Hafthor Bjornsson’s stream of record-breaking began in every area of his life in 2017 and continues today as he celebrates the birth of a baby boy with his wife Kelsey Henson.
On Instagram, Kelsey Henson described it as:
“the most powerful, life-changing, empowering thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.”
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Our beautiful baby boy made his grand entrance into the world at 11:19 AM on September 26th 2020 after a short and intense six hours. 3530 grams and 52 cm. The birth was the most powerful, life changing, empowering thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. We are all doing well and settling in at home as three! ❤️ . Full birth story on @uncensoredmommy
It will be a second child for Bjornsson, who does not talk about his first child very much, Theresa Lif, a daughter he had with Thelma Bjork Steimann. In late 2019, he revealed in an emotionally compelling interview that he had not seen Theresa in three years. He did, however, have a chance to call his daughter to introduce her to her new brother just after he was born.
In 2018, Iceland’s 32-year-old Hafthor Bjornsson became the first Strongman competitor to win the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man all in the same calendar year. That is also the year he married his beautiful wife, Canadian Kelsey Henson.
He met Kelsey in Alberta, Canada, where she served as his waitress at a bar in Alberta, Canada, during a 2017 Strongman competition. By October 2018, they were announcing their marriage on Instagram.
But the 7.78lbs of joy that his wife has delivered is the only thing he is thinking about today. On September 26, at 11:19 a.m. local time, Kelsey Henson and Bjornsson celebrated the birth of their first child.
Bjornsson took to Instagram to make the announcement to his fans, telling them the excitement of every minute of the delivery, which took six hours and Bjornsson described as “short and intense.”. A name has yet to be revealed, but the tiny bundle clocked in at 7.78lbs and 20 inches long.
His excitement is palpable as he is thrilled to report:
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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.
Bjornsson shared the story of the day they met their little boy when he was woken up by Kelsey saying she had gone into labor. It started as home delivery for the happy couple, who later met their child with the help of a midwife and doula at the birthing center Bjorkin.
On his wife’s delivery, the Strongman said:
“I’m completely in awe of how strong she is. It cannot be put into words how proud I am and how I feel about this experience.”
The little guy was born just after 11 a.m. local time, and the new family of three arrived at home just before dinner at 5:30 a.m. local time.
A name has been chosen for Baby Bjornsson, and The Mountain can’t wait to reveal it all very soon.
Many fans of Bjornsson remember his stint on the HBO hit show Game of Thrones, where he appeared in the role of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane for the fourth season, in 2013. He is the only actor to portray The Mountain for a full season and appeared again through to season eight.
This year he continues to set records and achieve significant personal and professional achievements. In May, he deadlifted 501kg, a total of 1104lbs. Just this month he also announced an 80-pound weight loss in preparation for a fight against Eddie Hall.
His 501kg/1,104lb deadlift is just two pounds heavier than Eddie Hall’s world deadlift record of 500kg/1,102lbs. This is the record that has led Bjornsson to challenge rival Hall to a 2021 boxing match, which Hall accepted, saying, “It’s on! #BackUpYourBull.” As Bjornsson preps for fatherhood to an infant, both The Mountain and Hall are prepping for a 2021 boxing match that has fans all over the world on the edge of their seats.
His fellow strongmen and strength athletes also join the celebration and offer congratulatory messages on Instagram:
Awwww that’s amazing!!! Congrats and welcome to the world to this little one!!!
Very happy for both of you! Congratulations!
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH! 🙌❤️👶
Congratulations to the 3 of you!!!!
Congratulations guys! Awesome news. Big love to you all ❤️❤️
Congrats to you both. Amazing news
Wow congratulations guys ❤️
Congrats you two!!!
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