Moana Hope and Isabella Carlstrom reveal newborn son’s name, a touching nod to the former AFLW star’s Māori heritage

It’s a boy!

Former AFLW star Moana Hope and wife Isabella Carlstrom announced the arrival of their second child on Sundaywith Hope, 34, writing at the time, “Oh how wonderful life is now that you are in the world. We are so in love.”

Meanwhile, Carlstrom wrote, “Thank you for choosing us. I love you my darling.”

Last night, the couple announced their child’s sex and name, three days after he was born – welcome to the world Ahi Joseph Carlstrom.

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Baby Ahi was born on June 24, 2022, delivered by Hope with her wife by her side.

“[Hope] you are incredible, I’m so unbelievably proud of you,” Carlstrom wrote on Instagram.

“You went to hell and back to get our beautiful boy safely to us. I don’t have words to describe what it feels like to share this experience with you and understand each other on such a deep level,” the model, who carried and delivered their first child Svea in 2020, continued.

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“You’re so strong and I love you very much,” Carlstrome publicly wrote to her wife. “You’re such a natural and Svea and Ahi are so lucky to have you as their Mum. Ahi, we all love you so much everything and shines a little brighter now that you’re earth side.”

Hope revealed she hardened almost 24 hours of labour, and Ahi, when he was born, weighed almost four kilograms.

“We are proud parents of this beautiful little baby boy,” Hope wrote on Instagram.

The former athlete said labor was “the hardest and most thing” she had “ever done” in her life, physically and emotionally challenging us, but “it brought most beautiful little boy. 💙”

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Former AFLW star Moana Hope welcomes second child with model wife Isabella Carlstrom.
Former AFLW star Moana Hope and model wife Isabella Carlstrom are now parents to a baby boy, Ahi (pictured), and girl, Svea. (Instagram)

“You my little guy are perfect and your Mums love you. 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦🌈♾️❤️,” she said.

Hope and Carlstrom are already parents to daughter Svea Hope Carlstrom, who was born in November 2020.

In the sweet snaps announcing the arrival of their second bundle of joy, Carlstrom can be seen nursing both Svea and Ahi, and the family-of-four were photographed bonding on a hospital bed shortly after Ahi’s birth.

Ahi is a Māori name meaning fire, a nod to Hope’s heritage. Svea, meanwhile, is a Swedish name meaning “of the Swedes,” a nod to Carlstrom’s heritage.

Both children were conceived through IVFusing the same sperm donor, according to Hope’s fertility specialist at Monash IVF Dr Gareth Weston.

Weston said in a statement: “It’s been our privilege at Monash IVF to guide and support Moana and her wife Isabella through their fertility journeys, including helping them choose a suitable sperm donor for them, to help them fulfill their family dreams. To see them now with their two beautiful children is so heart-warming.”

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