Dressage trainer Courtney King Dye and her husband Jason Dye welcomed their second daughter into the world on Jan. 19.
Bailey Grace Dye was born about two weeks early, but both mother and baby are doing well and are settled back at home in New Milford, Conn.
“It’s incredibly exciting, and I am very lucky—my first pregnancy, after I gave birth my balance was definitely off, and it took me a while to recover even though labor wasn’t nearly as bad,” said Courtney, who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong and sustained a traumatic brain injury in a 2010 fall. “But this time the labor was hard, but I’m fine after. I didn’t have any of the same balance issues, and I feel 100 percent.”
The couple’s nearly 2-year-old daughter, River, has taken her job as a big sister very seriously, constantly watching over the new addition to the family.
“[River] is so sweet with her; she’s constantly stroking the top of her head, always giving her kisses,” Courtney said. “She’s always concerned about her welfare. So many people talked about not making her jealous, but I think that is the last thing on her mind.”
As for Bailey, Courtney joked that the baby has been sleeping “23 1/2 hours a day.”
“She’s a really good baby,” she added. “She’s started to show a little bit of her personality—smiling—and so she promises to be just as good-humored as River.”