Michael Phelps Welcomes Son Boomer Robert

05/07/2016 at 01:25 PM ET

Michael Phelps is a dad!

The Olympic swimmer and fiancée Nicole Johnson welcomed their first child, son Boomer Robert Phelps, at 7:21 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, Phelps announced via Instagram Saturday..

“Welcome Boomer Robert Phelps into the world,” he wrote, sharing a family photo. “Born 5-5-2016 at 7:21 pm !!! Healthy and happy!!! Best feeling I have ever felt in my life!!! Nicole and Boomer both healthy!!!

Michael Phelps welcomes son
Courtesy Phelps Family

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The pair, both 30, announced they were expecting in November, and celebrated the upcoming birth of their child with a cowboy-themed baby shower in March.

Phelps and Johnson, a former Miss California, have been dating on and off since 2007. After splitting in 2011, they rekindled their romance in 2014 and got engaged in February 2015.

After last year’s two DUI arrests, stint in treatment and six-month suspension from competing, things are looking up for Phelps. Between the birth of his son, helpful therapy sessions and the prospect of competing at the Rio Olympics, 2016 is already full of excitement and personal growth.

“I feel like I am okay and happy with who I am,” Phelps recently told the Associated Press. “I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, who I truly am. I can honestly say there aren’t many people who have seen who I really am.”

— Andrea Park

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Boomer's momma on

Boomer is my dog’s name! Congrats to them!

lisa on

I hope for the kids sake they call him Robert. Why Boomer??/

Sarah on

Boomer? Yikes!

Britt on

Why would you do this to your child!! Love Michael Phelps but Boomer is going to loathe his moniker someday.

Lisa on

Congrats to them both! But….Boomer? Really?!!

HELP! on

Don’t do drugs when picking out your child’s name.

Jamagaca on

Okay. I get the nickname “Boomer”-but birth name?BOOM, I got your girlfriend?! NO BUENO!

guest on

Boomer Esiason has a great name and has done very well in life.

Lintrinsid on

Another stupid name. Yikes these poor rich kids have no chance in making it on their own.

Suzeq on

Hopefully BOOMER wont be a STONER like his papa!

HELP! on

Boomer is his nickname. His full name is Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason

Lisa on

Boomer!!!! SOONER!!
Where are all my OU fans at?

ddnnj on

Bummer Boomer. Sorry about your name.

Me on

Guess that’s what happens when you spend A LOT of time in chlorine….you name your kid Boomer!! SMH

Guest on

Boomer? I think of the big girl from Wentworth.

CanadaGurl on

Poor kid. Boomer?? That’s more of a dogs name.

Mary on

Boomer was our name for a fart when I was a little kid.

jeannie on

Jeez..kids get picked on for their weird names. Why don’t parents consider that ?

Just a Duck on

My friend’s Bouvier is named Boomer. Who gives a kid a dog’s name? Is the next kid going to be named Fluffy?

GigiOC on

Congrats to Michael and Nicole!!! But someone needs to get a restraining order for Taylor Liann Chandler, she is obsessed with Michael and is putting horrible things on her Facebook about him even Nicole and the baby. I hope they have a bodyguard because this woman is nuts!

Kistin on

Poor kid… First his name is Boomer and then he has the genetic pool to look like Michael Phelps. Hope he can land a hard right!

loftybike on

Why is the guy half naked? His partner just gave birth and he has to show off his abbs?

Guest on

Wow, how is that name going to look on a resume in 25 years?
Way to set up your kid for failure immediately out of the gate.

Congrats on being parents for one day and already sucking at it.

Whoa on

Does he EVER wear a shirt??

lujacklvr on

Was Michael Phelps alive when the NBC sitcom, “Boomer” was a hit on Sunday nights? I think the show was about a little dog named Boomer…that is immediately what I thought of when I heard this poor kid’s first name…oh, well, I guess “Boomer” beats “Bezelbub” but I hope they call him “Bob” or “Bobby”…

Marie on

Boomer-ang. Lol. I’m kidding. Beautiful family photo. Boys are awesome. So are little girls but I haven’t yet had the pleasure of a daughter. Congrats, Phelps!!

Betty on

Boomer seriously? Poor kid!

Gramma2Four on

Say it ain’t so!! Boomer?!?!?!

Anon on


gracie on

@loftybike…each parent is often encouraged to hold a newborn close to his/her chest with no clothing between. It is called skin to skin bonding and is supposed to sooth the child after the trauma of childbirth and accelerate bonding to the parent.

Mel on

Boomer!! Is he part dog? No offense, but Jesus…

Guest on

Congratulations !!! I thought I read in People Magazine they were having quads, what a surprise.

Zane on

People are so nasty when they are behind a keyboard. Boomer Phelps sounds cute and growing up as wealthy and connected as he’ll be I don’t think he’ll be too concerned about some close minded person named something boring and basic judging him by his name on a resume. The world is big and diverse… A name is just a name – congrats on the blessing of this little life!

Liz on

Here Boomer! Here Boomer! Hey Boomer! Oh good boy Boomer! Oh that poor kid.

Cindy on

Beautiful family! I love the name! Nobody cares what you people think ! Have and name all the babies you want!

Tres on

Boomer is gorgeous & that picture is previous. Best of luck to your beautiful little family.

Kathy on

Birth control.

helen on

Boomer?! Another ridiculous name a child will have to endure.

Sam on

The name is so stupid.

Vanna on

Ridiculous name.

Anonymous on

I suspect that in a generation it’s going to be “odd” to be named Michael or Patrick or Bill. Elijah, Aiden, and Oliver all beat out Michael by many points in 2015, so no one will be surprised when Boomer Phelps is the CEO of some space exploration company in 2041.

Angela on

What a sweet photo. Congrats to them!

susan on

@gracie: Nothing wrong with that, although most normal human beings bond with their children in private, not for Instagram.

Anonymous on

They poor has to live with that horrible name for the rest of his life. What the hell are people thinking when they come up these stupid names.

Holly on

Boomer is a dog’s name. Poor kid.

Missc on

He needs to pull his pants up

guestie on

Boomer Phelps, really?
Poor kid.

Romancegirl on


Guesty1 on

Why is *HIS* shirt off?!?!?!

Becky on

While the name isn’t a big hit with me, it could be worse.. Congrats.

KL on

Boomer… ??? Seriously?? What is that.. a dogs name, what a ridiculous name.. but he is super cute!!

Vaz on

The name Boomer Phelps sounds ridiculous.

Meaghen Powers on

Boomer what kind of name for your kid is that???? Yeah the only Boomers I know are pets. Seriously, what’s wrong with all these celebrities and the names they give to their children??? People think before you name your children.

Erin on

I just want to know how he landed her. I mean, she is gorgeous. And not a fan of the name Boomer for a human being.

anandabart on

I just had a Boomer. Feel so much lighter now.

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Just Saying on

No way she’s only 30….

Jeri on

I loved Michael since i first saw him,,, congragrats MIke