A nanny who was hired to watch a couple’s newborn surrogate baby has detailed how she is still raising him 10 months after he was born due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he now calls her ‘mom.’
Kristie Baysinger, 42, from Texas, has been sharing baby Alexander’s heartbreaking story on TikTok, explaining that the baby boy has yet to meet his biological parents because they are unable to fly from the UK to pick him up.
‘My agency called me and said: “Hey, can you come pick up this new surrogate baby from this surrogate who does not want to take him home?” So, we went to Oklahoma to pick him up,’ she recalled in one clip.
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Hard to handle: Nanny Kristie Baysinger, 42, from Texas, has been raising a couple’s surrogate son, Alexander, since he was born 10 months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Heartbreaking: Alexander’s biological parents have been unable to fly from Scotland to the US, and he has yet to meet them
Little did Kristie know that she’d be caring for Alexander for the better half of a year.
Viewers were confused as to why the couple didn’t get a surrogate in the UK, and she explained that it was for their own protection.
While surrogacy is legal in the UK, you cannot pay a surrogate aside from covering pregnancy expenses. A surrogacy agreement is also not enforced by the law, according to Gov.uk.
Kristie also said it has been a ‘struggle’ to track down Alexander’s social security card, which they need to apply for his US passport to fly him overseas.
‘We’ve been getting no feedback. We’ve called social security administration and they say we’re in the loop just like everybody else is,’ she shared.
Alexander’s parents have hired a lawyer to find the missing document, but there is a chance that they may have to reapply for it.
Updates: Kristie has been sharing Alexander’s heartbreaking story on TikTok since he was born
‘We’re just doing our best over here and just raising this little boy and just being as sweet as we can until he can return home to his parents,’ Kristie said.
The nanny, who has three children of her own, plans on traveling with Alexander to Scotland to help with his transition if his parents are still unable to fly to Texas.
‘They miss him terribly and want to see him, and they talk to him daily,’ she said ‘Hopefully his social security [card] gets here soon so that I can apply for his passport and we can get him back home.’
Some viewers wanted to know if Kristie would keep the baby in the event that Alexander’s parents decided they didn’t want him, but she stressed that they wouldn’t give up their ‘dream baby.’
‘On the off chance they were like, “Yeah, we don’t want this kid anymore. Will you keep it?” Yes, of course, I would keep their baby,’ she said in one video. ‘I’ve been raising this baby since he was born.’
What a situation: Kristie explained that her agency asked her to pick up the baby in Oklahoma 10 months ago because his surrogate didn’t want to take him home
Others said she should just keep Alexander no matter what, which she insisted she would never try to do.
‘I can’t keep somebody else’s baby,’ she said. ‘I would never give up my child. So I can’t keep somebody else’s baby.’
However, she has admitted that she has grown attached to the little boy whom she has been raising as her own since he was born.
‘We give him all the hugs and love and attention and everything that he needs so that he can grow,’ she said. ‘We don’t hold back. He’s spoiled, he’s loved, and played with, and sang to, just like he was my own kid.’
Kristie acknowledged that ‘this is a difficult situation,’ explaining that Alexander has bonded with her family and calls her mom.
Struggle: Kristie said they’ve been having trouble getting Alexander’s social security card. Without it, they are unable to apply for his US passport, which Kristie needs to fly him overseas
‘We’ve had this baby for 10 months,’ she said. ‘Of course, he thinks that I’m his mom, that my husband is his dad, and that my children are his siblings. We’re just doing the best that we can.’
Many commenters admitted that their hearts were breaking for little Alexander, who will eventually have to leave the only family he has ever known.
‘It’s so sad knowing he is about to undergo such a huge trauma through no fault of his own,’ one person wrote.
‘Aww it’s going to be so hard for him when it’s time to go home. But he is so lucky he has gotten to be with an amazing family,’ another shared.
Someone else admitted: ‘I can’t imagine being you and knowing you have to say goodbye. And I can’t imagine being his biological parents who are missing out on so much life!’