Cody Miller swims to victory in his heat of the Men 200 Meter Breaststroke during the 2020 Toyota US Open Championship-Indianapolis on Nov. 14, 2020 in Indianapolis.
Olympic swimmer Cody Miller and wife Ali are officially parents.
Axel Zeke Miller was born at 8:25 p.m. on Monday, weighing in at 8.9 pounds and measuring out to 22 inches.
“I’m nervous but mostly excited but nervous but more excited,” Miller, a gold and bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Games, narrated in a short Instagram video of Axel’s first 12 hours.
In the 2.5-minute video, which was posted Tuesday morning, Miller shares scenes from around the hospital mixed in with some big-time yawns and stretches from baby Axel, as well as some skin to skin time with dad.
The Olympian reports Axel is eating and sleeping like a champ so far, and everyone is doing great.
“We’re going to be here for a little while, but everything went really well,” he said. “Healthy baby, healthy Ali ,everything is good; we couldn’t have asked or prayed for more."
The couple announced the pregnancy on Miller’s YouTube channel in June. The video documented their story of meeting at Indiana University, becoming dog parents ahead of the 2016 Olympics and getting married one year later.
Miller, 28, won Olympic gold in 2016 as a member of the 4x100-meter medley team to go with a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. He also has two relay gold medals from the world championships. Ali has worked a swim coach and teacher.
Talking to TeamUSA.org last month, Miller was asked what he’s most looking forward to about being a dad.
“No one’s actually asked me that. I don’t now. I really don’t know,” he said. “I’m really excited, I want the kid to come now, I’m tired of waiting. I want to play with the kid. The first few months don’t seem all that exciting because they don’t do a whole lot, just eat, sleep, hopefully not cry too much and just look adorable. Obviously he’s going to look great when I swaddle him. But I want him to roll stuff around on the floor with me.”