Morgan Miller has shared an emotional tribute to her son Easton in honor of his third birthday, revealing images from the day he was born while praising the toddler for helping to ‘bring her back to life’ after the devastating death of her daughter Emmy.
The 34-year-old, who is married to former Olympic skier Bode Miller, took to Instagram on Tuesday to mark her son’s birthday, posting a series of photos from his home water birth in October 2018.
In one of the poignant snaps, Morgan is seen squatting on all fours in an inflatable tub, while her husband stands behind her, helping to bring their son into the world.
Another photo shows the overjoyed couple cradling a newborn Easton, with Morgan lying in a pool of water while Bode stands over her, leaning in to put a hand on his baby boy.
Morgan then posted a black-and-white image of herself crying while holding Easton to her chest, revealing in her captions how emotional his arrival was for her.
‘The day that brought me back to life,’ she wrote alongside the photo, adding: ‘He really is sent from the heavens.’
Looking back: Olympic skier Bode Miller’s wife Morgan took to Instagram to celebrate her son Easton’s third birthday on Tuesday, sharing emotional images from the day he was born
Poignant: The 34-year-old described his birth as ‘the day that brought me back to life’ after the drowning of her 19-month-old daughter Emmy, who died four months before Easton arrived
Home sweet home: The proud mom – who is currently pregnant with her sixth child – gave birth to her son Easton in the family’s home with the help of her husband Bode, 43
She shared several snaps that she has taken over the past few years, including a few of herself and Bode with their baby boy – before posting photos of the birthday boy opening his gifts and a video of the toddler happily blowing out the candles on his racing car-themed cake.
Three-year-old Easton’s birth came just four months after Morgan and Bode’s 19-month-old daughter Emeline ‘Emmy’ passed away in a drowning accident while the family was attending a party at a neighbor’s home.
The little girl was rescued from the water after falling into the pool at the property, however paramedics were unable to revive her and she later died in hospital.
Heartrending: Bode and Morgan suffered the devastating loss of their daughter Emmy four months before Easton was born. The little girl drowned in a neighbor’s pool while the family was attending a party
In the years since her passing, Morgan – who was pregnant with Easton at the time of Emmy’s death – and Bode have become outspoken about the dangers of childhood drownings, while continuing to open up about how their family has tried to come to terms with the loss.
On June 9, Morgan marked the third anniversary of her daughter’s drowning in a series of Instagram Stories videos, revealing how the family has learned to ‘become more or less at peace’ with the day.
‘I would say that we have become more or less at peace with this day and kind of what it marks and what it stands for, but it doesn’t really hold, I guess, significant weight the way that it used to,’ she said.
‘But it’s definitely a day where I am still going to need to stay busy.’
Morgan also used her platform to raise awareness about child drownings in a candid Instagram post, saying if she had known what she knows now, Emmy would still be alive.
‘Today is the day we lost Emmy. Three years ago today she drowned. Three years ago tomorrow, she died. In ways it feels like yesterday and in others a lifetime ago. However, the feeling of loss is exactly the same,’ she captioned photos of her sons Easton, Asher, and Aksel floating in their pool.
‘Three years later, I’m now sitting face to face with what took my daughter’s life and watching my boys learn to survive,’ she continued. ‘The twins are only three days younger than Emmy was on this day and if they were to fall in, they have the skills to survive.
‘And the hardest part for me to grasp is what it all comes down to is knowledge. Had I known then, what I know now, my daughter would still be alive.’
Moving forward: Both Morgan and Bode have been very candid and open about their struggle to come to terms with their grief – and how Easton’s birth helped them to cope
Tribute: After sharing photos from her home water birth, Morgan posted some candid snaps of Easton spending time with his parents
Brood: As well as Easton, the couple have three other sons together – Nash, six, and twin boys Asher and Aksel, who were born in November 2019
Morgan said awareness would have made all the difference when Emmy fell into a pool three years ago.
Bode and Morgan also opened up about the loss of their daughter earlier this year, when they revealed that they are expecting their sixth child, a baby girl who is due to be born in November – the same month that her late sister arrived.
While sharing the news of their pregnancy, Bode and Morgan insisted that Emmy can never be ‘replaced’, however they explained that they ‘wanted to try for a girl’ because they felt as though they still have ‘so much more love to give’.
‘After losing Emmy, we both felt like we wanted to try for a girl,’ Bode told People. ‘You know, there’s obviously no replacing kids.’
‘When you lose someone like that, when you lose a child, you really recognize how special [that parent-child relationship] is,’ Morgan added.
‘And not that we were ungrateful for what we had, our kids are absolutely incredible. But we just had so much more love to give and we had so much more love we wanted to give.’
And according to both Bode and Morgan, their newest arrival will also be their last, with the former Olympic skier insisting: ‘We’re finally on our last pregnancy. We’re at the finish line.’
