He is such a great big brother. I love the pics of him snuggling with his little brothers. You can definitely see the love!

mosprott

awesomesauce! Happiest birthday wishes - I hope you *all* have a great day!

[OMG, he grew up so *fast*!]

mosprott

awesomesauce! Happiest birthday wishes - I hope you *all* have a great day!

[OMG, he grew up so *fast*!]

liz

Happy birthday, Noah!

And I might be sobbing here a little.

Erin

Aw Noah. Happy birthday, kid!

Misty

Oh, I have something in my eye! Yes, that's it.

So lovely. What a wonderful video. How proud you must be.

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Colleen

Happy 6th Birthday Noah!

Colleen

Happy 6th Birthday Noah!

Jacqueline

Anddddddd I've got tears in my eyes! Happy Birthday, Noah!

Missy

Tears! Big, fat, happy, sobby tears running down my face. What a great yer. What a great KID!!

Have the happiest of birthdays, Noah!!!

Lisa

Happy Birthday Noah! I hope the Year of Six is a splendid one. I share your birthday. I hope you have a fun party.

Amber

What a beautiful way to show your kid how much you love them! This made me cry! Happy Birthday Noah!! 6 is SO much fun!

kristin

I have tears in my eyes from watching this. I was inspired by your yearly videos and I created my first one in March when my son turned one. Thank you so much for sharing. Your family is amazing!

kristin

I have tears in my eyes from watching this. I was inspired by your yearly videos and I created my first one in March when my son turned one. Thank you so much for sharing. Your family is amazing!

Arnebya

Wow. Six. I think it's the talking you mention that gets me the most. The worry, the wondering...to the full fledged conversationalist. To one of the happiest 6 yr olds I stare at in my computer - happy birthday (to you both).

Isabel

Happy Birthday Noah.

(I especially loved seeing Noah and Ezra paying together. I can't wait until my boys do the same!)

Sarah

Just physically, it looks like he grew two years worth in one year. Happy birthday, Noah.

Sarah

Just physically, it looks like he grew two years worth in one year. Happy birthday, Noah.

Babs

Three cheers for too many firsts!

Stacy

Loved it!

I'm a new(ish) reader to your blog, having discovered you via Jodifur, and am so glad I did!

michelle

Happy Birthday Noah!

P.S. Please tell your mom to please stop making videos that make me cry at work! Thanks! :-)

Stacy

Loved it!

I'm a new(ish) reader to your blog, having discovered you via Jodifur, and am so glad I did!

Melanie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!

Amy, you should probably call the authorities and tell them someone stole your cute little boy and left you with a child (who is also pretty adorable).

Judy

Happy birthday to Noah! How is it possible that he is so old?

Melanie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!

Amy, you should probably call the authorities and tell them someone stole your cute little boy and left you with a child (who is also pretty adorable).

-k-

Looking like his dad at :40!

Can't believe we've watched this kid grow since he was a bean inside his mom.. happy birthday to Noah and his parents alike.

-k-

Looking like his dad at :40!

Can't believe we've watched this kid grow since he was a bean inside his mom.. happy birthday to Noah and his parents alike.

the bee

Please never stop the videos. They are such a wonderful way to see how well the kids are doing and they make me cry in a good way. Happy Birthday Noah !!! We are cheering too.

the bee

Please never stop the videos. They are such a wonderful way to see how well the kids are doing and they make me cry in a good way. Happy Birthday Noah !!! We are cheering too.

the bee

Please never stop the videos. They are such a wonderful way to see how well the kids are doing and they make me cry in a good way. Happy Birthday Noah !!! We are cheering too.

Stephanie

Happiest 6th to Noah! He is gorgeous. Good job Amy. :)

chris

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Jessica

That video was wonderful. Happy Birthday, Noah!

Jessica

That video was wonderful. Happy Birthday, Noah!

Jessica

That video was wonderful. Happy Birthday, Noah!

Jessica

That video was wonderful. Happy Birthday, Noah!

jodifur

Happy, Happy Birthday Noah!

sheilah

I love the shots where he is interacting with his brothers. Great photos/videos.

Happy birthday, little man.

sheilah

I love the shots where he is interacting with his brothers. Great photos/videos.

Happy birthday, little man.

Ginny

Oh man. I mean, oh MAN. That kid is growing up and oh so handsome and Happy Birthday, Noah. Happy, happy birthday.

Beth

Happy Birthday Noah!!

supertiff

ok, so i remember refreshing the computer a bunch of times when you went to the hospital to have him, waiting for news from this girl i didn't even know all the way in washington dc. so, i was already on the verge of weeps, when i started watching this video, because: six years? are we that old now? and then you had to throw in the video of him running in the waves, just like his little feet dangled there in the first birthday video (good memory, sorry) aaaaaaaaand now i'm crying. happy birthday, noah. and happy massive family, amalah.

supertiff

ok, so i remember refreshing the computer a bunch of times when you went to the hospital to have him, waiting for news from this girl i didn't even know all the way in washington dc. so, i was already on the verge of weeps, when i started watching this video, because: six years? are we that old now? and then you had to throw in the video of him running in the waves, just like his little feet dangled there in the first birthday video (good memory, sorry) aaaaaaaaand now i'm crying. happy birthday, noah. and happy massive family, amalah.

