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You Can't Hurry Love

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.

Thanks to all for the wonderful wishes. More details will follow.

Comments (252)

Welcome, baby Owen! So exciting, congratulations to the Cactus-Fish family!

And just as an aside: I hope the Phil Collins thing was a joke. I would've been homicidal if that had been playing while I was in labor.

Oh Happy Day!

Congrats! I love the name and Clive would be honored!

Congratulations!! And welcome to baby Owen -- good job listening to Mama. :-)

Glad everyone is doing well. I'm sitting here grinning ear to ear and hardly know what to say! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all the details (when everyone is sufficiently bonded and at least somewhat rested, that is).

I'm so happy for you all - big congratulations!!!

Ohhh, congratulations! I can't wait to see pictures of little Owen!

CONGRATULATIONS! Can't wait to see pictures of the little guy!

Awesome! Is he bald like Phil Collins?

I only discovered your blog a week or so ago, but I am delighted I did so in time to say welcome to your new arrival. Congratulations to all concerned :-)

Congrats and big hugs to the entire Fish family:-)

Yay! Yay!

So, the threatening letter worked, then? I'll have to remember that for next time.


Congratulations to all of you. LOVE the name!!!

Congratulations and Best Wishes to you all!

Oh how I love the name Owen! :) And how appropriate since your celebrity boyfriend is CLIVE Owen. I still think it's funny that Mia was SCARED of her baby brother's name!

Congratulations on your first eviction letter having it's desired effect! You & all of yours are in my prayers!

Congratulations! I have been obsessively checking for news- so happy for you! Definitely excited to see pictures and hear how Mia is doing with all of this.

Welcome to the world, Owen Gregory! Congratulations to you all.

Congrats! Welcome to the world Owen.

So he made it by the skin of his teeth, huh?

Congrats to all of you and a big welcome to Owen.

Congrats to everyone!

Congratulations! So glad to hear the good news!

Totally Awesome! Congratulations! Adore the name :)

Wow...What wonderful news!! I can finally stop checking your blogs every 10 minutes!!! And I too love the name Owen. Can't wait to see how beautiful he is. And I would like to suggest that you might want to invest in some "Pee Pee Tee-pees". Sweet precious little baby boys tend to let their "hoses" go at the first draft of out of diaper air!! You've been warned!!

AWESOME. I love that name. Between you and Sundry, there is some wonderful news (and names!) in the blogosphere.

Oh, happy, happy day. Congratulations.

Oh my goodness, congratulations!! I had a feeling he was coming sometime this weekend -- that was an awesome threat in that last post. =) So I've been coming here somewhat obsessively in the hope of news, and here it is! Welcome, baby Owen! I can't wait to meet the new little Cactus-Fish!

Yay! Yay! Yay!! Congratulations to the entire Cactus-Fish family. Welcome to the world little Owen!

congrats!! Glad everyone is doing well!

Fantastic! ADORE the name!

What a good little boy who all ready listens to his mommy!

Congratulations! Can't wait to hear the details and see that little man!

Oh wonderful! Thank you for naming your first born son after my first born son. I so appreciate it!

Seriously, Owen is a strong name and it will serve him well. Love to all of you!!

Congratulations! So glad everyone is well. Welcome to the world, Owen. Its already looking better since you came!

I'm looking forward to hearing all the details. Congrats again to the entire Cactus-Fish family. Hugs to Mia!!!

That's fantastic! Congrats!

Huzzah! Congratulations Cactus-Fish family! I love the name. Mia was scared of Owen? Huh. It's adorable. Can't wait to see pictures of the big guy and hear all about the labor and delivery. (Within reason, of course.) VBAC was a success I take it? So excited for everyone. :)

Woo hoo!!! Congratulations! Thanks for letting us know, Chris. I'm so happy for you all. Hope Beth's feeling OK physically (I'm sure she's feeling great emotionally).

Congratulations! What wonderful news - glad to hear everyone is doing so well. Can't wait to hear more. But first - get all the rest you can.

It's almost as if he knew he was about to be evicted. Welcome to this wonderful and crazy world, baby Owen!

Yay!! Congrats! Hope you are doing well... my baby too was 9lbs 3oz almost 3 years ago!

WOOT! Great news. Congratulations! Can't wait to see the photos. Hope you're feeling well.

Wonderful! Welcome, little Owen!!

