The LaGreca Family http://www.lagrecafamily.com A day in the life... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:11:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Family of Five http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/19/family-of-five/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/19/family-of-five/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:43:12 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6667 (null)

My Mom took our 1st Family of Five Photo on Sunday morning before church. There won’t be many more pics snapped in our frontyard here on Golfcrest.

Miss Grace got to wear her 1st dress to church on Sunday.

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My mom really enjoyed her weekend here with all the grandkids. She spoiled them all.

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Here are a few other shots of Our #5 family member 😀

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1 week Dr check up. She is doing well and looking great.

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Lots of PINK💗 is being delivered to this house (so strange to see so many GIRL things!) Everything is so cute!! I am loving it! (I haven’t even had the chance to buy anything girly yet!!!)

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The News is Out http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/17/the-news-is-out/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/17/the-news-is-out/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:43:33 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6651 I wasn’t planning on ‘letting the cat out of the bag’ so soon, but as fate and timing would have it — 2 days after Grace was born….ready or not….the cat was let out of the bag.

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On Thursday afternoon (the day I got home from the hospital), a “FOR RENT” sign was delivered to our house and the ads went up online. What a way for our neighbors to find out! After 11+ years on Golfcrest….the LaGreca Family is moving (about 15 minutes away from our current house).

As many of you know, Joe has been looking at houses for years (no exaggeration….years). I have been onboard and off-board for years. We put one offer in on a house about 3 1/2 years ago and really had no chance of getting that house. Since then, we have just looked. And when we found out I was pregnant with Grace, we went full steam ahead (both of us) looking for our next home.

As the story goes, on a Friday night a few weeks back we were painting the nursery (and preparing for the weekend project of wainscoting and re-do of the nursery). We had just finished painting the green walls and Joe sat down at his computer. He called me out to the garage (yes, his new ‘office’ is the garage) and said “a house just came up, let’s take a look”.

That phrase has come up MANY times over the last 9-12 months. We sit down, look at the pictures, research the street view, measure for RV parking, read all the descriptions – and then decide if it’s worth seeing in person. 95% of the time, we stop after the online research. We have been to a few houses in the last 6 months – but not many. And – there is ALWAYS a DEAL BREAKER with the houses.

Being only DAYS away from having a baby AND re-doing the kids’ room – we certainly were NOT expecting to find ‘the‘ house. The pictures and description of this house totally fit the criteria. In fact, within minutes I told Joe that we should make time to go see the house in person ASAP. Luckily there was an Open House scheduled for that Sunday.

We went to the open house and Joe’s parents met us there. The pictures don’t do the house justice.

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It’s a custom built home – only 7 years old! It’s on 1.25 acres of land and there is a chicken run already!! Plenty of RV parking and a playground with an in ground trampoline for the kids! After looking at the house, we both couldn’t stop thinking about it. By Tuesday, we were in talks of making an offer.

We went back and forth a bit on negotiations. And finally settled and accepted the counter offers. We went into Escrow right when Grace was due.

Our agent is showing our house today to a group of potential renters. There seems to quite a good demand for our house. I will admit, the thought of ANYONE else living in this house makes my stomach hurt a bit (and brings tears to my eyes). I have prayed an awful lot about this situation and I have a very strong, calming feeling that we are doing the right thing. But – I can still be sad.

Looks like we will be moving in March – on Palm Sunday weekend. We have SOOOO much to do. It’s VERY overwhelming and stressful, especially for Joe. He is going to need a LOT of help.

Here are a few more pictures of Promise Lane (the street address):

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The Name http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/14/the-name/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/14/the-name/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:07:46 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6625 (null)

A few friends/family have asked us about her name. Figured I should write out my thoughts so she could read it one day 😀

As many of know, from my ranting on here the last 9 months, we have had our girl name picked out….for years. When I was pregnant with Anthony, we came up with a girl name and struggled a bit with a boy name (we knew ‘Joseph’ would be the middle name though). I honestly never thought we would have the chance to use a girl name (I was pretty sure AJ was going to be another ‘boy’ when I was pregnant but we were prepared for a girl, just in case).

Our girl name started with my first name. Joe LOVES my first name and really wanted to use it if we ever had a girl. He was perfectly happy to use it as a baby’s 1st name – but I was NOT keen on having a daughter with my same name (although – I DO really love the name Elizabeth — nicely done, Mom & Dad).

So, we were both set on the middle name of Elizabeth. That was pretty easy.

Since its a long middle name AND our family names are super traditional, we wanted to have something shorter and something that ‘matched’ our names.

I actually had a list of girl names that I liked over the years but many of them had gotten SO popular recently. We went through the family names (both sides) and tried them out with our middle & last name. Joe had an ‘Aunt Grace’ back in Buffalo and we had both said that we liked the name and sound of ‘Grace’.

AJ was born and we had to come up with a boy name. It took about 5 hours after his birth – and then Joe & I had some time to talk. He agreed that baby 2 looks like an Anthony Joseph. Done! And so….our girl name was tucked away….on a digital note pad…..thinking we would never get to use it. Over the years, many people asked us if we had a girl name picked out (ever). We always said yes – but never shared the name (not even our parents or siblings knew….and it wasn’t because of lack of asking).

