Bethany Hamilton Welcomes Son Tobias
"Blessed to welcome our son, Tobias, into the world! #astokedmomma," she Tweeted
Bethany Hamilton is officially on board with motherhood.
The surfing champion and husband Adam Dirks welcomed their first child, a son, on Monday, June 1, she announced Monday on Twitter.
He was born weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz., and measured 21 inches long.
“Blessed to welcome our son, Tobias, into the world! #astokedmomma,” she Tweeted, along with a family photo of the couple gazing at their bundled up newborn.
The new mama — whose baby boy is “named after his great grandpa Tobias, meaning ‘the goodness of God’ ” — shared her excitement on Instagram.
“Adam and I so in love with our lil guy and are stoked to share life with him!” she wrote.
Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a tiger shark at 13, announced she was pregnant with a son in a video she posted to YouTube in February.
“It’s been a pretty crazy last four months, finding out that we’re going to be parents and life’s going to be changing,” the mom-to-be, 25, said.
But despite the obvious difficulties she faces, Hamilton is up for any challenges. “I’ve been thinking about it, but I often forget that I have one arm,” she said during the announcement clip.
“When I think about it, a squirming baby and changing the diaper … I think how I live life, just adjust and adapt to different things, especially things that are a lot easier with two arms.”
And Hamilton has been doing just that: Her growing baby belly has not stopped her from continuing to surf all throughout the pregnancy.
“It’s such a weird feeling to be surfing in the ocean while my baby is moving around inside me,” she told PEOPLE in March. “It’s a cool feeling, but I noticed my balance is a little off and I fall more, so I’m having to focus.”
Fortunately, her husband, a youth minister, couldn’t be more excited about daddy duty. In February, Dirks admitted he’s looking forward to staying back on the sand with their son while Hamilton is out in the water.
“As we start traveling more, getting into surfing, I know I’m going to be there to support my wife and support our family and do what I can … changing diapers on the beach while Bethany is out there surfing some gnarly wave,” he said, adding he was “stoked to be a dad.”
— Anya Leon