You might all know Kelsey Nixon as a friendly, inviting presence on the Cooking Channel, showing you how to make simple, wholesome recipes like Chocolate Peanut Butter Tarts and Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup. What you don’t know is that behind the scenes, she and her husband Robby have been mourning the loss of their youngest baby who was born prematurely.
“He really surprised us all when he hung on,” says Nixon. “He passed away and it’s something we’re still dealing with.”
The couple agreed they would like to have another child -- a sibling for Oliver, but due to Nixon’s previous two difficult pregnancies, doctors advised they should consider other options. They decided to pursue surrogacy and are currently expecting a baby girl! The best part? Robby’s sister, Betsy is their surrogate, who has six children of her own!
“We couldn’t be more grateful that she’s doing this for us,” says Nixon, but the joy doesn’t come without worry. “Emotionally it’s been all over the place. I am nervous to hope, I get nervous to buy the clothes, and the blankets and the things for the nursery, because I did that once, and no baby came home. Until she’s in my arms, I don’t know that I’m ever going to feel A-Okay.”
To honor Robby’s sister for giving them this incredible gift, Nixon and her husband decided the baby’s middle name will Betsy. “What do you do for someone that gives you the opportunity to be a parent?” asks Kelsey. “How do you send a thank you note for that?” jokes Rach. Another way Kelsey plans to thank Betsy is by cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family once the baby is born.
Do you know a new parent who could use a pick-me-up? Kelsey recommends sending them freezer-friendly meals. New parents don’t get to sleep much, so they’ll be thankful to have a home-cooked meal ready-to-go.
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