Cindy

Whoa! 6? Happy, happy, happy Birthday Noah!

Cindy

Whoa! 6? Happy, happy, happy Birthday Noah!

Suzanne

what a good problem, indeed! I loved the last little piece. ♥

Happy Birthday, Noah!

Suzanne

what a good problem, indeed! I loved the last little piece. ♥

Happy Birthday, Noah!

C @ Kid Things

Happy Birthday Noah!

My 5 year old has a pretty severe speech delay and I can not wait until he can tell me about his day. Right now, it's mostly just repetition, with a little Incredible Hulk thrown in for good measure.

Heidi

Happy Birthday Noah! (And hugs to you, Momma!)

Heidi

Happy Birthday Noah! (And hugs to you, Momma!)

Della

Happy birthday, Noah!

And dammit, Amy. I was so sure that I would just have a bunch of awwwww moments and that was all. I was literally on the brink of tears from start to finish. Pictures with Grandpa, making sure Ezra didn't fall off the step at the end of the hug video, so grown up and handsome in his tie and in the stripey sweater in front of the rocks (that one also got me with how much he looks like you).

There is more joy in my life because you're sharing your life with us. Good job, girl, nice kid you made there. Keep it up.

Jeff

Wow... Happy b-day Noah! Many thanks for sharing your (and your families) life with us Amalah.

Cheryl S.

What an amazing little boy you have there. Love the singing at the end. Happy birthday Noah!

souphead

that's so awesome

Happy Birthday Noah!!!

Dr. Maureen

You make me get all choked up every year with these. And I still have to make my kid's 2nd-5th year videos and my other kid's 1st-2nd year videos, and those will probably never happen. Oh well.

Happy birthday, Noah!

Dr. Maureen

You make me get all choked up every year with these. And I still have to make my kid's 2nd-5th year videos and my other kid's 1st-2nd year videos, and those will probably never happen. Oh well.

Happy birthday, Noah!

Brandi

Happy Birthday Noah!

And thank you for the smile today Amy. I needed it. :)

Molly

Geez, you make good-looking kiddos! I love the part where he's helping Ezra down the stairs and the one where he's snuggling Baby Ike.

Happy birthday to all of you!

Cristin

He is beautiful, inside and out!

Cristin

He is beautiful, inside and out!

Maxine Dangerous

So cute!! Happy birthday, Noah! :D

Martha H.

Happy Birthday, Noah, keep ROCKIN'!!!

Natalie

That video gave me the chills. He is such an amazing kid! So big!! Happy Birthday, Noah. I wish you another year of awesomeness...and Harry Potter and Star Wars!

Bopril

Wishing your awesome boy a most awesome birthday. Yay for six!

kristen

Yay! Happy Birthday, Noah! The ending is too cute to handle, gosh.

KimberlyC

Best part: All that jabber at the end! BEAUTIFUL! Happy Birthday Noah!

Lindsay

Happy cake day, Noah! Indeed--a big year. And when did he get SO big?!

Lindsay

Happy cake day, Noah! Indeed--a big year. And when did he get SO big?!

MommyNamedApril

i can't even watch. i got choked up just reading the description. i'm sure it's perfect.

happy birthday, noah :-)

kat

i LOVE your montages. i have loved watching noah grow up and this year especially has been such an up and down year and now look at noah! so big!

happy birthday noah!

AmyH

I've "known" Noah his whole life through your blog and I think I might have had to cut you if you didn't have a video for this year. These are so moving and wonderful. Happy birthday to Noah!

AmyH

I've "known" Noah his whole life through your blog and I think I might have had to cut you if you didn't have a video for this year. These are so moving and wonderful. Happy birthday to Noah!

Liz

This is beautiful. Would you mind sharing what software you used to create this montage?

Sheila

That was beautiful...he is SO big! Now I have to go to a meeting and explain that I am teary over the 6th birthday video of a kid I have never met....

Lorrian

Happy Birthday, Noah. Your Mommy RAWKS. So do you!

Bettejo

Happy Birthday Dear Noah, Happy Birthday to you!!!

amy

I can't believe Noah is 6. I've been reading since it was just you and Jason, fighting over the oy good glavin dirty dishes LOL. Great video, Noah's first is still my favorite :o)
Happy birthday Noah!

Shannon

Happy birthday, Noah! Happy Motherhood Anniversary, Amy! I've followed you and your family (on your blog - I'm not hiding out in your ducts or anything) since you were pregnant with Noah. My son, Sam was born five days after Noah and seeing your video montages have always been a special treat. Thanks for sharing and thanks for do it in such an entertaining, funny and poignant way!

Rebecca M.

Six is an awesome age to be. I have fond memories of six.

Happy birthday, Noah!

Sarah

You had me at "chattering away". I should have just gone ahead and grabbed the tissue box right then. What a lovely big kid, and what a sweet brother.

Happy Birthday Noah!!!

kimberly

Happy birthday, Noah. Keep rockin' on.

Amethest

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

Amy

Happy Birthday Noah.

Amy

Happy Birthday Noah.

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