February 12, 2008

Trust In The Good Times

Apologies to all for the infrequent updates. If you've had a kid, well, you completely understand. If not, just you wait.

Owen and Beth are resting comfortably in the hospital. I think they're getting sprung tomorrow. It won't be a moment soon. The grandparents have been amazing keeping track of Mia as best they can. But I know Mia's patience is wearing out and she wants her mom, dad and baby brother home. I've been sleeping on the bizarre couch-bed hybrid they've got in the hospital room and trying to let Beth get as much rest as she can.

Right now, I'm home for a shower and a little food. When Mia wakes up from her nap, we're heading to the hospital to visit the baby. She visited yesterday and couldn't stop kissing Owen.

This has been an overwhelming experience. When I have the time later this week, I'll share the story. It's a good one. In the mean time, thank you all. I can't believe how much email Beth and I have gotten. There's no way we're getting through all the comments any time soon but we'll try. Suffice it to say, thank you all so very, very much. You guys sincerely rock and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you.

Posted by Chris at February 12, 2008 3:20 PM

Replying to comments should be the last thing on your mind right now.

Virtual hugs to all of you.

Posted by: ann adams at February 12, 2008 3:32 PM

Awww... he's a cutie! Again - best to all of you and I can't wait to hear the story :) Mazel tov!

Posted by: Sue R at February 12, 2008 3:33 PM

yay, pictures! thanks for taking the time out to update!

Posted by: Aurora at February 12, 2008 3:36 PM

No way should you be worrying about replies to comments. We're just thrilled to see another healthy baby born in the blogosphere...and to such a wonderful family. Can't wait for more pics and the story. In the meantime, get some rest.

Posted by: a "9 lb. Club" Beaverhausen at February 12, 2008 3:38 PM

Little Owen is such a cutie! Thank you for taking the time to update us all and give us baby pictures to ahh over. You rock too!

Posted by: Heather at February 12, 2008 3:38 PM

Awww. He is just the CUTEST little cactus / fish hybrid I have ever seen. :o) Congrats again!

Posted by: Sarah R at February 12, 2008 3:42 PM

Oh! Don't worry about getting back to us - you just take care of you, Beth, Mia and that big'un, Owen - oh, I've dying for a picture! Thanks for posting! He's gorgeous!

Posted by: Sam at February 12, 2008 3:44 PM

OMG!!! What a beautiful little boy! Hey, look! There are no scrubs on Beth! I'm going to guess little Owen made his appearance without the aid of a scalpel! W00T!!

Congrats to you all!

Posted by: zanie at February 12, 2008 3:46 PM

Yippee he is here! Congrats to you all & enjoy this special time, please do not feel obligated to reply to aaaaallll the comments! Love the name too :)

Posted by: Danielle at February 12, 2008 3:50 PM

So I just came from Beth's page. No matter how he got here, it's amazing and totally incredible! Congrats again!

Posted by: zanie at February 12, 2008 3:51 PM


Resume your enjoyment of your new human! We understand!

(Hi, Owen, you sweet thing!)

Posted by: Poppy at February 12, 2008 3:59 PM

My gosh, don't worry about us! I'm so happy for you guys. The little guy is precious!

Posted by: Margaret at February 12, 2008 4:00 PM

Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! He's absolutely beautiful (time flies! wasn't it just yesterday that you announced Beth's pregnancy?!" )

Posted by: Hope at February 12, 2008 4:01 PM

I am so darned excited for all 4 of you. You guys rock. :)

Posted by: Leah at February 12, 2008 4:02 PM

Congratulations! Blessings to you and your family.


Posted by: rebecca at February 12, 2008 4:03 PM

So totally awesome. Most heartfelt congratulations to you both...

Posted by: Judy at February 12, 2008 4:05 PM

Oh man, I am so happy for you guys. What a cute little screamy guy!

Looking forward to the story... I'm guessing it will be written from work, where you will have your first moment of peace in a week. :)

Posted by: Brad at February 12, 2008 4:06 PM

Congrat! What a cute little boy! Hope all gets lots of rest and you are able to enjoy each other as a family!!

Posted by: MRW at February 12, 2008 4:06 PM

He seems upset about losing use of the hot tub and the room service. Can't say I blame him, really.


Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at February 12, 2008 4:10 PM

Whenever you are ready, Chris, we'll be here. Glad everyone is doing well.

Posted by: Loth at February 12, 2008 4:14 PM

I just burst into tears. He's beautiful, you guys. Oh my god. So precious :)

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at February 12, 2008 4:16 PM

Dude, YOU rock \m/
You're too much rock for one hand \\mm//

You and Beth make the most beautiful babies! Looking forward to more updates soon.

Posted by: Mel at February 12, 2008 4:24 PM

Congratulations to you and your family.

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 12, 2008 4:36 PM

That is one freaking cute kid.

