Nearly two months after the arrival of his new son, Olympic champ, Bode Miller has finally announced the baby’s name, which holds much significance to him and wife Morgan.
Easton Vaughn Rek Miller was born on October 5th. But Miller admits that it took the couple nearly three weeks to give the boy a name, and those closest to the family were displeased by the wait.
“We just called him baby brother and everyone thought we were just crazy,” he said. “It took us three weeks, but once you got to know him it was really clear.”
Rather than being born in a hospital, Easton was born at home in a birthing pool, giving his parents as much time as they needed to come up with the perfect name for him.
His arrival came just four months after the family’s devastating loss of 19-month-old daughter, Emeline. The toddler died June 10th after accidentally drowning in the pool of a neighbor’s home the family had been visiting. The couple has been outspoken about their tragic loss, and have since become advocates for pool safety.
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We are beyond devastated. 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. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.
Miller, who grew up in Easton, New Hampshire, divulged into a flood of emotions Tuesday in an interview with TODAY show host, Savannah Guthrie, where he opened up about grief and joy in the midst of welcoming Easton.
“We see the path forward…It’s not easy. I don’t think it gets that much easier.”
Watch @MillerBode’s full interview with @savannahguthrie about the unimaginable loss of his and @MorganEBeck’s 9-month-old daughter, the addition of a new baby boy to the family and more. pic.twitter.com/ztpXj8AKrY
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 27, 2018
“If there’s one thing that can kind of help to heal and fill that spot in your heart, it’s a baby and he’s a special one,” Miller said. “Besides the lack of sleep, it’s been a really nice process to be able to go through.”
As for managing the confusion of heartache and joy among other things (the couple also has a 3-year-old son, and Miller has a son and a daughter from a previous relationship), the 41-year-old says “There’s a blessing to being so busy.”
He explained that while the days may drag on with the stress of kids and the emotional strain that comes with this tragedy, the months fly by.
“We see the path forward a little bit. It’s just kind of, keep it going and trying to stay positive, but it’s not easy. I don’t think it gets that much easier.”
Miller says the other children talk about Emmy all the time, something that is difficult, but also so important.
“You feel the loss, but she’s still a part of our family,” he said.