The LaGreca Family A day in the life... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:41:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Pine Wood Derby Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:41:40 +0000 Amongst all the most recent chaos in the LG Family that I have shared with you…there was an event that slipped through the cracks. The Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby was this past weekend. 

Nicholas & Grandpa LaGreca have been plotting and preparing for this event for months! They spent MANY hours in Grandpa’s shop – working on the perfect derby race car. There were prototypes and scrapped models along the way….and finally, two days before the race…the car was done.  

Nicholas started the countdown to March 21st – weeks ago! 

And then…Saturday (3/21)  morning arrived….and so did the stomach bug. Nicholas passed out in our bathroom at 8:30am (he hit the wall with a loud crash & scared Joe & I to death)… and then started to vomit. By noon, NCL couldn’t get off the mattress on the floor and we were watching movie after movie. 

Nicholas finally realized it was Race day and expected to go. Joe told him that he couldn’t go be issue he was sick. Nicholas burst into tears and then said (through sobs) “Can you at least bring my car and race it?”

Joe & Grandpa had already planned on it. Joe stopped peaking/moving for a few hours and they headed up to the race. It’s a good thing NCL didn’t go because he was throwing up while they were gone…and while I was nursing the baby on the couch. Ugh. It wasn’t pretty. 

Joe FaceTimed is a few times and sent lots of text updates. 


There were 36 cars total. NCL’s is #11 above. 

Here is how NCL did in all of his races (3 cars race at a time. 1st = 0 points, 2nd = 1 point, 3rd = 2 points. When you get 6 points, you are out of the race.

3.150 test place

3.136 first

3.138 second

3.149 first

3.130 first

3.143 second

3.130 second

3.146 third by less than 1000th

3.143 first

3.129 second

Nicholas got 5th Place out of the whole race! Amazing! And — he got 1st Place out of all the Tiger Cubs (his age group, 1st grade). So, so cool! 


Since NCL was still feeling SO sick on Saturday night – AJ held the car and the medal up for a picture. Grandpa LaGreca was SO proud of NCL’s for building such a great car. He worked really hard on it – and it paid off. 

Just a HUGE bummer that NCL couldn’t see it in person πŸ˜• (I had tears in my eyes when Joe was talking to Nicholas about it). 

Grandpa is already jotting down ideas for next year…..

]]> 1
It Starts with an 8!!! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:35:14 +0000 I wasn’t successful in finding /getting to a baby scale this weekend…but it was on our mind the entire time. Leave it to my super crafty, genius father-in-law. He got out a food scale from Uncle Sam and put a piece of wood  on top. We laid down a baby blanket and weighed Little Miss. 


Gracee weighs ~about 8lbs and 2oz!! Yahoo!!! In the last 5 1/2 days, she has gained 8 ounces. That means AT LEAST 8 of us had our prayers answered πŸ˜€ (The rest are to come, I have a feeling). Thank you friends & family – for the good thoughts and prayers for baby girl. 

Joe & I are both THRILLED with the weight gain. Now we just have to get through the 2nd blood draw on Wed and pray for ALL good results. 

Below, Gracee couldn’t be bothered with the morning noise/chaos that her brothers create.  She was trying to cover her ears πŸ˜‰


]]> 2
Promise Lane Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:36:22 +0000   

On Wednesday (3.18.15) our loan was funded and recorded. We became the owners of this lovely home in Lakeside (the country!) 

2 days later, on Friday (3.20.15) we got the keys to the house, moved the first of the boxes and had a picnic with Joe’s family at the new house.


(Nicholas 7 1/2 years old, Anthony almost 5 years old & Gracee 5 1/2 weeks old) 

It was so cool to be out there last night. We got to watch the view from the backyard at dusk. I love the view! It feels, looks and smells like country! I can’t believe we get to live in the ‘country’ of San Diego. I never thought that we would have this much land just outside the city that we love (our property is 1.25 acres). Five people, three chickens (more to come) and one dog — the start of a farm. 


There is so much room out there. I feel like I can breathe! The kids had a blast playing in the yard. They left a tetherball for us! 



There is also a basketball hoop, a trampoline, a playground, a rock pile and plenty of driveway to ride bikesπŸ˜€

I am still so in love with the GIANT great room. I sat back (while feeding the baby) and just pictured this room filled with family — eating and laughing. It will be so nice to get settled and enjoy our first meal around a table. Many great memories to come….



I was in the backyard after the sun went down and looked back at the porch. 


The lighting on the back patio is nicer than most of the lighting inside our current house! Such a nice BIG patio. We will enjoy many meals out there, I am sure πŸ˜€ 

The second and third loads are on their way out to Promise Lane now. We have 1 week from today to get everything out of the house — leaving only the BIG furniture/appliances behind for the big boys to move next weekend. 



One more thought….we have a mantle!!! This December will be the first time we will have ‘Stockings hung by the chimney with care’ πŸŽ„ How FUN!! 