Oh wow, a gigantic congratulations to the whole family! Your lives will never be the same, but in about a week you won't be able to recall life without little Owen in it. (At least in my experience.)

Enjoy a much deserved break, Beth. Allow everyone to dote on you!!

Congrats to the whole Cactus-Fish family! Can't wait to see pictures! Plus, I think it's kind of cool that Owen arrived on my birthday!


Well congratulations! Owen is very nice.

Congratulations! Now just hope that little Owen doesn't grow up to be a big fan of the Phil.

CONGRATULATIONS to the whole family!

I'm so excited! I can't wait to see pictures of sweet Owen and hear how Mia did seeing her little brother for the first time!

Love the name! Hurray!


Can't wait to see pictures and hear more of his birth!

I am so happy for all of you.
I can't wait to see little Owen!

Hooray! Welcome Owen! I love the name!

Congratulations ! I'm glad he's healthy. I hope you're feeling alright Beth. Owen is a great name. I teach a boy named Owen and he is very creative and well-mannered. Not that it means much (or anything at all) but I think it's good vibes.

Welcome, baby Owen! And see, Mommy really wasn't fucking around. Make a note of it.

I can't help but giggle at the "You Can't Hurry Love" and "You Can't Hurry Owen" thing...

Bad, Pam. Bad.


Congratulations Beth! I love the name Owen :)

Smart little boy you have that already knows when Mommy means business ;) LOL

I am so happy for you! My daughter is currently nesting like crazy in anticipation of her second child (so now she'll have a girl to go along with her rambunctious two-year old boy!). I can hardly wait to see pictures! I guess when Mommy speaks, Owen really does listen!

Congrats! As the mother of an Owen (who just turned 8 months old), we are thrilled to have another Owen in the world!

Congratulations! Hope you're doing well, Beth!

Congrats! A (big) healthy baby and healthy mommy is super news... can't wait to see photos!


Welcome Owen!

And congratulations Beth, Chris, and Mia.


I'm so happy for you both.

YAY!!!! Welcome to Owen and congratulations Chris, Beth, and Mia!!!


If she couldn't stand Phil before, now she'll associate him with labor pains and *really* hate him.




and...hmm, I will theorize that the labor (if there was one) ended in a c-section, because I can't imagine any other situation in which music the mother didn't want was played during a birth. If that's the case, I hope you are healing well.


Very very happy for your little family of 4!

Wow!! I guess Mommy really wasn't fucking around! lol Congratulations to all of you and Happy Birthday to Owen! Hope everyone is doing well and resting happily.

Congratulations! I am so excited and have been waiting on this announcement all weekend! Can't wait to hear more details...

Congratulations and welcome baby Owen! I hope to hear from you soon :)

Congratulations to you and the entire Cactus-Fish family!!!! Hope you are feeling like yourself soon.

Love the name!!

Congrats on the new little (big) guy!!! Can;t wait to hear all the juicy details!!!

Congratulations! And I love the name Owen!

CONGRATULATIONS! As someone who had a 9lb 1oz baby, I understand. ;-)

SQUEEEE! Congratulations Cactus-Fish family!!


I thought this was going to be a "night before the c-section" post, but LOOK! There was a BABY! Right under the wire! He really knows how to make an entrance!

I love his name!


Congratulations! I love his name!

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Great name! Sending good wishes to all 4 of you.

Welcome, little man.

Did you get your cookie yet?

Welcome, little Owen! Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Sounds like the little man is already listening to Mommy.

P.S. I think I might have killed someone if Phil Collins was playing in my delivery room.

Happy birthday Owen! Welcome to the world, can't wait to see your handsome little face. :)

Wow, that young man listened to his mama!
Congratulations to your whole family. Can't wait to see pictures and here the details!


The poll workers are going to be sooooo excited to see you showing up with a brand spankin' new baby on Tuesday!


And I think my hatred of Phil Collins and especially his version of that song might give me enough strength for a final push.

Yay! Congratulations!

Woot! Congratulations Cactus-Fish family! What a great name too.

I've been thinking about you guys getting ready for tomorrow all day today. So glad to hear the news about Owen making his appearance this weekend instead! Can't wait to hear all about it when you have the time.