‘Kids require a lot of attention and a lot of love,’ his wife chimed in. ‘We have a lot of attention and a lot of love to give, but we feel like this will be the last one for us to be able to put all of ourselves into. So that way, all of them still get a bunch of love and attention. And we’re not stretching ourselves too thin.’
After the arrival of their identical twin sons Asher and Aksel, who were born in November 2019, Bode admitted that the couple thought ‘maybe that’s the end for us’, however they agreed to try for one more child together in order to fill the ‘space they still have in their hearts to give more love’.
The couple have scheduled a gender reveal for next week, with Morgan revealing on her Instagram Stories that they have arranged to have ‘confetti poppers’ delivered to them, which they will use to find out the sex of their unborn child on May 23.
Make a wish! She also posted a video of her son blowing out the candles on his racing car-themed birthday cake
Say cheese! The toddler seemed delighted with his sweet treat as he perched alongside it
Fun and games: Easton was also seen opening up a few gifts – including a ‘galactic golf’ set
In his own Instagram post, Bode paid tribute to his ‘incredible’ wife while sharing the news of their pregnancy, saying: ‘Cats outta the bag: we’re at the finish line. Excited to announce that Miller baby ocho is due in November!
‘@morganebeck you are beyond incredible.’
In their interview with People, Bode revealed how their other children reacted to the news of their pregnancy, explaining that Nate and Dace, his two oldest kids from previous relationships were ‘shocked’ to hear that they would be welcoming another arrival, although he added that all of them were ‘really excited one they got their heads wrapped around it’.
The couple also revealed that they are planning another home birth for their unborn child – having welcomed their twin boys in their family house back in November 2019.
But while Morgan described the experience of giving birth to her sons in her own house as ‘incredible’, their arrival was not without its difficulties.
In February last year, the proud parents shared intimate details and images from the birth, revealing that Bode’s mom Jo Kenney had to lend a helping hand with the delivery after the midwives failed to arrive on time.
‘I’m sharing because I want you to see we women are bad** mothers and our bodies are beautiful,’ Morgan explained at the time. ‘It’s a scary emotional ride but damn, we are capable of so much more than we even know.’
She then proceeded to share videos and photos from the birth, explaining that the twin boys arrived a lot quicker than she had anticipated – prompting her midwives to actually miss much of her labor.
Joyful news: Earlier this year, Bode and Morgan announced that they are expecting their sixth child together – a baby girl – in November
Morgan explained that at around 2:15 in the afternoon she texted her midwife a picture of her contraction counter and told her not to rush coming over.
While the midwives were on their way, Morgan had a change of heart about having a home birth, but it was too late.
Bode said that his wife told him: ‘I don’t want to do this today. I’m going to the hospital. I want to get an epidural.’
After about 15 minutes, Morgan’s contractions intensified, and she started to go into labor — before her midwives had arrived.
The process happened so quickly that the mother didn’t even have time to walk over to the birthing tub that Bode had set up, and instead fell to her knees beside the couple’s bed, where she started to push.
Thankfully, with the help of Bode and his mother, who was a midwife herself, Morgan delivered their first ‘healthy and happy’ baby boy, and the midwives then arrived in time to assist her with the birth of her second son.
At the start of this year, former volleyball player Morgan shared another update from the birth of her twins, revealing the extreme physical toll her last pregnancy took on her body – while detailing how she got back into shape following the boys’ arrival.
In a series of posts shared on her Instagram Stories, the mom showed off images of her huge pregnancy belly, as well as the stretch marks, excess skin, and separated abs that she was left with after her sons were born.
‘The twins did a number on my stomach,’ she explained. ‘And after being a professional athlete where my body was my vessel in which I was able to perform, the massive changes (including diastasis [ab separation]) was hard for me.’
She explained that she did workouts with a personal trainer, as well as ‘very basic pilates’ to help with her diastasis, and also implemented a rigorous skincare regimen to deal with her stretch marks and sagging skin.
Morgan began with a microneedling session, which she admitted was ‘so painful’, before treating her stretch marks at home with Frank Body’s Original Coffee Scrub.
14 months after the birth of her twins, the mother had seen a drastic improvement to her skin and her muscles, and 18 months later, she is ready to do the whole thing again with her sixth pregnancy.
The couple’s latest announcement comes just under three years after the family was devastated by the loss of 19-month-old Emmy, who drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool in June 2018.
Bode and Morgan were attending a party with their children when their baby girl fell into the pool. Emmy was rescued from the water, but paramedics were unable to revive her, and she later died in hospital.
Morgan, who was pregnant with her son Easton at the time, said ‘losing a child while pregnant was the most confusing experience of my life.’
Since Emmy’s death, the parents have dedicated themselves to raising awareness of infant drownings – and advocating for all moms and dads to get their own children into swimming classes as early as possible.