Have a blast with the new guy, y'all.

Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at February 12, 2008 4:38 PM

what a bruiser! Does he look like his mommy? I'm so, so happy for you guys!!

Posted by: kalisa at February 12, 2008 4:53 PM

Gorgeous, Just Gorgeous.

Congratulations to all of you.

You're going to love having two.

Posted by: ewe_are_here at February 12, 2008 5:03 PM

Owen is one cute baby. Sending hugs to all four of you.

Posted by: Susan at February 12, 2008 5:13 PM

Sorry this is the first chance I've had to congratulate--you've been HAVING a baby, and I've been trying to keep one in. So you know, we broke even :-)

Can't wait to hear the details. Did she need the surgery or did he decide to come on his own? SO GLAD Mia is doing well and I know you all can't wait to get home!

Posted by: samantha jo campen at February 12, 2008 5:34 PM

Congratulations! You are a good man for sleeping on that crazy couch. I didn't even try. Stayed up all night until the boy arrived, and then I went home the next night (after getting permission, of course).

Posted by: Jeff St Real at February 12, 2008 5:36 PM

Anyone waiting anxiously for your reply to their comments is unreal. We're all so happy for you. Concentrate on your sweet little family -especially our poor little overwhelmed Mia.

I can hardly wait for my 7 weeks to be up.

Posted by: ocdcontrolfreak at February 12, 2008 5:37 PM

Oh sweetie, we were all right there with you and Beth and it's been amazing to share it all with you.
I'm so happy to hear that Mia and Owen have become fast friends!
Hugs to you all!!!

Posted by: Maribeth at February 12, 2008 5:43 PM

Aww... look at his little face - so cute. SO cute! Can't wait to see a picture of Mia and Owen together - I'm sure that will be cuteness overload.

The big question is: did Mia come around on the name?

Posted by: erin at February 12, 2008 5:47 PM


Posted by: Dawn at February 12, 2008 5:49 PM

He's beautiful. Really. Congratulations again to all of you!

Posted by: Alissa at February 12, 2008 6:20 PM

Well, he's beautiful. But, um, DUH.

I am beaming over here for you and your complete little family. Please ignore this and don't you DARE think of emailing back. Just kiss him one time for his Mr Lady, ok?

Hearts, brother. Big ones.

Posted by: Mr Lady at February 12, 2008 6:31 PM

Wonderful, wonderful, wishes to you all! My son is named Owen, and it is a great name. There are great things to come for all of you!

Posted by: Sharri at February 12, 2008 6:56 PM

He look so angry!! Like, how dare you come in there and get him. That was HIS TERRITORY!

Posted by: caleal at February 12, 2008 7:02 PM

Please sniff that baby's head for me, would you? And a widdo kiss on the forehead wouldn't be out of order. (Sure, one for you, too.)

Posted by: cynical at February 12, 2008 7:08 PM

Yay, baby pictures. They even smell good. Thanks for posting.

Posted by: Lindy at February 12, 2008 7:17 PM

Awwww, I love those first pictures of newborns! So innocent and beautiful and what an amazing gift! I can't wait to see pictures of Owen and Mia together.

Posted by: lil foots mommy at February 12, 2008 7:28 PM

Is it bad that I want to nibble his tiny baby toes already?

Posted by: Shelly at February 12, 2008 7:34 PM

Yes, quit worrying about the comments a enjoy that beautiful little boy! He's adorable and the four of you will make an awesome family!

Posted by: Courtney at February 12, 2008 7:55 PM

From the Scratchley's in Edmonton Canada, and in particular myself (Gregory, and my son Benjamin Charles Gregory) welcome aboard the crazy train Owen!

(Nice work Beth!... and you too Chris.)

Posted by: Scratch at February 12, 2008 8:24 PM

Awwww!!! I can't wait to see pictures of Mia and her baby brother Owen! Congratulations again to you and Beth. He's a beauty!

Posted by: coolchick at February 12, 2008 8:33 PM

Looks like quite a screamer you have there!

Posted by: Zandria at February 12, 2008 8:34 PM

So cute!! Thanks for posting pics! And whatever you do, DO NOT take the time to reply to this comment! I'd feel much better if you grabbed a snuggle with Owen or slept for moment on my behalf... Enjoy!

Posted by: Kelly at February 12, 2008 8:49 PM

He is beautiful. Congratulations to you all. :)

Posted by: Traci at February 12, 2008 8:50 PM

He is adorable. I hope you guys take lots of time to rest and I can't wait to see more pics. Congrats again.

Posted by: Adi at February 12, 2008 9:00 PM

Enjoy your time with your newly expanded family! We will be here when you get back. Hugs to all!

