Candace Parker is ecstatic to become a momma of two!
This past Tuesday, the WNBA star, 35, revealed how she and partner Anya Petrakova are expecting a baby.
“Happy Anniversary Моя жена! 2 years ago, I got to marry my best friend in front of our close family and friends. My heart could have exploded. I cried like a baby….” she shared.
“To know me or you is to know our love. This journey hasn’t been easy. I am proud of us and what we have built and who we have grown to become both individually and together,” Parker shared in her caption along with photos from their wedding.
“Thank you for always loving Lailaa as your own, being my calm, my support, my voice of reason, my laughs, my cuddles, my dance in the rain, my happy, my home… Thanks for constantly challenging me and telling me when I’m wrong ????. I LOVE YOU???? I appreciate you, I value you and what we have,” she continued.
Parker concluded, “We’ve always dreamed of growing our family….it’s surreal that we now have a baby on the way! Lailaa is pumped to be a big sister! You couldn’t be more beautiful! Glowing, while understanding that I have to constantly love, kiss, and talk to your belly AND yes… play Jay-Z for the baby (Goose knows “Song Cry” already by heart???? !) I can’t wait to embark on this next chapter in life with you!”
Parker is already a mom to 12-year-old daughter Lailaa from a previous relationship.
Motherhood has been an a huge part of Parker’s life since she welcomed Lailaa in May 2009.
While in a post-Finals press conference with reporters, Parker, who won a championship with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016, spoke on the special moment of sharing the latest title with Lailaa.
“I owe everything I am to her, just because she’s been my motivation and my reason for everything,” the NBA on TNT analyst said, revealing how Lailaa was just 7 years old when she won her first WNBA championship.
“We’ve gone through this together, you know? She sacrifices her mom so that I can live my dream. I just am so thankful for her, that she’s here for the big moments, but she’s also here when I don’t want to get up and go work out, she sees those moments,” the proud parent said. “So I just am so over the moon at how amazing she’s grown up to be, and I know I’m partial, but she’s an amazing young lady.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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