Candace Parker and her wife Anna Petrakova shared a shocking announcement on Instagram and told their fans that they’re expecting their first baby together. They also revealed that they secretly got married two years ago in a small wedding ceremony.

The WNBA star already has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. According to her, Lailaa can’t wait to be a big sister!

In her Instagram post, which was a two-year anniversary post for Anna, Candace shared a heartfelt message to her amazing wife. She said, “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…. 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.”

The post included photos of the couple and Lailaa. There were also amazing photos of the couple dancing on their wedding day. The ceremony appeared to take place on a beach and both women looked beautiful in their dresses.

Candace added to her post and praised Anna Petrakova for being an amazing wife and mother. She said, “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.”

Candace Parker and Anna Petrakova shared a surprise announcement on Instagram. They are expecting their first child and secretly got married two years ago. (Credit: Instagram)
Candace Parker and Anna Petrakova shared a surprise announcement on Instagram. They are expecting their first child and secretly got married two years ago. (Credit: Instagram)

The surprise baby announcement threw many fans through a loop, but there seems to be no one more excited about the upcoming baby than Candace Parker. The basketball star has always been open about her motherhood joys and said in the Instagram post that she and Anna have “always dreamed of growing our family.”

The basketball star continued and praised Anna for carrying their bundle of joy. “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!” she said.

In the past, Candace has shown her love for her 12-year-old daughter on and off the court. According to her, Lailaa is her motivation, and the proud mom also shares photos of them together on her social media.

During the 2021 WNBA Finals, Candace shared an emotional hug with Lailaa after the Sky’s victory against Phoenix Mercury. A video of that hug went viral on Twitter.

In 2016, after Candace Parker won her first WNBA Championship, the future mother of two shared a touching tribute to her oldest daughter.

She said, “I owe everything I am to her, just because she’s been my motivation and my reason for everything,” she said in 2016. “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. 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.”

The couple hasn’t shared the gender or due date for their baby, but fans can’t wait to learn more about their adorable family.