Everyone here at DressageDaily welcomes River Madison Dye to the world and are excited to read Courtney's whole story in her autobiography, Courtney's Quest, to come out mid-April. River Madison Dye was born on February 20th weighing eight pounds four ounces. There was discussion on whether Courtney would need to have a C Section as she would be seizure risk, due to complications from her brain injury. "Being able to watch her dream is one benefit of this brain injury I've become poignantly appreciative of." Courtney said. "For years now, I've appreciated the help it's given to others; promoted safety, prevented injury or death and inspired people. But now I've come to covet a gift it's given to me.
I've never been comfortable doing nothing, but now I spend hours just holding her and staring at her. Imagine if my career were still in full action; I'd always be on the move, doing emails or returning phone calls while I breastfed. So much of this treasured time treasured time I'd miss out on. Lucky brain injury!" Because of Courtney's well documented brain injury, sustained in 2010, from a simple fall off a horse who just tripped, Courtney and Jason's journey to parenthood has unique challenges. In order to do a Caesarian they'd need to put her under general anesthesia as the placement of her baclophen pump eliminates the possibility of an epidural or any shots in the spine.
"But the further along I got, the more horrible simply waking up and having them hand me a baby seemed. so I gritted my teeth, began a mantra of, "I can do it!" to my husband and at 2:58, River entered the world! The doctors made sure I watched her emerge and I'm so thankful they did; it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen.
People are curious about where the name came from. River was just a character on a TV series, Firefly, and we simply liked the name. Madison was a split second decision in the hospital with no forethought at all, so no exciting explanation!
I would never have guessed that motherhood could be so heavenly despite being assured of this by many parents.I guess you can never understand until you experience it first
hand. I'm a loving person, but I had no idea so much love was possible.
A few days ago I was gazing at her asleep in her crib and it struck me: I get to keep her!