'Bachelor' Star Shayne Lamas Expecting Baby Via Very Unlikely Surrogate

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Most celeb parenting stories are either crazy or heartwarming, but this one? This one, oddly, is both. Twenty-nine year old Shayne Lamas, winner of Season 12 of The Bachelor, is expecting her second child with husband Nik Richie, yay! 

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Congrats! Nothing out of the ordinary there. They're also using a surrogate. Nothing out of the ordinary there, either. The surrogate they're using is ... Lamas' stepmother, 28-year-old Shawna Craig! 

Yeah, that's the crazy part right there. But also super heartwarming. See, Lamas' last pregnancy ended in a tragic miscarriage at 20 weeks, after which she was forced to have an emergency hysterectomy. I can't imagine how heartbreaking the loss of Lamas' and Richie's unborn son, named Rex Jagger, must have been -- though doctors tried their best, the baby was apparently growing outside of Lamas' uterus and couldn't be saved. So it's fabulous to hear that they're having another baby (a son!), even if it's slightly jarring, at first, to know that Craig is carrying her stepdaughter's baby. Hey, even Lamas finds it a bit strange:

"It is weird," she says. "Somebody else carrying your baby is weird. But I lost my son and now Shawna is carrying my son. I have just been given the biggest blessing in the whole world and I will always be grateful."

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For her part, Shawna Craig reportedly doesn't want children of her own (with former Falcon Crest star Lorenzo Lamas), so what she's doing strikes me as a remarkably generous gesture. After all, being pregnant isn't exactly a walk in the park (for women or their partners) -- so it's really a huge testament to know how much Craig and her husband must care about Shayne and Nik. And can you imagine how loved this new baby will be?? As they say, there are many ways to make a family ... why not this one?

Would you ask your stepmother to be your surrogate?

 

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