The LaGreca Family A day in the life... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 ūüėÄ

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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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The “Hottest” Place on Earth Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:10:55 +0000 Yes, that is right. We, in our infinite wisdom, decided to brave Disneyland on the HOTTEST day on the earth…ever, in the history of the world. (Ok..that’s a ‘bit’ exaggerated but man, it was FREAKIN’ hot!) The ‘Happiest’ Place on Earth was quickly turned into the HOTTEST Place on Earth…by 9:34am.

When we picked Sunday, Sept 14th as our day to use up our last D-land tickets, we had NO idea that it would be Death Valley in Southern California. We had to use up our last day-pass before the end of Sept, and the 14th was the ONLY day that worked on our calendar.

We arrived fully prepared for the day. A million frozen ice/water bottles and the biggest, industrial sized squirt bottle (from Costco) for constant cold mist ‘showers’.

The good news (and a surprise to us) was that – 2 days prior to our arrival – they had transformed the Park into “Halloween Time”. ¬†Disney certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to decorations.



AJ was very excited about the day. He wore a Mickey shirt in honor of the occasion.



We headed into CA Adventure first and the boys started off the day on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.


Then we all did one of our favorites: Toy Story Mania.  Such a fun game/ride! (and Joe is totally unbeatable)




I have to hand it to Nicholas. ¬†Not only was it ridiculously hot the entire day, but he was also battling a cold. ¬†He was pretty quiet the whole day (very unlike him) but he NEVER complained about anything. ¬†He is a total die hard Disneyland fan…just like his parents :)


Pirates of the Carribean was actually one of the toughest lines to wait in because there were a few sections there were in the direct sun. Seconds in the direct heat felt like HOURS! (Let’s not forget that I am also pregnant…and pregnant people don’t really like/enjoy the heat all that much).


Around 3:3pm in the afternoon — we were heading towards Small World and passing by Thunder Mt on the way. ¬†They had a measuring stand right at the entrance to Thunder Mt and I stopped the family and said “Let’s just see how far away AJ is from the 40 inch mark” (When we were in the Parks in May – AJ was a SOLID inch away from the 40 inch mark and we had just gotten back from Buffalo, NY – where we spent a few days at the County Fair – and AJ couldn’t ride too many rides while we were there. So, I really didn’t think there was ANYWAY that he had grown an inch over the summer).

To ALL our surprise – he TOTALLY hit the 40 inch mark – without question! ¬†I couldn’t believe it. ¬†He looked at me and said “Does this mean I get to go on the ride??? (Thunder Mt)” and I said YES! Go! ¬†I felt so terrible for not checking sooner in the day. ¬†We are the worst parents EVER!


Nearly the ENTIRE park opened up to Anthony. Even Nicholas was SO excited to ‘show him around.’ ¬†This new revelation (at 3:30pm in the afternoon on a Sunday) also meant that our planned departure time of 6pm was totally thrown out the window. After all, we had to make it to as many of the ‘big boy rollercoaster’ rides as possible!

Probably one of the more EPIC video clips we have….Joe captured Anthony on the big Splash Mountain drop (pictured above by me…while I waiting on the side lines for all the boys to ride).

Video Link: Anthony on Splash Mountain (Note: turn your volume up and watch until the very end. Total video is only 24 seconds and WORTH IT!)


The picture above shows HOW excited both boys were when they learned about AJ’s new, awesome, 40 inch-tall abilities!


When the afternoon became too unbearable and we needed a bit of a cool down Рwe headed over to the ice cream saloon in Adventure land and ordered Root Beer Floats and an ice cream sundae.  So, so good.



All 3 boys enjoyed a Star Tours Trip (AJ’s first time….yes, very excited little boys)


We even got Nicholas to try Tower of Terror again (and after the last time, coming off the ride in COMPLETE hysterics/tears, I didn’t think it would be possible). ¬†AJ got all the way to front of the line and they decided that he couldn’t ride :/ ¬†Such a bummer. ¬†But, Joe and NCL enjoyed the ride while AJ and went on something else.


We finished the night (later than planned) at the same place where we started: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. ¬†By 9pm at night we were all tired (Mama especially!), hungry for dinner, sweaty and stinky. ¬†We ate dinner just outside the park (the boys could barely keep their eyes open long enough to inhale their dinner) and they were asleep in the van w/in 3 minutes on the southbound freeway.

One more fun picture…Anthony’s first time on Space Mountain (transformed for Halloween as the ‘Ghost Galaxy’ — yes, another ride that I had to sit out). You can barely see AJ’s head over the seat! Ha ha…but, he came off the ride with a HUGE smile and said “Can we do it again?”



Despite the ridiculous temperatures that day, we all had a great time and surprisingly – the lines weren’t bad at all (that was certainly a plus that semi-out-weighted the heat). ¬†It was even more fun when we realized AJ could join Joe/NCL on the big boy rides. ¬†I just wish I could have been part of that fun (on the rides). ¬†AJ kept telling me “Mommy, you can’t ride the big boy rides because you have a baby in your belly. But when the baby comes out – we can ride the roller coasters together!” ¬†Sweet boy….I can’t wait to go on the rides with you!

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