Bethany Hamilton Is ‘Grateful to God’ for the ‘Challenge and Joy’ of Motherhood with One Arm
By Movieguide® Staff
Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton recently shared about the difficulties of motherhood with only one arm.
Movieguide® Award-Winning SOUL SURFER tells Hamilton’s story of losing her left arm in a shark attack at age 13. Now, the 31-year-old is raising her third son, Micah, whom she had in February, and said her “tricks and adaptations are getting better with each child.”
“When they are this young and have the wobbly head and need constant attention, nursing, diaper changes, tummy soothing, lots of sleep and of course smiles, kisses and more,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram. “I use my feet to help with diaper changing, lots of pillows with nursing, a baby carrier all throughout the day and tricky styles of holding to keep baby’s head up.”
Hamilton says that one key is to “keep moving forward, have lil breaks and keep it positive!”
She added: “Plus I remember I’ve done it before. And as a family we make it work!”
Hamilton concluded by encouraging other mothers.
“Loving our lil Micah and looking forward to more life with him! Cheering on all you mommas out there grinding, loving and doing your best!” Hamilton said.
In a separate post, Hamilton confessed that balance is difficult to achieve with a new child.
“Mom life. Not always smiles. The balance. The ups and downs. The the most beautiful gift but also so incredibly challenging…Sleep deprivation. They cry. They stretch us mentally and emotionally. I cry. But then they smile and coo and nurse sweetly,” Hamilton wrote.
However, Hamilton is grateful to God for the “challenge and joy” of raising children.
“Thankful for this life and the beauty of motherhood. Thankful for my family, friends, my husband and boys,” Hamilton wrote. “Grateful to God to have this beautiful challenge and joy.”
Movieguide® previously reported on Micah’s birth announcement:
Surfer Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam Dirks welcomed their third son, Micah, on Valentine’s Day!
Dirks announced the Valentine’s Day gift on Hamilton’s Youtube with a video titled “The BEST Valentines Day Surprise!!!”
“Mama is happy and healthy. We are just so thankful that everything went really smooth!” Dirks said in a statement on Hamilton’s website. “It’s an amazing blessing, the birthing process and the miracle of life that God has given. We are humbled and thankful that we get another opportunity to raise a son in his faith. Hopefully, we can be good examples and love on him. We’re excited baby is here. The perfect Valentine’s Day present!”