Former Olympic skier Bode Miller, 41, and his wife, professional beach volleyball player Mogan, 32, have announced that they are expecting identical twin boys this fall. These rainbow twins will arrive just a year after the couple lost their 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, to a tragic drowning accident.
"Bode from the beginning of our relationship has always said, 'I want identical twin boys born on my birthday,''' Morgan told Savannah Guthrie on the Today show this morning. "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."
"Somehow I always knew that I was going to have identical twin boys,'' Bode added.
Morgan was pregnant with Easton, now ten months old, when Emmy drowned in a swimming pool at a neighbor's house in Orange County, California. She passed away at a local hospital the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning accident. The couple has an older son, Nash, 4, while Bode has a daughter, Neesyn, 11, and son, Sam, 6, from previous relationships. Easton, who was born just four months after his sister drowned, has helped his parents heal in the wake of their heartbreaking loss.
"He is amazing and he reminds us so much of Emmy,'' Morgan said. "He's got this amazing personality and he's so happy, and he's just such a perfect addition to our family. It's like he was waiting for us to bring him into this world."
"We carry Emmy with us every day,'' Morgan added. "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."
According to the couple, their kids have helped them move forward. Since the accident, they have been raising awareness and money for charities that educate children on water safety. Sadly, drowning is the number one cause of injury-related death in children ages 1 to 4. In the US, roughly 350 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools each year.
65% of the accidents happen in a pool owned by the child's family and a third of the accidents happen in a pool owned by friends or relatives. Meanwhile, another 2,600 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for near-drowning incidents every year. Many of these near-drowning accidents result in permanent brain damage. Bode hopes to provide awareness and solutions to ultimately change the statistics.
The couple hasn’t shied away from teaching their own children about water safety. In April, Easton took part his first infant swimming lesson. He has gone on to have two lessons more this summer. Bode is no stranger to loss. His younger brother Chelone, a snowboarder who competed in the 2010 Winter X Games in the Snowboard X event, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a dirt-bike crash in 2005. He later suffered from seizures, which lead to his death in 2013 at age 29.