Kidnap Survivor Elizabeth Smart Shares First Photo of Her New Baby Boy on Easter Sunday
Elizabeth Smart welcomed her second child, a baby boy, earlier this month
“These two make my Easter perfect! 🐣 #soinlove #happyeaster #sundaysareforfamily #blessed #bigthingsinlittlepackages” she wrote.
As the family geared up to welcomed the new little one, Smart’s father, Edward, said that his daughter is “extremely happy” to be a new mom again.
“Everyone is excited and ready to meet the newest member of the family,” he previously told PEOPLE. He said Smart was expected to give birth on April 2 but she did not confirm what day the little boy was born — or his name.
“My mom is a hero and has influenced my life more than any other person, and I’d like to have that same influence on my children,” she said.
Smart, who lives in Park City, Utah, was kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell from her Salt Lake City bedroom in June 2002. She was held captive by him and his wife, Wanda Barzee, for nine months before being rescued in 2003.
Baby Boy on the Way for Elizabeth Smart
In the years since the ordeal, Smart has reclaimed her life as an inspirational speaker, author and advocate.
“I feel so fortunate that I was able to come through this unscarred. I want to tell other people, ‘Don’t give up. Miracles do happen,’” Smart told PEOPLE in 2008, while studying music at Brigham Young University. She added, “I’m not sorry this happened to me anymore, because it made me grow up.”