Michael & Nicole Phelps are about to have 2nd baby: ‘two is going to be very different.’


Oh my gosh, I completely forgot that Michael and Nicole Phelps were expecting another baby. Darn you 2018, distracting me from what’s important! Well, they are, and apparently very soon. Us Weekly asked Michael how they thought it would be with two kids and Michael said ‘the same and different’ (I’m paraphrasing). Actually, what Michael said was true for every parent-to-be – whether it is your first or 15th child, who knows what it’s going to be like?

Coming soon! Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole Phelps, are getting ready to welcome their second child “any day now,” the athlete exclusively shared with Us Weekly.

“We are so stoked for the second baby,” he told Us on Wednesday, February 7. “Nicole and I didn’t know what to expect with No. 1, we’ve gone through it with one child and now it’s going to be the same, we really went through the process of learning how to care for a baby, so we feel a little more prepared, but also know that two is going to be very, very different.”

“We kind of have the same attitude that we had for number one and hope for the best and everything going as smooth as possible and hoping for a healthy baby and learning how challenging it is,” he said to Us. “We really are now focused on making sure the baby is healthy and Nicole is happy and healthy.”

[From Us]

My thinking was similar to Michael’s on #2. All the scary stuff about handling something so fragile and small I had done with #1 so I knew I could do it. But every child is different. Not to mention, when you only have one you can focus on your child entirely. When there are two, you try to care for one, but at that moment the other child decides to pull the table cloth and everything on it to the floor.

One of the ways this pregnancy and birth will be different for Michael is that he will actually be there for it. With Boomer, Michael was training for the Olympics. Apparently, he was in Colorado Springs when Nicole went into labor. This go-round, Michael has been trying to help out, doing chores and housekeeping. That’s sweet, although I imagine poor Nicole has had to answer, “Hey babe? Where do we keep the … “ more times than she ever thought possible. Michael is also very worried about presents for everyone. He said they already got both Boomer and the new baby gifts for when they bring the baby home, but now he’s looking for Nicole’s push present, which he hasn’t gotten yet. As you know, I don’t really get the concept of Push Presents. As for Boomer, I don’t think this is going to faze him too much. He’ll recruit the new kid into his Boomer Battalion and be that much closer to world domination. He’s good.

What’s that? You need some new Boomer pics? Certainly – here you are:

I can’t even with these morning smiles 💗

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  1. aims says:

    I swear when we had our second kid, I honestly felt like someone handed me my ass. I was so naive about the impact it would cause. I had a very active two year old at the time and you throw in a newborn with zero help and no sleep. I felt like I was losing my mind. Thankfully was made it through, but it was a difficult time for us.

    • Esmom says:

      Same. On top of it baby #2 was born in the dead of winter, making it that much harder for me to wake up at night and making walks outside with my toddler often impossible. We were all a little crazy for a while there. Still I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Baby “problems” seem so minor compared to teen problems!

    • Lexilla says:

      I’m in the thick of it now, with a toddler and an infant, and I’m surprised I’m awake and coherent enough to even write this comment.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        Once after I dropped #1 off at preschool, then stopped for Starbucks to grab a coffee with the newborn-I was feeling like Superwoman. At a stop sign, the guy in the car over rolled down the window to tell me that my cup of coffee was on the roof of my car.

    • Bonzo says:

      One is fun. Two is work.

      That’s what we found out.

  2. Jess says:

    Oh my goodness he’s a cutie, and those curls! I just got lost on her Instagram, what an adorable family. Plus #babyshark is everything:)

  3. LaraK says:

    The dad/son napping pic is awesome

  4. Esmom says:

    Lovely family, wishing them the best.

    • Kelly says:

      Right? Michael is maturing so well-he gave the keynote speech at my compnay’s Sales conference last summer and while he’s still kind of an awkward speaker, it was fascinating. I never knew that he has depression and anxiety, so it’s definitely cool to see him enjoying family life.

  5. smcollins says:

    Boomer is such a cutie, and I couldn’t help but notice that his crib railing looks like my son’s & daughter’s crib rails, only not as severe (I’m convinced I gave birth to human beavers). I think he’ll be a great big brother. Congrats to them!