Oh Wow! I was just about to turn off the computer for the night & thought I'd see if anything happened this weekend! Congratulations & welcome little Owen! Sneaking in tributes to your pretend boyfriend, eh? But Mia, that is not a scary name at all ;) I had that name on my list for boy #3, but DH nixed it...I still love it :)

Congratulations! How exciting!

yay for baby Owen!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

congratulations!! I love the name!!! Can't wait to see pictures...

Welcome Baby Owen!! good to know you already know how to listen to your Momma.heh

Congrads Cactus-Fish Fam!

Congratulations to you all!!! No wonder you kept crossing my mind Sunday afternoon. I'm glad Owen's entry into the world went well. Welcome, little one!

Congratulations!!!!!! That's just the coolest thing I've heard all weekend. I'm glad everyone is doing well. I love his name!

Congratulations, Cactus-Fish Family! Welcome to the world, little Owen.

I'm so excited and happy for y'all ~ yipppeeeee!!!

Hooray! I'm so very happy for all of you - and Beth, you are a ROCK STAR! Nine pounds?! DAMN!

I can't wait to read all the details - it's making me all misty eyed, thinking about how I couldn't WAIT for Mia to arrive, and now you've got sweet baby Owen. Life is good indeed, my friend! Congratulations!

Oh yay!!! I'm so happy for you guys and LOVE the name! Glad you got to have your VBAC..or whatever it is:) Can't wait to see pics and here the details!! Happy recovery.

Congratulations! Welcome little Owen, the world is waiting for you!

Congrats!! Fabulous name, too. Jeezus woman, nine pounds. Good job.

Congratulations!! For the record, (not sure which record, but I'm sure there is a record) I LOVE the name Owen.

So, so happy for you. The misery is over. Can't wait to hear all the gory details. There will be gory details, right? Take care of you. That's a great name by the way.

Congratulations, I am so happy for you. I hope everyone is doing well. I absolutely love the name!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Am looking forward to details, pictures, and of course, my own little addition coming in June. I am trying to read as much about people's experiences to prepare please do share, when you can.

Love to wee Owen, and you all of the Cactus-Fish household!

Tam Straight Poop


Can't wait to see photos.

Congratulations! I guess the magic pre-op armbands did their trick! Owen is a great name, by the way. All the best for your recovery!

Congrads to you and your family.... and Wow!! 9 POUNDS!!so thats what he was doing while taking his time coming out......cannot wait to hear the birth story.


Beautiful names! I hope you had a good labor experience.. Can't wait to hear the story and see pictures!!


Wonderful news! Congratulations. Can't wait for more details and to find out how Mia is adapting to Big Sister Status.

So happy for you both :0)
Pol x

Welcome, Baby Owen!



Congrats to you and Chris and Mia! So happy for you all! Wow, 9 lbs 3 oz! That Owen is one big baby!

welcome to the world, owen.
congratulations to you beth, chris and mia.

Welcome Owen!

Congrats you guys!

Congrats! And Owen, huh? Love it!(But how does your husband feel about naming the baby after your pretend celebrity boyfriend?!)

Hooray! Congratulations! What a beautiful, perfect name!

I am thrilled for you guys.

Congratulations Cactus-Fish family. Welcome little Owen

I am like the last one to know here but HURRAH!!!! I can't wait to hear the details!

Congrats to all you!

You know, I was just telling my husband the other day that what I really need is a compilation of Phil Collins's greatest hits. But I was dead serious.

Owen is a great name. Congratulations, Beth, Chris, and Mia! Can't wait to see pictures!

Congrats! Welcome to the world, Owen!

Owen! What a great name! You have a great family, little boy (even if they did play Phil Collins for you as you arrived).

Best wishes to everyone. :)

CONGRATULATIONS! I was wondering about the radio silence! I love the name Owen. What a big boy! I can't wait to see photos. Great job, Beth!

YAY! congratulations to the happy family. Owen is a wonderful name! I am so happy for the four of you, Owen has become part of a wonderful family! (not to mention a rather large following of good wishers in the netosphere!)
All the best Beth, for a speedy recovery!

He was under fire so he delivered (get it... sigh lame joke!)

YEAH! Cannot wait to hear all about the birth!


I love his name! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more details.

o my gosh! Congrats! Love the name! was hoping when I logged intoday (scheduled csection day) that he'd made it over the weekend - can't wait for all the gory details!

Awesome name! Congratulations!

