by Samantha Schnurr | Mon., Aug. 12, 2019 6:08 AM
There are not one, but two babies on the way for Bode Miller and Morgan Beck Miller!
The married alpine ski racer and beach volleyball pro revealed on Today they're expecting identical twin boys, bringing Bode's longtime inkling to life.
"Bode from the beginning of our relationship has always said I want identical twin boys born on my birthday and this time, when we found out I was pregnant, I said, 'Do you think it's twin boys this time?' And he said, 'No,' so I went to the ultrasound by myself and sure enough identical twin boys," Morgan explained to Today's Savannah Guthrie. The babies are due on Nov. 11, just a month after Bode's birthday on Oct. 12.
The couple also announced the pregnancy on social media with adorable photos taken by Rich Lander of Chard Photo of their kids posing with balloons that spell "TWINS."
The announcement comes just over a year since their 19-month-old daughter Emeline "Emmy" Miller tragically died following a drowning accident at a neighbor's pool. Four months later, the couple welcomed son Easton.
Morgan said the baby boy reminds them "so much of Emmy" and is "such a perfect addition" to their family. "It's like he was waiting for us to bring him into this world," the expectant mom said. She and Bode are also parents to 4-year-old son Nash and the Olympian is dad to 6-year-old son Samuel and 11-year-old daughter Neesyn from previous relationships.
The couple have put their newest addition in infant swim training and have been advocating for water safety to prevent the accident their daughter faced as they forge ahead as a family.
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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"Every day is a choice on how we want to continue forward and make sure that our kids are getting the best of us, of life, not to say it's easy. It's a battle every day to get up out of bed, but to see them and see the joy through their eyes and to live vicariously through all of their daily experiences makes each day just a little bit easier," Morgan said. "We carry Emmy with us every day. 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, but keeping her a part of our family has really made this journey a little bit easier for our family."
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