Former POW Jessica Lynch on Living with PTSD: I Fear 'That I'm Going to Be Captured Again'

It’s been more than a decade since former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch was rescued from Iraq, and she’s now happily nestled into life in her home state of West Virginia, as a mother to daughter Dakota, 8, with fiancé Wes Robinson.

Former POW Jessica Lynch Welcomes a Daughter

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch and her fiancé, Wes Robinson, welcomed a baby girl on Friday, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

Dakota Ann weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and measured 19 inches long. “She is just fat and gorgeous,” says family spokeswoman Aly Goodwin Gregg. “Jessi was calling her a little porker. She already sucks her two fingers and she has wonderful chubby cheeks. Jessi is thrilled, absolutely thrilled.”

EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Lynch Expecting a Baby Girl

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is tickled pink: Her first baby with beau Wes Robinson will be a girl, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“We are ecstatic it’s a little girl,” Lynch says, adding that she’s eager to go shopping for tiny camouflage outfits for the infant, who is due in January.

The almost six-months pregnant Lynch, who says she’s gained about 10 to 15 lbs. so far, learned the baby’s gender about a month ago. Lynch, 23, and Robinson, 25, already have picked out a name for their daughter – but are keeping that a secret for now.

Former POW Jessica Lynch Expecting

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is expecting her first child in January with boyfriend Wes Robinson.

The West Virginia soldier made headlines three years ago when in the early months of the Iraq war she was captured and later rescued.

“I was not sure if this could ever happen for me after all of the injuries and physical trauma I suffered,” Lynch, now 23, said in an e-mail to Diane Sawyer that was released by her publicist.

Former POW Jessica Lynch Off to College

Jessica Lynch is heading to college: She’ll be combining more than a fair share of street smarts as she cracks the books as a scholarship student at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The 22-year-old former prisoner of war – whose dramatic rescue from an Iraqi hospital inspired the TV movie “Saving Jessica Lynch” – tells Time magazine: “I have to say I am a little nervous – the freshmen that I’ll be with were eighth-graders when I graduated from high school.”

NEWS BRIEFS: Lynch Wedding Postponed

DELAYED: Former Army POW Jessica Lynch, 20, has “postponed indefinitely” her wedding to her fiance, Sgt. Ruben Contreras, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue, on newsstands Friday. The Iraqi War heroine is still wearing her wedding ring, and family members say she’s still engaged – but did not give a reason for the postponement.

NEWS BRIEFS: Jessica Lynch Honored

AWARDED: Jessica Lynch, the former Army supply clerk who was captured last March in Iraq and became a prisoner of war before being rescued in April, has received the inaugural Lewis McManus Service Award, the Associated Press reports. The award, named for the former West Virginia Speaker of the House, is given by the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA, which sponsors a leadership center and youth government program. Lynch was the subject of a CBS television movie about her ordeal, and she recently released an autobiography as well.