Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Dakota Meyer and Sailor Palin finally meet
From Daily Mail
The new father had brought along an older woman, believed to be his aunt Cindy Meyer, to help on the first trip.
They flew into Anchorage at the end of last week and checked into a comfortable, downtown hotel.
One hotel guest told Daily Mail Online he had seen Dakota carefully cradling his little girl in his arms by the lobby's fountain.
'He appeared to be trying to get the baby to sleep to the sound of the water,' the onlooker said.
'I smiled at him as I came out of the elevator and he asked me, "Is she asleep?" It was a really sweet scene.'
Dakota appeared to have brought his own car seat and diaper bag for Sailor, and rented a pick-up truck to drive her to and from her mother's new home in Wasilla, an hour north of Anchorage.
Custody papers filed earlier this month detailed specific pick-up and drop-off points for Bristol and Dakota to adhere to during the visits from Saturday until Tuesday.
Over the weekend, Dakota made the two-hour round trip to Wasilla twice each day in heavy snowfall to collect and drop off his daughter.
On Saturday, Bristol, 25, was left with time to herself after her seven-year-old son Tripp, from her relationship with ex-fiancé Levi Johnston, was also taken out for the day.
It has been a stressful week for the Palin family after patriarch Todd Palin was seriously injured in a snowmobile crash on March 13.
He is currently in intensive care at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center where he has been on a ventilator following surgery to repair 14 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.
But the family appeared to be in good spirits on Saturday as they celebrated Piper Palin's 15th birthday.
Bristol posted a picture of her youngest sister holding a vase of tulips with herself and sister Willow in the family's back yard during a heavy snowfall.
'Happy birthday Piper, we love you so much!!' Bristol wrote alongside the snap.
Sarah Palin also took to her Facebook page that day to wish her daughter a happy birthday.
'Happy, Happy Birthday Piper Indi Grace Palin! We [love] you more than life itself!' she wrote. 'Thank you for the joy you bring to our home. You really are the best. God blessed you with this gorgeous fresh snow today - all for you.'
The former Alaskan governor had been in Florida campaigning for Donald Trump when she learned of Todd's accident.
She cancelled one appearance but spoke at a town hall on Trump's behalf last Monday before flying back to Alaska to be with her husband.
After the birthday snaps were taken, Bristol and Willow went to a busy vintage market at the Alaska State Fair on Saturday afternoon.
The sisters and a male friend spent less than an hour inside perusing the stalls of reclaimed furniture, clothes and beauty products.
They then picked up balloons and a cake at a store before dropping them off at a Mexican restaurant, presumably ahead of celebrations for their teenage sibling on Saturday night.
Bristol welcomed Sailor home at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday after she had spent the day with her father.
During one drop off, Bristol's son Tripp was left to answer the door to Dakota and his aunt.
Dakota brought baby Sailor inside and less than five minutes later, left with the empty car seat.
There appeared to be minimal interaction between the former couple who called off their wedding last May after Bristol learned that Dakota had been married before.
Neither Bristol nor Dakota, both avid social media users, have commented on the visit.
Instead, on Sunday, Dakota shared an inspirational quote to his Instagram: 'Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy.'
An Alaska Superior Court Judge ruled earlier this month that Bristol and Dakota must share both legal and physical custody of the child.
Judge Herman G. Walker Jr. decided that it was in the best interests of Sailor Grace, born last December, to remain in Alaska for the time being.
Dakota, who runs his own construction business, will return to Alaska for his next visit in April after the judge gave him custody twice a month.
'The mother objects to overnight visitation because the child is currently breastfeeding nightly,' said the Judge.
'However the court finds it in the best interests of the child that overnight visitation [with the father] occur. Mother is to provide father with an adequate supply of milk or formula for overnight visitation.'
Dakota's overnight visits with his daughter will begin in May.
The battle over Sailor began even before the baby was born last December 23.
As they tried to hash out a schedule whereby Dakota could come to visit his daughter, Bristol claimed her ex-fiancé couldn't spend more than four hours a day with Sailor because of her rigorous breastfeeding schedule.