Congratulations to the whole family and Welcome to the world baby Owen! Can't wait to see pictures of the little one.

Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more and see some pictures! Hope you have a quick recovery!

Awww, congrats to all! Great name, and what a big boy!
(And do not respond/reply to this comment time for good manners now! :)


Already left my best wishes on Cactus but here they are again.

Glad all are doing well and awaiting pictures when you're up to it.

YAY! Congratulations Beth, Chris, and Mia! Owen surely left it to the last minute, but at least you got to experience the start of labour (I hope), if not the finish (however it ended, I'm curious but patient).

Wonderful news! What a beautiful name - congratulations to the Cactus-Fish family! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about the birth! Yay!

Congratulations, Beth!! What wonderful news ... and it's a good sign that young Owen Gregory knows to follow directions from his mommy. All my best to you, Chris, Mia, and the not-so-wee one. Can't wait to see photos and get the whole story (curious, too, but perhaps not as patient as Kelly above)!

Delurking to congratulate you!!! Can't wait to see the li'l addition to the Cactus-Fish family.


Congratulations on the birth of your son, Owen. I love his name. And as big as he is, I'm surprised Beth wasn't complaining more.

Congratulations!!! So good to hear that Owen arrived before Monday! The middle name Gregory is an excellent choice as well--I'm a little biased b/c I brought it up as a middle name in the tremendous comment section for the boy name entry!

Wishing you a speedy recovery, and good sleep! Cheers!

Congratulations!!! So good to hear that Owen arrived before Monday! The middle name Gregory is an excellent choice as well--I'm a little biased b/c I brought it up as a middle name in the tremendous comment section for the boy name entry!

Wishing you a speedy recovery and good sleep! Cheers!

Yippie! Congrats! Love the name!!!


pictures???????'m sure this isnt the case but you didn't name your son after your pretend celebrity boyfriend CLIVE OWEN, right??????


Just wanted to add that you are obviously an amazing mother (had to gush!).

And hey, you might be let out in time to vote tomorrow... right? :)

wow, I am late to the party - but congratulations Cactus-Fish family and Welcome to the blogosphere Owen! Can't wait to "meet" you!

My heartfelt congratulations and best wishes (and a speedy recovery for Mama Beth!) to you all! Well done Cactus-Fish family!!

congratulations and welcome, Owen!

What wonderful news for my Monday morning!


I love his name, can't wait to see what he looks like and see big sis holding him!

peace, health & happiness to you all!

HOORAY!! major congrats to you all! so glad the little bugger listened to mama and came out ahead of schedule. i hope beth is feeling ok soon.

Congratulations!! What a big boy. I can't wait to hear more & see pictures!

OH MY GOSH! Congratulations! I cant wait to hear the details! Wow! He really waited until the last minute huh? Wow!

And the name! I love it. And I'll assume, unless told otherwise that he was named for Clive.

Wahoo! congratulations. I love the name Owen. Beautiful :)

Holy cow! Big kid. Hurray! Congrats!


Congrats to all! Can't wait to see his picture! What a blessing!

Congrats! Welcome to the world little Owen!

Congrats! Welcome to the world little Owen!




Congratulations to the Cactus-fishes


Welcome to the world Owen!

Congratulations! I love the name. Can't wait to see pics and hear the birth story. I am so glad that you got the birth that you wanted!!!

How wonderful. I love the name Owen. Yeah for no more pregnancy!

Congratulations to all the Cactus-Fish & Welcome Owen (LOVE the name)!!

Owen is almost as timely as Sydney... My water broke as I was getting ready to leave the house to be induced. I was getting my epidural at the scheduled time of my induction!

Yay Owen! Yay Beth! Yay Family!!

Yea for everyone. That is a big baby. Can't wait to see a picture of the baby.

I'm so happy you named the baby after his daddy, Clive (shhhh I won't tell Chris- promise!)

Congrats you guys, well done!

Joining the hundred in congratulating you! Love the name BTW :)

Aww, Beth. AWWW. congrats, sister. Is he delicious? I bet he is. You got your vback and you got your baby boy.

Me? All misty-eyed over here.

Welcome to the world little man! Congrats momma and daddy!


So glad to hear all is well. I couldn't love the name more. YAY for more cactus-fish babies!


Welcome, Owen! Hurrah!

YAHOO!!! Congrats to all. So glad Owen cooperated!


