Dressage Olympian Courtney King Dye announced on her blog that she’s expecting a child with husband Jason Dye. Courtney is due at the end of February, and ultrasounds indicate the baby is a girl.
“When Jason and I were trying, anxiety tainted my desire,” wrote Courtney, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010, spending weeks in a coma before undergoing an extensive recovery process. “I feared feeling like an incomplete mother: I’m not going to be able to dress the baby, do its hair, change its diapers, hold it, ever even be alone with it. What made me try is simply the realization that regret at not having a child would cause more sadness than would be created by my inability to be able to be completely involved.
“But as soon as I knew I was pregnant, all anxiety disappeared,” she continued. “It’s done; I’m pregnant; we’ll make it work because there’s no choice! Pure happiness is my only companion.”
Courtney, 35, rode on the 2008 Olympic Games (Hong Kong) team with Harmony’s Mythilus, and she received the 2012 FEI Against All Odds award. She’s forgoing the winter season in Florida this year and remaining at her home base with Dye in Millbrook, N.Y. Her assistant trainer, Koryn Staehling, will take some horses down.
“For questions of how I feel, I feel fantastic, wouldn’t even know I was pregnant if it weren’t for my rapidly expanding girth!” she wrote.