Bethany Hamilton had a baby boy on June 1 as the one-armed surfing star becomes a mom for the first time. She married Adam Dirk in 2013 and the pro-surfer shared their first picture of a newborn on Instagram, according to Daily Mail.
Hamilton, 25, wrote a post on her social media account about the birth with a pic. Bethany’s husband was also featured in the photo as the family cuddled amid a lush Hawaiian backdrop.
“Blessed to welcome our son, Tobias, into the world,” she wrote about her baby. “He is named after his great grandpa Tobias meaning ‘The goodness of God.’ Adam and I so in love with our lil guy and are stoked to share life with him!” she gushed.
Bethany Hamilton showed off her baby bump a month after the couple married as she was photographed surfing in Kauai. The photo started a bit of controversy about her pregnancy, leaving fans guessing at the mystery picture.
Hamilton, who lost her left arm at 13 in a shark attack, defended her decision to stay on the surfboard. Bethany said she wanted to stay active to prepare for childbirth.
In her pregnancy announcement, Hamilton, whose story was adapted for the 2011 movie “Soul Surfer,” said she wasn’t worried about managing the rigors of baby-rearing with only one arm.
Hamilton added: “I think there’s going to be things that will be very challenging with one arm, but I’ll just have to find my own way to take care of the baby. And of course I’ll have Adam to help,” Bethany said. “But if he’s out and about and busy, I’ll just have to adjust to little things and figure it out and be creative.”
“We’re starting to feel ready for this lil boy to enter the world! Ready or not parenthood here we come,” Hamilton said. Bethany stayed on the surf until her baby belly was too big.
Pro-life advocate Liberty Pike of Oregon right to Life congratulated Hamilton and Dirk on their baby.
“Bethany rose to fame after she was injured in a shark attack in Hawaii in 2003. She lost her left arm in the incident. That didn’t stop Bethany from continuing to surf. She has traveled the world sharing her testimony of faith in the face of hardship,” she said. “Bethany’s story, and that of Nick Vujicic (a man born without arms or legs), is a powerful reminder that people are greater than their disabilities, that they can live wonderful, fulfilling lives. It is a tragedy that babies, diagnosed with disabilities in the womb, are being aborted at overwhelming rates because their parents fear their lives will be ‘too hard.'”
As for surfing, she can’t wait to get back out on the water. Bethany Hamilton will probably teach her baby a few things about the waves as he gets older.