Without hesitating, the 36-year-old grabbed her keys.
“I bonded with him so quickly,” Jones-Baldwin revealed. “I started going there every day.”When Princeton was healthy enough to leave the NICU, he moved in with the Jones-Baldwin family. Older siblings Zariyah, 15, Karleigh, 16, and Ayden, 8, were instantly smitten.
What was supposed to be a three-month stay has turned into a permanent one. Jones-Baldwin and her husband adopted Princeton last Thursday.
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What makes this story somewhat unusual is that Princeton is white, while his parents are black .“We get a lot of stares,” Jones-Baldwin said. “I’m frequently asked if I’m Princeton’s babysitter. ... I get, 'Why didn't you let him stay with a family of his own race?'"
On two occasions, people have called the police to report a kidnapping.“We were vacationing in Tennessee and we went to do an old time, Western photo shoot,” Jones-Baldwin told TODAY Parents. “The girl behind the camera would disappear and then come back. Finally she asked, ‘Is that your baby?’ I told her he was. Then she said, ‘I just took picture of this baby with his family two weeks ago.’”
Authorities arrived minutes later. Jones-Baldwin had to produce a letter showing that the baby was in her custody and she had permission to travel with him.
Last month, Jones-Baldwin pulled over outside a man's house because she had a flat tire. "I knocked on his door to explain why I was on his grass," she said. "He called the police and said I stole my car and the baby."
Never miss a parenting story with the TODAY Parenting newsletter! Sign up hereBut Jones-Baldwin isn't bitter. Instead, she's trying to break down racial barriers with her Facebook page, Raising Cultures, where she regularly shares videos and photos of her blended, multiracial family.
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She's also loving her new life with Princeton. Jones-Baldwin described the little boy as "hilarious" and said he can't get enough butterfly kisses.
“I don’t look at family as blood . I look at family as love,” she said. “When Princeton came into our lives, he came into our hearts. Love conquers all.”