When we were surprised by this pregnancy, I spent the entire 9 months wondering if we would get use our girl name. I never really blogged about it or told anyone (but Joe) how much I really was hoping that we would get to use the name. We also (as you know) did NOT have a boy name picked out, again this time 😁 As we were driving to the hospital on Tuesday (delivery day), I said to Joe in the car “I know we don’t care what the gender is, but I really would love to use our girl name”. Joe’s guess from the VERY beginning was ‘girl‘ 💗

Not only did we like the sound of ‘Grace Elizabeth’ and it nicely fit with Joseph, Elizabeth, Nicholas and Anthony, but it’s also a very traditional and Biblical name. God’s Grace is a gift in our lives. It’s certainly suiting for the gift that was giving to us in Sweet Baby Grace.

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One other thing with Ms Grace and her name. We love the traditional, classic sound of Grace. But we also love the cute/young sound of ‘Gracie’. Since her middle name starts with an ‘E’ — we will call her (and spell it) Gracee.

Here are some recent pictures of my little eating machine. My Mom (Grandma D) is in town this weekend and LOVING every minute of it!!

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Meet Your Sister, Grace http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/13/meet-your-sister-grace/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/13/meet-your-sister-grace/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:28:11 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6596 I have to start this one off with a GIANT Thank You to Mom & Dad (Grandma & Grandpa LaGreca) for pinch hitting this week with the boys. It was such a relief knowing they were cared for and having a good time. Thank you for all the help – we really do appreciate it!!

After 2 whole days of waiting, the boys FINALLY got to meet their new baby sister (at home).

Nicholas was the first boy home from school on Thursday and he was thrilled to run into the house and find his baby sister sitting with Mama in the rocking chair.

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Thanks to a dear friend – we had this super cute onesie for Grace’s homecoming & introduction into the family.

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Nicholas couldn’t wait to actually hold his sister. Here are a few shots of his first duties as the oldest brother (again).

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When Anthony got home, we had a full on sibling photo shoot 😀

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Two Brothers and one Little Sister. Doesn’t get much better.

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This little girl is already getting LOTS of cuddle time. We are fighting over her already 😀 Such a sweet and perfect addition to our family. 💗🎀💕

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Her First Days http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/12/her-first-days/ http://www.lagrecafamily.com/2015/02/12/her-first-days/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:43:26 +0000 http://www.lagrecafamily.com/?p=6554 Over the last few years, I have contemplated whether or not I should keep up with the blog. With all the social media outlets and tech savvy avenues – the blog is pretty antiquated for 2015.

But I keep coming back to the same things:
(1) It’s my blog (my family’s) and I don’t have to feel bad about how much or little I share
(2) I can post 40 pictures if I want, and no one (but me or Joe) can complain
(3) I usually have WAY more to say than is allowed in a text or status update.

Because of the 3 points above… The blog will stay 😀 (It will just be behind sometimes – it’s not so ‘instant’ as other spots – mostly because of #3 above, ha ha)

Our little Grace is just over 2 days old. Only 49 hours old! She is doing great. We would have left the hospital after her 24 hour mark, but she had to have some additions tests run on her heart (3-4 nurses heard an irregularity in her heart beat). We are thankful the results were all normal/good. So, we got the discharge papers this morning.

Here are a couple of shots from her first day (Dani & Joe probably have better ones)

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The first night with her was a bit tough. She was awake a lot (kind of surprising for a brand new baby). Joe left the hospital around 1:30am and I spent the next few hours nursing her and trying to get her to sleep in the bassinet. That did NOT work! She would not stay asleep in the bassinet. After many attempts, I gave up and went the ‘sleep on my chest’ route. I couldn’t really get too comfortable (to really fall asleep) but I have to say…it was heavenly to have her so close. After having her WITH me for 9+ months, it’s really all we know. She was perfectly happy and fast asleep on my chest 😀

The morning after her birthday brought more guests. They had to SEE for themselves that we really did have PINK and not blue.

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It was so great to have a few familiar faces pop in to say hello.

And Wednesday was also ‘church email announce day’ of the week – so this email came in:

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We can’t wait to introduce her to our church family on Sunday!!

Daddy stopped in for a bit and then had to pick up the boys for dinner and bedtime. Then he called me so we could FaceTime. The boys weren’t allowed to come to the hospital due to the flu and other crazy stuff going around. No kids under 12 years old around newborns.

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Auntie Dani came to my rescue on Wednesday night. She stayed for a two hour visit to keep me company and snuggle with her niece. Grace was weighed again that night. She had only lost 6 oz since birth. Not too bad!!

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My second night with baby was better then the first. She still did NOT want to be in the bassinet, but she slept really well on my chest and we actually got a few bits of sleep through the night and the morning. I can’t say that I felt well rested – but much better then the night before.

This morning was good. Dr’s came in. I checked out fine. Grace’s results all came back good. We got our discharge papers and Daddy picked us up.

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It feels SO good to be home. It was nice to walk outside (and feel the 84 degree weather — holy cow!!) The house feels like a mansion compared to a hospital room. So many places to sit and move around.

Lucy got to meet Grace first (both of the boys were in school today). I am not sure Lucy is thrilled with the new creature in the house. We will have to see how she does.

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We waited for the boys to get home…the BIG introduction. Pictures coming soon.

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