Former Army supply clerk Jessica Lynch, 23, has been working at a new job this past month – mom. She welcomed daughter Dakota Ann on January 19th, weighing in at 7 lbs, 9 oz, and 19 inches long, and sat down with People last week to introduce her daughter to the world. Some highlights from the interview:
-Unfortunately, Jessica was not awake when her daughter was born. Due to her spinal injuries, an epidural was impossible, and she was put under general anesthesia for her cesarean delivery.
– Jessica on her new role: "I am Prisoner of War Jessica Lynch. I will always be that. But being a mommy will be amazing. I want to see every cry and smile. I want to catch it all."
– Dakota is named for Jessica’s best friend Lori Ann Piestewa, who died in the raid Jessica was involved in. "I think about her every day," says Jessica. "Dakota is a Native American word for friend or ally, and Ann was Lori’s middle name."
– Jessica and her fiance, Wes Robinson, 25, are moving into their home shortly. Dakota’s nursery colors? Camouflage green and bold pink.
-If her daughter wants to be a solider when she gets older, Jessica says, "We’ll tell her the story of her mom first, and then let her decide."
What colors or themes did you have for your children’s nursery – if you did?