August 6, 2007

Addition And Subtlety

I don't want to start some great big internetwebosphere controversy but I've got to get your opinion on something. Beth's eating anything in which lemons are a prominent ingredient. And, frankly, she's getting kinda fat. And she keeps dressing Mia in this strange shirt with a cryptic message. What can it all mean?

For those of you who're throwing things at your monitors and vowing never to read me again, I'll have you know that, when I mentioned the idea for this post - the fat thing - Beth cracked up. It was posted with consent and encouragement.

Posted by Chris at August 6, 2007 6:27 AM

So as one child prepares to join a family, one (mine) leaves for college. Congratulations to you! When's the due date?

Posted by: wordgirl at August 6, 2007 6:50 AM

Congratulations!!! New baby and new house! Couldn't happen to nicer folks!

Posted by: tulip at August 6, 2007 6:50 AM

So as one child prepares to join a family, one (mine) leaves for college. Congratulations to you! When's the due date?

Posted by: wordgirl at August 6, 2007 6:50 AM

Congrats. That is wonderful. Smart time to get a new house. :)

Posted by: Hygiene Dad at August 6, 2007 6:55 AM


Posted by: Laurie at August 6, 2007 7:03 AM

Congratulations! New house came just in time then!

Posted by: Katherine at August 6, 2007 7:19 AM

How incredibly exciting for your family! :D

Posted by: Lisa at August 6, 2007 7:23 AM

See, it's all well and good to make the fat comment now. But five months from now she is going to think about that comment again and boy are you in for it!!! =)

Congrats!! AHAHAHAHAA you got suckered into having another one! AHAHAHA ::says the twit with six kids:: ~sigh~ =)

Seriously congratulations to you and yours! Yay! Mia is gonna be a big sister!!! =)

Posted by: Lauren at August 6, 2007 7:24 AM


Posted by: ann adams at August 6, 2007 7:29 AM

Congratulations! Mia's going to be an awesome big sister!

Posted by: Jenn at August 6, 2007 7:33 AM

It means 2 more years of sleep deprivation?


Congrats to you three!

Posted by: Jon (was) in Michigan at August 6, 2007 7:38 AM


Posted by: Jen at August 6, 2007 7:40 AM

congratulations! how fun!

Posted by: monique at August 6, 2007 7:47 AM

Congratulations to all three of you! :)

Posted by: Marilyn at August 6, 2007 7:57 AM

Yippee! I've been hoping to see this news here one of these days. Wishing you all the best!

Posted by: Karen at August 6, 2007 8:02 AM

Congratulations! This made my Monday!

Posted by: debra at August 6, 2007 8:02 AM


Posted by: erika at August 6, 2007 8:03 AM

Oh wow! Congratulations! boy you guys like to make lots of major changes all at once!

Posted by: Lisa at August 6, 2007 8:13 AM

Wow! That's fantastic!

Posted by: Sharri at August 6, 2007 8:14 AM

Oh, congratulations! That's wonderful news!

Posted by: Alissa at August 6, 2007 8:14 AM

yayyyyyyyyyyy! congratulations!!!!

Posted by: cmhl at August 6, 2007 8:20 AM


Posted by: snakeepoo at August 6, 2007 8:25 AM

WOW!! Congratulations!! Mia's going to be a great big sister!!

Posted by: Stephanie at August 6, 2007 8:33 AM

Congratulations!!! What exciting news!

Posted by: Jenn at August 6, 2007 8:35 AM


Posted by: mr lady at August 6, 2007 8:40 AM

Congrats! That's awesome! So that's why there's been the rush for a new house... ;-)

Posted by: Stephanie at August 6, 2007 8:43 AM

FINALLY the big announcement! Congrats again to both of you. Mia must be thrilled! When's due date? We could totally have a contest who will deliver sooner: me or Beth! :)

Posted by: Nadine at August 6, 2007 8:50 AM

Congratulations Daddio! Welcome to the club. When?

Posted by: Much More Than A Mom at August 6, 2007 8:52 AM

Aww, Congratulations!! When is she due?? I'm so happy for you guys. =D

Posted by: Secha at August 6, 2007 8:53 AM

AAAHHHHHHH! That's awesome. I'm so excited for you. So that's why you needed a bigger house!

