A very warm congratulations to professional surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who has given birth to her second son. The 28-year-old, who announced she was pregnant back in October 2017, decided to keep her child’s gender a surprise, only just now sharing the stunning news with her fans.
Posting an adorable pic with her husband, Adam Dirks, by her side, she wrote, “We are overjoyed to welcome our son Wesley Phillip Dirks into the world! It’s been a beautiful time getting life started with the four of us.” She added, “We are thankful to God for our two little guys!!!”
The sporting star is already a mom to her two-and-a-half-year-old son, Tobias. Hamilton took to motherhood just like she did surfing. Talking to People, she remarked, “Having a baby, you pretty much have to plan ahead for everything, especially [since I’m] nursing him. I’m attached to him, in a sense, because I have to nurse him every two to three hours . . . So I’ll feed him and go surf for a little bit, and try to get back in time, or sometimes we’ll pump a bottle and my husband will take over,” she continued.
“[It’s] definitely such a big adjustment. Even surfing, I’ll just be thinking of him. I’ll get back from the beach and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve missed you, little guy!'” Hamilton gained recognition when her story was turned into a movie, Soul Surfer, in 2011, starring Dennis Quaid and country singer, Carrie Underwood.
In 2003, Hamilton survived a shark attack and lost her left arm. She did not let the incident influence her dreams of surfing, and she began competing professionally four years later in 2007. Three years after that, she was the twentieth ranked woman among surfers.
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