Bindi Irwin gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, on Thursday. The 22 year-old has since revealed that she paid a touching tribute to her late “Crocodile Hunter” father Steve with her daughter’s name.
“March 25, 2021. Celebrating the two loves of my life. Happy first wedding anniversary to my sweetheart husband and day of birth to our beautiful daughter. ❤️ Grace Warrior Irwin Powell,” Bindi wrote in an Instagram post. “Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light. Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler’s family dating back to the 1700s. Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior.”
“Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad,” she added. “There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed.”
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Bindi revealed on Thursday that Grace was born at 5:52 p.m. on March 25, which happened to also be her first wedding anniversary with her husband Chandler. The baby was born weighing seven pounds, seven ounces, and 20 inches long.
“Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. After waiting for you to arrive for the last 9 months, finally meeting you has been the best moment of my life,” Chandler wrote on his own Instagram page. “You have a big life ahead of you and no matter what, you will be surrounded by a whole lot of love. Thank you for gracing your beautiful mother and me on our wedding anniversary, so excited to have you home.”
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Bindi had told The Bump last month that her father, who tragically passed away back in 2006, inspired her then-unborn daughter’s name.
“I’m so excited for our daughter to grow up learning about the importance of giving back and making a difference in the world for the future generations,” Bindi said at the time. “My dad was the first person to create the term ‘Wildlife Warrior.’ Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We’ve been referring to our daughter as our Baby Wildlife Warrior.”
“I know in my heart that she will forge her own path to make our planet a better place through her connections with the gorgeous animals that we protect here at Australia Zoo and the conservation work we do with animal species around the globe,” she continued.
Bindi went on to say that she knows Steve would have been “the best grandfather” ever.
“I always joke that if he was still here we’d never see our baby because he’d take her on all kinds of adventures! I want to make sure our baby girl gets to know my dad and thankfully we have many documentaries and photos we can share with her,” she said. “I think she’ll love getting to watch footage of Dad working with all kinds of animals and learning about his legacy.”