Posted by: ktjrdn at August 6, 2007 8:55 AM

Yay! Yay yay yay yay yay! What AWESOME news! I want to hear about MOVERS moving things, and not pregnant Beth, you hear? :) So happy for the entire Cactus Fish family!

Posted by: Sam at August 6, 2007 9:00 AM

wow. when you guys make a move, you really go big! congratulations. i was wondering why the rush for the new house. mystery solved. how exciting.

Posted by: patricia at August 6, 2007 9:01 AM


Posted by: Fraulein N at August 6, 2007 9:06 AM

Oh! Congratulations. Nice to start the week thinking happy thoughts.

Posted by: Maria at August 6, 2007 9:08 AM

Congrats! That is wonderful news!

Posted by: Hope at August 6, 2007 9:10 AM

I warned you guys that by becoming friends with us that this would happen.

Congratulations. I can't wait to meet him or her.

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at August 6, 2007 9:14 AM


Posted by: blair at August 6, 2007 9:15 AM

Congrats, my brother!

Selling one house; buying another; and adding number two - dude, hopefully you thrive under stress. All my best to you and Beth.

Posted by: mr. big dubya at August 6, 2007 9:16 AM


Posted by: mamatulip at August 6, 2007 9:17 AM

Congratulations! This world is in definite need of another Cactus, seriously. :D

Posted by: Nanette at August 6, 2007 9:19 AM

Congratulations!! How exciting!

Posted by: Liz at August 6, 2007 9:23 AM


Posted by: Kim at August 6, 2007 9:28 AM


Posted by: Nat at August 6, 2007 9:29 AM

Congratulations!!! What a lucky baby to have the three of you as his/her family!

Posted by: Krush at August 6, 2007 9:37 AM

Congratulations to all three of you! Is Mia excited?

Posted by: Traci at August 6, 2007 9:40 AM


Let me guess -- this is why you got a new place.

And I've got to stay away from lemons. Never knew they made you fat.

Posted by: Chag at August 6, 2007 9:42 AM

Yay! Congratulations!

Posted by: julie at August 6, 2007 9:48 AM

You know, there's an old saying, "new house, new baby", but most people actually wait until they are IN the new house.

Congrats to all!

Posted by: Karen at August 6, 2007 9:49 AM

Congrats Daddy!!!

Posted by: JuJuBee at August 6, 2007 9:57 AM

Congratulations! I couldn't be happier for you guys!

Posted by: donna at August 6, 2007 9:57 AM

OH MY GOODNESS! I just came here from Flickr after seeing this picture, and OMG! I am so happy for you guys! My sister is also due in February for her second baby. It must be baby fever right now! Congrats, and I am so happy that you are having another. Mia is gonna be a GREAT big sister!!!

Posted by: Snickrsnack Katie at August 6, 2007 9:59 AM

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH...AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH OMG OMG OMG...THAT IS SO EXCITING!!! I am so excited for you...YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Mia is going to be such an awesome big sister!!! Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Li'l Foot's Mommy at August 6, 2007 10:08 AM

Congratulations! So very exciting!

Posted by: erika at August 6, 2007 10:15 AM

YAY!!! Congrats to you all.

Posted by: sue at August 6, 2007 10:19 AM

I was waiting for the big let-down of it not being real (you know, playing with our minds and all) but am so happy for you both that it's true!!!


Posted by: Dooneybug at August 6, 2007 10:22 AM

Wow....Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your family.

Posted by: kim at August 6, 2007 10:22 AM

Congrats! That's fantastic news!

Posted by: erin at August 6, 2007 10:25 AM

Woo-hoo! Congrats! I remember the initial Mia announcement photo with the pacifiers- you guys always find a cute way to announce good news!

Posted by: SpaceCase at August 6, 2007 10:26 AM

Nice work daddy-o. Now you can just sit back and relaaaaaaax... ha!

Congrats to you and the Mrs. You're well on your way to the nat'l avg. in children. After this one you'll have to be thinking about where that .5 will come from.

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at August 6, 2007 10:30 AM

that took me a minute... couldn't see the writing on her shirt! but yay!! and congrats! isn't that shirt a fun way to tell the family the news? that's how we did it.

Posted by: b. at August 6, 2007 10:32 AM

congrats! that's so exciting. and why is it that everyone is having babies but me? hmmm.

