To say that Bode Miller and his family have been on an emotional roller coaster would be an understatement.
It all started in April 2018, when the couple announced they were expecting their third child together. Just two months later, tragedy struck when the Olympic alpine skier and his wife, professional beach volleyball player Morgan Miller, lost their 19-month-old daughter Emmy in a tragic drowning accident. The heartbroken couple welcomed son Easton that October. Now their healing family is growing again.
Bode and Morgan appeared on Today, where they announced that they’re expecting identical twin boys.
The news was very special for Bode, who had told Morgan he wanted identical twin boys born on his birthday early on in their relationship. Morgan’s due date is November 11, just one month after Bode’s birthday. The twins will be the fourth and fifth children for the couple — needless to say, the Miller family has dealt with a lot of highs and lows in the past few years.
Bode and Morgan Miller have been through a wildly emotional time over the last year. In April 2018, the couple announced they were expecting their third child together. Their little boy would join son Nash and daughter Emeline. Bode also has two older children, daughter Neesyn Dacey and son Samuel Nathaniel.
Two months after their big announcement, tragedy struck the family. While visiting a friend’s home, 19-month-old Emeline wandered away from her mother and fell into the pool. Morgan performed CPR on her daughter and was able to resuscitate her.
Sadly, Emeline suffered too much damage to her brain from the drowning incident. She died at the hospital the next day. From that day forward, Bode and Morgan have worked tirelessly to raise awareness on accidental drowning, the No. 1 cause of death for children under the age of 5.
That October, the couple welcomed their son Easton. Morgan was open about the complicated emotions attached to welcoming her little boy while still mourning Emeline. “Our baby Emmy will never be replaced but man, has this little bundle allowed us to feel a small sense of peace and in a weird way, a connection between the heavens and earth,” she captioned a photo of Easton on Instagram.
Bode and Morgan have continued their path of healing and advocacy. The couple shared that they had Easton begin swim lessons at 6 months old through Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue program. The moment brought some ease to the couple for Easton, but still hurt for what could have been for Emmy.
The family’s journey forward now continues. Bode and Morgan appeared on Today to announce that their family would be growing by two. The couple is expecting identical twin boys, due in November.
The news was a surprise for Bode and Morgan, although it was something they’ve considered before. “Bode from the beginning of our relationship has always said, ‘I want identical twin boys born on my birthday,”’ Morgan told Savannah Guthrie.
Morgan was the first to learn of the news. She explained: “This time when I found out I was pregnant I said, ‘Do you think it’s twins this time?’ He said, ‘No.’ So I went to the ultrasound by myself, and sure enough, identical twin boys.”
The twins are due on November 11, Morgan revealed on Instagram:
“We are due on the lucky day/angel number of 11/11 which is not far off from @millerbode Birthday of 10/12. From the beginning of this pregnancy, we knew Emmy had her hands in this miracle somehow.”
The due date is also just six days after what would have been Emmy’s third birthday. It gives the twins a special connection to their sister. A sonogram photo of Easton also showed a special connection to Emmy. It appeared the unborn baby was being held by an angel the couple felt was their daughter.
“We carry Emmy with us every day,” Morgan reflected on Today. “That part doesn’t ever get easier, but we just imagine what it would be like to have her there, and we share our tears and we share our memories and we revisit stories. Keeping her a part of our family has really made this journey a little bit easier for our family.”
Bode agrees that their children have been immensely helpful in the healing process. “The kids kind of pull us forward because they demand interaction, and they have a great way of healing,” he explained.
Having so many kids can’t be easy, but this family knows the value of appreciating what they have. The loss of Emmy brought a great deal of introspection, as Bode explained in an Instagram caption:
“Losing a child makes you reflect. Who do I want my kids to be? How do I want them to interact with the world, and how do I make sure they grow up to be solid humans?”
That played into the decision for the family to get a home in Big Sky, Montana. They believe the connection to nature will bring their growing family closer and help shape their kids into the people they want to be. It’s a beautiful way to nurture the lives they hold so dearly while honoring the one that was lost.