Congrats! He must be adorable, I can't wait to see pictures! :)

I can't wait to meet him!


Congratulations! Welcome Owen! Can't wait to hear the story and see pictures!

I too have an Owen, Owen Dean to be precise, who's 13 months old now. Love the name dearly!

Yaaaay..... Oh congratulations you guys :)
Many wishes to you and your new family of four :)
Lovely name choice btw

Mommy was really not fucking around, huh? lol
Welcome to the world, Owen! I guess the not so little guy made good use of the breakfast brownies! Congratulations!

owen gregory... cant wait to meet you little man.
welcome to the big wide wonderous world :)

I was sending laborous thoughts your way all weekend. OK, maybe not all weekend, but at least part of it.

Welcome Owen, you don't know it yet but you are one lucky little dude. You have been born into a fantastic family.

Congratulations!!! Way to go Owen! Btw, love the name Owen.

Congratulations to everyone! Can't wait to read the birth story.

Congratulations to everyone! Can't wait to read the birth story.

Congrats! Finally~ LOVE his name too.


Yay thats fantastic news!! Congrats!!!

I love the name. Congratulations!

So happy to hear everyone is healthy and happy. And how in the world did you convince Chris to name him after your celebrity boyfriend???

Welcome baby Owen!!!! Can not wait to hear about your birth! Congratulations momma!!! You did it!!! Do you know what a contraction is now? hee hee..sorry...I couldnt resist. Hope you recover fast and everything gets settled into a routine.

Oh my gosh! What a big boy! Congratulations to your whole family!

Apparently, this little guy already knows he needs to obey his mama!

Fabulous news... and is there something you haven't told us... did Clive internet impregnate you really and not Chris....

Joking aside.... best wishes to you all... I hope your family is full of love and happiness....

YEAHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Mazel tov! Welcome baby Owen!!!! Woot!!!

Holy shiz...I am SO LATE TO THE GAME.

Congrats...double contrats...triple congrats!!

CONGRATS and welcome to the newest cactus-fish! they say aquarians are the smartest--especially those born on 2/10(my birthday as well)!

Yay, congrats Beth, Chris, and Mia! Can't wait to see a pic of the little guy :)

Congratulations! Way to GO! Wonderful name- can't wait to hear how Mia likes him and see photos! Good work!

Didn't I tell you if I stopped visiting daily, he would come? I can't believe I've only just found out. I feel like a terrible... friend. We don't talk much but I consider you a friend.

Anyway, congratulations to all three of you! I hope Mia loves little Owen. And awesome name by the way.

Aww, congrats! I thought for sure the name was going to be Walter or Wallace so you could keep calling him Wally :) But I guess Owen is ok too ;)

congratulations! my boy was 9lb9oz - felt like i never even had a newborn! good luck with the 2kids thing! :)

Yay! OG is in the houussssse!


congrats! yay!

that's so exciting.

Yay! Congrats!!

oh congrats!!!

elcome, owen (hey, i think that was in my top 5), and all my best to the whole lot of you...

take good care of yourselves, we're all thinking of you!

Congrats! 'Owen Gregory' (what a cool name &) welcome to OUR world.

Oh I'm so glad for Beth that she didn't have to wait for Monday morning. Holy BIG Baby fish girl! I'm dying to see if he's a male version of Mia.

And now Monday becomes MOnday, Mia/Owen picture day! Congratulations, I can't wait to see a big sister, little brother picture.

Congrats! So glad the threats worked....hope that continues through high school...good luck! Love me some big babies-mine were both over 10#s, not much use for the newborn clothes in our house.

I am late, but major congrats! Love the name, and glad all went well. Sending major congrats and best wishes to all the Cactus Fishes!!!


You've heard it many times before, but I'd just like to add my congrats! Looking forward to seeing pictures!

Ha ha. Your threat worked! Congratulations and good wishes to you all.

congratulations! lovely name, 'Owen'. :-)

Congratulations to you all!! Can't wait to see what he looks like!

Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing and such a great name! Looking forward to hearing all about him! :)

Congratulations to you all!

Hmm, so threatening letters DO work. I'll have to keep that in mind for my second child. Welcome to the world, Owen. Congratulations everyone.

Hey, just wanted to offer my congratulations here on this post. So glad all is well... Welcome to the world Owen!


Owen... what a fabulous name!

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