Becky :: How I Became a Mother

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Becky’s Story

I was 17 when I first heard a doctor tell me, “Your diagnosis won’t kill you. At times you won’t even notice it. You will more than likely have it the rest of your life.” But the worst part of the whole thing was the last part, “And we aren’t certain about how likely it is that you will be able to conceive a child. If you are, your odds of miscarrying are very high.”

I could take the diagnosis. I could take all that came with my diagnosis. But that last part, the part of not being able to have children, took my breath away.

Fast forward ten years and my husband and I decided it was time to grow our family. I was equal parts excited, scared, and hopeful. I believed that God could work a miracle. But I also knew so many people who didn’t even have my diagnosis have fertility issues. I had no clue what journey laid ahead of us. 

That first month I waited until I was 17 days late to finally take a test {for those that start testing 5 days before your missed cycle, feel free to laugh at me}. Ridiculous, I know, but I was just in disbelief and didn’t want to get my hopes up. Immediately, two lines popped up :: I was pregnant!

A few weeks later we were at my OB’s office for the first check, and he was quite. He confirmed I was pregnant, but because {insert a bunch of medical words I didn’t understand here} I would more than likely miscarry.

There it was. That moment I’d feared all my life. That promise the doctors had given me a decade prior :: “You might be able to conceive but will likely miscarry.” All of it was my reality.

I sobbed. And prayed. And sobbed. And called on family and friends to pray. And sobbed.

Then two realizations changed everything…

  1. A sweet friend told me as I sobbed with her on the phone, “Becky, welcome to motherhood! You will worry about this sweet one every day of their life.”
  2. I was going to celebrate that sweet life growing inside of me every day I was gifted with it.

That day, sitting on our tan corduroy couch, I became a mother.

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The pregnancy was filled with little {non-emergency} dramas – bed rest on and off, crazy uterus virus that landed me in the hospital days before my first shower, premature labor several times, and a stint in the NICU right after arrival.

But Karis was perfect and that next day I couldn’t believe I was holding my sweet girl in my arms at last.

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Two and a half years later I found myself in the same place. We got pregnant the first month trying again. And then a couple of weeks later the bleeding began. Not just a little, a lot. We, myself and my doc, were certain I’d miscarry. He put me on bedrest for my first trimester and we prayed begging God to spare this sweet one’s life. He did.

The pregnancy proved to be even more eventful that Karis – bedrest on and off, premature labor {with several trips to Labor & Delivery to stop it}, and she was breech. {She flipped seconds before my OB was to perform external version.}

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But the most eventful of all, our Moriah girl was the 10,000th baby of 2012 at Woman’s Hospital – a slew of media spots and even a billboard at 610 and San Felipe! If it’s possible to have a really fun labor experience, y’all I totally had it!

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Those sweet girls made me a mom the first and second time. And now we are waiting, praying, and thinking how I will become a mom again. Will I be given another miracle biological baby? Will we adopt? Will we foster? Will we do all three? I’m so excited to see what the next couple of years has for our  family. I promise I’m not trying to be vague. We honestly don’t have a clue what’s next!

If you really like reading a detailed birth story {I was obsessed with these when pregnant}, here is Karis’ Birth Story and Moriah’s Birth Story.

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Becky grew up in Houston, leaving only for college and an internship, but the humidity called her back! And it's a good thing - because shortly after moving home, she met her husband Chris, St. Louis Cardinals fanatic and {wife proclaimed} genius. She stays home with their two (soon-to-be three) girls: Karis, a girly girl and tenacious toddler, and Moriah, smiliest baby alive & Texas Women’s Hospital 10,000th baby in 2012. When she's not in the middle of a tea party, play dates, or potty training, she writes devotions with Sacred Holidays, teaches at prisons and women's ministry events and is a certified MBTI Life Coach {with Orbiting Normal}. She loves hot Houston summers, coffee creamer, dance parties with her family, nail polish, iced tea, reading {although it’s a lot of picture books these days}, and their church family {Bayou City Fellowship}! She would love to connect with you on her personal blog {www.beckykiser.com} or through Twitter {@beckykiser}, Pinterest {@beckyjkiser}, and Facebook.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Becky, CONGRATS on your two beautiful girls. I want to know more about your “condition” that the Dr. diagnosed you with. I struggle with infertility and I’m wondering if we have the same issues.

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