Crikey! Good news might be hard to come by these days, but it still exists, as we are reminded of when we heard the good news about Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late, great Steve Irwin and conservationist in her own right, and her husband, Chandler Powell. Bindi, 22, got married in March of this year to Chandler and now they’re expecting their first baby! The couple announced the much-needed good news on Instagram on Tuesday, August 11, while also admitting that they were doing so a little bit on the earlier side.
The photo, which shows Bindi and Chandler holding up a baby-sized Wildlife Warrior uniform, the uniform of the conservation foundation inside the Australia Zoo that Bindi runs with her mom and brother in honor of their late father Steve, and smiling. Bindi wrote on the caption, “Chandler and I are proud to announce that we’re expecting! It’s an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you. Though I’m still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter,” she said, seeming to acknowledge that most people wait until the first trimester has passed to share their pregnancy news. But the pregnancy is so exciting, who can blame her?
She continues: “We couldn’t wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives. Your support means the world to us. Please let us know your best advice and send good vibes & prayers to our little sweetheart.”
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Chandler, When I went to write my vows I found I couldn’t stop writing them. I started by sharing all the ways you make my life beautiful and wrote close to a thousand words. Then I moved on to write about what an extraordinary person you are and I needed a new pen. Finally I wanted to share all my hopes for the future and I ran out of notebook paper. I thought about how there is no way to describe genuine, unconditional love. A love like this is meant to be felt, in every part of our soul. Marriage marks an incredible beginning and yet I feel like we’ve already experienced so much life together. We say all the time that it feels like we’ve been married for years. We’ve been a team through life’s wonderful highs and difficult lows. You’ve held my hand as we’ve run towards every new adventure. My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first. And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations. One of your jobs is to jump into the water with our biggest crocs to help encourage them home! They say there’s a moment when you know you’ve fallen in love with someone, for me it was watching you happily jump in the water with a 15 foot crocodile and then tell me how much you enjoyed it. You are my soulmate. I promise to love you with all my heart through every twist and turn the world brings our way. I promise to encourage your dreams and help you achieve them. I promise to stand beside you as your wife, teammate and friend. I promise to share an ‘I love you’ before I sleep each night no matter what our day has brought. I promise to be your strength and light when you need a it. I promise to revel with you in each breathtaking moment we are given in this life. Chandler, Thank you for loving me for me. You love me when I’m uncontrollably laughing or falling asleep by 6pm. You validate what unconditional love really means. You’ve been my best friend for over six years. You’ve made me smile every day since I first met you. That’s amazing and so are you. My husband, my teammate and partner in conservation. To quote our favourite show, “I love you and I like you”.
While Irwin and Powell spend their days tending to all of the wildlife they care for at their sanctuary, few can forget the iconic way that Powell had to prove his commitment to dating her. In 2017, when they were still simply boyfriend and girlfriend, Powell showed his commitment to Bindi by undertaking a task that her late father, Steve, had said was a prerequisite for anyone dating his daughter. Speaking to Today Extra, Bindi said, “My dad was the most protective of anyone. He always said, ‘Before Bindi is allowed to date, the guy has to cross our toughest crocodile pond.’” While he didn’t swim across it, he did get right into the crocodile pond to wrangle some crocs, showing his fearlessness. It’s been true love ever since for the happy couple. Congrats to them both!