By Melissa Newton, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A New Jersey couple, that spent the last five years trying to conceive, is starting the New Year with two new babies. But they had to come all the way to North Texas to make it happen.

Steven and Mara Simon never thought the day would come. “It’s amazing. We waited so long, and they’re beautiful,” said the new mother, “and we’re so happy!”

For five years the Simon’s tried to conceive, first naturally and then using in vitro fertilization (IVF). “There were five years of misery,” Mara recalled with frustration. “We tried every way possible, and then after a while the doctor told us our best chance of having a family was using a surrogate, that I couldn’t carry a baby.”

Since compensated surrogacy contracts are illegal in New Jersey, where the couple lives, they looked to Texas for a paid surrogate and found Patti Robles of Crowley.

“I just knew it was something I had to do,” said Robles, who has three children of her own. “They weren’t able to do that, and I was the answer and that’s cool.”

Mara couldn’t say enough kind things about Robles. “She took care of them like they were her own,” she said. “Every little aspect of their growth and development we were part of.”

This was Robles’ first time to be a surrogate mother. “You do become attached, because of course I care about the babies and their well-being,” she said. “[But] I’m probably more attached to the family than anything, and I couldn’t wait to hand them their babies.”

On Saturday, January 1, 2011, Robles delivered the Simon’s twin baby boys at Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Fort Worth.

New father Steven Simon said, “We knew two. We thought they were going to be two girls and it was a surprise when we found out they were two boys.”

Jonah Meyer Simon came first, his fraternal brother, Spencer Grey Simon, was second.

“They’re healthy. They look great. They haven’t been crying all that much, that’s a plus,” said their father. “It’s a tiny little me. The little fingers and toes, it’s just amazing.”

Going through the ups and downs of pregnancy and childbirth is something Robles didn’t take lightly. “Everything you have to go through, morning sickness, all of that, I went through it with my kids. I know how I felt and at the end it’s all worth it,” she said. “It’s definitely all worth it to be able to do that for somebody else.”

Now the proud parents look forward to 2011 and all the years ahead. “The first day of the year, and the first day of our life with them,” Mara said. “It’s a great way to start the year,” her husband added.

The Simon’s will keep in touch with Robles and said she will always be a part of their sons’ lives.

As for Robles, she said she would consider being a surrogate again someday.