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We are so excited to introduce our next pregnant blogger: Bethanie Garcia! Bethanie will be joining us once a month, chronicling her pregnancy with Baby #4! If you want to read about our past pregnant bloggers, click here. Without further ado, we’ll let Bethanie share her story with our community…
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be Bump Club and Beyond’s Pregnant Blogger for 2018! My name is Bethanie Garcia and I am a lifestyle blogger at TheGarciaDiaries.com (you can also find me on Instagram @thegarciadiaries)! I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together, we have three beautiful children: Brooklynn Alessandra (age 4), Harlym Jeter (age 3), and Anthony II (21 months) but we call him “Deuce”! We live in the hot suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona.
Our family photo from Christmas 2016
My favorite things in the world consist of dinner dates with my husband, sweetened lemonades from Starbucks, snuggling with my babies on the couch, and any trashy reality TV show.
I started my blog in 2014 while pregnant with my second daughter. I was desperately craving a creative outlet or somewhere to put my energy as a stay-at-home mom. One night, I just randomly started a blog and used it as a space to write about motherhood, my children’s milestones, pregnancy, etc. About a year and a half later, my blog started growing (kinda accidentally) and I turned blogging into my full-time job. It’s so much fun to be able to stay home with the kids all while building a community of like-minded mamas and feuling my creative spirit!
My husband and I – Fall 2017
In September of 2017, I found out I was pregnant and we were SO excited. We had been wanting to grow our family and wanted all of our kids to be close in age. But unfortunately, in October, I miscarried. It was absolutely devastating. I had never miscarried and felt like my body completely failed me after three healthy pregnancies.
And then in late November, I started not feeling well. I thought I was coming down with the flu or some other sickness. One day at lunch with my husband, I couldn’t even take a bite of my favorite meal. On the way home, I grabbed a pregnancy test at the store just to make sure I wasn’t pregnant and that I was actually sick.
Well, it was positive. The next day I called the doctor and they got me in right away and confirmed that I was, in fact, PREGNANT! I felt a huge mixture of emotions. I was still grieving the loss of the previous pregnancy and didn’t want to “try again” for a while. But soon after finding out, I was filled with so much joy and peace and an overwhelming sense of “this is meant to be.”
Brooklynn and Harlym are SO excited to have a baby brother or sister!! Photo by FattyPhoto | Shirts by Little Faces Apparel
I’m due on August 1st and we cannot wait to welcome this sweet rainbow baby into our family. We recently got to hear the heartbeat for the first time and it was music to our ears. I am so excited to take you all on this journey with me!!