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Hi! I’m so excited you’re here!
My name is Bethanie Garcia and this is my little corner of the internet. The Garcia Diaries started in early 2014 as a creative outlet and has quickly turned into my passion, heart and soul, and career. I get a lot of the same questions, so feel free to read some FAQ’s below!
Q: How long have you and your husband been married?
A: We have been married for 5+ years now.
Q: How far apart in age are your daughters?
A: My daughters are twelve months and two weeks apart.
Q: Is it hard having your kids so close in age?
A: I feel like having any kids at all, no matter how close or far apart, is HARD! But I couldn’t imagine it any other way… my kids are best friends. I love it and am so grateful for God’s plan (even if it wasn’t my plan, lol)!
Q: How many kids do you want?
A: Three is the perfect number to me! And my husband agrees!
(Edited in 2018 to add – now four is the perfect number. LOL)
Q: What city do you live in?
A: Gilbert, Arizona. 25 minutes from Phoenix.
Q: How did you and your husband meet?
A: We met and fell in love in high school!
Q: What are your kids’ names and ages?
A: Brooklynn Alessandra (5), Harlym Jeter (4), Deuce (2), Bronx Elliot (infant).
Q: Why did you name your son Deuce?
A: He is named after my husband. His legal name is Anthony Elias Garcia II. Deuce is his nickname and is a play on the word “second” (instead of “Junior”). I hated it for so long and used to get mad when Anthony called him that (while I was still pregnant). But from the moment he was born, I haven’t called him anything else! The nickname Deuce suits him so well and is pretty unique, I’ve grown to LOVE it!
Q: What condition does your son have?
Q: How many surgeries has Deuce had?
A: He had his first surgery (endoscopic skull surgery) at 3.5 months old. Following the surgery, he had a docband (helmet) for 8ish months. Unfortunately, he regressed and we found out in 2017 that he would need a second surgery. He had his second surgery at 21 months old (open cranial vault reconstruction).
Q: How long have you been blogging?
A: I’ve been blogging for almost five years.
Q: Brooklynn…Harlym Jeter…Bronx… What’s the New York signifigance?
A: When we were trying to choose a name for Brooklynn, my only criteria was that I wanted a “B” name. Brooklynn was the only name we could agree on. When baby #2 came along, we thought coordinating names would be cute but weren’t sure what to do. The name Harlow was on my love list and one night at dinner, Anthony just looked at me and said “What about Harlym?!” and it stuck. Her middle name is Jeter after Derek Jeter who is Anthony’s all-time favorite baseball player and hero. That was a 9 month long fight that I obviously lost. And then when Bronx came around… we figured we might as well keep the trend going. The name Bronx was actually on my short list for Brooklynn, had she been a boy but I love it just as much for a girl! Each of my kids’ names suit them so well.
Q: What filter/preset/apps do you use?
A: I shared a post with all this info HERE.