How cute is this little grommet? He’s the son of the incredible Bethany Hamilton, pro surfer and shark attack survivor. He’s adorable, and Bethany is an inspiration.
Earlier this year, Bethany and her husband Adarm Dirks announced they were expecting a baby boy via YouTube.
“I’ve been surfing throughout my whole pregnancy…I plan to surf as long as I can. Once they baby’s pretty big, maybe just mellow it out, and spend more time swimming and just enjoying the ocean and doing other activities,” Bethany told her fans.
Their son, Tobias, was born on June 1, and Bethany announced the birth via Instagram.
“He is named after his great grandpa Tobias meaning, ‘The goodness of God,'” she says on the post. “Adam and I (are) so in love with our lil guy and are stoked to share life with him!”
In her announcement video, 25-year-old Bethany explains that she had been contemplating the challenges of motherhood with one arm. Bethany lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing when she was only 13 years old.
“I often forget that I have one arm. But when I think about it, like, a squirming baby and changing a diaper, just me and this squirming baby, it could be really challenging. But how I live life now, I just adjust and adapt to different things. Especially things that are easier with two arms. I think there are things that are going to be very challenging with one arm, but I’ll just have to find my own way to take care of the baby.”
Bethany continued surfing up until she was six months pregnant, competing in the World Surf League’s Women’s Pipe Invitational at the Banzai Pipeline.
What an inspirational mum!