The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, can’t help but smile throughout his latest Facebook Live post, where the swimmer describes life with newborn baby Boomer Robert Phelps. Although not making an appearance within the video, Boomer is the main subject of the online conversation, with Phelps describing his time with the baby so far as ‘unbelievable’ and as ‘the best experience of his life’.
Weighing in at 6 lbs, 12 oz and measuring at 19.5 inches long, Boomer arrived 3 weeks early, with Phelps describing his son as having a full head of dark hair and blue eyes (at the moment).
As a possible nod to his son’s swimming future, Phelps said his son’s flexible movements give indications he may be double-jointed, complete with big feet and long fingers. Although, Phelps states that Boomer’s decision to swim will be left entirely up the kiddo himself.
While answering viewers questions, we find out that, yes, the plan is still for his mother, Debbie Phelps, fiancée Nicole Johnson and baby Boomer to attend the Olympics in Rio should Phelps make his 5th Games appearance.
Phelps also addresses how the couple came up with the name Boomer Robert, explaining simply that he and Nicole thought the name ‘Boomer’ was ‘different and cool.’ But, Robert does hold special significance as both the name of Phelps’ long-time coach Bob Bowman, as well as Phelps’ great grandmother whose name was Roberta.