Morgan and Bode Miller are absolutely in love with their twin boys. The couple welcomed sons Aksel and Asher on November 8, 2019.
A few days later, they announced the special arrivals on Instagram.
“✨November 8th✨ A day that couldn’t have been scripted and aligned more perfectly to bring these two into the world,” Morgan wrote. “Birth story is mind-blowing and can’t wait to share. Insanely overwhelmed and grateful for all these gifts my baby girl keeps sending.”
The baby girl Morgan is referring to is her and Bode’s daughter, Emeline. The couple lost their 1½-year-old daughter in a drowning accident in 2018, while Morgan was pregnant with now 1-year-old son Easton.
The couple are also parents to 4-year-old Nash and Bode’s children from previous relationships, 11-year-old Dace and 6-year-old Nate.
Things haven’t been easy for the Miller family by any stretch of the imagination, but their focus on their children and child drowning advocacy has helped them move forward. These beautiful twin boys are a reminder of how precious life truly is.
Morgan Miller is giving us a sweet peek at her twin boys. The former professional volleyball player and her Olympian husband, Bode Miller, welcomed sons Asher and Aksel in November. Now we’re getting our first update on them since they were born.
Morgan posted a video on Instagram of the 2-month-old twins. “Just because this needs to live here permanently,” she captioned the nearly minute-long video. As she removed the pacifiers from the boys’ mouths, they break out into enthusiastic smiles.
The twins had quite a wild arrival into the world. In an interview with Today, Bode called it “one of the more crazy things I’ve ever experienced.”
The couple opted for a home birth, but their midwives didn’t make it in time. It was just 30 minutes of labor before Aksel and Asher made their debut.
“By the time they got there, me and my mom were holding the babies,” Bode said. “Luckily my mom was a midwife, but she hadn’t delivered babies in 20-plus years, and she never delivered twins. We were both pretty relaxed and pretty casual, but we were certainly not qualified to be doing an unassisted home delivery of twins!”
While it wasn’t what was planned, Morgan felt like it was perfect. “For Bode to get to deliver his identical twin boys with his mom — it was just pure magic,” she noted. The moment was one that the family will never forget.
As for the boys themselves, the differences between the identical twins were noticeable almost immediately. “They’re very different,” Morgan told Today. “Asher is much more needy. He loves the attention. He loves being snuggled.”
“Whereas Aksel is much more like, ‘I’m okay if you’re okay. And even if you’re not okay I’m still okay.’ So he’s just much more mellow,” Morgan added.
“Seeing them together is one of the craziest things where you see they hold hands, and they interlock arms,” Bode pointed out.
The twins’ birth came just a year and a half after the family suffered a terrible tragedy. In 2018, the couple lost their 1½-year-old daughter Emmy in a drowning accident. Morgan was pregnant with Easton at the time of the accident.
The couple spoke out about what it’s like to add to their family after Emmy’s death. Morgan first spoke to it in an Instagram post in 2019, when she announced her pregnancy with the twins.
“Losing a child while pregnant was the most confusing experience of my life. The conflict of emotions from what was pure joy turned to guilt and terror overnight. How could I love this baby the way I loved Emmy? Was it okay to love this baby the way I loved Emmy? It felt like by loving my son, I was trying to replace her,” she wrote.
“The fear of birthing my son and what that meant …..a monumental step forward….proof that time continued without her when all I wanted was for time to stop,” she continued. “But let me say this….I couldn’t have been more wrong. Easton provided us an even closer bond to his sister.”
“The moment I heard his cry, something sparked back alive in my soul. Hope. Love. I’m not sure,” she continued. “But in that moment, I knew I was Mom and my kids deserved the world from me. Everything was going to be okay. My joy and grief could coexist.”
“Now, I can actually say with joy and excitement that we are expecting identical twin boys. From the day I met my husband, he has always said he wanted identical twin boys born on his birthday,” she concluded.
“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.”
Morgan elaborated on that after welcoming the twins while talking to Today. “It’s not ever anything that will completely go away, and that pain is always gonna be there,” she said. “However, there are parts that you don’t realize that need to be healed, that you do discover through spending time with your kids and traveling and doing all these amazing things, you do get healed. You just figure out how to live with it and keep moving forward.”
These days, the Millers are splitting their time between their California home and their Montana home. There, they make new memories with their children while remembering the times they shared there with Emmy. It isn’t easy to press forward, but their children help do it.