My sister is having a baby!

This is my sister Rebekah, and I’m so happy about this post! She and her husband Brian had been trying to have a baby for a while. I never knew so much about how many women struggle to conceive until someone close to me went through it. Here is just a little part of their story….

Rebekah has one beautiful son, Benjamin, he is 9 years old here. Because of Ben, and the fertility genes in our family, she never dreamed she would have difficulties trying to have another baby.

Sometimes life offers us no explanations. Through a couple years of trying, researching and then testing, they finally discovered the reason she would never be able to conceive. What an awful bit of news that was.

You think you’d be able to be happy and joyous when everyone you know around you, seemingly, is expecting more babies. And yet it’s an impossible feat for you. The pain is impossible for me to describe, I wasn’t the one suffering. But it hurt to see my sister sad when I know she is such an amazing mother and wanted a little one so badly, isn’t that the reason to have one? When they toyed with the idea of going ahead with IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) there were lots of things to consider. The cost, the toll on her body and patience, the injections.. the waiting and hoping and being terrified that one step or another wouldn’t work and you’d have to start all over again…

Yet they decided to move ahead. Because the hopeful end result would be worth all the pain and in the end, what is love if you never try?

During the process, there were hiccups and steps backwards and worries and fears. But eventually they had embryos. Embryos!!! So many healthy, viable embryos… yay!

As most people know, with IVF and multiple embryos there is always the fear that none or all will take. Nervous to do the full allotted number of 3, (who needs triplets?) they opted for 2, hoping just one would take.

Oh I’m so glad she stayed!!! I’m not sure my sister was ready for a girl, but I think in the end someone much bigger than all of us knows what we need. The day we got the news that the baby was there and growing… I can’t tell you how many tears of joy.

Isn’t she stunning? I’m so proud of her for all her accomplishments in life, but her role as a mother is her most dedicated and important. I know she will be a great mommy to two beautiful children. 🙂

Little baby Abigail will be here before we know it. And we can’t wait to meet her!

Thank you amazing doctors at UofM Health for being so wonderful and making so many hurting families happy! Thank you reader for reading this story, I hope it can give someone somewhere an ounce of hope and encouragement! Thank you Rebekah for letting me tell your story.  🙂

If you, or anyone you know is interested in learning more about IVF, here is the link.

  • Elizabeth Devine said:

    Thank you for sharing this AMAZING story and pictures. SUCH A BLESSING!!

  • Nicole Mehelich said:

    Congrats to your sister and her family! Congrats to you, too, Aunt Rachel!

  • Leah Moss said:

    Beautiful images, beautiful mom!