Olympic alpine skier Bode Miller’s wife, Morgan, gave birth to a baby boy late last week, exactly one month before their daughter Emeline would have turned 2.
Baby Miller, whose name has not been revealed publicly, was born at home Friday, Oct. 5, in the same birth pool his older sister was delivered in, according to the couple’s midwife Lindsey Meehleis.
“Exactly one month before Emmy’s 2nd birthday …. the sun rose and they knew this day would be different,” Meehleis told The Today Show, which had exclusive rights to release the first photo.
“An overwhelming feeling of joy started to fill a valley of deep grief and sadness.
“Morgan’s fingers grasped onto their son who filled such empty arms,” she said.
A little light in the darkness for Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan. The couple welcomed a baby boy into their family four months after losing their beloved 19-month-old daughter in a tragic accidental drowning. pic.twitter.com/jvuNZlDgQu
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 8, 2018
The Millers welcomed their third child, and fifth overall for Bode, four months after their daughter died at 19 months old.
Emeline accidentally drowned in a neighbour’s Southern California swimming pool in June.
Bode and Morgan Miller are using their platform to make other parents aware of pool safety and how quickly an accident like a child drowning can happen.
“Emmy was so excited to be a big sister,” Morgan said in a Today Show interview earlier this year while five months pregnant.
“She walked around all the time with her baby. And now we have the opportunity to get to love that baby not only for ourselves, but for Emmy.”
Miller, 40, won six Olympic medals over three Games in Salt Lake City (2002), Vancouver (2010), where he won gold in the super combined, and Sochi (2014).
He has 33 first-place finishes in World Cup competition and four gold medals in World Championship competitions.
He and Morgan, 31, have a 3-year-old son named Nash. Miller is also father to Samuel, 5, and Neesyn, 10.
All three older siblings helped the couple begin to work through their grief after Emmy’s death, as will their newborn.
“While nothing will ever replace the feeling of aching arms to hold Emmy again, this baby provided something new this day: joy, inspiration and hope,” Meehleis said.