November 2 12

My boy is ten.

This one.

The one who *just* looked like this.

And this.

And this.


I can’t even believe my little boy is not little anymore. Not even a wee bit. Nope.

Big. He’s big. So, so big.

And this past year, from age nine to ten, really was The Year of Josh. 

He learned to finally not be afraid of the water.

He scored his first pair of hipster glasses.

He learned to love, live, and breathe the Green Bay Packers.

He played Peter Pan on the big (small) stage.

He ruined a bunch of family photos.

He made the mistake of letting his father shave his head.

He learned to ride a two-wheeler.

He threw his very own block party.

He shared his accent with the world—Eastern European meets Canadian meets Boston. LAAAAABWSTAH.

He mastered Batman: Arkham City.

He spent two weeks traveling through Israel—without me—realizing that he loves lamb chops and kind of, sort of hates schwarma.

He re-read the Harry Potter series for the fourth time over, after finishing up the Harry Potter project.

He played lots and lots and lots of baseball.

He signed up to go to overnight camp for the very first time.

He started a brand-new school where he knew exactly not one single person and immediately made a ton of new friends. He plays basketball (which he never played before) and football (which he never played before) every day. He got an awesome (“MY TEACHER IS A MAN, MAMA!”) new teacher who is teaching him tons of exciting things like long division.

My JoshJosh has always seemed like this complicated puzzle that was handed to me ten years ago today. A puzzle to solve. A puzzle full of awesome, cool, and unusual pieces that just didn’t seem to fit. I had all of the right pieces, I knew I did, but just didn’t know how to put ‘em all together properly. It turns out that I didn’t need to do any solving at all—those pieces just needed to fall into place on their own.

And they have. They really have.

A perfect fit.

Joshua Martell birthday, age 10

  1. He sounds like an amazing kid. My little bug is about to turn 5 (this month) and I’m not sure my heart can take much more of his growing into a big boy (never mind ten!).

    I hope your whole family enjoys the day and Happy Birthday Josh!


    ali replied on

    I cannot even believe we are at ten either! It’s crazypants.


    Comment by Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments on November 2, 2012
  2. That’s exactly it, isn’t it? We think we’re supposed to put all the pieces together, but really, it’s all them. And that’s amazing.

    Love the last photo. Hope he has an amazing day.


    ali replied on

    It’s so funny, this. It’s totally all him…not me at all. It’s amazing to watch, though.

    Thanks! He’s already having a great day!


    Comment by Tamara on November 2, 2012
  3. I’m tucking your puzzle analogy away. You’ve described something I’ve felt. Happy “birth” day to you both. There is nothing more breathtaking than watching your child make their way in the world.


    Comment by Louise on November 2, 2012
  4. Oh ma ga. This one made me cry. Happy birthday, Josh!


    Comment by Jen on November 2, 2012
  5. Awwww, hold me closer TONY DANZA, this was so sweet. My heart. I can’t believe he’s 10. Happy birthday, Josh (and to you, Mama!) Hugs!


    Comment by Haley-O (@cheaty) on November 2, 2012
  6. Happy Birthday, Josh!!! Ten is a big one – it’s two full hands and double digits.

    And Ali? Look at how young you are in that first picture!!


    ali replied on

    I was 24—a baby having a baby.


    Comment by Sharon on November 2, 2012
  7. Happy birthday Joshie! I cannot believe you are 10! I am so lucky to know you!!

    And happy birth day to you, Mama!


    Comment by Kristabella on November 2, 2012
  8. I can’t believe it! Double digits!

    Happy day to you both. xo


    Comment by Angella on November 2, 2012


    Comment by Meghan on November 2, 2012
  10. and now I’m crying…

    I can’t believe he is TEN?!? What happened to TIME?!?

    Happy Birthday Josh!


    Comment by Jen on November 2, 2012
  11. WHY DO THEY GROW UP SO FAST? It is not fair. Joshua is a pretty awesome kid, if I can say so myself. Happy Birthday to him! And happy Birth Day to you!


    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on November 6, 2012
  12. happy birthday josh. it was a pleasure meeting him when the family (no ali :() stopped in ottawa.


    Comment by pudgy on November 7, 2012

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