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Michael Phelps Jokes About His Son Boomer’s Name: ‘He’s Definitely Gonna Be the Cool Kid’

09/02/2016 at 10:55 AM ET

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Michael Phelps‘ son Boomer Robert has been getting almost as much attention as his dad lately.

Between sweet photos taken in the stands at Phelps’ last Olympic competitions to having over half a million followers on Instagram, the newly retired swimmer’s son — who turns 4 months old on Monday — is quite the popular one.

But how did Phelps and his fiancée, former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson, come up with their first child’s name?

“We heard the name, and we didn’t want, like, a normal name,” he told Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show. “And I brought it up to Nicole and she was like, ‘Oh, that sounds kinda cool.’

“Boomer, like boom boom … we didn’t know either. We had no second option — once we picked that, we were like, ‘Yeah,’ ” Phelps, 31, adds with a laugh. “He’s definitely gonna be the cool kid.”

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Michael Phelps’ Son Boomer Supports His Dad on America’s Got Talent (and Meets Simon Cowell!)

08/25/2016 at 11:45 AM ET

Michael Phelps son Boomer America's Got Talent
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Michael Phelps might have just finished his stint at the 2016 Summer Olympics, but six medals later, he’s not out of the spotlight yet. The newly retired professional swimmer made an appearance on America’s Got Talent Wednesday alongside host Nick Cannon.

As Phelps emerged onto the stage, the crowd erupted into cheers for almost a full minute, eventually segueing into a chant of “USA! USA! USA!” that the swimmer joined in on.

And just as they did in Rio, Phelps’ biggest fans — fiancée Nicole Johnson and their 3-month-old son Boomer Robert — cheered him on from the sidelines.

“Most importantly, I had our first child in the stands there watching the race,” Phelps, 31, told Cannon about how it felt after winning his 23rd Olympic gold meal. “He wasn’t always awake, but it’s a completely different experience being able to look up and see your baby boy up there after a race.”

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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

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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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Michael Phelps Tells PEOPLE He Would ‘Love’ a Daughter: It’s Time for the ‘Next Chapter of My Life’

08/16/2016 at 02:00 PM ET

Michael Phelps PEOPLE Interview
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Michael Phelps may be retiring from his Olympics career, but he has plenty to look forward to in parenting 3-month-old son Boomer Robert — and a possible new addition.

“We’ve talked about more [children]. We don’t really know how many more we want,” the 31-year-old swimmer said Tuesday in a PEOPLE live chat from Rio. “I think we’re gonna have some fun with Boomer before we make that next choice of trying for another one.

“We would love a girl. Love, love, love a girl,” he adds. “We wanted a boy first, just in case we did have other children, [so] he could be the protector of his younger sibling or siblings.

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

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‘Way to Go Daddy!’ Check Out Boomer Phelps’ Adorable Olympic Outfit as He Congratulates Dad Michael on More Gold

08/10/2016 at 11:59 PM ET

At 3 months old, Boomer Robert Phelps is already dressing for success – his dad’s success.

The infant, swimmer Michael Phelps‘ son with fiancée Nicole Johnson, was decked out in full Team USA-inspired garb for Rio’s fifth day of competition.

In a snap posted to his own, personal Instagram, Boomer modeled a precious pair of red, white and blue shorts with a white onesie, which featured a flag-waving smiley face cheering “Team Daddy!” – a look he first debuted at the Olympic trials.


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Best Foot Forward! See Michael Phelps’ Customized Shoes Featuring Son Boomer’s Footprint

08/02/2016 at 03:00 PM ET

Michael Phelps‘ son is already following in his footsteps.

On Sunday, former Olympic gold medalist and current NBC swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines tweeted a photo of a pair of Under Armour shoes belonging to the 31-year-old Rio-bound swimmer.  Inked onto one of the insoles? Twelve-week-old Boomer Robert‘s tiny footprint.

“Loving @MichaelPhelps shoes [with] son Boomer’s foot imprint on one of them,” the caption read. “So dang cute.”

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Michael Phelps’ Son Boomer Joins His Olympian Father in the Pool for the First Time: ‘Can’t Wait to Learn to Swim!’

07/06/2016 at 08:15 PM ET

Michael Phelps may have a future Olympic swimmer on his hands.

The new dad was joined in the pool by his 9-week-old son Boomer for the first time, as seen in new Instagram photos Wednesday. The father-son duo enjoyed a relaxing day in their backyard, and little Boomer’s smile proves he’s already a natural in the water.

“The little man loved the water today!! @boomerrphelps and I got some extra laps in today!! #mpswim,” the proud papa, 31, shared in his latest Instagram photo.


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