Posted by: tiffanie at August 6, 2007 10:51 AM

What a neat way to announce a second child on the way! Congratulations!

Posted by: Amy at August 6, 2007 10:51 AM

Yay!! Congratulations!!

Posted by: Sassy at August 6, 2007 10:53 AM

Dude, your wife's just fat. Get over it.

Only kidding! Congratulations, Chris. You are a very lucky man, and I truly believe good fortune smiles on those who have earned it.

Oh, and nice job! Good swimming!

Here was our post:

Posted by: Brad at August 6, 2007 10:56 AM

That's awesome...congrats to all of you :)

Posted by: Sharon at August 6, 2007 10:57 AM

A second kid. Good thinking! That gives you a bigger pool from which to dip when you need a kidney in your old age :-)


Posted by: GreenCanary at August 6, 2007 11:03 AM

Hey, congratulations!

Posted by: Alison at August 6, 2007 11:20 AM

That is fantastic! Congrats!

Posted by: Karen at August 6, 2007 11:22 AM

i totally didn't get it until i tried to read what is on mia's shirt. my eyesight is terrible.


Posted by: denise at August 6, 2007 11:22 AM

OMG that is GREAT!!!

Posted by: Teresa at August 6, 2007 11:25 AM

Congratulations! I am so happy for the three of you.

A new baby and a new house......what a great way to start making new memories.

Posted by: Kali at August 6, 2007 11:27 AM

I just teary eyed! Congrats to you!!! Mia is going to be a great big sis :)

Posted by: Danielle at August 6, 2007 11:28 AM

Oh my god! Oh my GOD! OH MY GOD!!!!!

This has been a good news weekend for me!!!! You guys. This is. Beyond. Cool!!!!!!


Posted by: oakley at August 6, 2007 11:28 AM

WOOHOO!! :) Congrats!! :)

Posted by: Manda at August 6, 2007 11:29 AM

No fucking way...

You all aren't supposed to leave me as the only one with just one! NO FAIR!!

(Really, though, that's absolutely, unmitigatedly wonderful news. Congratulations!)

Posted by: heels at August 6, 2007 11:35 AM

I'm a long time lurker, but I'm coming out of the mists to say congratulations!!

Posted by: Michelle at August 6, 2007 11:44 AM


Posted by: Jen, South Florida at August 6, 2007 11:49 AM

Wooooooo!!! Congratulations. That is awesome news!

Posted by: FW Sunshine at August 6, 2007 11:55 AM

Whooooohooo!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!! Lemons, though? That's a weird craving!!!

Posted by: Haley-O at August 6, 2007 11:59 AM

That is so awesome! Congratulations!!

Posted by: ::c:: at August 6, 2007 12:09 PM

Adding mine in with the lot, congratulations!

Posted by: anna at August 6, 2007 12:22 PM

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs, Cactus!!! Three cheers for new family member, new big sister and new house.


Posted by: JJ at August 6, 2007 12:28 PM

Woohoo! That's great news - congratulations Catus family. :o)

Posted by: Milly at August 6, 2007 12:30 PM

I meant to say "Cactus" family. Oops!

Posted by: Milly at August 6, 2007 12:31 PM

That is really great news for you all Chris. Especially you, since you are NOT the one who gets to get all "fat". Mia will be such a great big sister. New house, new baby, nice work! Congrats!!!!!

Posted by: michele at August 6, 2007 12:35 PM

Yay! That is super awesome cry-worthy news. (Tears of joy, of course!). That truly rocks! \m/

Posted by: Trix at August 6, 2007 12:40 PM

WAHOOOOO!!! (And if you think Beth's fat at this point, you should see me... I'm HUGE!)

Posted by: Corinne at August 6, 2007 12:53 PM



Posted by: Sparkle Pants at August 6, 2007 12:55 PM

You know, I didn't want to say anything, but I thought that your ass looked a little big. Congrats dude.

Posted by: statia at August 6, 2007 12:58 PM

Congratulations! I knew there was a more subtle reason for the new house!


Posted by: ProudMary at August 6, 2007 1:00 PM

Good for you guys! Soon you will know my pain, er, joy.

Posted by: whit at August 6, 2007 1:20 PM

I already told Beth but CONGRATULATIONS!!

And I laughed at the getting fat part.

Posted by: Stephanie at August 6, 2007 1:21 PM

Geez man, haven't you figured out what causes that yet? ;)

Congrats Chris and Beth.