He fired back - with an explosive text message from Bristol herself - that revealed Sailor is only being breastfed at night.
Court documents obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Online showed the Medal of Honor recipient asked the court to order full day visits, not overnights, to be mindful of Bristol's breastfeeding.
Bristol was initially fine with that arrangement as seen in a text message exchange but the court papers state she changed her mind after Dakota told her he wanted limited time in Bristol's company.
Dakota's attorney argued that since Sailor is already used to being in the company of a babysitter for eight to ten hours a day - she should be fine in her father's company for that long as well.
Meyer wanted a court ruling over visitation because he feared he may make the long journey to Alaska and then have Bristol change her mind 'if she gets upset with him'.
Furthermore, Dakota shared a text in which Bristol stated: 'didn't think about her when I called off the wedding, and I didn't think about her when I left.'
The papers then state: 'Her decision to move back to Alaska, a decision in which Mr. Meyer had no say, is why there is a need for something other than a traditional visitation schedule.
'She must now accommodate visitation between Mr. Meyer and Sailor and the fact that the visitation may inconvenience her or occur on weekends is simply a direct consequence of her own decisions.'
Following a court order Dakota completed a parenting course, something he points out Bristol has not yet completed, and has received certification for infant CPR.
The two have been in an increasingly bitter custody battle over baby Sailor.
A first series of text messages obtained by Daily Mail Online last month showed an emotional exchange in which Palin told her baby's father, 'I want you to be a part of her life, from the bottom of my heart I do.'
But Bristol also wanted to make sure Dakota did not interfere with her breastfeeding schedule.
She told him: 'There's nothing on my end holding you back Dakota.'
She continued: 'I want you (and your family) to be in her life as much as possible. It's not about us, and I don't care if you hate me, put it aside and put her first.
'She grows everyday and everyday I literally just think about how much you're missing by not seeing her, so realize I'm not bs'ing you…'
Dakota responded: 'I don't hate you Bristol I have no reason too [sic] but my hands are tied when I legally have no right to a child that is mine.'
Bristol recently settled another long-running legal battle with Levi Johnston, the father of her son Tripp, seven years after his birth.
Levi announced the news on Facebook, writing: 'I'm so happy to have my son in my life, and to put all of this back and forth in the courts behind me.
'It might have taken me 7 years and cost me around $100,000 in lawyer fees spread out among three different lawyers, as well as a lot of patience, but it was all worth it.
'I'm happy now to be successfully co-parenting.'
Bristol has yet to reach a final agreement with her youngest child's father and, in the past, has rejected Dakota's bid for joint physical custody as 'impracticable' given that he lives in Kentucky and she lives in Alaska.
Instead she has asked that she receive a 'decree for primary physical custody,' with visitation adjusted consistent with the child's age and Dakota's out-of-state residence.
She has also asked for interim and permanent child support and that Dakota pay Sailor's delivery and medical expenses.
Dakota, the youngest person ever to be awarded the Medal of Honor, met Bristol in May 2014 during Sarah Palin's Sportsman Channel show, Amazing America.
The pair got engaged during a Rascal Flatt's concert in Las Vegas in early 2015, planning a wedding in his native Kentucky over Memorial Day weekend.
But less than a week before the ceremony, Bristol announced the wedding was off when it emerged that Dakota had failed to tell her he had been married before.
Instead of tying the knot, Bristol set off on an RV trip in Alaska with a friend who was an exotic model.
A month later she announced her pregnancy, though she initially refused to say whether Dakota was the father.
She admitted that her second out-of-wedlock pregnancy was, 'a huge disappointment to my family.'
'I do not want any lectures,' she said, 'and I do not want any sympathy.
'Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself. Things didn't go as planned, but life keeps going on.'
Here is Aunt Cindy with her "grand niece"
Bristol, Willow, and Willow's latest fuck buddy er boyfriend:
If Dakota has half a brain he would have gotten a DNA test while Sailor was in his care.