An Eau Claire mother is happily taking care of her twin infants after years of dreaming of becoming a mom. In the end, it was her cousin who gave her the chance as the surrogate mother for the little boys.
The nurses at Luther Midelfort in Eau Claire could only remember a couple surrogate births over the past several decades. But, for Niki and Josh Anderson, theirs is a miracle.
"I just like to stare at them. They're so beautiful," Niki Anderson says cradling her son Liam.
"They're lucky to be here and have such a loving mom and dad,' says Kealy Solberg as she sits next to Niki holding Liam's twin brother Silas.
Kealy is the boy's surrogate mom. She says after watching Niki struggle with infertility for years, one day she just offered to help. It was Niki who really had to think about it.
"It took me a long time to come to the idea of surrogacy; giving up the dream of carrying a baby is sort of a difficult thing to do. But, I think what it came down to is I realized it wasn't about me. It's about having healthy, living children," Niki tells us.
"They're absolutely a miracle and it's just an awesome experience," says Niki's husband Josh Anderson.
Josh says for him the choice was a relief. The couple's first son Myles died when he was only a month old and Niki has a condition that makes pregnancy very dangerous for her, too.
"I wanted to be on the sideline and let him experience it," says Ted Solberg, Kealy's husband.
Ted says he never once doubted their choice to help Niki and Josh. Josh says their kindness is inspiring. He can't wait to start tossing the football around with his boys. For Niki, well, she can barely take her eyes off little gifts.
"It's amazing. I always say I'm going to be the most happy tired mom that's out there," Niki tells us laughing with Kealy.
Both Niki and Kealy say they hope their story shows how wonderful surrogacy can be. The beautiful little boys could be out of the hospital and home within the next week.
Kealy and Ted have two sons of their own who already met their little cousins. The twin part of the deal was a surprise to everyone.