Game Of Thrones star Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson has welcomed a baby son with wife Kelsey Henson.
The actor, who played Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the fantasy series, shared a very detailed breakdown on Instagram of the day their son was born, starting with the moment his wife told him her waters had broken at 6am.
Revealing that Kelsey gave birth in a birthing pool, Hafthor said she ‘did amazing’ and ‘was in complete control of her mind and body’.
‘I am completely in awe of how strong she is, and so proud of her for everything she did to prepare herself throughout her pregnancy. It cannot be put into words how proud I am and how I feel about this experience,’ he wrote.
Their son came into the world at 11.19am on Sunday.
The actor continued: ‘After an extremely hard 2 hours and 19 mins of pushing our healthy, strong, beautiful boy arrived weighing 3530 grams, 52 cm long.
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26.09.2020 . 6am Kelsey woke me up telling me she had been losing her water, I immediately jumped out of bed and said alright let’s go, she stayed calm and replied with a laugh and said, no we are not going yet. I then asked to call our midwives to which she replied again no let’s just wait for awhile. . 7:15am we call our friend to come photograph the labour, the midwife and doula. Once the midwife arrived she checked out the progress and we were surprised to learn Kelsey was already 5cm dilated. The midwife asked if she was ready to go to the birthing centre or wanted to try out that bath at home and Kelsey, still remaining calm, decided to try the bath at home. While I was filling up the bath things started escalating quickly, the contractions were much stronger lasting over a minute and were anywhere from 2-3 min apart. The midwife then said she thought we should head to the clinic and finally Kelsey agreed it was time. . 8:40am. We arrived at the Björkin, the birthing centre, after a quick 10 min drive. Right away Kelsey knew exactly what she wanted and asked how long until the birthing pool would be filled. The next fifteen minutes Kelsey paced around between contractions waiting for the tub to be filled. . 9:00am She was in the tub and immediately started to push. Things escalated super quickly. Throughout it all she did amazing. She was in complete control of her mind and body. She had strong opinions on exactly what she wanted and where she wanted to be. I am completely in awe of how strong she is, and so proud of her for everything she did to prepare herself throughout her pregnancy. It cannot be put into words how proud I am and how I feel about this experience. . 11:19am After an extremely hard 2 hours and 19 mins of pushing our healthy, strong, beautiful boy arrived weighing 3530 grams, 52 cm long. . To finish the most beautiful, awe inspiring labour was the most wonderful phone call to my daughter to introduce her to her new little brother ❤️ . 5:30pm We arrive back at home both mom and baby doing super well and spent our first night as three together. . We have decided on a name and cannot wait to share it with you all soon.
‘To finish the most beautiful, awe inspiring labour was the most wonderful phone call to my daughter to introduce her to her new little brother.’
At 5.30pm the family took their new son home and ‘both mum and baby doing super well (sic)’.
The couple have picked a name for the baby and have chosen to keep it a secret for now, but Hafþór added they ‘cannot wait to share it with you all soon’.
He also added a string of pictures taken moments after their son arrived, with he and Kelsey gazing at him while she sat in the birthing pool.
Further pictures taken at home show the actor cradling the little one in bed, and another sweet photo includes their cat looking at the new arrival.
The couple – who tied the knot in Iceland in October 2018 – announced their pregnancy in April with a sweet gender reveal video.
Hafþór, 31, and Kelsey, 30, burst a black balloon filled with blue confetti.
The TV star is already dad to a daughter from a previous relationship.
The actor, also the world’s strongest man, and his wife have been together since 2017 after meeting in a bar in Canada.
Kelsey, who stands at 5’2 against her husband’s 6’9, asked the Game Of Thrones star for a picture and they are said to have hit it off from there.
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