U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller welcomed a son with wife Morgan Beck over the weekend. According to the couple’s midwife, the water home birth was a magical moment for both of the proud parents, especially after tragedy struck their family this past summer.
In June, the couple lost their one-year-old daughter Emeline, called Emmy, in accidental drowning in their neighbor’s pool. Even though the Millers will never forget their daughter, the addition of their newest family member is a welcome joy after such a painful summer following Emmy’s death. Obviously baby boy Miller (the couple has not yet released their son’s name) can never take the place of his older sister—and his first photo is a powerful portrait of such an emotional moment in the Miller family.
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In the months since this unthinkable tragedy, the couple has made a point of raising awareness of water safety and drowning. In July Morgan told TODAY, “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different, but now we have this opportunity to make other parents’ days different.”
The couples’ midwife, Lindsey Meehleis, shared pics of the home birth with TODAY, speaking candidly about the delivery. Baby boy Miller’s birthday is one month to the day before his older sister would have turned two. During her interview with TODAY, Meehleis shared, “An overwhelming feeling of joy started to fill a valley of deep grief and sadness.”
Meehleis added, “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.”
Featured Photo: Bode Miller via Instagram