Posted by: Jeff A at August 6, 2007 1:27 PM

OMG - that's terrific!! Yay Cactus family plus one more!

Posted by: Sue R at August 6, 2007 1:29 PM

How lucky for you!!

Posted by: BID at August 6, 2007 1:30 PM

very cool, lots of big things happening in the cactus household! Congrats to you and your family :-)

Posted by: E at August 6, 2007 1:36 PM

Congrats! So very exciting.

Posted by: Adi at August 6, 2007 1:41 PM

congratulations! who knows if it's going to be a boy or a girl, but i'd bet a lot of canadian money that it's going to be adorable.

Posted by: jodi at August 6, 2007 1:47 PM

great news, Chris!

Posted by: ali at August 6, 2007 1:53 PM

Chris!! So exciting!! I can't wait to follow the adventure via the blogs. Yay for you, Beth, and Mia. (btw, am also moving this weekend and am sending you guys positive vibes as I can certainly relate to the packing insanity...) Good luck!

Posted by: susannah at August 6, 2007 2:10 PM


Chris, this is FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Emily at August 6, 2007 2:14 PM

Only eight more and you can field your own baseball team! MAD Congrats, to you, team Cactus! =)

Posted by: smoness at August 6, 2007 2:31 PM

Congrats!! Mia will make a wonderful big sista! :) (we already know you and Beth make great parents!!)

Posted by: molly at August 6, 2007 2:43 PM

HOLY COW!!! When you guys make changes, you make 'em big!!!!!!!!!!!

Major congrats!!! When is she due?

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at August 6, 2007 3:08 PM

Congrats!!! Just try to get one completely out of diapers and pull-ups before the other one comes!!!

Posted by: Jen at August 6, 2007 3:09 PM


Posted by: Darla at August 6, 2007 3:28 PM


Posted by: Colleen at August 6, 2007 3:28 PM

That is fantabulous! Congrats Big Daddy!

Posted by: Jazzy at August 6, 2007 3:32 PM


Posted by: A Girl Gone Mad at August 6, 2007 4:09 PM

I just had to be the 110th person to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Posted by: shelley at August 6, 2007 4:26 PM

I am SO excited for you guys! The world needs more kids as adorable as Mia.

Posted by: Leah at August 6, 2007 4:29 PM

I'm so happy for you three. Congratulations. :)

Posted by: Teenuh at August 6, 2007 4:52 PM

I figured your move was for this sort of a reason. Excellent! Falls Church is very nice, btw. But it's DAMN hot here!

Posted by: alektra at August 6, 2007 5:30 PM

Yay!!!! Congrats to the Cactus-Fish family!!

Posted by: Beth in StL at August 6, 2007 5:43 PM

YAY! Congrats!!

Posted by: carrster at August 6, 2007 5:43 PM

Wow! Congratulations! And very sneaky with the shirt, too.

Posted by: bad penguin at August 6, 2007 6:22 PM

A new lima bean?? I am so excited for you guys!! Congratulations.

Posted by: Allison at August 6, 2007 6:35 PM

WooHOO!!!!!!!!! Congrats to y'all!

Posted by: amber at August 6, 2007 6:37 PM

Yeah but why does Mia look so upset about it? Congratulations!!!

Mia will be fine!

Posted by: Chantel at August 6, 2007 6:38 PM

Congratulations, you three!!! What awesome news!!!

Mazel tov!


Posted by: Shash at August 6, 2007 6:49 PM

Aweee! Congratulations! :)

Posted by: Mary at August 6, 2007 6:50 PM

I think you guys are so frekaing cute.

Seriously congrats. I'm so happy for you all. Love Mia's shirt.

Posted by: Phoenix at August 6, 2007 6:52 PM

Congrats Daddy Cactus!!!! Love the Big Sister shirt! Many wishes for a safe & healthy, happy pregnancy. And girl vibes b/c Mia totally needs a sister!! lol

Posted by: Kris at August 6, 2007 7:12 PM

Unbelievably excited to share this journey with you guys the second time around. I'm so excited! Cant even imagine what you must be going through :D

Posted by: Dee at August 6, 2007 7:17 PM

Dude, did you just call your pregnant wife fat? In front of the whole internets, no less? You are so in for it :P
Seriously, though - congratulations, and all my best wishes and this peculiar stranger-involved affection I direct at you guys!! <3

Posted by: Heather at August 6, 2007 7:52 PM

Congratulations! Perfect timing on the new house too! Surely this is all just a ploy on Beth's part so she won't have to move heavy stuff, right? Heck, I'd go to those lengths to keep from moving stuff.

