Happy news arrived this weekend for Bode and Morgan Miller as they welcomed a baby boy into their family on Friday, Oct. 5. The little boy’s birth comes just months after the tragic death of the couple’s 19-month-old daughter, Emeline Grier, who died as a result of an accidental drowning on June 9.
The baby boy is the couple’s third child together and fifth for Bode, who has two children from previous relationships.
The Millers shared their pregnancy news on Instagram in April, about two months before Emeline drowned in a friend’s pool in Orange County, California. The toddler was in the pool for approximately 30 seconds before Morgan found her.
Morgan had shared a sweet photo of Emmy alongside her during an ultrasound of the new baby just a few weeks before Emmy drowned.
“We are beyond devastated,” Morgan wrote in an Instagram post the day after her death. “Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten.”
Since then, the couple has worked to advocate for drowning awareness and prevention. Morgan, a model and professional beach volleyball player, even partnered with Nicole Hughes — a mom who lost her 3-year-old son, Levi, to a drowning accident on the very same day that Emeline died — to spread awareness about just how common drowning deaths are, how quickly they can happen and what parents can do to prevent them.
“Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4,” Morgan wrote on Instagram. “We talk about vaccinations, car seats, organic foods, screen time, etc at length … but not the number one risk your children’s lives face … a silent killer. It takes SECONDS. Please share and help us spread awareness. It’s the first step to preventing these types of tragedies.”
In July, the couple sat down with NBC’s “Today” co-host, Savannah Guthrie, for their first interview since losing their daughter.
“It’s an obligation to some degree,” Bode, an Olympic gold medal skier, said about spreading awareness. “I think it does, in some way, help to heal a little bit. But maybe we’re preventing it from happening to somebody else.”
Congratulations to the couple on their new arrival. We wish them continued healing and new joys found within their beautiful family.