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On his birthday, Erik Spoelstra’s wife announces they are expecting first child

Erik Spoelstra’s birthday this year wasn’t a typical one.

It came with an announcement he was going to be a father.

Spoelstra turned 47 on Wednesday and his wife, Nikki, posted via Instagram that the couple is expecting their first child.

Nikki Spoelstra posted a picture of the couple holding sonogram photos and wrote: Happy birthday to my best friend…Daddy Spo!"

Erik Spoelstra told the media before coaching the Heat in its matchup against the Bulls Wednesday night that the child is a boy.


Happy birthday to my best friend... Daddy Spo! We love you!

A post shared by NIKKI SPOELSTRA (@nikkispo) on

Nikki is a former Heat dancer and art dealer. The couple married on July 22, 2016 at a ceremony in the gardens at Villa Vizcaya.

"We’re really excited about it," Spoelstra said with a big smile. "Everybody in this building has known for a while. Our friends and family have known."

The Heat's head coach took the stage with his wife at Thursday's annual Battioke event to raise money for the former Heat player's Take Charge Foundation on Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016.

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