February 10, 2011


Exactly three years ago, I wrote this:

Owen Gregory Cactus-Fish arrived at 3:55 the afternoon of February 10th. He was ushered into the world to the strains of You Can't Hurry Love performed by Phil Collins. Ironic since there isn't an artist Beth hates more. Owen weighed in at 9 pounds 3 ounces and is perfectly, wonderfully healthy. Beth is doing well. I am only slightly traumatized.

I have absolutely no idea how it happened but Owen is now three. And I am still slightly traumatized.

Over the last three years Owen has changed from a tiny, helpless infant into a superhero-loving, Lego-playing, Star Wars-obsessed little buy who tells completely nonsensical jokes and is capable of destroying anything merely by glancing at it. Owen is this little person, full of humor and life and love and I love him for it.

Happy Birthday, Owen. I love you, little dude.

Posted by Chris at February 10, 2011 7:00 AM

Please tell Owen that he and I share a birthday. And it's the most awesome birthday ever!

Happy 3rd Birthday Owen!

Posted by: Lisa at February 10, 2011 8:09 AM

Happy Birthday Owen! Personally, I think that 3 is much worse than 2, but I'm sure you'll make it was easier on your parents than my daughter is.

Posted by: NG at February 10, 2011 8:19 AM

THREE!? That's not possible!

Happy Birthday, Big O! I don't believe you're already three, but your daddy's a smart man. He must be right about this!

Posted by: Emily at February 10, 2011 8:57 AM

OMG! I can't believe it! Happy Birthday Owen!!!

Posted by: Maribeth at February 10, 2011 9:04 AM

Where the hell did the last 3 years go?! Happy Birthday to one of the awesomest little dudes I "know!"

Posted by: Kris at February 10, 2011 9:51 AM

THOSE EYES. Happy Birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Fraulein N at February 10, 2011 10:03 AM

Happy Birthday Owen! May the force be with you.

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 10, 2011 10:43 AM

Happy Birthday Owen!

Posted by: donna at February 10, 2011 10:44 AM

That picture of him with the purple tie is very cute and he is kinda giving the same look that you are in your profile picture to the right.
Happy Birthday Owen- cherish each one.


Posted by: greenie at February 10, 2011 11:04 AM

Happy Birthday 3 year old. Where does the time go?

Posted by: Ann Elizabeth Adams at February 10, 2011 11:31 AM

Happy Birthday, Owen! All of the pics are sweet, but that one with the purple tie is to-die-for cute. Congrats to you too, Cactus!

Posted by: James Proffitt at February 10, 2011 12:18 PM

Aw beautiful little boy! *ahem* handsome I mean! Happy birthday little man.

Posted by: Heather at February 10, 2011 12:41 PM

I remember either you or Beth wondering how you could possibly split all of the enormous love you had and have for Mia between two little people. In retrospect, look how easy that was!

What a beautiful little man he's turned in to.

Happy Birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Procrastamom at February 10, 2011 1:30 PM

Happy 3rd birthday to Owen.

Posted by: Issa at February 10, 2011 1:53 PM

Happy Happy Birthday, Owen! Have a Super Awesome Day! ;-)

Posted by: cyndy at February 10, 2011 2:06 PM

Happy Birthday Owen! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but reading about your adventures has made the time fly by!! I hope you have a Star Wars worthy day today!!

Posted by: Krush at February 10, 2011 4:06 PM

Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Katherine at February 10, 2011 5:31 PM

Wow. 3. I have been reading your blog since you announced Beth was pregnant with Baby #2 Cactus-Fish. Where in the heck has the time gone?

You've got yourself a beautiful, happy, healthy little boy there, Chris. And that? Is one of life's most precious gifts. Enjoy.

Posted by: Mindy at February 10, 2011 5:32 PM

I CANNOT believe Owen is 3. I remember watching Beth's belly grow on a weekly basis during what seems like last year. Gosh. Happy (belated) Birthday to Sir Owen.

Posted by: Dianna at February 11, 2011 6:37 PM

happy birthday, owen! i started reading this blog a day or two after he was born, so i honestly tell time by his birthdays :) :)

i really can't believe he's three already. time is a remarkable thing.

Posted by: kati at February 11, 2011 11:38 PM

Three??!!?? Where does the time go?

And he just gets more handsome by the day.

Happy Birthday Owen

Posted by: cassie-b at February 12, 2011 2:43 PM

It's been fun watching the little guy grow. Amazing what can happen in 3 years.

Those baby blues are going to break a lot of hearts some day.

Posted by: Nila at February 14, 2011 6:24 AM