It’s amazing how much faith can bring joy in life. For one-armed champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, one bad incident didn’t make her stop praying for a good future. Now, as she lives her life, she finally will be giving life to someone too.
On Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks posted a video on Hamilton’s website and on Instagram, showing the couple on a surfing board out in the sea and flaunting Hamilton’s baby bump, thus announcing to the world that they are currently expecting their first child and is due in early June. Dirks also revealed that they are expecting a baby boy, and they are currently looking over names for their little boy.
“In baby terms, I’m about 22 weeks, which is about halfway there. It’s been a pretty crazy last four months finding out that we’re gonna be parents… It’s all really exciting,” Hamilton said in the video.
With regards to her surfing career, Hamilton said that since she’s been surfing throughout her pregnancy, she intends to keep it up for as long as she can. Then, once her baby bump’s big enough, she’ll mellow down on her activities.
At the young age of 13, Hamilton lost her arm from a tiger shark attack while surfing and nearly died of blood loss. But even with her handicap, she persevered into becoming a professional surfer. Hamilton also plans to prove that she can be an exceptional and caring mother as well, even though she only has one arm.
“I often forget that I have one arm, but when I think about it, and a squirming baby and changing a diaper… that could be challenging. But I think that how I live life now, just adjusting and adapting to things that normally take two arms with one arm… [so] I’ll just find my own way to take care of the baby,” Hamilton said.
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