**I hope to weight Gracee tonight on a baby scale. Thank you ALL for the prayers. I am praying her weight starts with an eight. If I see 8lbs….I will cry tears of joy.**

]]> 0
’17 Years’ & ‘Not Enough’ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:16:59 +0000 Thanks to a friendly reminder from Joe’s cousin all the way on the other side of the country (thank you Mary!) – Joe & I wished each other a Happy 1st Date Anniversary. 17 years ago on St Patty’s Day – we went on our very first date πŸ˜€β€οΈ I think we are to the point in our relationship that I don’t even remember ‘before Joe’.

If it hadn’t been for the reminder from Mary – I am not sure I would have remembered due to the traumatic morning we had at the Dr’s office with Gracee. As you have been reading, Gracee hasn’t been gaining weight fast enough. Yesterday at our follow-up appt (weight check and tongue check), Gracee weighed 7lbs 9oz. Still 4 oz away from birth weight (and she is 5 weeks old now). She only gained 2.5 oz in the last 8 days - not enough.  They want her to gain 1-1.5oz every single day. Little Miss has fallen completely off the weight/growth curve. And the Dr was concerned.

Joe and I decided to start supplementing with formula over the weekend, in addition to nursing and giving her pumped breast milk. We wanted to make sure she was getting enough calories and its much easier to know with formula.

The Dr gave us a new plan. After every feeding (nursing) we will give Grace a bottle of formula – the higher calorie formula. No more bottles of pumped breast milk. Although I am bummed that my milk isn’t doing its job – I am incredibly grateful that we have another option.

Then the Dr ordered some tests for Gracee – that required a blood draw from the lab 😁. Ugh. I had no idea how hard it was going to be. They gave us little plastic warmers to put on her arms – makes it easier to find the veins for the draw. The warmers were not comfortable on her. She was really upset before we went into the room. I held my sweet baby while the two nurses did the blood draw from her little arm (just like an adult would have). Gracee was so upset — and I couldn’t  help but sob right along with her.

The Dr called last night with the results. The first thing he started with was her white blood count – and my heart hit the floor. He eventually (felt like minutes but it was only seconds) said that her count was fine. She isn’t anemic. Her liver enzyme count was high, but not dangerously. Could be nutrition based. She also had a problem with electrolytes – potentially nutrition based also. With the new formula and nursing – the hope is that the two problems are corrected. Dr also sent the results to Children’s Hospital and they agreed with the findings but wanted Grace re-checked next week and they added additional tests. I am not sure which ones – I will find out next week when we go. And that means, we have to do another blood draw. Dear God, help me.

I can’t tell you how often I hear ( “oh, look at that baby – she is SO tiny!” Random people say it where ever we go. I know it’s true. But I won’t lie – I feel like a knife is driven deeper into my heart every time. At this point, I don’t even want anyone to look at her – because I know the next comment is going to be about her size.

Otherwise, Gracee is doing great. She tolerates the formula very well. Nursing isn’t going all that well (even after the tongue clipping) – but at least we KNOW she is getting enough nutrition now (from the bottle). I am pumping and freezing – for a later date. Little Miss is smiling up a storm now. It’s adorable.

If you remember, please say a little prayer that Grace puts on some weight. If everyone prays for an ounce, we will be in good shape πŸ˜€ Also. Please pray that there are no other test results that come back with concern. We will keep you updated.

*No post is complete without pictures right? (Sorry, I know there were a lot of words on this one). Here are a few pictures of our sweet Grace.


]]> 5
Happenings Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:50:53 +0000 So much going on!! You would think that we coupled a newborn baby AND a giant move — all in one. Oh wait…. πŸ˜•

We are 4 weeks into sweet Gracee’s life and I think we really are on the way up! She is nursing SO much better now. I am in VERY little pain now. Tomorrow, I will re-check her weight. Even though I LOVE her this size (so small — as EVERYONE keeps saying), I can NOT wait to see her weight start with an 8 (instead of a 7).

She has done SO well taking a bottle. Daddy and brothers have all had the chance to feed her (which makes her very happy).

Grandpa likes to stop over for a few cuddles.

I will admit, we are ALL so bummed to be moving out of San Carlos. 11+ years ago, we moved into this house… 1/2 mile down the road from Joe’s parents. It has always been so nice to be so close. It’s going to be quite a transition to be a freeway drive away.

Biggest brother still loves to hold and cuddle his little sister.

Great Grampy & Grandma Della were here for a short visit.


Grandma LaGreca gets her Gracee cuddle time (after the tongue clipping on Monday)

Nicholas finally pulled out his other front tooth!

AJ and his class have been visited by 4 little cheeky leprechauns this week. So…they built a trap!

Nicholas ROCKED the BW Jog-a-Thon yesterday. Gracee & I went to cheer him on. It was SO fun to be there.

Our final walk-through of the new house is tomorrow. We should receive the keys next Friday. I can’t believe it’s already here. And part of me (& Joe) feels like it’s taken forever. We are living in a constant state of disarray right now. Boxes EVERYWHERE! Missing stuff. Packed food, toys, etc. Joe is on the phone with propane companies, yard work folks, painters, escrow/real estate people, the spa company, movers, friends, and clients! We both feel really blessed that THE house came up and it’s about to be ours — and we are both anxious to get moved and feel settled. We can see the light πŸ˜€

Here are a few more random pictures.


]]> 1