Congratulations to former POW Jessica Lynch and fiance Wes Robinson on the safe arrival of their first baby, Dakota Ann.
Weighing in at 7 lbs 10 oz and measuring 19 inches long, Dakota was described by the family’s spokeswomen as “fat and gorgeous”.
The baby was born at 5:10 p.m. at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, W.Va. She is the first child for both Jessica and Wes.
Dakota Ann is named after Lynch’s close friend Pfc. Lori Piestewa, one of 11 soldiers killed in March 2003 when their military convoy was attacked in Iraq. During the deadly ambush, Lynch was taken prisoner and suffered a fractured spine and crushed right foot. She was rescued on April 1 of that year.
“Dakota is a Native American word for friend or ally, and Ann was Lori’s middle name,” Gregg explains. “The name is in honor of Jessi’s friendship with Lori,” who was part Hopi and raised in Navajo country.
Before the birth, Lynch was “so excited and literally ready to pop,” Gregg says. “Her doctor has one of those high-resolution ultra-sounds and she was able to see the baby’s face. She said the baby has ‘the fattest, most chubby cheeks!’ ”
Until Friday, Lynch’s pregnancy had gone fairly smoothly, though doctors considered it high-risk due to her lasting back, leg and nerve injuries. She didn’t have any morning sickness and was able to continue her physical therapy, though she went off her pain medications and was put on bed rest after experiencing contractions in December.
Jessica was scheduled to deliver by C- section Jan. 23 because of concern about the strength of her lower back. The baby decided she wanted to arrive today instead.
Jessica woke up this morning with some pain. At a routine doctor’s appointment, her physician decided it was time to deliver the baby.
We wish the happy couple the very best! This is the beginning of another new chapter in their lives. Hopefully the baby let’s her parents get enough sleep to enjoy it!!