The LaGreca Family A day in the life... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:12:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Good-Bye is Never Easy Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:53:48 +0000 After an 8 month road of bladder cancer, Otis’ earthly visit came to an end yesterday morning. Ugh. It’s SO hard to be a pet owner. I feel like we JUST went through this with Roscoe (even though it’s been almost 2 years).  And – because we went through a similar situation, Joe & I both know that there is very little-to-nothing that can be said or done to make it any easier.  As they say, it just takes time.



It’s pretty crazy to think that Otis was a LaGreca longer than I have been. He was there the night we adopted Roscoe and brought him over to meet his new friend. Otis and Roscoe were both there to greet and welcome the LaGreca boys into the family (2007 and 2010). Thankfully, we took a LaGreca Family picture 2 Christmas’ ago that included both Otis & Roscoe.  The White and Black dog were “the boys” before our two LG boys were part of the family.

When he was diagnosed  8 months ago  none of us (including the vet) knew what that meant in terms of time. They said maybe 3 months…we got 8.

It’s something you knowingly sign up for when you adopt a dog. It always ends the same and its ALWAYS hard. You NEVER feel like you had enough time – you sort of feel….robbed at the end (at least, that’s how Joe & I felt).

The nice part about it is that you usually get years of fun, love and joy – and at the end, you trade all that in for a really crappy day(s) and weeks of tears, heartbreak and loneliness. Hopefully you took lots of pictures along the way and have MANY wonderful memories with your 4-legged friend.

We had many nicknames for Otis and rarely actually called him “Otis”:

  • Oti
  • Oters
  • Oti-kins
  • White Dog
  • Diablo Blanco (Joe came up with this one and back in Oti’s younger years, it was very suiting)
  • Oti-O

Glad we got to spend lots of time with Otis. Our house was his 2nd home. He LOVED that we had a doggie door and he could run out after critters on the back hill anytime he wanted (including ALL hours of the night).   He even {sort of} accepted Lucy into his pack… even though she was always trying to get him to play & annoying him.   Just this past week, they enjoyed the leftover meatloaf at Otis’ house – they happily shared all the yummy drippings and crumbs out of the same dish.



Nicholas said grace last night before dinner and after Thanking God for his family members and the food, he said “I hope Otis is having a good time in heaven with Roscoe and I hope Grandma & Grandpa will feel better.”  Such a perfect 7-year old prayer.  I can’t remember which boy it was, but one of them asked us if Roscoe and Otis were in the same place and if they were going to be able to find each other.  And although I don’t really know the answer, it’s comforting for us to picture the two of them together again.


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Pregnancy with 2 Boys Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:01:10 +0000 It is pretty fun & interesting to be pregnant this time – and have two little boys around. They are so different (always have been) and their reaction to Baby 3 and me being pregnant is no different.

AJ has been so loving and sweet about the baby. Nearly every single day, he rubs my belly and says “I like your baby, Mom.” He gives the baby kisses and wants to feel it kick whenever possible. When asked what kind of baby he thinks it is – he just says “I don’t know” with a sweet smile and a shrug.

Nicholas has been more removed. He is JUST now asking to feel the baby kick. The most excited I have seen him was the day I surprised him as the Mystery Reader in his class. He ran up to me, gave me a big hug and said loudly “My Mom is pregnant!!”

This morning was definitely one of my favorites. Nicholas was in my room when I came out of the bathroom from getting ready for work. He said “Mama, when the doctor takes the baby out at the hospital, how will he know what kind of baby it is?” (meaning: gender). I said “the doctor will look at the baby, and if it has a penis, it’s a boy. If it doesn’t have a penis, it’s a girl”

He paused a second and then said “oh….yeah….the penis” – in that ah-ha voice when something just clicks and makes sense. I had to laugh because it was so sincere and cute – coming from a little boy.

I posted the above comparison on Instagram yesterday. In just TWO weeks, this baby {my belly} has grown a ton! I get lots of shocked looks on people’s faces at work. And yes, people ask if I am SURE it’s only 1 baby.

This week marked the infamous glucose test. Drink 1 nasty, sugary drink in less than 5 minutes and come back 1 hour later for blood work. When I saw how much I had to drink – I really thought it wasn’t going to be so bad…..however, I was nearly chocking half way through. (I am SUCH a baby with liquid medicine). Results were back w/in 24 hours. All is good. No gestational diabetes — very thankful for that.

Oh – and I got a flu shot on the same day (Tuesday) and my arm is STILL sore. Holy cow! I wasn’t expecting that.

In between the comparison pic is a pic of Joe & I at the beach last week.

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Cousins are the Best! Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:01:31 +0000 We had Elliot for a bit this weekend – and luckily it worked out that Nicholas went to hang out at Grandma & Grandpa’s house for the afternoon. We got a small glimpse of what ‘big brother Anthony’ would look like.

Right away, he ran to his room to get a book that he could show Elliot.


When Elliot got fussy and started to cry, AJ seemed really worried. He kept asking why the baby was crying and what we could do to stop the crying.


Little man (Elliot) doesn’t take a paci (eeek, that was no fun!) and he doesn’t like the bottle. Joe and I were a bit at a loss. I finally got him to calm down and he fell asleep on my shoulder.

I love cuddling sleeping babies…but I have to admit, it was a bit bizarre to rock Elliot laying on my chest/belly and the baby kicking in the inside. Certainly not something that happens often.




Elliot only snoozed for 30 minutes or so, then he was awake and happy.

AJ immediately asked if he could hold his cousin.





How SWEET is this picture (below)? Melt my heart!




We are glad to have cousins that live so close 😀

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Toothless Mon, 06 Oct 2014 03:38:28 +0000 We finally lost a tooth in the LaGreca House!! In fact, within 10 days – the 2nd one came out!


His first one came out at dinner one night. He said it was loose and then he pulled it out. (I have to admit, when he was playing with it, my stomach was turning. I felt much better once it was out).

The new 1 hole toothless smile:


10 days later, on our way to church this morning, he said from the back of the van: “I lost another tooth!!”


We like the new 2-toothless smile. Our little boy is growing up!


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Baby Bump Update Sat, 04 Oct 2014 03:19:46 +0000 IMG_8890-0.JPG

I just realized this week that I hadn’t posted pictures from our Carlsbad Camping Weekend. I took 1/2 Way point (20 week) pictures that weekend and never got around to posting. Time is certainly moving quicker these last few weeks.

Note: Yes, the above picture was taken by me, in the bathroom (at work). Sometimes you just have to snap a picture when you remember to. And a friend had just asked to see an updated picture. Figured this was the fastest way to do it.

In the last few weeks, this baby has been growing! I can feel it kick all the time (more so at night when I finally sit down / lay down to relax). Joe has been able to catch a few good kicks, too.

I just got over a nasty cold that eventually turned into a sinus infection & an ear infection. I finally went in to see the doctor when I starting having blurred vision in one eye. Doc said I sounded terrible (bad cough) and needed antibiotics to kick the bacteria. I am feeling so much better now.

There are still a few people at the office that get surprised when they see me (if they haven’t seen me in awhile). Just yesterday, I walked into a meeting and the 2 guys in the room had big eyes — looked at the other female in the room and mouthed “is she pregnancy?” (Thinking I couldn’t tell) and she replied, out loud, “no, she just got really fat” — I had to laugh. It’s true either way…yes, I am pregnant and yes, I am fat!!

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