Michael Phelps Shares First Photo from Retirement – and He’s Back in the Pool with Baby Boomer

08/17/2016 at 04:30 PM ET

Michael Phelps retirement photo son Boomer
Source: Michael Phelps/Instagram

At this point, it’s pretty clear Michael Phelps feels more at home in a pool than anywhere else.

If you need proof, just look at how he chose to spend quality time with his family after a grueling 6-medal run at the Rio Olympics.

On Wednesday, he posted a photo of himself, his fiancée Nicole Johnson and their baby Boomer Robert hanging out in Phelps’ natural habitat — a pool.

“There’s nothing like being back home!!” he captioned the sweet snap. “Great way to spend my first day in retirement!!”

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After finishing his fifth Olympics and bringing up his medal total to 28 (making his personal total higher than 90 countries), the 31-year-old told PEOPLE, “It’s time for me to start the next chapter of my life.”

“I have a beautiful fiancée, a beautiful baby boy [whom] I want to spend as much time with as I can,” he adds. “I’ve been able to accomplish everything I could ever dream of [with professional swimming], and it’s time to move on.”

He added that he’s most looking forward to not missing another day with his 3-month-old son, who’s growing up right before his eyes. And he clearly meant it.

On Tuesday, Johnson shared a photo of Phelps and Boomer cuddling up on a plane in matching grey shirts. “So excited to spend a lil r&r with these 2!!” she wrote.

So excited to spend a lil r&r with these 2!! @m_phelps00 @boomerrphelps #mymen

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“He’s locking onto things and staring at things now, so you really do see him growing — not just physically growing, but you can tell he’s getting older. And it’s just a cool feeling watching him grow up,” he said.

With all the free time that comes with retirement, Phelps just might have time to start pursuing another dream of his — having a big family.

“So we started off on a perfect note: We got a boy,” he says. “We got a beautiful, healthy baby boy, and we’re looking to continue to grow our family.”

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Kate Middleman on

ADORABLE baby! He has the most smooshable, kissable cheeks!

Chicken of the Sea on

Adorable family pic. Just want to reach out and pinch those adorable little cheeks!!

Patricia on

When I saw the headline “Back in Pool with Baby Boomer,” I had a moment of panic. OH NO HE’S HOOKED UP WITH SUSAN SARANDON? Thank the Lord, it wasn’t that.

guest on

He looks so happy with his new family. It’s nice to see how grateful he is for his life now. Adorable baby.

Anonymous on

I don’t know that a few weeks in rehab with get rid of the party animal in him.

rubyovertherainbow* on

I don’t know that a few weeks in rehab with get rid of the party animal in him.

Anonymous on

I am so happy that he’s happy. He’s been through a lot emotionally over the last couple of years that I wasn’t sure he was ever going to truly be happy again. He said that a friend told him he wouldn’t know what true love is until his son was born and I can see that friend was right. The best moment for me of the entire Olympics was when he ran up into the stands after one of his medal ceremonies to hug and kiss his mother, fiancé, and son. It is clear that his priorities have changed and I hope this change is a lasting one. He deserves to have as much time away from swimming as he would like. I can see in the future that he might want to return to the world of swimming as either a coach or an Olympic commentator like Nastia Liukin did.

Cacci on

He really has it all! Wish him the b est!

GigiOC on

Do you see this Taylor Lianne Chandler!!! Michael is happy with his family so it’s time for you to stop posting your crazy mess on FB! Good luck Michael and Nicole and baby Boomer!

Too Shy on

What a great family. Hope he enjoys his new career.

landon on

Beautiful family possibly a great swimmer in the making.

catherinesbooks1 on

That baby is so super cute. I’m glad he’s enjoying being a dad. And his fiance is beautiful. I hope he really does take time for his family — he deserves it and so do they 🙂

carrie frabasilio on

What a beautiful family. I just want to eat that lil Boomer’s chubby cheeks! He is adorable.

nikitahoskingmailcom on

Oh my gosh such beautiful family pictures. I used to look at these kind of pictures with such envy as going on holiday is a once a decade experience for my family but they are so beautiful and happy.