Pastrana baby born
X Games legend and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana and his wife, pro skateboarder Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, have announced the birth of their first child, born Monday.
"Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana and I are so stoked to have welcomed our healthy baby girl into this world on Labor Day September 2nd, 2013," the proud father posted to Facebook on Wednesday morning with the first public photo of the baby with Mom and Dad. The Pastranas have not released the baby's name or other details yet, but have been using the hashtag #199andAhalf, in reference to the racing bib number Travis made famous in his motocross career.
The baby will have no shortage of shiny baubles to play with around the Pastrana house. The couple's trophy case in Annapolis, Md., is filled with X Games medals -- 14 of them gold -- including Travis' 11 gold, four silver and two bronze from a 17-year motocross and rallycross career that has helped define the X Games. Lyn-z's three gold, four silver and one bronze from Women's Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Park help fill out the collection.
The proud parents first met in the athletes lounge at X Games Los Angeles, and Travis publicly proposed from the base of the MegaRamp after one of Lyn-z's runs on the 2011 Nitro Circus Live tour. They married later that year in a private ceremony but have otherwise been shouting their love and sharing their baby-bump photos with the world ever since via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Before the pregnancy, Travis could be found cheering from the sideline as Lyn-z competed in pro skateboarding events, and over the past two years Lyn-z has taken on a new public persona as a self-proclaimed NASCAR wife, rooting Travis on as he pilots the No. 60 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series.
The Pastranas broke the news of the pregnancy in February on Facebook. Lyn-z's below-the-waist photo showed the couple on a halfpipe with an extra pair of infant-sized skate shoes between them and a "Baby Pastrana On Board" sign propped against her skateboard. Travis opted for a shot of a trio of custom racing jerseys for himself, his wife and No. 199-and-a-half.
Travis and Lyn-z have said there will be no pressure on their daughter to take over the family action-sports dynasty. But the two new parents are having some fun with the idea of raising a young Pastrana worthy of the name. Last week, Lyn-z shared a collage of family photos via Facebook to give a sense of some of the genetics in action. She included shots of herself stepping onto her first skateboard as an 18-month-old and of Travis water-skiing at 8 months and driving a go-kart at 2 years old.
If the baby is anything like her parents, Mom and Dad are about to have their hands full.
On Jan. 3, the Pastranas' daughter will make her Nitro Circus debut with her parents as the eight-stop 2014 Nitro Circus Live North American Tour launches in Hamilton, Ontario.
"That'll give us about four months to pull ourselves together, and Travis will be on that tour as well, so we'll just take it on as a family, and I think it will be awesome," Lyn-z told NASCAR.com in an interview earlier this month. "I probably won't be skating as much as I used to, but I definitely want to continue to skate, and I want our daughter to see both of us being passionate about something that we love and show her that as long as you love what you're doing, then that's a great job for you to have."