‘He arrived! We are in love’

‘He arrived! We are in love': Ironwoman and Gladiators star Hayley Bateup shares her joy after her partner April Zekulich gives birth to couple’s first child. 

  • Former Ironwoman Hayley Bateup and partner announce birth of first child
  • Longtime partner April Zekulich gave birth to their son yesterday
  • The couple shared their excitement by posting a photo on Instagram
  • Their newborn weighed 3.8kg and has been named ‘Baxter Frankie Bateup’
  • The baby was conceived on the couple’s second attempt with IVF

Former Gold Coast Ironwoman champion Hayley Bateup and her partner April Zekulich have announced the birth of their first child by sharing a picture with their newborn on social media.

The couple shared their excitement on Instagram on Thursday, captioning the sweet snap, ’And he arrived! Baxter Frankie Bateup born today at 12:53 pm 8lb 9oz we are in love xx’.

Ms Zekulich gave birth to their healthy son which weighed 3.8 kilograms,  and was conceived through their second attempt at using IVF.

Ms Bateup, 35, and Ms Zekulich, 39, met eight years ago at the Nordcliffe Surf Club in Queensland, and Ms Zekulich’s pregnancy was publicly announced in January.

In a statement earlier this year Ms Zekulich said the couple will share parenting duties equally.

‘We’ll share the load… April will be breastfeeding so that will mean more work for her. Although April is hoping I’ll be able to breastfeed as well.’

The pregnancy was revealed in January through a photo posted on Ms Bateup’s Instagram.

‘Excited to announce that we are having a baby!,’ the post read.

The couple had been keeping the gender of their newborn son secret from the public until yesterday’s announcement.

‘Seeing our baby on the scan was mind-blowing,’ Ms Bateup told News.com.au at the time.

‘When I’d seen the scan photos of friends it never really affected me but when I saw our own baby, well, that was a different story. It was so exciting!’

Ms Bateup was forced to retire from professional Ironwoman competition in 2013 due to a chronic shoulder injury.

Since her retirement, the Triple Coolangatta Gold Champion has been focusing on her Bateups Body Blitz fitness program.

Source: Daily Mail