Seriously, I couldn't be happier for you three. I'm sure Mia is over the moon about the idea!

Posted by: coolchick at August 6, 2007 7:57 PM


Posted by: daisy at August 6, 2007 8:17 PM

Congratulations to both of you! That's totally awesome!

Posted by: SciFi Dad at August 6, 2007 8:29 PM

Mmmm, suddenly lemon bars sound awesome. And no, I'm most certainly not pregnant.

Congrats you three/almost four!

Posted by: angela at August 6, 2007 8:51 PM

That's awesome! Congratulations!

Posted by: E :) at August 6, 2007 8:59 PM

Congrats you two!!

Posted by: Kate at August 6, 2007 9:23 PM

Awesome announcement, Chris! Congratulations to you, Beth, and The Big-Sister-Bean!

Posted by: Pocklock at August 6, 2007 9:34 PM

Moving While Pregnant? Yikes, I don't envy that. But congrats to you both. Fabulous news. Is Mia excited?

Posted by: kalisah at August 6, 2007 10:05 PM


*happy dances*

Posted by: Anna at August 6, 2007 10:12 PM

Holy fertility, Batman! Congratulations!

Posted by: Sphincter at August 6, 2007 10:55 PM

Congratulations! That's wonderful :)

Posted by: Stephanie at August 6, 2007 11:06 PM

Congrats! So was this occurrence in the Cactus-Fish plans, or a surprise?
As I told Beth, I am now the ONLY married woman I know who isn't expecting or adopting. It's a little intimidating. Must be something in the water... Note to self to stop drinking water...
Anyway, congrats and best wishes for an easy pregnancy! I'm looking forward to seeing the next little cutie you two produce.

Posted by: Amy at August 6, 2007 11:49 PM

Congrats to you and Beth!

Posted by: Darren at August 7, 2007 7:52 AM

Congrats!!!!!! I am soooo happy for the two of you and for Mia. Keep the good updates coming.

You are a hit over here in Afghanistan. I spread the Cactus-Fish love when we first got here and got more than a handful of folks hooked!

Holly & Family (both Kids & Soldiers)

Posted by: Holly Selden at August 7, 2007 8:48 AM

This is what happens when I have a colonoscopy and take a day off from the interweb.


Posted by: Isabel at August 7, 2007 2:01 PM

Goddamnit! I leave my computer alone for TWO DAYS and shit like this happens!



Late. Sorry!

Posted by: Pammer at August 7, 2007 2:44 PM

HOLY CRAPSTICKS! Congratulations, you guys.

Posted by: Coleen at August 7, 2007 3:03 PM

Histerical way to share the news!

Posted by: Colleen at August 8, 2007 2:46 PM

Good grief. Look how late I am getting this news. ;)

Congratulations, Cactus family!

Posted by: Keri at August 8, 2007 6:48 PM

HOORAYYYYYY!!!! Congrats and more congrats!!!!!

Posted by: ironic1 at August 8, 2007 11:19 PM

Congrats! How very exciting!

Posted by: Janet at August 9, 2007 1:47 PM

I knew it! No really, I did. It was the house. Though you say the two are unrelated, I bet subconsciously they are. ;) Congrats!

Posted by: laura at August 9, 2007 10:00 PM

OMG Chris!!!! Congrats!! I am so happy for you guys! what wonderful news.

Posted by: Tammy at August 10, 2007 12:09 AM

I'm a little embarassed that I left big "congratulations" accolades over at Beth's site when the "announcement" was made, but not here.

So um. Sorry dude.

But holy shit, Congratulations!

Posted by: Chrissy at August 10, 2007 9:57 PM

Way to go! Congrats to you all!

Posted by: jessica fantastica at August 11, 2007 1:33 AM

Ack! I'm so far behind in blog reading! Congratulations to all of you!

Posted by: dee at August 12, 2007 4:23 PM

Oh that's wonderful! Congratulations! I bet Mia is gonna make a brilliant big sister!

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