All Melissa Kayser wanted was to have a baby of her own. But after countless fertility and in-vitro treatments and nine miscarriages, she’d had enough. Babies just weren’t in the picture, she thought. Then, at what might have been her lowest moment, Melissa’s older sister Lisa Auten opened her mouth to crack a joke that changed her life.
“I was devastated because you think as women we are literally born to do one thing and that’s to reproduce and when you can’t do that one thing you feel like a failure,” Kayser told Inside Edition.
Doctors suggested Melissa look into finding a surrogate, but she wasn’t sure if she “could emotionally handle another woman being able to carry my child.”
Trying to lighten the mood, Melissa opened her mouth and said, “I’ll let you borrow my uterus,” and from there it completely snowballed. Lisa said okay, and had two of her embryos implanted in Melissa. After carrying her nieces to term, Melissa delivered twins Ashlynn and Tierney. So sweet!
Even though Melissa has no desire to be a parent, she enjoyed the pregnancy and the bond she forged with her nieces. “I have a connection to them, as they’re my nieces. I think that’s a fear of surrogacy, that you become overly attached,” Melissa told Omaha station KETV.
“Every day I am in awe. You hear women say you don’t really know love until you have children. They really do complete me,” Kayser told Inside Edition. “There’s never any words that I can say to thank her for what she did. She gave up a year of her life so that we could have a family. I could never repay.”
What an amazing story! One day, little Ashlynn and Tierney will learn about their aunt’s and mother’s sacrifices. How great is it that they will grow up together witnessing the amazing bond their family shares? More of this, please!
_ h/t Huffington Post_
NEXT: See Prince George’s cutest baby and toddler moments!
Prince George Pictures Collage Intro
Prince George is 3 years old! In honor of this royal heir's birthday, we glance back at some of his cutest antics from years 1 and 2. You'll remember ALL these from your early kid-raising days!
Prince George Pictures Toddler On The Run
Toddler on the Run
Exactly one year later, George was on the move again--but he'd picked up speed!
Prince George Pictures Toy Toss
Fling and Fetch
This toy-toss brought on laughs from the royal family's Australian hosts. George must have pulled this maneuver often because Kate seems pretty well trained!
Prince George Photos Wiggle Worm
Like so many toddlers, George can pivot his little body completely around to peer at whatever's catching his eye. In this case, his adoring fans!
Prince George Pictures Discipline
Every mom has to say no--and Kate's no exception. Props to her, though, for not giving in at the sight of her son's adorably serious expression
Prince George Pictures Alarms Grandmother
Freaking (Great) Granny Out
Nothing pushes a grandparent's buttons like a dangerous move. Luckily, Prince William has his hand at the ready!
Prince George Pictures Crawls Away
Crawler on the Loose
At his first polo game in June 2014, George was eager to join the fun until Kate scooped him up.
Prince George Pictures Pouty Face
Get Ready for Tears
At his first official engagement, George ran through a range of moods. Here, he looks ready for a nap (or snack).
Prince George Pictures Reach For Mama
Sure dads are great--but not when mom's around!
Prince George Pictures Sucking Thumb
Stealth Thumb Sucking
George was on his way to the park with his nanny when the paparazzi snapped this shot.
Prince George Pictures Hair Puller
You take your chances if you let your locks down with a baby in your arms.
Prince George Pictures Public Tantrum
At least he wasn't doing this at the grocery store!
Prince George Pictures Toy Lovey
Grab and Go
He didn't let go of that toy car (willingly at least) for the whole day!
Prince George Pictures Big Brother
Being the Protective Big Bro
Yes, you've seen this pic a million times! But George hit a sweet toddler milestone when Charlotte came along--and he seems pretty pleased by her arrival.