Their home is close to being ready for the babies' arrival. Friends chipped in to buy them four cribs. The Bakers have set aside two rooms in their home as the nursery -- one will be the sleeping room for the cribs, the other will be a "staging area," Misty says.
Amber is carrying two girls -- Madison and Victoria. Misty is carrying a boy and a girl -- Connor and Hope Elizabeth.
There's the inevitable question that the Bakers get asked about this journey: How did Amber take it when she found out that Misty was pregnant, too? Misty said Amber wondered whether she was ultimately needed after all.
But Misty says she believes that Amber is precisely the reason she got pregnant. Everyone has heard of stories about the couple that get pregnant when they finally stop trying, right? Misty says those same mysterious forces were at work here.
"We tried for 10 years," Misty said. "I truly believe I would not have gotten pregnant if Amber had not been a part of this. Unconsciously, it just took that pressure off me." Added Brian: "Somehow that reduced her stress level and anxiety and made it possible for her body to accept the embryos."
For the record, the Bakers hate using the term "surrogate" to describe Amber, as she is so much more than that. Amber is not charging them, Misty said, although the Bakers are paying for her medical expenses.
And so on thisMother's Day, the Bakers will celebrate their soon-to-come-true dream of having a houseful of kids. They'll also celebrate another mother -- Misty's BFF, and, for lack of a better word, surrogate.
"We can't say enough about Amber's heart and willingness to do this," Misty said. "To have someone to love you and want you to know what it's like to have your own children is amazing. People would be blessed to have such a friend in their lives."
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