    • Annabelle Bronstein says:

      I noticed that too! I felt so much better about my child’s wood chipper nature when I found crib rail covers! I am so thankful it’s not just my baby that acts like a beaver. (File this under: things no one tells you about having a baby)

      • liz says:

        OMG!!! My daughter did that too! And not just the crib rails, I found the dog’s chew toys in her mouth! The dog didn’t take her stuff, but she had no problem going after the dog’s toys. Somewhere there is a picture of her gnawing on an antler that I had bought for the dog. The dog was just laying there, watching.

      • smcollins says:

        Yes! Rail covers! We had to put some on our daughter’s crib because she was literally (and I mean *literally*) eating her crib. My MIL went to get her up from her nap and found her choking on a splinter of wood! She called me at work to tell me and I bought the covers on my way home.
        That’s funny about the dog toys! My daughter’s little habit went beyond the crib, too. We’d catch her sitting on the floor gnawing on a table leg, or she’ll be walking around chewing on some random toy.

      • Annabelle Bronstein says:

        @smcollins that is horrific! I was in denial about the problem until I went in one morning to find white paint flecks everywhere 🤦🏻‍♀️ One meltdown (me) and $50 later I had rail covers overnighted. Why does no one tell you these things?

        Let me also just say that I can relate to the dog toy story.. yuck!

  6. Lindy says:

    My second is due in mid-April but my first is 8. So I’m nervous about so many different things. Doing the newborn sleepless thing at my age (41), figuring out how to parent two kids at such very different stages, going back to work after 4 months (I had more flexibility with the first)… I imagine the challenges are really different when it’s a newborn on top of a toddler.

    I think Phelps seems pretty grounded and happy, and Boomer is adorable. It seems like this life agrees with him, which is really nice to see

    • El says:

      We had our third when I was 42 and the lack sleep is hard, but you will get through it. The nice thing about having an older sibling is that they understand and can be a helper for you and take care of themselves a bit more. Even with an age gap our older two loved showing off their baby brother. It’s a wild ride, but with lots of rewards.

  7. Patricia says:

    Going from one to two has been instense. I’m just getting my bearings now that my daughter is 7months old and my son is 3.5 years old.
    The biggest challenge for me personally is that my son was a very verrrry easy baby. My daughter… she was born with opinions lol. She was miserable for quite a while. Now that she can DO things she’s brightening up like the rising sun, it’s wonderful. But it was really hard to have the expectation of a happy infant, like I had with my son, and instead have a baby that was so discontent and extremely demanding and challenging. I felt like a failure for a while there, and felt like something was wrong with my little girl. Every baby sure is different! I’m so glad we are at a stage where she can sit up and play and babble and be happy. It’s also very hard not having the undivided attention for your first child.
    My son is thrilled with his sister though and has loved having her come into our family. And I can’t even IMAGINE having three kids! My body can’t carry any more babies so… I don’t even have to go there haha. Best wishes to the Phelps family and all you commenters with growing families. What a challenge and what a joy it is

    • El says:

      It is funny how they have such different personalities from the get go. Best wishes to you, too.

    • Sarah B says:

      Oof. Your story is about to be my story. Same exact age gap and sex. My son was/is so easy and sweet. My daughter will be due in April and I’m worried about her being more high-maintenance because I was looking forward to (naively) feeling like I know it all and can handle it.

  8. Abby says:

    I’m obsessed with this family on social media. Precious precious. I wish Nicole the best and I just can’t wait to see this new little one and see what the baby’s name will be! <3

    • Abby says:

      Also, I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. It’s totally different with a second. My littlest has never slept as much as the older child, she’s a lot more active yet also more clingy. It was a lot harder having two, mainly because naps almost never align. But learning how to run errands with two made me feel like a supermom!

  9. CityGirl says:

    That is one cute kid

  10. EscapedConvent says:

    Well, I am just consumed with curiosity about the new baby’s name. I suggest Zoomer, if the Phelps family is reading this, trying to get some ideas.

    Boomer is so unbearably cute! He looks like the happiest little dude on earth. Thanks for the Boomer pics, Hecate!

  11. meh says:

    I really, really hope they don’t give the second one such an awful name as the first.

  12. TyrantDestroyed says:

    We’ve haven’t made up our mind yet if we will ever give a sibling to our daughter but sure we can image it can be super challenging to have a pre-schooler and a newborn. My doctor recommended me to wait at least 3 years before getting pregnant so we still have time to decide.