In a post that shook the Internet on Tuesday, WNBA star Candace Parker announced that she has not only been married to wife Anna Petrakova–a Russian basketball player–for two years, but also that Petrakova is pregnant.

“2 years ago, I got to marry my best friend in front of our close family and friends,” Parker wrote on Instagram. “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.”

Parker then thanked Petrakova for loving her 12-year-old daughter, Lailaa, like her own child.

“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.”

Then, Parker revealed the pregnancy–and how she cannot contain her excitement.

“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…I can’t wait to embark on this next chapter in life with you!”


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The post included several wedding photos as well as pictures featuring Petrakova’s baby bump.

Parker currently plays for the Chicago Sky, who won this year’s WNBA championship. Before joining the Sky this season, Parker played for the Los Angeles Sparks, with whom she also won a WNBA Championship in 2016.

Congratulations to Parker and her growing family!

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