Posted by: Tara at February 12, 2008 9:22 PM

Congrats again! A beautiful little boy... precious newborn pics. Hopefully everyone is resting well. Replying to comments and the like should be at the bottom of your list right now! :)

Posted by: Holly at February 12, 2008 9:49 PM


Posted by: Marshall at February 12, 2008 10:39 PM

Hooray and congrats!

Posted by: Sphincter at February 12, 2008 10:59 PM

Owen is such a beautiful baby! Makes me wanna have another (noooo!!! lol) Congratulations again! :)

Posted by: Mary at February 13, 2008 2:30 AM

The photo's are great and Owen is beautiful!
Pol x

Posted by: Pol at February 13, 2008 4:04 AM

Beautiful! Congrats to your family of four!

Posted by: Tera at February 13, 2008 4:21 AM

beautiful baby boy! you have the right to be a proud daddy :)

Posted by: tiffanie at February 13, 2008 6:38 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy some wonderful family time with your family of four!

Posted by: Bridget at February 13, 2008 8:19 AM

Lovely photos. Concentrate on your family. We can wait. Seriously.

Posted by: alison at February 13, 2008 8:29 AM

yay, photos! He looks beautiful. Glad you all are doing well.

Posted by: bad penguin at February 13, 2008 8:43 AM

Hello, weary friend! Thinking about you guys this morning - hoping you get to go home today :o) Hugs to all!

Posted by: Emily at February 13, 2008 8:52 AM

Yay pictures!

Seems he's exercising his little lungs pretty well already ;)

Posted by: Jules at February 13, 2008 9:20 AM

Wow I go to Canada and look what happens :) Congrats to all of you. He's beautiful. Enjoy!!

Posted by: Sharon at February 13, 2008 9:28 AM

Congrats again. I'm glad you've all gotten to spend time with the baby. I know Mia's going to be an awesome big sister, and you and Beth of course are old pros at the parent thing. ;-) Thanks for posting pictures.

Posted by: Fraulein N at February 13, 2008 9:32 AM

I have said it already but YEAH! and too cute!! and congrats!!! Cannot wait to hear the whole story.

BTW, sorry to hear you are sleeping on that weird couch thing. I remember looking over at my husband at one pt as he was crashed out on that thing and he looked like he was in pain and NOT sleeping very peacefully!

Posted by: Christina at February 13, 2008 9:32 AM

Congratulations to the Cactus-Fish family! He's gorgeous. Can't wait for the story!

Posted by: Susan at February 13, 2008 10:10 AM

Oh, he's beautiful! Congrats to the whole family!

Posted by: Kim at February 13, 2008 10:32 AM

CONGRATULATIONS! welcome to the new addition of the Cactus-Fish-Bean family!

Posted by: monique at February 13, 2008 10:35 AM

Awwww! Da wittle bitty baby!! *lapsing into incoherent Baby Talk*

Posted by: GreenCanary at February 13, 2008 10:36 AM

Congratulations! Owen's pretty gosh-darned cute!

Posted by: Jenn at February 13, 2008 11:17 AM

I'm sure no one expects you to respond to every comment! You have much more important things to do...take your time with the updates, enjoy your beautiful family!

Posted by: Lisa at February 13, 2008 11:40 AM

awwwwwwww rocking!

Posted by: Kristy at February 13, 2008 12:35 PM

He's gorgeous and she rocks! and vice versa!

Take some time and let the whole family get settled in with Owen. We'll wait.

*tap, tap, tap*

I'm being patient, I promise!

*tap, tap...*

Posted by: SassyPants at February 13, 2008 12:38 PM

Oh wow! I miss your blog for a few days and the next thing I know you have an Owen. Love the name, btw.

Posted by: amaya at February 13, 2008 1:02 PM


Posted by: Arwen at February 13, 2008 5:47 PM

Congratulations, you guys! What a beautiful family! And Owen is an awesome name. Wish I could give you guys a big 'ol hug!!!


Posted by: Shash at February 13, 2008 8:46 PM

Congratulations to the new mom and dad and the whole family! That's a good lookin' kid! Dad's rock too!

Posted by: Suzy at February 14, 2008 12:17 AM

He's absolute perfection!! Congrats to you & the little lady!

BTW, missed ya while I've been MIA - other than the whole baby thing, how's life in Cactus land?

Posted by: Kris at February 14, 2008 1:21 PM


Posted by: Marilyn at February 14, 2008 9:01 PM

Hey stranger! A million congrats to the whole family. You are a very blessed guy. :)

Posted by: rsm at February 15, 2008 9:24 AM

Awww, what an adorable little boy! Welcome, Owen!

Congratulations to you and Beth (and big sister Mia), and best wishes from the Tech-Shrews.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at February 16, 2008 11:21 AM

Congratulations! Guess you'll have to change the spambot box so as not to play favorites.

Posted by: Whit at February 17, 2008 10:55 PM