Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his fiancee, model Kayla Rae Reid, welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in the early hours of Thursday, June 8th.
Lochte tweeted an announcement mid-morning, saying the boy’s name is Caiden Zane Lochte. He was born at 5:46 a.m. at 7 lbs 14 oz and 22 inches. Here’s Lochte’s announcement:
Caiden Zane Lochte. #miracle #babyboy https://t.co/M1lhZt5JzG pic.twitter.com/fYTdYg26m6
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) June 8, 2017
Back in December, Lochte announced the news that he’d be becoming a father in an underwater Instagram post that quickly went viral across swimming fandom.
Lochte is currently out of competition, serving a suspension that lasts until the end of this month. That’s after the gas station debacle in Rio de Janeiro in which Lochte and three other American swimmers got into trouble with Brazilian authorities after allegedly causing damage to a gas station bathroom. Lochte originally told media he was mugged at gunpoint, but later admitted he had exaggerated the story of security guards confronting the swimmers at the gas station.
His 10-month suspension expires on June 30, but will keep him out of U.S. Nationals and by proxy, the 2017 World Championships. (U.S. Nationals are serving as USA Swimming’s only selection meet for the World Champs). He did recently swim a pair of events at Masters Nationals, but otherwise hasn’t competed since the Rio Olympics.
Lochte and Reid are engaged to be married as of last October. Lochte’s story is now remarkably similar to that of fellow Olympic icon Michael Phelps, whose then-fiancee Nicole Johnson gave birth to a son, Boomer, about one year and one month ago.