Bethany Hamilton Welcomes Son Tobias

06/15/2015 at 03:00 PM ET

Bethany Hamilton is officially on board with motherhood.

The surfing champion and husband Adam Dirks welcomed their first child, a son, on Monday, June 1, she announced Monday on Twitter.

He was born weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz., and measured 21 inches long.

“Blessed to welcome our son, Tobias, into the world! #astokedmomma,” she Tweeted, along with a family photo of the couple gazing at their bundled up newborn.

The new mama — whose baby boy is “named after his great grandpa Tobias, meaning ‘the goodness of God’ ” — shared her excitement on Instagram.

“Adam and I so in love with our lil guy and are stoked to share life with him!” she wrote.

Bethany Hamilton pregnant expecting first child Adam Dirks
Timmy Hamilton

Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a tiger shark at 13, announced she was pregnant with a son in a video she posted to YouTube in February.

“It’s been a pretty crazy last four months, finding out that we’re going to be parents and life’s going to be changing,” the mom-to-be, 25, said.

But despite the obvious difficulties she faces, Hamilton is up for any challenges. “I’ve been thinking about it, but I often forget that I have one arm,” she said during the announcement clip.

“When I think about it, a squirming baby and changing the diaper … I think how I live life, just adjust and adapt to different things, especially things that are a lot easier with two arms.”

And Hamilton has been doing just that: Her growing baby belly has not stopped her from continuing to surf all throughout the pregnancy.

“It’s such a weird feeling to be surfing in the ocean while my baby is moving around inside me,” she told PEOPLE in March. “It’s a cool feeling, but I noticed my balance is a little off and I fall more, so I’m having to focus.”

I love this man; and our lil man too. 👪 Pic : @lieberfilms

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Fortunately, her husband, a youth minister, couldn’t be more excited about daddy duty. In February, Dirks admitted he’s looking forward to staying back on the sand with their son while Hamilton is out in the water.

“As we start traveling more, getting into surfing, I know I’m going to be there to support my wife and support our family and do what I can … changing diapers on the beach while Bethany is out there surfing some gnarly wave,” he said, adding he was “stoked to be a dad.”

#AlohaFriday in #Mybikini!!! @ripcurl_usa 📷 @lieberfilms #pregnant

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Suzanne on

Congratulations Bethany and Adam on the birth of your beautiful baby boy Tobias xx

drgrady on

Congrats to them on Tobias!

Dawn on

Such sweet news! Love how this woman has embraced her life and has been blessed with such love! Inspiration to everyone!

Kathleen on

Amazing! Simply awesome. Good for them and congratulations to the happy family.

charlotte on

This is one of the best stories I have seen here in a long time. Congratulations on the beautiful new blessing. Love the name too! All the best to this family!

Heather on

He is SO blonde!!! And cute!

Guest on

Such happy news! Congratulations to the family!!! Tobias, love the name!!

Jen on

Seeing how phenomenal she was on the Amazing Race I am sure she nail diaper changing in know. What an amazing couple – congratulations!

Paddy on

So HAPPY for all of you!! Congratulations!!

Sheri on

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blonde newborn. Even blonde kids are usually born with dark hair. He is absolutely gorgeous!!

Patti on

This is the kind of news we like to hear. Not an update every 5 minutes what the trashians are doing.

Sharon on

Congratulations!

natch on

too many photos. Live your life, don’t shoot it moment to moment. I love the dress in the top photo. I like the baby’s name but not that supposed meaning.

and WHY is she sticking her tongue out in that one photo? How offputting.

Anonymous on

Now that’s newsworthy! Ultimate story of overcoming obstacles, making a dream come true, and doing it all with class. Good job Bethany and congratulations! Mommy hood is a great club 🙂

Lexie on

Congratulations on your baby and now new family life! Wishing you many blessings and joy in your future.

kelly on

CONGRATS! You two are awesome. I am so happy for you both! It’s so nice to here good news about somebody worth it….unlike the Kardashians

carla on

Natch,
Too many photos? Who doesn’t take hundreds of photos of their journey as new parents? Good grief, some of you…

Guest on

Congratuilations to Bethany and her hubby. People editors what you did was wrong though. To report this while there were two shark attacks in north carolina….. tsk tsk

Joy on

Blessings to the family.

SFK on

What a beautiful family. Bethany is incredible. Just so, so inspiring.

Debbie on

Congratulations to all!! Love the name too.

Sara on

I have a Tobias also! Congrats on the new baby.

Tiffany on

I think they are a beautiful family ❤ Congrats to them!

Catherine on

Why is it wrong to post an article about Bethany Hamilton when there were two shark attacks off the NC coast? I think it would be even more fitting, as a reminder that there is hope for the two youth who were attacked.

Marky on

So very happy for Bthany and Adam, and precious Tobias! Glad to hear she has had the baby, he is fine, and they are all doing well! She is a wonderful testimony to staying positive in the face of seeming horror
natch, you need a boatload of help. Bet you are a lot of fun at Christmas(not really). What idiotic statements–too many pictures? Hardly! Names have meaning, sometimes the name was originally a word descriptive of a special quality desired by the parents, or descriptive, like Rowan, which means “red-haired one”. My children’s names mean “beloved”. Your post merely shows your all-around ignorance……..

Marky on

So very happy for Bthany and Adam, and precious Tobias! Glad to hear she has had the baby, he is fine, and they are all doing well! She is a wonderful testimony to staying positive in the face of seeming horror
natch, you need a boatload of help. Bet you are a lot of fun at Christmas(not really). What idiotic statements–too many pictures? Hardly! Names have meaning, sometimes the name was originally a word descriptive of a special quality desired by the parents, or descriptive, like Rowan, which means “red-haired one”. My children’s names mean “beloved”. Many Christians choose names which are mentioned in the Bible, and the definition is given. You dislike Christians? Your problem, not hers! Your post merely shows your all-around ignorance……..

Maxine on

Gorgeous family! Congrats.

GG on

Happy for them.

hmm on

Good Lord, Natch, lighten up.

Lyanna on

@Sheri – yep, I am blonde, daddy is blonde all 4 of our kids are blonde, born blonde. They are a beautiful family, blessings to them.